The California Enduro Series
2014 series champ Lauren Gregg smashes the 2014 VP EnduroFest stage 5 rock garden.
(CES) is pleased to announce the 2015 race schedule and promises another great year of Enduro racing. In its third year, CES proves its commitment to growing this popular cycling sport by expanding its schedule to include additional fun and challenging venues, offering more race categories, and maintaining equal pro payout to both men and women for series overall top placement. Expanded race schedule
For 2015, the series is expanding to seven rounds, welcoming back popular venues from last year and adding two new events: the Wild Wood Adventure Enduro on the Mendocino coast and the Ashland Mountain Challenge. Additionally, 2015 will introduce the first multi-day Enduros—with both Wild Wood and Northstar leading the way with two back-to-back exciting days of racing.
2014 series champ Ryan Chandler racing the wildly popular Santa Cruz Super Enduro.
CES Director Steve Gemelos says, “We’re looking forward to bringing back venues from last year that hosted great races and really showcased the diverse mountain biking zones in California.” Gemelos adds, “We’re thrilled with the addition of the Ashland and Mendocino venues, with Ashland offering some of the best mountain biking on the west coast, and Mendocino opening up a whole new riding region for many participants. Throw in our very first multi-day races, and this is going to be one heck of a year.”
With the expansion to seven events, the 2015 series points will be based on the top five results of the seven races. Gemelos explains, “Sometimes things don’t work out at a race; a flat tire, a mechanical, or just an off day can ruin your series. We want to keep things fun and competitive. This season, a bad race won’t end your series. You get seven opportunities to post your five best results. This will make it much more competitive for the series overall standings, and more competition makes it more fun.”
2014 season kick off at the Battle Born Enduro
And without further ado ... ladies and gentlemen, we present the 2015 California Enduro Series Race Schedule! Visit the CES website
for more information on these outstanding venues. May 9: Battle Born Enduro
on Peavine Mountain
in the Reno/Tahoe area, presented by The PoedunksJune 13-14: Wild Wood Adventure Enduro
on the Mendocino Coast
in Caspar, presented by Mendocino Bike SpriteJune 27-28: VP EnduroFest
at China Peak Mountain Resort
in Lakeshore, presented by VP ComponentsJuly 11-12: Ashland Mountain Challenge
at Lithia Park
in Ashland, presented by Ashland Mountain AdventuresTBD: Santa Cruz Super Enduro
at Soquel Demonstration State Forest
in the Santa Cruz Mountains, presented by Mountain Bikers of Santa CruzAug 29-30: Northstar Enduro
at Northstar California Resort
in TruckeeSept 24-27: Kamikaze Bike Games Enduro
at Mammoth Mountain
in Mammoth LakesEqual pro purse for series overall
CES continues to prove its commitment to supporting female riders by again offering equal pro purses for both women and men for the series overall top finishers.
Brianne takes on Mammoth's trademark "kitty litter" terrain at the 2014 Kamikaze Bike Games Enduro
CES 2014 Pro Women second place winner Brianne Spiersch, enthuses, “Leading the way with equal Pro payout in 2014 demonstrated the series’ character and I’m thrilled to hear they will continue to do so. As a female racer, I believe this provides incentive for more girls to race the whole series and also encourages the wide-scope growth of more women wanting to improve and move up through the ranks. This overall enthusiasm and excitement transcends more than racing. For example, the excellent coverage of these events showcasing great photos of talented female athletes also gets more women stoked to get out and shred. The more people riding bikes, the better for everyone!”
Christine rails a turn on the 2014 Northstar Livewire Classic Enduro
Pro rider Christine Hirst—a devoted advocate for women athletes—adds, “CES has consistently demonstrated commitment to female racers through social and print media efforts, promoting ladies of all levels. I am thrilled the series will continue to recognize the efforts of female pros through equal payouts.” Additional categories
In addition to an expanded schedule, CES is also increasing the selection of race categories. Additional age groups have been included in the Men’s Sport and Expert classes, and the Junior Boys category has been split into Sport and Expert classes.
Liam stylin' on the 2014 Battle Born Enduro course
Junior racer Liam Ruff says, “I’m excited to hear the folks at CES listened to us junior racers and added an Junior Expert category for the upcoming season. I have no doubt the CES lineup will feature some of the most fun and competitive Enduro races in 2015.”
Casey charges the 2014 Kamikaze Bike Games Enduro course
The California Enduro Series (CES) is a for riders, by riders non-profit organization (501c3 pending) dedicated to promoting world-class Enduro events that everyone from amateur to pro can enjoy, at a geographically diverse range of venues. The series quickly becoming renowned for fostering an exceptional sense of community. Casey Coffman—2014 series Pro fourth place finisher—says, “I’m excited to get the CES traveling circus back together. All the racers became such a good group of close friends by the end of the season. I'm excited to see the series grow!”
Kurt on a tear at the Northstar Livewire Classic Enduro
Enduro, a relatively new but wildly popular and rapidly growing mountain bike race discipline, requires the fitness and stamina of cross-country racing plus the technical handling skills of downhill racing. Kurt Gensheimer, aka The Angry Singlespeeder, explains, “Enduro is really just another word for mountain biking, because at its core, Enduro is about getting radical on knobby tires with new friends and world-class trails. Add a dash of friendly competition with lots of great swag and you've got the California Enduro Series. It's the only event where downhillers, XC fitness freaks and weekend warriors can all compete and have a great time.”
VP pedals are a popular choice for Enduro riders
CES 2015 is grateful for the continued support of founding sponsor VP Components
. VP Brand Director and CES founding officer Erik Saunders is pleased with how quickly the series has grown, and how well its objectives are being met. “My vision was to create a vibrant, inclusive, and diverse landscape of related events for riders of all abilities to enjoy, and a pathway for aspiring athletes to progress.” Saunders adds, “It’s great to see how CES and each independent event have been enthusiastically supported by riders, the bike industry, land managers, and the general public.”
Camaraderie at the Santa Cruz Super Enduro
CES is currently seeking sponsors for the 2015 series. Sponsoring the series is an excellent way for a business to inspire loyalty, increase sales, and generate interest at local, national and international levels, while supporting the Enduro community and mountain biking at large. Contact us
for our 2015 sponsorship kit.
Moby is stoked to see y'all in 2015!
For more information about Enduro, the California Enduro Series in general, and its individual events, visit www.californiaenduroseries.com
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Michele LamelinPhotos: Called To Creation