Tahoe is an iconic location for the entire outdoors industry. People come far and wide to experience the crystal blue water, vast Sierras, and world class trails. Northstar Ski Resort has led the charge for summer lift access, offering the gnarliest terrain most will race on, let alone ride all year. It was here that the California Enduro Series held it’s 6th round, which was also Stop #2 for the high paying Golden Tour.
Over the course of two days, riders were faced with 6 stages resulting in over 40 minutes of race time. The relentless rocks, deep dust, and technical features were balanced by a daunting top to bottom run starting at the 8,600ft peak and finishing just above the 6,300ft village. Although this was deemed to be the deciding stage of the race, consistency of the top guys narrowed down the battle which maintained until the final stage.
Derek Teel chose the capable Process 134 (spec’d with a 150mm fork) to stay light over rocks while pumping features and attacking the pedals. Nailing his lines with only a few mistakes saw him finishing 5th or 6th on every stage and securing 4th for the overall! With the podium housing the likes of Curtis Keene, Marco Osbourne, and current series leader Evan Geankoplis, things are looking bright for the Nor Cal shredder.
Ariana Altier, aboard her Process 153, proved that she could not only compete with the top women but come back from a crash in practice that left her scrambling for a new wheel. Enduro racing is about persistence and not letting the small (or big things) affect your riding. She kept it fast and steady throughout the weekend, finishing fourth overall!
Ryan Gardner rode to a solid ninth place this weekend, keeping not only the entire team inside the top ten but his series overall standing in a secured second.
Team NorCal Cooperative has continued their podium streak and proving that the Process can compete on any terrain the West Coast has to offer.