OES #2 Bend
Riders were greeted by sunny skies, dry & dusty trails, and temps up in the 90’s as racers rolled into Bend, OR for the second round of the Oregon Enduro Series. With Tony de Cordoba and Adele Mery out of contention with injuries and the rest of the team focusing on the Cascadia Dirt Cup, Colin Longmuir was the only team member to make the trip.
Colin and his 111DL dropping the famous rock drop on Funner
The Kona Process 111DL was the weapon of choice for tackling the fast and loose course. Colin was feeling sore on race day after a hard fall from clipping a pedal on a rock during Saturday’s pre-ride. He shook it off well, finishing just outside the top ten in 11th place.
The typical dry and loose trail conditions of Bend, OR
OES #3 Cold Creek
Round 3 of the OES is arguably the most technical of the series. Cold Creek and Thrillium are known as the Camas Washington’s go-to DH trails.However, this year the course expanded to include some higher elevation trails on Silver Star Mountain and the longest transition in the series (10 miles).
Practice day saw awesome weather and the views from the toil of Silver Start stretched on for Miles!
Colin Longmuir was again the only team member to tackle the course aboard his Kona Process 153, which paired perfectly with the steep, high speed terrain. He held on for an 11th place finish and managed to avoid any of the potentially serious consequences for going offline.
The fog rolled in on race day morning. What a contrast to the views we had the day before!
Taking a short rest by the waterfall on the 10 mile transition between stage 1 and 2.
Colin keeping it together on Cold Creek’s boulders
Kona Factory racer Mathew Slaven starts stage 2
Colin almost cased it going off Godzilla
CDC #2 Port Angeles (Dry Hill)
The second round of the Cascadia Dirt Cup went down in Port Angeles, where the majority of the Northwest Cup downhill races are held. That’s right, DH races. So, not surprisingly, the course was nothing more than a series of 4 delightful DH races with lengthy, thigh-burning climbs in between, and it was damn fun!
The weather cooperated for the weekend’s race.
Emily Sabelhaus Represented for Team Coalition Kona. The conditions were super dry and loose, but the lack of traction just made the trails that much more exciting!
Emily charging through the roots on her Kona Process 134DL
Scott, Trey, and James of the Cascadia Dirt Cup did a fantastic job selecting the course and it made for a memorable weekend of racing and riding.
The CDC gives racers a quick printout of their times at the end of the day! Emily missed the top step by 1 second.
Coalition/Kona rider Emily Sabelhaus sharing the podium with Greta, Deb, and Julie… Who is holding a Chinook a Salmon complements of her husband, just because.
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