Some of us from the 659 (Idyllwild’s telephone prefix) managed to get away from chilly weather for a fun day on the bike. For many, it was a first race or at least a first Enduro.
The event took place at Vail Lake, near Temecula, the day after the long running 12 Hours of Temecula. The So Cal Enduro Series is a newer series also put on by Jason & Heather Ranoa. It was a lot of “firsts” for our crew:
Bret’s “first” race in forever and a day, and his “first” Enduro (Expert class)
Dave’s “first” Enduro (Open Hardtail class)
Sage’s “first” Enduro (Junior Sport class)
Tanya’s “first” race (Sport Women class)
and my “first” race in forever, first Enduro in California (Expert class)
Everybody had a good time; the vibe was very much like a day of trail riding, coming and going from camp and discussing the lines after each run. We were all pretty much whooped by the end of the day. Everybody had clean runs, no injuries. Our bikes all worked as advertised (every one of us on either an Intense or a Marin) though Bret’s bike suffered a random broken derailleur cable, which we were able to change out in short order.
Big thanks to Tiffany for cooking up a great post ride feast, and also to Dee, Linda, and Norm for the cheering support on the course.
The Enduro scene is growing fast. It’s super fun, laid back, but it gives everyone a good ride and offers a really cool social component. The bikes are amazing and it’s no surprise that, at least at this race, we saw plenty of Intense & Marin bikes out there. While you’re at it, take a gander at our stock of Enduro Bikes at The Hub why don’t ya?! 😉 The bikes have come so far in just the last few years that we’re literally able to ride the 55 mile Badger Ride and the Vail Enduro on the same bike, same setup. Pretty cool.