Last years assault on the North American Enduro scene was memorable, filled with good times, adventure, new friends and amazing experiences. We were just two guys out having a blast riding bikes. This year will be no different.
As winter rolled out for another season we were counting down the days for the first round of the 2013 North American Enduro Series. The Weeks prior we had our trusty home the “Thunder Pig” serviced and tuned up ready for another big year on the road. We had our last days of work for the season and with an early start to spring we were out on the trails getting up to speed and trying out new equipment.
After the stories shared from our experiences last year we had a small army of friends from BC that would join us at Hood River to get a taste for the enduro scene and see first hand at what all the fuss is about.
Over the years living in Whistler i have had the pleasure of riding with these people. They are not all racers but all of them have a passion for riding their bike! From adventuring in the Chilcotins, hanging out in the bike park, riding in the valley and ripping each others lungs out at the local toonie xc races, i have spent time with all these people separately in different areas of mountain biking. It was great to see this one format of riding bikes called Enduro has brought these people together to hang out for the weekend, ride together, laugh and share there biking experiences.
The competition this weekend was solid with a packed pro field which is great for the series. We had an interesting weekend of racing, i think the anticipation and mental game of hanging in the gym and on a trainer during the winter months waiting for the first race to arrive placed alot of pressure to come out of the gate swinging.
Chris had a good start but had a few minor issues and mishaps that seen him just inside the top 10. Lets just say he may have done stage 4 chainless from the start. Myself, well i decided to get a few soil samples one on stage 2 with a nice high speed wash out and then followed up with a scary fall on stage 3 that felt like i had a visit to the chiropractor that had me down for a while. It may not have been the results we where looking for but its early days and the season is long and we have plenty of time to get our groove on and back into the mixer! What i can say is that we had an amazing weekend shredding trail with a bunch of rad people!
The next stop in the Oregon Series is Bend! Bring your friends, hang out, ride hard and get a load of the enduro experience!
Big thanks to our 2013 affiliates – Santa Cruz Bicycles, Shimano, Fox, Enve, Race Face, Giro, Ergon, Maxxis, MRP, Smith Optics, Marx Conditioning, Suspension Werx, Boeshield T9, Nite Rider and Suspension Therapy.