The final day of this year’s USA Cycling National Championships at Mammoth Mountain held the Enduro race. USA Cycling Nationals draws riders from all over the country in order to compete for the stars-and-stripes jerseys awarded for each race. Before Mammoth Mountain cleared out on Sunday, Enduro racers headed up the hill to begin four stages of racing.

Each stage of the Enduro race ended at the Canyon Lodge, while they began throughout Mammoth Mountain. The course distance ranged between 1.5 to nearly 5 miles, the shortest being Stage 1 and the longest being Stage 3. Racers battled for the national title on the rough stages throughout a long day of racing before leaving Mammoth until next year.

Riders get their fair share of climbing in throughout the stages.
Riders get their fair share of climbing in throughout the stages.

Mammoth soil never looked better. Red rock rolling under tires on Stage 2.
Mammoth soil never looked better. Red rocks rolling under tires on Stage 2.

Kyle Warner burns through the strong headwind during a short climb towards the elevator shaft section of Stage 2. Warner takes 3rd for the day.
Kyle Warner burns through the strong headwind during a short climb towards the Elevator Shaft section of Stage 2. Warner takes 3rd for the day.

Mike Day cruising toward the steepest section of Stage 2.
Mike Day cruising toward the steepest section of Stage 2 and into an overall 5th place for the day.

Shared with Saturday s Downhill track the Elevator Shaft is the final section of Stage 2 of the Enduro.
Shared with Saturday's Downhill track, the "Elevator Shaft" is the final section of Stage 2 of the Enduro.

Adam Craig charges down the Elevator Shaft and takes 2nd for the day.
Adam Craig charges down the Elevator Shaft and takes 2nd for the Pro Men by the end of the day.

Mitch Ropelato comes into the finish area of the second stage with a solid lead over the field.
Mitch Ropelato comes into the finish area of the second stage with a solid lead over the field.

Halfway through the day of pedaling and racing. Walker Shaw catches his breath before heading back up.
Halfway through the day of pedaling and racing, Walker Shaw crosses the second stage before heading back up.

Riders continue down Stage 3 filled with a mix of turns and pavers rough straight sections and a slalom section.
Riders continue down Stage 3 filled with a mix of turns and pavers, rough straight sections, and a slalom section.

Stephen Pipoly toward the bottom of Stage 3. Pipoly makes the 10th spot for the day.
Stephen Pipoly toward the bottom of Stage 3. Pipoly makes the 10th spot for the day.

No shortage of California dryness. With hundreds of riders coming down the hill the tracks get rougher and more blown out as the day goes on.
No shortage of California dryness. With hundreds of riders coming down the hill, the tracks get rougher and more blown out as the day goes on.

BMX racer Barry Nobles on track for Sunday s Enduro.
BMX racer Barry Nobles on track in Sunday's Enduro.

Pro Men riders make their way through a final rough and loose section before entering the slalom section of Stage 3.
Pro Men riders make their way through a final rough and loose section before entering the slalom section of Stage 3.

Cole Picchiottino eyes towards the finish. 8th place for Cole.
Cole Picchiottino eyes towards the finish. 8th place for Cole.

Georgia Gould having herself a solid weekend at Mammoth. 2nd Place in Saturday s Short Track XC and she takes the 5th spot in Sunday s Enduro.
Georgia Gould having a solid weekend at Mammoth. 2nd Place in Saturday's Short Track XC and she takes the 5th spot in Sunday's Enduro.

GT Factory Racing s Rachel Throop pushes through a hard day of racing and into 4th place.
GT Factory Racing's Rachel Throop pushes through a hard day of racing and into 4th place.

Lauren Gregg coming into the finish of 4 long stages. 3rd place for Lauren Gregg.
Lauren Gregg coming into the finish after four long stages. 3rd place for Lauren Gregg.

Porsha Murdock makes the trip to Mammoth from Oregon and for good reasons. Murdock rides into 2nd place for the day.
Porsha Murdock makes the trip to Mammoth from Oregon, and for good reasons. Murdock rides into 2nd place for the day.

