NEXT STOP: Nov 19 - 20 Zion - Virgin, Utah

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COURSE: 2016 Zion Benduro

The 2016 Zion Benduro race course will take riders to four exciting trail systems with incredible views of Zion National Park, and terrain to challenge all levels of riders. Covering about 50 miles in 2 days, this 6 Stage finale will determine the 2016 Series Champions. An option to register for one day of racing is also available for racers looking to get just a taste of Benduro. Sign up: BikeReg.com/ZionBenduro

Mileage and elevation are approximate. The course will be completely marked by Thursday evening, however, as a rule of Benduro, racers are responsible for knowing the course. For a digital map we recommend Trailforks, for physical maps see Zion Cycles in Springdale, Utah.


Gooseberry Mesa, UT. Photo of the Day: Dan Barham -February 24, 2013 BIKE Magazine

DAY 1: Saturday November 19th

Shuttle: From Private Staging Zone in Virgin, Utah to Gooseberry Mesa (White Trail) Parking Lot

Transfer: up White Trail 3mi +307ft -102ft

Stage 1: South Rim (Rattlesnake and God's Skateboard Park) 5.4mi 3mi +580ft -785ft

Transfer: up White Trail 2.6mi +300ft -100ft

Stage 2: North Rim (That Damn Trail) 2mi +216ft -361ft

Transfer: to Grafton Mesa 10mi

Stage 3: Grafton Mesa Trail 3.1mi +116ft -1125ft

Shuttle: From Grafton Cemetery to Private Staging Zone in Virgin, Utah

Trailforks.com Flying Monkey photo by: bgn8711

DAY 2: Sunday, November 20th

Shuttle: From Private Staging Zone in Virgin, Utah to JEM Trailhead

Stage 4: More Cowbell, Connector, JEM, Goosebumps, Cryptobionic to Sheepbridge Road 4.4ft +257ft -757ft

Transfer: Double Tracks back to JEM Trailhead 4.8mi +730ft -61ft

Stage 5: Deadringer to Lower JEM to end by Virgin River 7.2mi +199ft -850ft

Shuttle: to Flying Monkey

Stage 6: End of pavement through Flying Monkey 3mi +68ft -1336ft

Transfer: Back to Private Staging Zone in Virgin, Utah via Doubletrack 2mi



Lodging Discounts for Zion Benduro Nov 19 - 20

A heavenly glorious Zion skyscape captured by Jacob Vanderwerff
While some of you will opt to camp under the brilliant stars, we have a few discounted lodging opportunities for you all in the Zion area whether you plan to race, volunteer, or spectate the weekend of November 19-20. Here's three to get you started in Springdale, the gateway to Zion National Park, the perfect backdrop for our 6 stage race course. We will updated this post as new discounts become available.

Zion Pioneer Lodge

The Zion Pioneer Lodge is located close to Zion Cycles and the Pizza Noodle, where Friday night packet pickup and pre-race festivities will occur. Amenities include Pool & Spa, Laundry, Business Center, and Restaurant.

DISCOUNT: 20% OFF when booking 12+ rooms
http://www.zionpioneerlodge.com/

Flanigan's Inn


Flanigan's is a place to relax, unwind and pamper yourself after spending hours in the saddle. Amenities include Pool, Salon, Full Service Spa, Yoga, Pilates, Meditation, and the Spotted Dog Cafe.

DISCOUNT: Off-Season Rate ($30 less than in-season!)
http://www.flanigans.com/

Bumbleberry Inn


The Bumbleberry Inn is the longest family owned and operated business in Springdale (since 1973). Amenities include pool, shuttle, restaurant, gift shop, and theater.

DISCOUNT: Group rate (details coming soon)
http://www.bumbleberry.com/

Sign up for Zion Benduro November 19-20

Nov 19 - 20: Zion Benduro - Virgin, Utah


Dates & Locations:

November 19 - 20, 2016

Event Staging Area:
Private Property, Virgin Utah (receive address with registration, or email us for on site registration)

Race Course:
BLM land near Zion National Park

RIVER ROCK ROASTING (local sponsor):
394 S State St, La Verkin, UT 84745

ZION CYCLES / PIZZA NOODLE:
868 Zion – Mount Carmel Hwy, Springdale, UT 84767

BIT N SPUR:
1212 Zion Park Blvd, Springdale, UT 84767

Course:

6 timed stages on blue to proline level trails on Gooseberry Mesa, Smith Mesa, Grafton Mesa, and JEM system trails. Shuttles provided to keep riders off pavement. Read full course description.

