Kona racers had an awesome weekend at the California Enduro Series Round 2 in Reno, Nevada. Ryan Gardner rode his Process 111 to the top step in a stacked men’s field just .39 ahead of second place. Derek Teel, riding his Process 134 DL, put together a solid set of runs to take his first Pro Enduro podium landing in 5th place. On the women’s side, Ali Osgood also rocking the 134 took 5th in her first ever Enduro Race.
Reno is one of the more physical of the California Enduro Series stops, opting for one big day and six stages. Riders spent at least 5 hours in the unusually green and wildflower dotted hills they call Peavine. The trails here are fast and flowy in general, but the high speeds, slippery corners, and intermittent headwinds meant it took some serious power to stay up to speed. Stage 5 (the first stage run by the Pro men and women) was the gnarliest of the day with square edge rocks, high speed off camber and a challenging rock filled gully deemed the “snake pit” that claimed multiple tires and wheels throughout the race. It was a big day on the bikes for the whole Kona crew here in California, but all the pedaling was rewarded with three podium spots, a few beers, and an awesome atmosphere that has become the hallmark of California Enduro racing.