California Enduro Series Announces Event Registration Dates

Jan 17, 2019 at 15:44
by Michele Charboneau / Cali Enduro  
California Enduro Series 2017 Round 6 Northstar Enduro Day 2
Photo of Curtis Keene by Called To Creation.

PRESS RELEASE: California Enduro Series

California Enduro Series is thrilled to welcome Specialized Bicycles as title sponsor for the 2019 season. Specialized’s support allows for the series to continue its growth as a “for-riders, by-riders organization” … a founding concept which aligns perfectly with the bike industry leader’s motto “Made for riders, by riders.”

Specialized’s Marketing Leader Sam Benedict says, “People riding trails together for fun, competition, and camaraderie ... there’s not much better than that! We are happy and proud to continue supporting enduro racing along the west coast — it’s impressive what Steven and his team have built. It’s also a great avenue by which we can look for and test new ideas. Please find us at the races and let us know how we can make your ride better!”

CES director Steve Gemelos adds, “Specialized has been a valued supporter of our series for the past two years; we are very excited to have them on board at our highest level for the upcoming season.”

The series also welcomes back long time sponsors FOX, Kenda, WTB, Voler, and Adventure Sports Journal, as well as second-year sponsor Zodiac Lights, and newcomers Intense, Maxxis, and Peaty’s.

CES Sponsorship Director Megan Gemelos says, “Our non-profit series relies on the generous sponsorship of industry and community businesses. It’s not too late to get involved for the 2019 season … we are always happy to expand the CES family.”

Registration dates announced
The Ensenada Enduro not only kicks off the season, but is also the first to open registration in just over three weeks, on February 10 at 8pm. The Ashland Mountain Challenge is set to open registration on March 4 at 8pm, with China Peak Enduro and Mt. Shasta Enduro following suit on March 10, also at 8pm. Mammoth Mountain Enduro's registration date remains to be announced.

Registration for the Northstar Enduro, which is Round 7 of the 2019 Enduro World Series, was handled earlier in the year by EWS and sold out right away; apply for the waitlist here.

eMTB categories introduced
In other exciting news, 2019 marks the debut of eMTB categories at select CES venues. Riders may register as Expert eMTB Men, Expert eMTB Women, Sport eMTB Men, and Sport eMTB Women at the Ensenada Enduro, the China Peak Enduro, the Mt. Shasta Enduro, and the Mammoth Mountain Enduro. Overall series winners in the eMTB categories will be awarded at the Mammoth event.

Of this much anticipated move, Gemelos says, “Electric mountain bikes are proving themselves time and again as legit shred machines, and CES is happy to welcome eMTB enthusiasts to four out of the six races on our schedule this upcoming season.”

Kicking off in Baja
The 2019 CES season kicks off in Baja California with the Ensenada Enduro. The event is part of the inaugural Ensenada Bike Fest, which takes place over Memorial Day weekend (May 24-26) at Horsepower Ranch in Ensenada, just 90 miles south of San Diego.

Also new this coming season is the Mt. Shasta Enduro, which is the third stop on the schedule, taking place July 13 at the Mt. Shasta Ski Park near Mount Shasta/McCloud. This event introduces riders to a fresh riding zone on the south slope of Northern California’s iconic Mount Shasta. The course features 5,000’ of descent on a variety of fast, challenging, technical terrain.

As if that wasn’t all exhilarating enough, the popular Northstar Enduro returns for a sixth season, this time as Round 7 of the Enduro World Series (EWS). The event takes place over the August 23-25 weekend.

Big mountain favorites China Peak Enduro (June 29) and Mammoth Mountain Enduro — formerly Kamikaze Bike Games Enduro — (date TBD) return to the line-up as does the Ashland Mountain Challenge which wraps the season up in style October 5.

2019 series points will be based on the top five results of the six races.

At a Glance

2019 Schedule

May 24-26 Ensenada Enduro at Horsepower Ranch in Ensenada, MX
Registration opens Feb 10 at 8pm

June 29 China Peak Enduro at China Peak Ski Resort in Lakeshore, CA
Registration opens March 10 at 8pm

July 13 Mt. Shasta Enduro at Mt. Shasta Ski Park in McCloud, CA
Registration opens March 10 at 8pm

Aug 23-24 Northstar Enduro EWS #7 at Northstar California Resort in Truckee, CA
Sold out; apply for waitlist

Date TBD Mammoth Mountain Enduro at Mammoth Mountain in Mammoth Lakes, CA
Registration opens March 24 at 8pm

Oct 5 Ashland Mountain Challenge in Ashland, OR
Registration opens March 4 at 8pm

Register for all races except Northstar at And don’t forget, you must have a CES Rider ID to register for these events. If you don’t have an ID, sign up for one at the link above.

