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Genevieve Evans Amazing 2015 Race Season

November 1, 2015

Evans 12015 was a little different for me in that my main focus of the summer was a one month long trip to Europe but I still was able to mix in my usual Xterra triathlons and endurance mountain bike races. As it was once again a low snow year, I began the season with my first ever Sea Otter XC race (3rd female 40 – 49). This was a great opportunity to meet other members of the team and get excited to make the switch from skiing to mountainbiking. Genevieve TrailXterra Tahoe City is one of my staple races as it is literally in my “big backyard”.

I felt great on the bike that day and ended up first woman. My busy weekend travel schedule only allowed me to participate in one Northstar XC race series but it ended up being a large Cat 1 field of great ladies (2nd female 40 – 49). The Leadville qualifier Tahoe Trail 100K at Northstar always brings together a large group of fun-loving, competitive mountain bikers and is one of my favorite local events. Last year I flatted, so I was happy to end up 4th woman overall and first woman 40 – 49.

X-Terra 2015 Championship

X-Terra 2015 Championship

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Then it was time to pack my Liv Lust and head to Europe! The trip began with a 8 day run/hike around Mt. Blanc. The Alps are

spectacular and different from our Sierras in that Europeans have tamed their mountains with high alpine full service huts, no wild animals, cows with bells pleasantly grazing the hill sides and plenty of signage. Then it was off to the South Tyrol region of Alta Badia in the Dolomites. 2015-08-26 14.18.38It was here at the Bike Hotel Melodia Del Bosco where I unpacked my Liv Lust and prepared for 5 days of mountainbiking in the Dolomites. Again much different from Tahoe riding, trails went from nice old gravel farm roads to steep rooty unridable singletrack quickly and you need to watch out for both cows and cow patties! Bike specific maps were available but there was quite a bit of map reading going on. For 70 Euros I was able to buy a 3 day lift pass for all bike friendly lifts in the region. This allowed me to expand my touring area around the famous Sella Ronda massif with options to stop for an espresso, spätzle, or croissant almost anywhere along the way. The lift pass also gave me the option to session some of the “free ride trails” where pedestrians are not allowed but cows are!

The greatest challenge of the trip was to take 3 trains, Paris metro, taxi, and a ferry to get myself and my bike to Dover, England from Geneva. I spent nearly two weeks in southern England with my family after my sister’s successful swim crossing of the English Channel. 2015-08-25 12.07.51We were staying right near the white cliffs of Dover which offered a bit of slick singletrack with a view of the channel. Europe 294The entire reason for bringing my mountain bike to Europe was to participate in my first international Xterra. Xterra England doubled as the European Championships and therefore the fastest European ladies were on the start list. Totally out of my element. Europe 293It is true what they say about England. It does rain every day. The course was flat, twisty and muddy with off camber dips, turns and bumps. For most people it was more like a cyclecross event. Was surprised that I ended up 11th pro and about a minute out of the money.

My last event was Xterra USA National in Snowbasin Utah. This course suits me (more uphill then down) but I felt fatigued from the European vacation. Although everyone’s bike times were slower, I struggled on the bike with a much slower time that previous years. However, the fast European ladies weren’t there this year so I ended up 6th pro and in the money!

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Lindsay Chirdon~A Breakthrough Season in XC, Endurance, and Enduro

October 6, 2015

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2015, what a season! This season I set out to test my technical skills and endurance. From the hardest downhills I’ve ever ridden (much less, raced) in Scotland at the EWS Tweedlove Enduro (8th place) to the grit and pain of the Leadville 100 MTB (9th place in age group) and many adventures in between including CES Mendocino (7th place-Expert) & China Peak (5th place- Expert), Sea Otter XC (8th place- Cat 1), Tahoe Trail 100K (2nd place in age group), and Downieville All Mountain (2nd place DH/3rd place overall-Expert) –

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Enduro World Series @ Tweedlove 2015

I am happy to say I accomplished my season’s goal! 2015 was one hell of an experience; I had so much fun, met so many awesome new people- including some rockstar lady rippers! Seriously, have you noticed the women out there- we’re getting to be a stronger presence, it’s awesome to be a part of it & it kept me energized all season.