Kelli Emmett finishes strong after 4 tough runs down the mountain. Emmett takes the win for Pro Womens Enduro with a time of 39 24.5.
Kelli Emmett finishes strong after four tough runs down the mountain. Emmett takes the win for Pro Women's Enduro with a time of 39:24.5.

Another day of successful racing for Mitch Ropelato. Mitch took an impressive second place in Saturday s Pro DH and takes the W in the Enduro with a 32 06.5.
Another day of successful racing for Mitch Ropelato. Mitch took an impressive second place in Saturday's Pro DH, and takes the win in the Men's Pro Enduro with a 32:06.5.

Your Mens Pro Enduro Podium 1st- Mitch Ropelato. 2nd- Adam Craig. 3rd- Kyle Warner. 4th-Spencer Rathkamp. 5th- Mike Day.
Your Men's Pro Enduro Podium: 1st- Mitch Ropelato. 2nd- Adam Craig. 3rd- Kyle Warner. 4th-Spencer Rathkamp. 5th- Mike Day.

Your Womens Pro Enduro Podium 1st- Kelli Emmett. 2nd- Porsha Murdock. 3rd- Lauren Gregg. 4th- Rachel Throop. 5th- Georgia Gould.
Your Women's Pro Enduro Podium: 1st- Kelli Emmett. 2nd- Porsha Murdock. 3rd- Lauren Gregg. 4th- Rachel Throop. 5th- Georgia Gould.

Mammoth Mountain fades to black Sunday evening as USA Cycling National Championships comes to an end and riders clear out of Mammoth Lakes for another great weekend of racing.
Mammoth Mountain fades to black Sunday evening as USA Cycling National Championships comes to an end and riders clear out of Mammoth Lakes from another great weekend of racing.

View full results here: 2016 Results


MENTIONS: @freedjdh / @MammothMountain




28 Comments

  • + 27
 Wow Mitch! What a weekend! Win slalom and the Enduro in #2 in the DH! Nice work champ!
  • + 17
 It's kind of Rude that they scheduled this race and Richie wasn't able to make it...
  • + 8
 Rude probably could have skipped this EWS round and still win the overall EWS title so really it's on him ha ha.
  • + 48
 hes smart enough not to race USAC races
  • + 2
 @DaRanger: What's wrong with the USAC races? (genuine question here)
  • + 4
 @bridgermurray: in an effort to save time, I'll just tell you what's right with USAC.

Nothing.

Rude probably didn't want to get fined $20 for pissing in the woods when the other option was putting another EWS gold in his trophy case.
  • + 1
 @maxyedor: nobody should race USAC races. They'll yell at you and tell you "you screw up everything!" -vital reference. $215 for a pro license annual? What does that money even go to? I'd rather spend that money on some tires and go shred for fun or at the real enduro events
  • + 15
 Is it just me, or is the women's podium just Mitch Ropelato again?
  • + 13
 Congrats Mitch, helluva weekend for the kid that wasn't even going to race this year! Bring on Crankworx! #MitchsWay
  • + 6
 that womens podium tho
  • + 1
 edited cuz evolution.
  • + 3
 Thanks for the mention! Pretty pumped to land in 4th. Hope to do some more enduro racing in the future!
  • + 3
 Pumped to not see any mention of Brian Lopes...about time!
  • + 3
 He was kicking as up at the BC race with Lawill I believe.
  • + 3
 mitch won on a santacruz 5010 prettyy impresive
  • + 3
 Yeah @krismag117 made it on pinkbike, real life Jeffersons, moving on up!!
  • + 2
 Ropelato doesnt look like a kid anymore, seems he has been putting some time on the gym
  • + 1
 It's cool seeing Mitch back. Smile Looks like he found himself a spot again in the sport.
  • + 2
 Raising the roof is kinda a big thing for mtb podiums
  • + 2
 Good to see Mike Day up there!
  • + 1
 Congrats Adam. Mammoth pumice could not have been any more different than the loam and wet roots of the Trans BC.
  • + 1
 Good job @mitchropo! Using a DH 7 speed drive train no less!
  • + 1
 Where is the XC coverage?
  • + 1
 Short track XC was covered in Saturday's article !
  • + 21
 20 dollar fine on that

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