Video: 2015 California Enduro Series - That's a Wrap

Oct 8, 2015 at 5:28
by Michele Charboneau / Cali Enduro  
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The days are getting shorter, the trails a little wetter, and another California Enduro Series is in the books. What can be said, other than it was rad! There was blood, sweat, and tears, but that’s what happens when you take on some of California’s sickest terrain and homegrown enduro talent.

The Battle Born Enduro located just outside Reno NV was the season opener and offered plenty of rugged terrain endless climbs and blazing descents. Photo by Patrick D. Rosso
  The Battle Born Enduro, located just outside Reno, NV, was the season opener and offered plenty of rugged terrain, endless climbs, and blazing descents. Photo by Patrick D. Rosso

Six total races and over 160 cumulative miles, everyone from the beginners to the pros gave it their all in the growing series’ third season.

2015 Champion Marco Osborne made quick work of the course at the two-day Wild Wood Enduro. Photo by Called to Creation
  2015 Champion Marco Osborne made quick work of the course at the two-day Wild Wood Enduro. Photo by Called to Creation.

Each course was unique and provided a sampling of the riding found in the Golden State. The lush forests in Mendocino, CA at the Wild Wood Enduro introduced racers to the state’s coastal riding, while the Mammoth Enduro, the series finale, pushed riders’ technical abilities to the limit on the granite mountain sides of the High Sierras.

The Northstar Enduro showcased the state’s ample supply of moon dust and the China Peak Enduro proved that you don’t have to venture far from the Central Valley to find rugged runs. The series even made stops in neighboring states, giving athletes the chance to take a bite out of the loam in Oregon at the Ashland Mountain Challenge and proving with the Battle Born Enduro that there’s more to Reno, NV than just casinos.

Casey Coffman got low at the Battle Born Enduro. Photo by Called to Creation
  Casey Coffman got low at the Battle Born Enduro. Photo by Called to Creation

But in the end, it’s always about the riding and the fantastic people that make the California Enduro Series a must do event.

It’s really great to see how tight knit everyone is. They are out there to support each other and cheer their friends on. It’s just such a great experience to be part of,” explained Megan Gemelos, series organizer.

The SRAM team was on hand the entire series ensuring that riders with and without SRAM components had their gear tuned. Photo by Called to Creation
  The SRAM team was on hand the entire series, ensuring that riders with and without SRAM components had their gear tuned. Photo by Called to Creation.

From the SRAM and Fox Racing technicians providing support at every event, to the army of volunteers and race organizers who help make each race happen, the series is about connecting people to the industry and their fellow riders.

We stay pretty busy, but it’s great because we get to really work with people and educate them on the product,” said Andy Jones, a Technical Ambassador with SRAM’s Technical Ambassador Group. “It’s a much more personal way to meet with people and see how they are interacting with the product and we want to make sure they are getting correct information on their product. Plus it’s a great vibe out here.”

Daunting fire road transitions at the China Peak Enduro provided ample opportunity for riders to chat in between breaths. Photo by Patrick D. Rosso
  Daunting fire road transitions at the China Peak Enduro provided ample opportunity for riders to chat in between breaths. Photo by Patrick D. Rosso

The series and the enduro format provided ample opportunity for racers to interact, beyond bombing past each other. Long transitions on fire roads and tight gondola rides gave racers a chance to introduce themselves and find new buddies and lines down the trail.

“This is such a fun series; the group of racers out here is really supportive. It is super cooperative and just a lot of fun,” commented Lauren Gregg, who was the overall series champion in 2014 and finished second overall in 2015. “I think they’ve really created a nice environment for both female racers and everyone out here.”

The atmosphere may be chill and the attitudes positive, but that doesn’t mean competition for the overall series title isn’t fierce when the clock is running.

In the Pro Men Category, Marco Osbone took the series win with 188 of 200 possible points, followed by Evan Geankoplis, Ryan Gardner, Cory Sullivan, and Doug Thayer.

It was an amazing year, full of great memories on and off the bike,” commented Osborne. “Just being able to go camping and hang out with all your friends is the best part. I’m definitely looking forward to next year.

2015 Champion Amy Morrison charged the technical sections at the Northstar Enduro. Photo by Called to Creation.--
  2015 Champion Amy Morrison charged the technical sections at the Northstar Enduro. Photo by Called to Creation.

