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California Enduro Series Announces 2015 Schedule

The California Enduro Series (CES) is pleased to announce the 2015 race schedule and promises another great year of Enduro racing. In its third year, CES proves its commitment to growing this popular cycling sport by expanding its schedule to include additional fun and challenging venues, offering more race categories, and maintaining equal pro payout to both men and women for series overall top placement.

Rachel Throop is pinned on the 2014 Santa Cruz Super Enduro course. That evening, Rachel stood on the Pro Women series podium in 5th place (Called To Creation).
Rachel Throop is pinned on the 2014 Santa Cruz Super Enduro course. That evening, Rachel stood on the Pro Women series podium in 5th place (Called To Creation).
Additional Events, Multi-Day Races
For 2015, the series is expanding to seven rounds, welcoming back popular venues from last year and adding two new events: the Wild Wood Adventure Enduro on the Mendocino coast and the Ashland Mountain Challenge. Additionally, 2015 will introduce the first multi-day Enduros—with both Wild Wood and Northstar leading the way with back-to-back exciting days of racing.

CES Director Steve Gemelos says, “We’re looking forward to bringing back venues from last year that hosted great races and really showcased the diverse mountain biking zones in California.” Gemelos adds, “We’re thrilled with the addition of the Ashland and Mendocino venues, with Ashland offering some of the best mountain biking on the west coast, and Mendocino opening up a whole new riding region for many participants. Throw in our very first multi-day races, and this is going to be one heck of a year.”

Northstar ups the ante for 2015 by expanding to a two day Enduro competition (Called To Creation).
Northstar ups the ante for 2015 by expanding to a two day Enduro competition (Called To Creation).

With the expansion to seven events, the 2015 series points will be based on the top five results of the seven races. Gemelos explains, “Sometimes things don’t work out at a race; a flat tire, a mechanical, or just an off day can ruin your series. We want to keep things fun and competitive. This season, a bad race won’t end your series. You get seven opportunities to post your five best results. This will make it much more competitive for the series overall standings, and more competition makes it more fun.”

Mechanicals happen. But a tough day won’t necessarily ruin your series in 2015 (Bogdan Marian).
Mechanicals happen. But a tough day won’t necessarily ruin your series in 2015 (Bogdan Marian).

2015 Event Schedule
Visit the CES website for details about these outstanding venues.

  • May 9: Battle Born Enduro on Peavine Mountain in the Reno/Tahoe area, to benefit The Poedunks
  • June 13-14: Wild Wood Adventure Enduro on the Mendocino coast in Caspar, presented by Mendocino Bike Sprite
  • June 27-28: VP EnduroFest at China Peak Mountain Resort in Lakeshore, presented by VP Components
  • July 11-12: Ashland Mountain Challenge at Lithia Park in Ashland, presented by Ashland Mountain Adventures
  • TBD: Santa Cruz Super Enduro at Soquel Demonstration State Forest in the Santa Cruz Mountains, presented by Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz
  • Aug 29-30: Northstar Enduro at Northstar California Resort in Truckee
  • Sept 24-27: Kamikaze Bike Games Enduro at Mammoth Mountain in Mammoth Lakes
Big mountain venues like China Peak’s VP EnduroFest offer all-mountain riding enthusiasts like James Bradley ideal conditions in which to challenge themselves. James charged his way to 2nd place Sport Men 50+ at the EnduroFest as well as 2nd in the series overall (Called To Creation).
Big mountain venues like China Peak’s VP EnduroFest offer all-mountain riding enthusiasts like James Bradley ideal conditions in which to challenge themselves. James charged his way to 2nd place Sport Men 50+ at the EnduroFest as well as 2nd in the series overall (Called To Creation).
Pro rider Ryan Gardner on a tear in blistering heat during practice for the 2014 series kick off, the Battle Born Enduro (Called To Creation).
Pro rider Ryan Gardner on a tear in blistering heat during practice for the 2014 series kick off, the Battle Born Enduro (Called To Creation).

Equal Pro Purse for Series Overall
CES continues to prove its commitment to supporting female riders by again offering equal pro purses for both women and men for the series top finishers.

