A rider (unidentified) travels down the course during the Mad River Enduro, Saturday September 8. (John Stamatis/Contributed)
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Nearly 100 competitive mountain bikers from across the state gathered Saturday, September 8 just outside of the Blue Lake Hatchery to compete in the 1st annual Mad River Enduro, hosted by the Redwood Coast Mountain Bike Association.

Reilly Hohman took first place in the Open/Pro Men division with an overall event-low time of 15:54.09. Hohman, an Arcata native, said it was “cool to race on the new trails,” adding that he had a bit of an edge. “I definitely had some home field advantage here, it was great to see all the hard work of the volunteers come together for a great day of racing.”

In just eight months, volunteers from the RCMBA transformed a piece of land donated by the Green Diamond Resource Company into a network of trails which riders described as adrenaline-enduing and grueling. Saturday’s race was the largest mountain biking race ever held by the RCMBA and the event’s organizer, Steven Pearl, couldn’t have been more pleased with the results.

“The event meant a lot to us, the mountain biking community here has needed more advanced trails for quite some time and this course has given them that,” Pearl said. “We saw an opportunity to create a venue and I think the level of support from the community and the amount of people who came out to race speaks volumes to the mountain biking community here in Humboldt.”

An enduro is a particular type of mountain bike race which requires its participants to ride up steep mountain-side slopes before reaching the start point of a given stage. Saturday’s race had four stages and each stage required the rider to bike nearly a mile and 1,000 feet uphill before reaching the starting line, an ascent which took about an hour each time. The descent was much quicker for the riders, who reached the bottom of the various trails in an average time of six-or-so minutes.

Ali Osgood, outright winner of the Open/Pro women’s division with an overall time of 18:48.40, said Saturday’s race was not an easy one.

“There were a lot of tight corners at a high speed, I had to be careful to keep it slow and not overcook my tires and fall,” Osgood said. “I’ve been in a lot of enduros and they are hard and this one wasn’t different, I struggled to get up the mountain before each stage and my legs were burning pretty bad even before I started and I know everyone else was feeling it too, it was a great day of racing.”

Jett Williams finished first in the Expert Men 18-29 division with an overall time of 17:03.72. Kyle Emery-Peck was the top man in the Expert Men 30-39 division with a time of 17:57.01 and Tessa Thralls was the leading woman in the Expert Women division with a time of 23:27.07.

For more information about the Mad River Enduro as well as a complete list of competitors and their times, visit https://humboldtenduro.com.

 

 

 

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