Against all odds, the Ashland Mountain Challenge (AMC) went off without having a hitch on a gloriously stunning weekend, wrapping up the abbreviated California Enduro Collection 2020 period with a bang on Oct 3-4. The offered-out race was offered by Hope Technologies and Ashland Mountain Adventures (AMA), and the party is a very predicted racer beloved year following 12 months.
The COVID-19 pandemic experienced normally turned issues upside down … each figuratively and practically, as it turned out. For each US Forest Services allow needs, this year’s AMC begun AND finished at the major of Mt. Ashland. This intended riders raced their timed stages first, then tackled a required climb all the way back again to exactly where they began.
The unconventional four-stage system was set entirely on Mt. Ashland’s east facet. It served up 4,800 ft of the two downhill and climbing — exact same as earlier AMCs, only in a various order. In sharp contrast to the earlier couple of several years, 2020’s class was ridiculously dry and slippery (think: minuscule ball bearings on tricky pack) … just incorporate Fast and you can visualize the difficult Enjoyable racers had been handled to.
AMY MORRISON, 2020 ASHLAND MOUNTAIN Obstacle Pro Women Champion, PINNED ON Phase 1. THIS Initial Phase OF THE Working day WAS Designated AS THE FOX QUEEN Stage, WHICH WENT TO MORRISON FOR Pro Women.
To get to Phase 1, riders despatched it down Higher Bull Hole, a primitive services street that’s becoming slowly but undoubtedly taken around by the forest … and loads of loose, chunky rocks. Riders continued on to the get started of Stage 1 with some muscle-warming cross-place pedaling on Decreased Bull Hole singletrack.
The very first stage of the day ran on Reduce Bull Gap’s downhill portion moreover the higher part of Missing Hyperlink and featured tons of rocks, roots, limited corners and flowy berms. This stage was the FOX Queen Phase, in which the racer from just about every classification with the swiftest time acquired bonus details toward over-all ranking.
Following a quick uphill transfer, riders took on Stage 2, which ran on the reduce section of Lacking Link and the ever-common Catwalk. This latter track starts off with a slabby rock yard, then segues into the furiously speedy “freeway” and finishes with a zig-zag descent. Savvy racers shaved off time by setting up for total-on sprints out of the tight corners as they billed to the phase finish.
A different limited transfer delivered racers to the best of Stage 3, which involved Lizard, Caterpillar and Rabbit Gap. This phase was all about pumping and circulation, holding it upright on rapidly, dry corners and creating the most out of rollers, tables, and banked berms.
From the bottom of 3, riders took on a for a longer time transfer to their final phase, Marty’s. Racers were being stoked for this stage as it was new to the AMC training course. Adding to the stoke (and probably introducing a bit of trepidation for some), the phase sent a specially sketchy, techy, steep little bit together the way. The dry ailments made this part even spicier… and as we all know, enduro racers live for spice!
But … how ‘bout that pedal back again up? Hehe, suck it up buttercup, this ain’t no DH race. From the bottom of their final run (Phase 4), riders manufactured a required 11-mile climb again to where by they started out their race — the Mt. Ashland Ski Lodge parking location — wherever a socially-distanced awards ceremony took area every working day.
Professional Males, Pro Ladies, Activity and Beginner riders raced on Saturday Junior Pro, Learn Pro and all Qualified riders took on Sunday. The two times currently being heat and sunny, the blue skies and new air had been a sweet escape from the smoke-filled ecosystem most racers had left at residence.
Because of to COVID-19 restrictions, the common article-race feast could not acquire area rather, race organizer Ashland Mountain Adventures provided each individual racer with a meal voucher for Falafel Republic and a drink voucher for Gil’s. All round, riders welcomed the unusual “upside-down” working day and experienced a blast racing with pals on an remarkable course.
Enormous thanks to Invoice and Sue ‘n crew of AMA for still one more stellar celebration. With a period scattered with cancellations and postponements, it was good to wrap up the yr on this exceptionally positive note.
