This past weekend was the second installment of the California Enduro Series at the Dirt Club in Los Olivos CA. The format consisted of 8, 2-3 minute downhill runs with plenty of pedaling in between. The first four runs were faster and more downhill oriented and the last four were longer and less steep, putting each rider’s fitness to the test.
Enduro racing is gaining traction here in California and the growing list of competitors reflected that. Over 150 people showed up to get dusty in California’s version of the Serengeti Plaines. Gardner Racing was equally excited about the event. After packing up the van, they made the short trip away from the coast to the Santa Barbara County wine country.
The first four timed stages were short and fast, taking place on the old DH courses built a few years ago. Ryan and Becky drew on their past DH racing experience to take 3rd and 2nd place overall going into the lunch break. After Lunch came the longer third and fourth stages. After an awful first run Ryan got back on the Gas and was able to fend off many of the XC guys to take the 4th place spot on the day. Becky unfortunately ran into some issues and finished just outside of the top 5.
After the race riders were treated to tacos and beer, all part of the racing package. A whole day of riding with rad people, racing, tacos, and beer all for $55 bucks is a hell of a deal. The series also boasts tons of prizes for amateurs and a $2000 dollar purse for pros. Long Live Enduro!