SANTA CRUZ, CA – October 16, 2013 – Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBoSC) is pleased to announce a successful weekend celebrating the spirit of enduro and is excited to present official results from the BELL 2013 Santa Cruz Super Enduro.
190 racers took to the physically and technically demanding course at Soquel Demonstration State Forest (SDSF aka “Demo”) this past Saturday, October 12 for the second ever Santa Cruz Super Enduro, a type of mountain bike race that is billed as racing your typical “all mountain” ride with your buddies. An increased field limit (up from the 2012 inaugural race limit of 50) allowed for a wider range of participation, with athletes hailing from as far away as Ohio and Alabama competing in pro, expert, sport, beginner and junior categories. This highly anticipated race – which sold out in just over two hours – elicited an extraordinary level of excitement from riders as they blazed into the finish with high fives flying between competitors.
Event Director Steve Gemelos enthuses, “We were very excited to have this event at Demo Forest in Santa Cruz – the second ever Santa Cruz Super Enduro and the finale for the inaugural year of the California Enduro Series. We wanted to go big… we wanted to make it more than just a race… we wanted each rider to feel like they were hanging out and riding with their friends on some awesome trails… we wanted everyone to go home feeling this was their best weekend on two wheels all year. Based on the smiles throughout the weekend and the positive Facebook posts and other feedback since, it’s clear we nailed it!”
Gemelos furthers states, “This year’s course was very challenging – over 4700 feet of climbing in 19 miles – hitting some of the best trails in Santa Cruz. The planning committee spent a lot of time riding in the Demo forest tuning the route. One of my favorite aspects of this year’s course was the addition of Corral Trail which surprised even local riders, some whom have never ridden Corral before. The excitement and cheering at the bottom of Corral was amazing. It was great to add a stage that was a blast to ride and also offered a fun twist for the locals.”
The 2013 California Enduro Series final race was part of a weekend-long celebration of the spirit of enduro and included camping, meals, entertainment, fun rides and other activities to enjoy with fellow enduro enthusiasts. Over the weekend – which boasted ideal sunny weather – Camp Loma was home to 150 campers including racers, their friends and family, spectators and volunteers, and sponsor booths in the center field.
After kicking off race day with a sumptuous home-cooked breakfast, riders left base camp in waves to tackle the long pedal to the start of special stage 1. From there, racers took on three technically demanding timed downhill stages, with two arduous transfer stages in between and one last extended climb back out from the finish. Along the course, riders refueled at a feed station sponsored by Sports Basement, GU Energy and Clif Bar, as well as the motivating camaraderie inherent in enduro racing.
Upon completing all stages, riders returned to camp where they enjoyed beer provided by Ninkasi Brewing as they shared the day’s race experiences with each other, browsed vendor booths, and enjoyed a hearty dinner while waiting for results. With podium shots taken and prizes handed out, racers and campers settled down for an outdoor double-feature screening of Not Bad (Anthill Films) and Arrival (SecondBase Films) compliments of Trail Head Cyclery, followed by live honky-tonk pop from Coffee Zombie Collective at the BELL booth.
Race day was followed by Sunday morning breakfast and a Play Day that included bike demos, pro-led rides and shuttled trail work. Marin, Norco, Santa Cruz, Specialized, Trek (Epicenter Cycling) showcased their enduro-specific and all mountain bikes ideally suited for the trails at Demo, while Pivot Cycles pro cross country and enduro rider Macky Franklin led riders out on course trails, sharing his riding tips and race experiences. In addition, a group of dedicated riders participated in trailwork led by MBoSC Trails Officer Drew Perkins and were rewarded with an Ibis swag raffle and free shuttle rides afterwards courtesy Shuttle Smith Adventures.
Updated results can be found at www.webscorer.com/race?raceid=14375
Pro Men Podium
1. John Hauer (Santa Cruz, CA)
2. Jeff Kendall-Weed (Santa Cruz, CA)
3. Marco Osborne (Novato, CA)
Pro Women Podium
1. Margaret Gregory (Redlands, CA)
2. Kathy Pruitt (Santa Cruz, CA)
3. Tiffany Allmandinger (Goleta, CA)
Regarding the results update, Gemelos explains, “We endeavored to provide the most accurate timing – we really wanted to ensure we got it right. We experienced some glitches on race day and tried to address the issues and post the results that evening, and we thought we had it. But after further reviewing the timing data the last few days, we realized we had one more issue to address and have subsequently updated the results. For those who moved up in the standings, congratulations. For those who moved down, I apologize and assure you it was not for lack of effort or desire to get it right. We learned from these mistakes and continue to strive to do better.”
MBoSC is grateful for the support of Soquel Demonstration State Forest land manager CAL Fire as well as emergency support from Amateur Radio Emergency Services and the Loma Prieta Santa Cruz County Fire Department.
Much appreciation goes to this year’s Title Sponsor BELL who – under the direction of Sports Marketing and Events Manager Allan Cooke, kicked in an impressive array of swag and product (including SCSE custom Super helmets for all podium winners), several home-cooked meals for racers, campers and volunteers, videography, live music (from the eclectic Coffee Zombie Collective) and more. A deep list of event sponsors were also integral to the weekend’s success and thanks goes out to Clif Bar, Epicenter Cycling, Eye on Edge, Formula, FOX, Gamut USA, G-Form, Gravity Anomaly, GU Energy, Ibis, Kali Protectives, Marin Bikes, Ninkasi Brewing, Norco, O.N.E. Coconut Water, Pivot Cycles, Price Point, Saris/CycleOps, Slime, Sports Basement / Osmo Nutrition, Trail Head Cyclery, Trek, and VP Components; plus Media Sponsors Adventure Sports Journal, Bike Magazine, decline magazine, Dirt Rag magazine and Enduro Mountainbike Magazine. Shouts as well to FOX and Shimano for providing racer support and Sony for their lively participation at camp and camera demos. These industry and community businesses demonstrate their commitment to the local mountain biking scene and its riders with their generosity and support.
The mission of the Santa Cruz Super Enduro is to support the demand for quality enduro race opportunities in California, to promote the world class mountain biking trails in Santa Cruz County and to bring awareness to the Santa Cruz community at large about mountain biking and the positive role it can play economically, socially and environmentally.
Enjoy this short video recap courtesy of David A. Smith and VitalMTB that truly captures the spirit of enduro, and the vision and essence of the Santa Cruz Super Enduro: www.vitalmtb.com/videos/features/2013-Santa-Cruz-Super-Enduro-Video-Recap,23312/sspomer,2?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=addthis#.Ulw2uMwvXlk.facebook
- Pro men 1st place winner and Santa Cruz local John Hauer enthuses, “So happy to have won this event in my home town! Having my family and friends in attendance and getting to race down some of my favorite trails was an experience to remember. I put in loads of work this year on the bike and to end the season with a win has been extremely rewarding. I’ll be looking forward to defending my victory next year at this amazing event!” Congratulations to John and fellow Pro men competitors Jeff Kendall-Weed and Marco Osborne who came in at 2nd and 3rd place respectively. Photo: Scott McClain, Called to Creation
- Pro women 1st place winner Margaret Gregory (Redlands, CA) takes the top step under the redwood canopy at Camp Loma. 2nd place winner Kathy Pruitt (Santa Cruz, CA) and 3rd place winner Tiffany Allmandinger (Goleta, CA) were unfortunately not available to take their spots on the podium. Congratulations to all three women. Photo: Scott McClain, Called to Creation
- Brisk morning rider meeting at Camp Loma just minutes before the first wave of riders heads out to the start. Photo: Scott McClain, Called to Creation
- Camaraderie. Beer. Stoke. Enduro. Photo: Scott McClain, Called to Creation