2020, get THAT!
Significant many thanks from the CES crew to everybody who hung in there with us around this unpredictable and unusual year. We really appreciate your motivation to the collection — your passion and help motivated us to function difficult to ensure the finest collection attainable less than even the most extenuating of circumstances!
2020 Collection CHAMPS
A shout of congratulations to this season’s series champions Marco Osborne and Amy Morrison, with a special shout to Morrison for dominating the season by successful a whopping dozen of the 14 levels!
Becoming a member of Osborne in the best five Pro Adult men all round are Cody Kelley in 2nd, Todd Renwick in 3rd, Max Sedlak in 4th, and Dillon Santos in 5th.
Accompanying Morrison in the leading five Professional Gals all round are Porsha Murdock in 2nd, Essence Florie in 3rd, Isabella Naughton in 4th, and Erin McCaleb in 5th.
View collection total personal results for all categories here.
2020 Crew CHAMPS
Congrats as very well to Scotts Valley Cycle Sport and Team Midpack who tied for 1st spot in the group level of competition. Team Mike’s Bikes took 3rd, whilst Summit/BLS/Deschutes and MTB Knowledge tied for 4th. Thank you all for racing!
Perspective all crew benefits right here.
2020 FOX / RACE Deal with Phase WINS
In addition to the FOX Queen Phase that included reward points to the collection in general standings to the winner of the stage in just about every group, Race Confront Functionality Products and solutions awarded a winner’s alternative bar/stem/grips combo to both equally the beginner male and amateur woman racer with the most stage wins.
Hunter Preston received for amateur male with 8 phase wins out of 14 phases that designed up the a few races of the 2020 CES.
There had been two feminine racers, Daisy James and Hannah Spendlove, with the similar range of five phase wins.
Congrats to Hunter, Daisy, and Hannah. Check out all FOX / Race Encounter Stage Wins here.
ENTER TO Earn A Specialized E-MTB OR MTB AND Assist Hearth Relief Attempts
100% of the proceeds to advantage fire relief initiatives, as effectively as path initiatives in two of our beloved racing communities!
Thanks to this year’s title sponsor Specialized, CES has two Specialized bikes to raffle off at the end of this unparalleled season.
The profitable tickets for a 2020 Specialised Turbo Levo SL Comp Carbon and a 2020 Specialised Enduro Skilled will be pulled on Oct 31, 2020.
Proceeds from this raffle were being at first slated to advantage the sequence — we’re a 501(c)3 non-revenue corporation — as nicely as trail projects in two of the communities that host races on the sequence schedule: Rogue Valley Mountain Bicycle Association (RVMBA) and Siskiyou Outside Recreation Alliance (SORA).
Nevertheless, in light of devastating wildfires that have impacted several good friends in the CES neighborhood, we at CES are donating 100% of our portion to fire aid endeavours the place it is most required.
In addition to donating our part of the Specialized raffle proceeds, CES is also donating 100% of the cash lifted from this season’s FOX raffles. Five FOX forks and 4 Transfer seatposts have now been raffled off — you can find a person far more of each individual continue to up for grabs.
Raffle tickets are $5 each, or five for $20 and twelve for $40. You need not be present to earn, and your prize can be transported everywhere all around the world. Bike winners get their selection of body dimension and shade. Fork winners get their option of a 36 or 38 seatpost winners get their selection of size.
Neighborhood is the heart of the California Enduro Collection. Be sure to support us support others and get the opportunity to acquire an remarkable eMTB, mountain bicycle, fork or seatpost though you are at it!
Buy tickets on-line right here.
CES is a for riders, by riders non-income 501(c)3 business committed to endorsing world-course enduro functions that everyone from amateur to professional can love, at a geographically diverse selection of venues. Entire CES timetable at californiaenduroseries.com.
At the rear of the masks … CES founders Steve and Megan Gemelos flanked by focused crew associates Daniel Gillooley and Josh Baker (significantly still left and 2nd from still left) and sequence photographer Aaron Lesieur (considerably proper).
