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Oregon Super-D Series: Hood River

June 3, 2011

Just this past weekend, the Ride Giant / Ride Northstar team headed north to partake in the opening race of the Oregon Super-D series at Hood River.

The Oregon Super D Series has made it’s mark as one of the top mountain bike events in the country.  When it comes to cycling, Oregon is at the forefront in North America and our organization and event series will embrace this culture and lifestyle throughout our wonderful state.

The series hosts three venues on tour. Although the Super D races themselves are the highlight of each weekend, the series has a vision to grow the festival components, adding unique events all weekend with more opportunities for demos, cross-promotions and partnership exposure.  The goal of the Oregon Super-D Series is to support and celebrate riders, not just racers.  That means people who love to ride bikes and play outdoors; all ages, abilities, background and competitive nature or lack there of.  Although the full series is only in it’s second year, established events such as Hood River, Sandy Ridge and Bend Super D’s have a longstanding history of success in the Pacific Northwest and have respectively received national media attention each and every year.  All individual series races will have cash and merchandise prizing with the overall award ceremony following the last race/season finale at Sandy Ridge.  Expect world class courses, camaraderie, great prizes, music and local support.

The Hood River race course drops almost 3,000 vertical feet in 7 miles, while serving up about 400 feet of climbing.  Expect a super fast, challenging race that will have you maxed out the whole way!  The Hood River Super D is one of the steepest and most scenic Super D courses in the country.  Many course locations clock riders at over 35 mph!  So yes, this is a burly course where expert level skills are often required.  This area features very fast and technical trails that have been the focus of major mountain bike videos and magazine publications.  Post Canyon has become one of the top mountain bike meccas in the country and athletes are continually flocking here to test their skills throughout our diverse network of trails and freeride features.

Lizzy English had the lead during the race but due to an unfortunate crash she still managed to keep in second place in the pro category 27.38. Tim Evens of the program who coaches the team placed second as well in the pro mens category at 22.22. Mason Bond put in a great effort for a young gun in the cat-1 category with a 5th place finish at 23.39 while Jordan Lopez put in a solid effort with a 13th place in pro men at 24.13.

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