Benduro is a Stage Mountain Bike Race Series, attracting racers with both a passion for technical descents and the ability to complete several physically punishing transfers and timed stages, all with enough juice left over to enjoy the party. Hosted by Josh Bender, the purpose of Benduro is to push the limits of both athletes and equipment, while bringing riders and spectators together on some of his favorite trail systems.
2016, the inaugural year, Benduro drew well over 100 participants, sending them along nearly 80 miles of rowdy stages and transfers, with shuttle support to keep riders off pavement at three astoundingly unique venues in Nevada, California, and Utah. Racers received prizes valued in excess of $10,000 from supporting sponsors, appetizing meals, and adrenaline pumping live entertainment by Southern Oregon rock band Greenstone. Many racers camped and came early to practice and stayed late to ride the local trails for fun.
For all venues of 2016, racers from various mountain biking backgrounds excelled on the courses, from freeriders to professional gravity and endurance racers, with a handful of collegiate riders. Series Champions were Janette Tank for Women, Lorin Whitaker for Men, and Stockton Jones for Juniors. The series received mentions on Pinkbikes frontpage and Just the Tip, Las Vegas Journal, Trail Peek and other review sites, along with numerous photos, videos, and words shared by participants on social media, PinkBike, and other mountain bike specific websites.
All stops of the 2017 Benduro Series will entail 2 days of racing, 2 nights of camping and partying with live music and local food. Due to the high mileage, technical terrain, and risk factors of 2017 Benduro courses, race categories have been reduced to just Pro and Open, with age brackets for Open Men. From here on out, competing in Benduro will require an elite level of both technical skill, and fitness. We hope to draw more participants from the endurance, epic, gravel grinder and adventure crowds, in addition to our current community of gravity racers.
All venues will be open to the general public and offer alternative trails to ride during races and great on-trail spectating opportunities. We again look forward to family, friends, and watching on course and mingling in the main staging area and at the parties. This year spectator passes will be available and include event t-shirt, swag bags, camping and dinners. We hope to have just as many spectators as racers, if not more.
Benduro has many volunteer opportunities for 2017. If you would like to assist with course marking, trail maintenance, course marshaling, on-site registration, timing assistance, emergency medical services, radio operators, photography, videography, or another fun task please contact us. All volunteers will receive a free spectator pass, including an event t-shirt, swag bag, camping and dinner(s).
2017 Benduro Series Schedule:
April 14-16 BOOTLEG Boulder City, Nevada BikeReg.com/BootlegBenduro
June 9-11 EL DORADO Georgetown, California BikeReg.com/ElDoradoBenduro
Nov 10-12 ZION Virgin, Utah BikeReg.com/ZionBenduro