The series then heads to the coast for the finals on October 12-13th in Santa Cruz, California.
“Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz is stoked to bring the Santa Cruz Super Enduro back to the Demo forest as a 2 day event with a larger more inclusive field. We are building on the success and momentum of the Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival to create a fun atmosphere and a wicked event that riders will love! We are honored to be the season finale of the California Enduro Series and we’ll put on a great celebration for our first year as part of the series.” says Mark Davidson, Santa Cruz Super Enduro Event Director.
Mtbr had the chance to ask Mark some additional questions, too:
Q: Given your experience from last year, what improvements do you see for the Santa Cruz Super Enduro event for this year?
Mark Davidson: “That was the first sanctioned competitive event in the Demo forest so the forest manager asked us to limit the field to 50 riders. We recruited only Pro/Elite level riders to ensure the safety of the event based on whatever conditions. This year, the objective is to open the event to about 200 participants and are working on a plan to ensure that it is feasible.”
“Enduro races and the Demo forest in particular is a logistical challenge for communications and getting materials distributed during the race. Fortunately, we were working with great partners on this event like CAL Fire (the land managers) and the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES). We had a lot of single points of failure in the system and as a result our plans did not get executed and water and food were not available at the bottom of Sawpit. We are going to improve our logistical planning and include more contingency planning and volunteer training. We also hope to provide over night camping for this event.”
“The timing systems in particular were a little problematic during the race. We developed our own system and it worked quite well but not to the quality that we set for ourselves. One of the motivations to help form the CES was to spread the cost of shared capital equipment – like a timing system – to conduct an enduro race. A good electronic timing system could cost between $3,000 – $5,000 which is too much cost for single club to bear.”
Mark also adds that a few big name pros have committed to the Santa Cruz Super Enduro and these racers will be announced in the near future. Mark finishes by saying, “We are planning a fun celebration focused on the riders and volunteers of the California Enduro Series.”
The other improvement would be to move this event out of the shadow of the Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival and put it at the other end of the summer season. Our volunteers and leaders were pushed to their limits by both events. Both of these events are large and can be quite complicated particularly when we fit the planning into the cracks of our time – all of us are volunteers! I’m pleased to say that our volunteers are top notch and they can rise to the challenges. Our success in both events demonstrates this.
For more information regarding the series check out the California Enduro Series website: www.californiaenduro.com
From Robert Herber’s SoCal series is this promo video of Enduro Racing: