(Latest Update! Mtbr is happy to report that the previous naming rights issues have been fully resolved and Evan Turpen is rejoining the California Enduro Series organization. Mark Davidson (on behalf of the California Enduro Series organization) said, “Evan brings passion and vision to the enduro race format and we welcome him back. This is a very positive development to the nascent California enduro scene.” Our original write-up follow below, but we expect some updated details very soon. Stay tuned.)
One of my favorite events every year is the Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival in April just before the Sea Otter. One of the highlights was the debut of the Bell Super Enduro race that saw local pros pitted against national champs and other big name racers. It was also the first ever legally sanctioned race in one of my favorite weekend destinations: Soquel Demonstration State Forest (Demo). The event attracted 177 racers of varying abilities fighting for the 50 available spots. The weather doesn’t always cooperate but the participants spirits weren’t dampened even though the ground was. For both spectators and racers, the event had a really cool vibe and spirit of camaraderie. Aaron Bradford won the inaugural Bell Super Enduro on the physically and technically demanding course on some of the sweetest trails in Santa Cruz. The Santa Cruz Blur TRc seemed to be the racers weapons of choice.
The good news is the this Super Enduro race is expanding for 2013 into a complete California Enduro Series. A dedicated group of riders, event promoters, and professionals have joined forces and the California Enduro Series will host four major mountain bike enduro events showcasing California’s best trails and venues. The series will bring a consistent, high-quality, and high-profile enduro racing experience to the state of California and give the riders, industry, and media a premier series to follow.
“Enduro racing is growing immensely worldwide and is set to explode. When I saw the lack of a major enduro race series here in California, I knew something had to be done and had to be done right,” says Evan Turpen, executive director of the California Enduro Series.
With this new series comes great responsibility. Luckily, the California Enduro Series is a for-riders, by-riders operation that has its finger on the pulse of enduro. The ultimate goal is to create world-class enduro events that everyone from pros to amateurs can enjoy and showcase the amazing locations that make California one of the best places to mountain bike on earth.
Slated for early Spring/Summer 2013, the official schedule will be released in January 2013 so stay tuned.
For more information regarding the series check out the California Enduro Series website: www.californiaenduro.com