Be part of CES’ exciting 2019 season and/or EWS Northstar! For more information, email Megan Gemelos at

CES depends on the dedication of its volunteers. Learn more by contacting Steve Gemelos at

Visit the CES website at, and follow the series on Facebook and Instagram.

Words by Michele Charboneau


  • + 13
 Ebike catagory? E bike racing is possibly the stupidest idea ever..
  • + 10
 Seems legit as long as they are racing against other eBikes.
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flag seraph (Jan 20, 2019 at 13:19) (Below Threshold)
 Spoken like a true hater. Just because it's not for you doesn't mean it's stupid.
  • + 0
 Well, at least they do pedal. So, I guess a fully motozed bike race would truly be the most stupid idea ever!!
  • - 5
flag Beez177 (Jan 20, 2019 at 15:59) (Below Threshold)
 @seraph: just because you disagree, doesn't mean I'm wrong. Yes I am a hater, I hate how computers and batteries working there way into everything. What's next, e snowboards, e sneakers, e water bottles?
  • - 6
flag salespunk (Jan 20, 2019 at 16:22) (Below Threshold)
 Rode with one of the winningest MTB pros in the history of the sport today and they were on an eBike literally laughing out loud because they were having so much fun. Yeah, eBikes suck...
  • + 0
 @salespunk:Gwin has reportedly been spotted on one.
  • + 4
 @Rubberelli: Marketing for his sponsor, so what?
  • + 1
 i just cant wait till they make a ebike where you dont have to pedal!
  • + 3
 @krazieghost: Hopefully they use one of SRAMs twist shifters to accelerate it!
  • + 0
 @Beez177: their vs there...they're clearly not helping you with your command of the English language.
  • - 2
 @Dustfarter: grammar police always come out when they have nothing better to say. Auto correct and could care less.
  • + 8
 @Beez177: couldn't care less.
  • + 2
 @GeorgeHayduke: maybe he kinda cares?
  • - 1
 @GeorgeHayduke: English is my second language but thanks for being a dick.
  • + 3
 @salespunk: Yes, all of the locals including Lopes are having fun endorsing the latest toys. I am sure the machines are fun. I am sure they are being pushed by manufacturers and local shops, and I am sure it's not the same sport as mt biking. Around here, e-bikes may be the final nail in the "get the bikes off the trails" coffin. But yeah, I am sure they are fun. So are motorcycles and 4wd vehicles. Not mt. biking, but fun.
  • + 2
 @herzalot: I’ve yet to see BL on an ebike, mostly he’s on his Haka. Troy and Hans though, they’re all about it. TL just got his new S-Works Levo last week, I saw him on its first ride.
  • + 1
 @Beez177: you're very welcome.
  • + 2
 @herzalot: in this case they were riding a competitor's bike with duct tape over the logos. Definitely wasn't about advertising or pushing a product.
  • + 5
 As long as the E-bike racers do not get mixed in with the non E-bike racers in the start line. The CES races that I've been to, its a free for all in the start line queue. Mostly due to only having only a single volunteer at the start of the stage and racers not paying attention or getting to the start late. CES does what they can with what they have.
  • + 5
 I can't wait for a bunch of sport ebike kooks to pass all the pros midstage
  • + 5
  • + 2
 Maybe on a flat fire road. It's not like ebikes give you etc downhill technical skills. Of course the more pedally the stage the more advantage an ebike has. Just have to choose courses that are steep enough that an ebike won't make a difference.
  • + 6
 Yayyyyyy! Can’t wait for the fireroads!!!! #cesmeme #victoryroyale
  • + 5
 CES - California Ebike Series
  • + 1
 E bikes are cool. Think it's a great idea. However I've been able to speak to some E-bike Mechatronic savy dudes are able to pull extra power out of these motors without appearance changes. Hence cheating ....
  • + 1
 @salespunk Oh, and e-bikes are not allowed on any dirt trails in OC Parks or Wilderness areas, but that doesn't seem to stop anyone, even the top dogs in the area. Rules are for others, right?
  • + 1
 I am sure it will be no problem to get back across the border on Memorial day weekend....plan on a 6 hour delay. And if the shutdown is still going or escalates it might be more.
  • - 1
 A moped have pedal, what's the difference. It's motorized. They can race these motorcycles on private land and OHV Lands for all I care. So far our CA county parks have turned a blind eye on ebikes, even though the are illegal, but that should change this year with more enforcement. We need all the ticket fines to pay for park services anyway since everyone is poaching parking fees as is. And with this Trump shutdown, you bet they'll need that money!
  • + 2
 Wow, Northstar is sold out already? Big bummer. I love that race.
  • + 1
 @salespunk: Were you one of the guys out riding w Lopes and Cab @ Calavera?
  • + 2
 Sounds like an awesome series.

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