CES is created doable by the generous sponsorship of market and neighborhood firms. The series is grateful for the ongoing help of title sponsor Specialized, official suspension sponsor FOX, Race Face, WTB, Voler, Cranked Naturals, Michael David Winery, Journey Sports Journal, Rigorous, and Zodiac Lights. Furthermore, huge thanks and a enormous welcome to new sponsors SANS, Consumer Testing, Galfer United states of america and GÜP!
Contact us at [email protected] if you’d like to get involved and be element of CES’ 2021 year.
Words by Michele Charboneau Lamelin / Pics by Bixxel Media
The Ashland Mountain Obstacle took position on Mt. Ashland, just around the California border in Ashland, Oregon. Whilst smoke from a variety of Oregon and California wildfires could be viewed in the distance, party participants and volunteers were dealt with to blue skies and clean air in Ashland above the race weekend. AMA observe shuttles have been out there on Friday, but this season’s AMC was a shuttle-fewer race owing to COVID limitations. Curtis Keene receiving a really feel for Ashland’s distinctive filth in follow. The watershed’s decomposed granite (DG) is tacky perfection when soaked, but delightfully sketchy when dry.The AMC class served up a mix of clean, flowy tracks as effectively as chunkier sections to maintain riders on their match. The Mike’s Bikes crew will take teamwork very seriously, ideal down to their completely coordinated follow package.Limited, dry, free corners essential exceptionally skillful bike managing.Finding boosty in observe.That search on your encounter when you clear a tough little bit. Yeewww!Immediately after a entire day of observe, riders stopped by Ashland Mountain Adventures in town to decide on up their race plates and timing chips. The AMC COVID edition commenced and ended at the Mt. Ashland Ski Lodge parking good deal, for each USFS permit needs. This unconventional format was ideal in line with a really uncommon 2020.Obtaining ready to race. Let us do this point!No CES recap would be total without having a adorable doggo pic.A awesome and concentrated Todd Renwick on Stage 4. Renwick took 2nd position for Professional Adult males.Cody Kelley on the lookout fly on the FOX Queen Stage, Phase 1. Kelley was second quickest rider on this stage (Osborne took to start with) and arrived in Pro Guys 3rd position on the day.Curtis Keene charging Stage 4. Keene arrived in Professional Adult men 4th spot.Mike Lee at ease in the air as always. Lee rounded out the prime five Professional Gentlemen podium. Essence Florie having flight down Marty’s. Florie took 2nd location for Professional Females.Kate Lawrence acquiring following it on Stage 4. Lawrence made the Pro Gals podium in 3rd location.Porsha Murdock blazing down a Phase 4 rock back garden. Murdock came in Pro Women 4th area.Diniana Piekutowski railing the DG turns on Stage 1, the FOX Queen Phase. Piekutowski completed up the day in 5th area for Pro Women.Jake Keller, Junior Pro 1st position finisher, skimming over the Phase 4 chunder.Jonathan Smith, Learn Professional 1st put finisher, building it glimpse straightforward on Stage 1.Cody Kelley lovin’ the necessary climb just after the morning’s timed phases.Again up at the lodge parking great deal, podium winners and their family members relished some downtime while waiting around for awards.Keeping social length whilst swapping race stories while waiting for the awards ceremony. Professional Men podium – 1st Marco Osborne, 2nd Todd Renwick, 3rd Cody Kelley, 4th Curtis Keene, 5th Michael Lee.Professional Women podium – 1st Amy Morrison, 2nd Essence Florie, 3rd Kate Lawrence, 4th Porsha Murdock, 5th Diniana Piekutowski.Junior Professional podium – 1st Jake Keller, 2nd Jack Sprenger, 3rd Jake Snow, 4th Ethan Jeffrey, 5th Body Briggs.Learn Professional podium – 1st Jonathan Smith, 2nd Brian Durling, 3rd Jonathan Reed, 4th Mikey Thomas, 5th Rod Kreiss.