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Lindsay Chirdon and Genevieve Evans at the starting line of the 2015 Tahoe Trail 100k

I was super stoked to represent Northstar, Giant/Liv, Fox and Honey Stinger along the way this year. Looking forward to 2016 I am focused on continuing to improve on my technical skills and in the enduro scene.  With the days getting a little shorter now, I am charging up my lights & getting pumped for night-riding season!

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Lindsay race the on the 2015 Liv Lust Advanced 0 27.5

I am planning to get a routine together this off season for yoga and the climbing gym to work on grip, upper body strength, balance & flexibility. , really hoping this el nino thing shapes up for CA’s sake and will find myself enjoying some freshies, pow pow and wedeln turns this winter.

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Catching Up With Jordan Hartman

September 17, 2015
Jordan's weapon of choice-2015 Giant Reign 1 27.5

Jordan’s weapon of choice-2015 Giant Reign 1 27.5

The 2015 race season has been a roller coaster of experience for me. After placing second overall in the California Enduro Series in 2014 under the sport category I moved up this year and have had a series of up and down results. I have learned a lot this year about how to get in the proper mindset on race day, which has really helped my results in the second half of the season. So far I am 15th overall in the Expert category for the California Enduro Series. I have reached the podium twice this year at the local Northstar Enduro races and have had a ton of fun traveling the state and racing my bike.

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This season has really been about exploring new terrain. No only have I raced in areas I have never been before, such as Ashland and Mendenciono, but also have found hundreds of miles of awesome local single track. This has been my first full year of living in Tahoe and I love every day of it. I have explored many new trails that have really expanded my riding ability.

The trail options around Tahoe are endless.

The trail options around Tahoe are endless.

My off-season plans include a bunch of skiing and taking a nice break from the stress of travelling and racing. The plans for 2016 is to break the top 5 in the overall for the California Enduro series and to keep learning and expanded my riding abilities.

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2015 Season Kick Off at the Sea Otter Classic

April 25, 2015

Now that the dust has settled at the 2015 Sea Otter Classic, we look back to celebrate one of the most successful Otter’s that Northstar California Mountain Bike Team has race.

The Sea Otter Classic is a four-day bike festival and exposition held annually at the Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterrey, CA. Starting in 1991, the Sea Otter has become legendary for many reasons. The festival offers on-site camping surrounded by endless excitement with road, dh, enduro, cyclocross, slalom, xc, dirt jumping, pump track races going on the entire time. At the expo, just about ever vendor related to bikes, come to show the latest products, technologies, and information.   Northstar California Resort came to promote our incredible bike park (which opens May 22nd) and Giant Bikes USA debuted their 2015 bikes, info on their latest products, and opportunities to meet some of their elite factory and co-factory riders.

As a bike racer, the Sea Otter is the official kick off race for the upcoming season. Seven top riders from the Northstar California Mountain Bike Team made the pilgrimage to the Sea Otter this year. With the courses now empty and the festival silent, our riders left with great memories and incredible results. Great work Amber, Scott, Ryan, Lindsay, Genevieve, Jordan, and Joe!

Amber Broch

1st Road Cat-4

5th Cross Country Cat-1

Amber 1st Place Cat-4 Road

Amber 1st Place Cat-4 Road

 

Scott Leland

2nd Cross Country Cat-1

Scott 2nd Place Cross Country

Scott 2nd Place Cat-1 Cross Country

Genevieve Evans

3rd Cross Country Cat-1

Genevieve 3rd Place Cat-1 Cross Country

Genevieve 3rd Place Cat-1 Cross Country

Lindsay Chirdon

8th Cross Country Cat-1

Ryan Helmuth

2nd Cat-1 Dual Slalom

Ryan 2nd Place Cat-1 Dual Slalom

Ryan 2nd Place Cat-1 Dual Slalom

2nd Cat-1 Downhill

Ryan 2nd Place Cat-1 Downhill

Ryan 2nd Place Cat-1 Downhill

Jordan Hartman

12th Open Enduro

Joe Kolda

47th Open Enduro