The first race of the burgeoning Oregon Super D Series went off under perfect conditions in Hood River this weekend. Over 250 riders from all over the PNW dropped in on a sweet 7 mile long singletrack course featuring 3,000 feet of descending and a lung scorching 400 feet of climbing. Blazing berms, super tech downhill sections and epic forest flow define this incredible discipline, one that’s pushing both bike technology and rider skill as it aims to bring all elements of mountain bike racing under one roof. Local favorite and Team Kona Enduro rider Matt Slaven had a scorching time going until he ragdolled into a creek and lost a good 25 seconds to finish 4th.

Slaven’s teammate, French Enduro legend Karim Amour placed a respectable 5th, describing the race as tough, but super fun (repeat with French accent). “The course was in amazing condition today,” said Slaven. “It would have been great for Kona to go one two this weekend, but hey, that’s how it goes sometimes. So much can happen in the 20 minutes it takes to run this course, it’s wild.” Look for a sweet mini documentary on Enduro Racing out in the next couple of weeks, produced by your wonderful all mountain loving friends at Kona. Check out the Kona Team’s Magic Link equipped Abra Cadabra bikes HERE.
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