CES 2014 Pro Women 3rd place winner Amy Morrison enthuses, “I’m very happy to hear CES is continuing to offer equal payout. For me it’s not all about the money, but rather feeling valued in a sport dominated by men. More women, whether racing pro and eligible for prize money or not, will feel appreciation for equal payout and it will help grow the female participation in the series and the sport.”

Amy’s best friend Brianne Spiersch stood next to her on the Pro Women podium at 2nd place overall. Agreeing with Amy, Brianne adds, “The excellent coverage of these events showcasing great photos of talented female athletes also gets more women stoked to get out and shred. The more people riding bikes, the better for everyone!”

Amy Ramacher rails a loose turn on the VP EnduroFest course. Amy, who finished the 2014 series in 2nd place Expert Women races the SoCal Enduro Series as well as CES, making for a busy and exciting year (Called To Creation).
Amy Ramacher rails a loose turn on the VP EnduroFest course. Amy, who finished the 2014 series in 2nd place Expert Women races the SoCal Enduro Series as well as CES, making for a busy and exciting year (Called To Creation).

Additional Categories
In addition to an expanded schedule, CES is also increasing the selection of race categories. Additional age groups have been included in the Men’s Sport and Expert classes, and the Junior Boys category has been split into Sport and Expert classes.

Junior racer Liam Ruff—who took 4th place overall in 2014—says, “I’m excited to hear the folks at CES listened to us junior racers and added an Junior Expert category for the upcoming season. I have no doubt the CES lineup will feature some of the most fun and competitive Enduro races in 2015.”

Bruce Klein has been learning the ropes from his teammate Jon Buckell all season, and has the style and results to show for it, with a 1st place Junior Boys finish at the end of this course at the Kamikaze Bike Games (Called To Creation).
Bruce Klein has been learning the ropes from his teammate Jon Buckell all season, and has the style and results to show for it, with a 1st place Junior Boys finish at the end of this course at the Kamikaze Bike Games (Called To Creation).

Spirit of Enduro
The California Enduro Series (CES) is a for riders, by riders non-profit organization (501c3 pending) dedicated to promoting world-class Enduro events that everyone from amateur to pro can enjoy, at a geographically diverse range of venues. The series is quickly becoming renowned for fostering an exceptional sense of community. Casey Coffman—2014 series Pro fourth place finisher—says, “I’m excited to get the CES traveling circus back together. All the racers became such a good group of close friends by the end of the season. I’m excited to see the series grow!”

The skies open up during the Kamikaze Bike Games Enduro riders meeting, leaving everyone scrambling for rain gear and wondering just what kind of conditions they would be enduring on course. Luckily the sun busted through just in time for a perfect race day (Called To Creation).
The skies open up during the Kamikaze Bike Games Enduro riders meeting, leaving everyone scrambling for rain gear and wondering just what kind of conditions they would be enduring on course. Luckily the sun busted through just in time for a perfect race day (Called To Creation).
Series Sponsors
CES 2015 is grateful for the continued support of founding sponsor VP Components. VP Brand Director and CES founding officer Erik Saunders is pleased with how quickly the series has grown, and how well its objectives are being met. “My vision was to create a vibrant, inclusive, and diverse landscape of related events for riders of all abilities to enjoy, and a pathway for aspiring athletes to progress.” Saunders adds, “It’s great to see how CES and each independent event have been enthusiastically supported by riders, the bike industry, land managers, and the general public.”

CES is currently seeking sponsors for the 2015 series. Sponsoring the series is an excellent way for a business to inspire loyalty, increase sales, and generate interest at local, national and international levels, while supporting the Enduro community and mountain biking at large. Contact us for our 2015 sponsorship kit.

Giant Team Bike & Bean’s Ryan Gibson gets low on his VP VX Trail Race pedals at the Battle Born Enduro. Ryan reports that the whole team is pumped to their 2014 Team Championship title.”We’re looking forward to challenging ourselves, having fun and building community!” (Called To Creation).
Giant Team Bike & Bean’s Ryan Gibson gets low on his VP VX Trail Race pedals at the Battle Born Enduro. Ryan reports that the whole team is pumped to their 2014 Team Championship title.”We’re looking forward to challenging ourselves, having fun and building community!” (Called To Creation).

For more information about the California Enduro Series, visit the California Enduro Series website. Follow CES on Facebook and Instagram.

Words: Michele Lamelin Photos: Called To Creation and Bogdan Marian