Registration:

Includes:
2 Day Race Entry with Shuttles and a chance to win a Magura M-5 Brakeset, Kali Protectives + Dakine. Swag bag filled with Clif Bar products, Guayaki Yerba Mate + Woobamboo Toothbrush. Pizza Noodle discount for Friday night + Dinner at Bit N Spur Saturday night. FREE T-Shirt with registration by October 15th.

Limited 100 Racers. Fees increase August 1st, September 1st, October 1st & November 1st.

Online Registration CLOSES 11/19/16 12:01AM. 


Onsite Registration: Friday 6-9pm @ Zion Cycles / Pizza Noodle, Sat & Sun 7-8am @ Staging Area

Schedule:

FRIDAY:
6-9pm Check in & On-site Registration @ Zion Cycles  + Pizza Noodle w/ Greenstone Trio

SATURDAY: 
7am Check in & On-site Registration @ Staging Area
9am Riders Meeting and shuttles begin
6-9pm Party @ Bit N Spur w/ Greenstone

SUNDAY:
7am Check in & On-site Registration @ Staging Area
9am Riders Meeting and shuttles begin
TBD Awards @ Staging Area

RESULTS: 2016 El Dorado Benduro


Round 2 brought Benduro home to Garden Valley, California. With a course in the Rock Creek OHV portion of the Georgetown District of the El Dorado National Forest, a pre-party at Squally's on the River, and a private after party at the Bender homestead. This race upped the rowdy factor by tenfold compared to Bootleg Canyon, with a terrible transfer requiring hike-a-bike for many riders and backcountry conditions requiring safety to be of the utmost importance.



Rock Creek OHV (Off Highway Vehicles) boasts over 110 miles of multi use trails, most open to mountain biking, with just a handful reserved for hikers. Spanning a watershed of creek bottomed canyons, the area ranges from 2000 to 4500 feet in elevation, with panoramic views from ridge tops to cold creeks to cool off in at the bottom of adrenaline pumping trails. The predominate user group for Rock Creek OHV has been dirt bikers, but we've received a warm welcome with sharing the area and loads of on trail courtesy.



Not surprisingly this first year of the El Dorado Benduro saw few competitors, 29 registrations to be exact. With local pros Robyn Embrey and Tim Krentz blowing off race day at the last minute, 4 additional no shows brought the start list down to just 23 riders, 6 being in the Electric Open category. Although a couple wrong turns were reported, and racer Paul Wilson claimed the “burly” award by reporting the worst crash, every rider finished. A DNF in this zone would have resulted in a search and rescue party looking for missing racers.

Ashton Smith, Chris Williams, Paul Wilson, and Lorin Whitaker all had competed at Bootleg Canyon back in March and have their eyes on the prize of Overall Series Champion, with the prize of a Fox Transfer seatpost. First place winners of EVERY category took home a set of Magura brakes. Second place received an iExtreme phone case and Dakine kit, and third a Guayaki gourd gift pack. Every podium winner got a Woobamboo toothbrush, the official tooth cleaning device of Bender and LBC.

The Electric Open category was made possible because the course ran trails already open to dirt bikers. Eco Bike Adventures entered 6 riders with Rob Welch taking first with nearly a 6 minute lead ahead of second place. The Electric Open Category required special timing, from the start of Stage 1 to the finish of Stage 2. Not surprisingly the Eco Bikers covered this section of course in less than half the time of the expert men. If you'd like to check out an Eco Bike for yourself we highly reccomend attending the Lost Sierra Electric Bike Festival August 27th or booking a demo or tour at the ranch in Calpine, CA.



The private after party featured pulled pork tacos with a taste of local sponsor Define Wine's 2013 Exotic Rose, and a live show from Oregon's finest rock band Greenstone.





For professional photos by Pat Branch from the race to the podium please check out the gallery at PBMedia.

We'd like to thank our series sponsors Magura, Guayaki, All Mountain Cyclery, Fox ShoxClifBar, Dakine and Woobamboo for truly making Benduro possible. We'd also like to recognize our west coast local sponsors for adding to the greatness of the El Dorado round: Terraplane BikesDefine Wines, Dakine, Shine Riders Co., KeneticMTB, and TruckerCo.

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Expert Men: 1st Zach Woodward, 2nd Matt Guntert, 3rd Ashton Smith
Open Women: 1st Judith Kline, 2nd Emily Nagengast, 3rd Kirstie Douglass
FULL RESULTS:



Pro Men



Place Bib Name Stage 1 Stage 2
TOTAL
DNS 19 Tim Krentz DNS DNS
DNS









Pro Women



Place Bib Name Stage 1 Stage 2
TOTAL
DNS 11 Robyn Embrey DNS DNS
DNS









Open Women



Place Bib Name Stage 1 Stage 2
TOTAL
1 9 Judith Kline 6:00.9 14:55.2
20:56.1
2 8 Emily Nagengast 6:28.1 16:13.7
22:41.7
3 18 Kirstie Douglass 7:27.1 19:38.3
27:05.4









Expert Men



Place Bib Name Stage 1 Stage 2
TOTAL
1 17 Zach Woodward 4:41.0 11:13.0
15:54.0
2 4 Matt Guntert 4:45.7 11:12.9
15:58.6
3 20 Ashton Smith 4:48.1 11:47.3
16:35.4
4 7 Chris Williams 5:06.1 12:11.8
17:17.9
5 15 Lorin Whitaker 5:11.4 12:40.3
17.51.7
6 16 Paul Wilson 5:18.3 13:39.4
18.57.6
7 13 Andrew Gillis 5:25.6 13:46.2
19.11.9
8 5 Casey Botts 5:10.1 23:59.0
29.09.1
9 12 Thomas Webster 53:34.8 13:24.0
1:06.58.8
DNS 21 Max Wittenberg DNS DNS
DNS









Intermediate Men



Place Bib Name Stage 1 Stage 2
TOTAL
1 7 Kevin Pinto 5:34.8 13:18.7
18:53.5
2 14 Thomas Schiller 5:52.6 15:20.4
21:13.0
DNS 1 Josh Bordelon DNS DNS
DNS
DNS 2 Gant Van Der Boom DNS DNS
DNS
DNS 6 Drew Congdon DNS DNS
DNS









Beginner Men



Place Bib Name Stage 1 Stage 2
TOTAL
1 29 James Anderson 6:35.0 15:12.8
21:47.8
2 10 David Haddon 6:23.7 15:40.2
22:03.9
3 27 Daniel Ward 6:39.8 16:53.2
23:32.9









Electric Open



Place Bib Name Stage 1 Stage 2
TOTAL
1 24 Rob Welch --- ---
29:05.0
2 2 Chris Rothe --- ---
35:03.6
3 23 Mike Bartlett --- ---
41:34.7
4 28 David Fitz-Randolf --- ---
44:21.6
5 26 Kyle Paredes --- ---
52:45.1
6 25 Jason Shamius --- ---
1:11.31.6

2016 Series Champions will Receive a Fox Transfer!




2016 Benduro Series Champions of EVERY category will receive a gift certificate for a Fox Transfer Seatpost. This top of the line dropper post will improve your performance and fun while riding Enduro and All Mountain disciplines. Fox built means the Transfer is freeride worthy, allowing you to get your steed to the top of hard to reach backcountry lines and easily drop that saddle when it's time to get rowdy on the descents. Check out all the details on the Transfer here.

Requirements for Eligibility

To be eligible to receive the award of 2016 Benduro Series Champion and receive the Fox Transfer award, you must meet the following requirements:
  • Compete and finish 2 out of 3 rounds of the 2016 Benduro Series in the same category.
  • Acquire the most points of any eligible racer within your category.

Points System

Points shall be awarded to racers based on their finishing position within their category:
1 - 500
2 - 450
3 - 400
4 - 350
5 - 300
6 - 250
7 - 200
8 - 150
9 - 100
10 - 90
11 - 80
12 - 70
13 - 60
14 - 50
15 - 40
16 - 35
17 - 30
18 - 25
19 - 20
20 - 15

Bonus Points!

Racers competing and finishing in all 3 2016 Benduro Series Rounds will receive 100 bonus points!

Current Standings

Official series standings will be calculated after the 2016 Sedona Benduro taking place November 5 - 6 in the Red Rock District of the Coconino National Forest. Riders in black are currently eligible to win, riders in gray must compete in one more round to be eligible for overall title.


Pro Men





Place Name Bootleg El Dorado Sedona BONUS
TOTAL

Jubal Davis 500 0
0
500

Shawn Neer 450 0
0
450

Jashua Lavietes 400 0
0
400

Kenny Bloss 350 0
0
350

Greg Gibson 300 0
0
300

Bill Benda 250 0
0
250

Jeff Frampton 200 0
0
200

Jeremy Hottinger 150 0
0
150









Pro Women





Place Name Bootleg El Dorado Sedona BONUS
TOTAL

Amanda Propst 500 0
0
500

CJ Selig 450 0
0
450

Janette Tank 400 0
0
400









Open Women





Place Name Bootleg El Dorado Sedona BONUS
TOTAL

Kim Pinkley 500 0
0
500

Judith Kline 0 500
0
500

Emily Nagengast 0 450
0
450

Kirstie Douglass 0 400
0
400









Expert Men





Place Name Bootleg El Dorado Sedona BONUS
TOTAL
1 Ashton Smith 450 400
0
850
2 Chris Williams 250 350
0
600

