A little snow no problem at Dog River Enduro race

The Dog River Enduro race brought about 40 riders to the popular forested trail at the base of Mount Hood. The annual spring race, on the Dog River trail between Forest Road 44 at the top and Highway 35 at the bottom, required a bit of snow shoveling to clear the track in time for the event to proceed.

As an enduro, the event was a three-stage race. Riders started at the top of the trail for a timed bomb down the first section. Riders then had an untimed climb (about a mile) to the top of second time section, which was another multi-mile speed run to the bottom of the trail. Times were then combined and the lowest in each category is the winner.

“This race brings out everyone from factory pros to the regular moms who just enjoy speeding down stunning singletrack,” said racer and volunteer Mike Estes. “The first stage was very short — about two minutes — with absolutely no braking. The second downhill was much longer.

“At the starting gate, you hear 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 … go. You crank the pedals and reach speeds of easily 35 mph heading into a narrow long twisty descent. The race is full of tight switchbacks at aggressive speeds, squeezing around trees and avoiding tire punctures. After what seems like a lactic acid party in your legs. you round the last turn and see the finish; but not before a high-speed splash thru Dog River right before the finish line.”

Estes gave a shout-out to DaKine, Arrow Racing Tires, all the course volunteers, drivers and trail builders for helping make the event possible.


Results from the event are posted at www.obra.org

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