Into The Woods: Ryan and Becky Gardner Take on The Dirty Sanchez

Aaron Lesieur

Sure, the invite-only Dirty Sanchez Enduro looks like a race on paper; top tier athletes, gnarly race courses, timing, start gates, the whole nine.  But those who have attended this party in the woods in Northern California, can all attest that the racing is just a backdrop for one of the most entertaining and full-on weekends of the year! From humble beginnings with just “11 guys getting drunk in the woods” (The Man, the Myth, the Legend Ron Sanchez) to over 120 racers from all over the world getting drunk in the woods with industry support, an RC car track, a whip off contest, a slalom course, moto screenings, spirit awards, memorabilia, and at least 15 side by side shuttle vehicles, TDS has become a full-on circus in the best way possible.

Kasey Carames

The pace is always turned to 11 and a good margin looser than any other event of the year. Full send is needed on every track to have any chance at a top 10 (there were over 20 DNF’s this year). This year Becky and Ryan had an incredible amount of fun, had some hero moments, and a few dirt samples… Just as TDS was meant to be. Thanks to the Sanchez Family and everyone else who makes this event a reality. It just goes to show how absolutely amazing the mountain biking community can be.

Kasey Carames