Zach Ply 500 0
0
500

Zach Woodward 0 500
0
500

Matt Guntert 0 450
0
450

Alex Gilmore 400 0
0
400
3 Lorin Whitaker 70 300
0
370

Brian Zimmerman 350 0
0
350

Doug Johnson 300 0
0
300
4 Paul Wilson 30 250
0
280

Joe Winnebrenner 200 0
0
200

Andrew Gillis 0 200
0
200

Robert Knipe 150 0
0
150

Casey Botts 0 150
0
150

Ron Huber 100 0
0
100

Thomas Webster 0 100
0
100

Shawne Portman 90 0
0
90

Jason Mullen 80 0
0
80

James Carey 60 0
0
60

Riley Jondle 50 0
0
50

Adam Croft 40 0
0
40

Kristian Evenson 35 0
0
35









Intermediate Men





Place Name Bootleg El Dorado Sedona BONUS
TOTAL

Glen Cohen 500 0
0
500

Kevin Pinto 0 500
0
500

Derek Duncan 450 0
0
450

Thomas Schiller 0 450
0
450

Brandon Lesniak 400 0
0
400

Matt Wenske 350 0
0
350

Jason Morvay 300 0
0
300

Zach Romero 250 0
0
250

Hans Anderson 200 0
0
200

Cameron Morgensen 150 0
0
150

James Moreno 100 0
0
100

Jason Rekowski 90 0
0
90

Kyle Diaz 80 0
0
80

Kevin Sommer 60 0
0
60









Beginner Men





Place Name Bootleg El Dorado Sedona BONUS
TOTAL

Henry Dumbass Chang 500 0
0
500

James Anderson 0 500
0
500

Danny Levitt 450 0
0
450

David Haddon 0 450
0
450

Shane Strunk 400 0
0
400

Daniel Ward 0 400
0
400

Oleksander Ganchuk 350 0
0
350









Boys 16 and under





Place Name Bootleg El Dorado Sedona BONUS
TOTAL

Stockton Jones 500 0
0
500

COURSE: 2016 El Dorado Benduro

Official race map coming soon. Course will be marked June 17th. We recommend picking up a super sweet topo map of the entire Northern El Dorado National Forest at the Georgetown Ranger Station. Don't forget to tell them you are in town for Benduro!



Course Description: Approx 12.2 miles total, 2,500 ft of descending, 2,116 ft of total climbing
Start Shuttle: All racers will board Shuttle Smith Adventures at Sweetbriar Farm (address will come with registration)

Warm Up Transfer: From Bald Mtn Staging Area, Trail 1 to Intersection of Trail 4-1
Stage 1: Trail 4-1, left on Trail 4 to creek crossing.

Mega Transfer: Trail 4, right on 12N72 to Trail 1. Remain on Trail 1 to the top of Mount Ballarat. This is a very punishing climb and/or hike-a-bike.

Stage 2: Top of Mount Ballarat down Trail 1 all the way to Rock Creek crossing. This stage begins very steep, loose and rocky, but wide with many line choices. The middle of this stage is a short recovery cruise/pedal on a fireroad. Then down the "Deep Water Descent" a pretty steep singletrack.

Cool Down Transfer: From Finish 2 racers will ride up Trail 1 to 12N81 and remain on this fireroad to shuttle pick up on Darling Ridge Road.

Finish Shuttle: Racers will board Shuttle Smith Adventures for a ride back to Sweetbriar Farm.

Benduro on Pinkbike's Just the Tip - Sea Otter Classic


June 18 - El Dorado National Forest, Garden Valley, CA


Date & Location:

June 18, 2016

Event Staging Area & After Party:
Sweetbriar Farm - Garden Valley, CA
(This is a private property, address will be provided with registration)

Race Course:
Rock Creek OHV El Dorado National Forest
(Event held under special use permit by US Forest Service)


Course:

Full course description available here.

Registration:

Limited Spaces, Must register by 6pm June 17th.

Includes:
Race Entry with Shuttle to and from Race Start and Finish with Shuttle Smith Adventures

+ Swag Bag

+ Lots of Guayaki

+ Entry to Official After Party with Southern Oregon's best hard rock band, Greenstone Trio!
& Commemorative T-Shirt:
with registration by May 20th, limited quantities available onsite

Schedule:

7am  Rider Check In
8am   Mandatory Riders Meeting
8:30am Shuttles Begin to Race Start
3pm Stage #2 Finish Time Limit
4pm Last Shuttle to Sweetbriar Farm
TBD Awards, BBQ + Greenstone Trio

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