In Pro Women, Amy Morrison took the series win with 160 of 200 points, followed by Lauren Gregg, Brianne Spiersch, Jackie Swider, and Nina Porcelli Fenn.

This year it was definitely a goal to win the series,” said Amy Morrison, before she hopped onto the podium at Mammoth. “I broke my wrist coming into the season, so I had a little bit of a slow start, but I started to pick it up around Ashland and tried to stay strong.”

Although the cameras and the crowds tend to turn their attention to the pros, the majority of those racing CES don’t do it for a living or have a pit crew, and are out on the mountain for the love of biking.

2015 Champion and Trail Head Racer superstar Ashton Smith sent it at the Ashland Challenge in Ashland OR. Photo by Called to Creation
  2015 Champion and Trail Head Racer superstar, Ashton Smith, sent it at the Ashland Challenge in Ashland, OR. Photo by Called to Creation.

It felt good being out here and being with the team and knowing I was going to have a lot of fun,” commented Ashton Smith, who took the overall series title in Expert Men 18-29 with 172 out of 200 points. “[Enduro] is a lot different than other race formats and it’s awesome to have all these people out here. You hear your name a hundred times racing down the track; everyone is rooting for everyone.

Overall individual standings and overall team standings can be found here.

Beyond the fun, the comradery, and the chance to slash some sick trail, the series is also an extremely useful tool for the organizers behind each race. The series provides plenty of promotional, technical, and volunteer support, but each race is organized by local riders with the proceeds from races going back into the communities for future trail work and events.

Spectators watched as racers took on the elevator shaft at the Mammoth Enduro in Mammoth Lakes CA. Photo by Patrick D. Rosso
  Spectators watched as racers took on the "elevator shaft" at the Mammoth Enduro, in Mammoth Lakes, CA. Photo by Patrick D. Rosso

We really want people to engage with each other and the local community,” added Gemelos.”It’s about making a weekend of it and supporting the people who help build trails and the local biking communities."

With the 2015 season coming to a close, organizers are already preparing for 2016, including the possibility of adding a few additional race dates in Southern California and readying for an ever increasing number of interested riders.

For information including results, future races, or how to get involved, be sure to check out the California Enduro Series website.

Written by Patrick D. Rosso.


MENTIONS: @calienduro




14 Comments

  • 16 2
 i wish there was a southern and northen california enduro series. Participating in all the races of the current Califrnia series is quite difficult for the amateur racer. Driving from San diego to Reno is a very long drive.
  • 6 2
 @letexas rumors of making one happen next year are around - I'm not super stoked about it because that would take the series commute from Oregon to Nevada to Socal - too much driving. correct me if I'm wrong but there are some other series and races that might be of interest that are just as good Brews and Cranks, Socal Enduro Series (7 races)?
  • 4 0
 @lutexas we are working on socal venues all the time, but its not always easy or evident when it comes to organizing these races... we used to have 2 socal locations, and we are working to get at least 2 back... if anyone out there wants to put on a race in socal, please PM me... each round is put on by a local crew, so anyone can step up and get involved... thats why our series has grown so well to date...

as far as distance between events, thats always going to be a concern in a state so big, so we just want to make sure we have enough races in enough places where riders can make the threshold number and be competitive in the overall without spending too much time and money... this year, it was 4/6... we haven't yet decide what next year will be... but it will be similar....
  • 2 0
 There is the Rim Nordic Enduro Series up in Big Bear and that is a fun one, but I totally agree with you.
  • 2 9
flag Donodh (Oct 8, 2015 at 21:31) (Below Threshold)
 Ashton Smith is a fucking queer
  • 1 0
 @eiksaun, I cant remember have or did you guys partner up over at vail lake in Temecula?
  • 2 0
 @ktmrider173 working on more than one partnership!... our board meeting is not until mid-november so we probably wont be making any announcement before that time... so between now and then we are wide open to get something done...
  • 7 0
 It was a blast of a year great to see the series getting stronger. Can wait until next year and see what CES can pull off, to keep stepping it up. Each year seems to get better so a HUGE THANK YOU! goes out to CES, sponsor, and volunteers supporting the series.
  • 6 0
 such a fun series, cant wait for next season!
  • 3 1
 Here in Socal the trails don't get much wetter
  • 1 0
 And here I sit, looking at a cornfield.
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