Race Report: The Enduro of Subdued Excitement

In what is fast becoming a PNW Classic, the 2015 Enduro of Subdued Excitement was blessed with perfect weather, tacky trails, a great vibe, fastastic sponsors, an incredible effort by our volunteers and trail builders and many of the fastest racers in the PNW.

Allie Evans deep in thought as she goes through last-minute volunteer assignments. We could not put this race on without Allie's help.

Allie Evans deep in thought as she goes through last-minute volunteer assignments. We could not put this race on without Allie’s help.

Devon Bumstead wasn't too far from a podium in Juniors - despite being only 13.

Devon Bumstead wasn’t too far from a podium in Juniors – despite being only 13.

With 187 racers sampling the Chuckanut Singletrack at Larrabee State Park, the race also served as a great reason to officially open up our new Double Down Trail – a trail we started constructing in April and, due to the extremely dry summer, we weren’t able to complete until recently.  With the new trail opened up, it gave racers a full top-to-bottom run for our 4th and final stage of the race….a stage that took Lars Sternberg 8:22 to complete!  By the smiles on the racers faces, I’d say the course and new trail were well received!

Tori Broughton (Expert Women) goes through some giant Cedars.

Tori Broughton (Expert Women) goes through some giant Cedars.

Cascade Cross founder and race director, Ryan Rickerts (Sport Senior Men 30-39) cruising past an old growth Doug Fir.

Cascade Cross founder and race director, Ryan Rickerts (Sport Senior Men 30-39) cruising past an old growth Doug Fir.

Local legend and founder of RRAD (Ride Run and Dig) Chris Mellick with his eyes on the prize. In this case, 3rd place Sport Master Men 40-49.

Local legend and founder of RRAD (Ride Run and Dig) Chris Mellick with his eyes on the prize. In this case, 3rd place Sport Master Men 40-49.

Mark Miller crushing it on his unicycle (Unicycle Open).

Mark Miller crushing it on his unicycle (Unicycle Open).

Gregg Eiswald (Veteran Men 50+).

Gregg Eiswald (First Place – Veteran Men 50+).

Emily Sabelhaus and Karen O'Connell lining up for Stage 1 (Pro Women)

Emily Sabelhaus and Karen O’Connell lining up for Stage 1 (Pro Women)

Post-race beers were served up courtesy of Boundary Bay, Chuckanut, Aslan and Kulshan Breweries and grub was served up from Tadeo’s taco truck.  In the end, the race helped the WMBC raise more than $7,000 that will go directly back towards this winter’s trail building and planning efforts in Larrabee State Park and around Whatcom County.

Becky Kurle and Michelle Stiles pouring beers for racers and spectators. Thanks to Boundary Bay, Kulshan, Aslan and Chuckanut Breweries for their support!

Becky Kurle and Michelle Stiles pouring beers for racers and spectators. Thanks to Boundary Bay, Kulshan, Aslan and Chuckanut Breweries for their support!

Getting food at the Tadeo's taco truck.

Folks Getting food at the Tadeo’s taco truck.

After it was said and done, Lars Sternberg and Emily Sabelhaus were the fastest men and women on the day with Jimmy Schwend-Cloherty winning the juniors.  Local Sehome Senior, Jason Eiswald, who dominated the Cascadia Cup this year jumped up to Pro and ended up on the podium in 4th place!  Full Results can be found here .

Pro Men Podium: Lars Sternberg, Logan Wetzel, Aaron Bradford, Jason Eiswald and Matt Russell.

Pro Men Podium: Lars Sternberg, Logan Wetzel, Aaron Bradford, Jason Eiswald and Matt Russell.

Pro Women Podium: Emily Sabelhaus, Adrian Hopkins, Britney White and Karen O'Connell.

Pro Women Podium: Emily Sabelhaus, Adrian Hopkins, Britney White and Karen O’Connell.

Junior Podium - 1-5. Jimmy Schend-Cloherty, Bryce Kans, Brendan Pelkie, Elliot Jamieson, Eli Gold

Junior Podium – 1-5. Jimmy Schend-Cloherty, Bryce Kans, Brendan Pelkie, Elliot Jamieson, Eli Gold

Expert Women Podium 1-5. Sarah Butsch, Gretchen Nelson, Bonnie Burke, Tori Broughton and Ariana Burrows)

Expert Women Podium 1-5. Sarah Butsch, Gretchen Nelson, Bonnie Burke, Tori Broughton and Ariana Burrows)

Many thanks to Eric Ashley for the photos and the trailwork before the event.  You can read Eric’s full write-up on Pinkbike here:

Eric’s full photo gallery is here:

More photos from Steve Vogel.

Eric Mickelson’s photos:

Ryan Duclos had other photos here.

Burke Hovde’s photos from Double Black.

REI

REI supported the construction of Double Down!

Freehub Magazine will be manning one of our rest spots.

Freehub Magazine will be manning one of our rest spots.

Fanatikbike.com

Fanatikbike.com

Clif will have shots and bars for racers!

Clif will have shots and bars for racers!

KULSHAN_Brewing_LOGO

One Up Components

One Up Components

Thanks to the folks at Aslan Brewing for their support this year!

Thanks to the folks at Aslan Brewing for their support this year!

Thanks to the folks at Chuckanut Brewery for their support this year!

Thanks to the folks at Chuckanut Brewery for their support this year!

Thanks to Boundary Bay for their support of our Enduro for 2015!!

Thanks to Boundary Bay for their support of our Enduro for 2015!!

Liet Unlimited

Liet Unlimited

Chazzam Signs and Graphics

Chazzam Signs and Graphics

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