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2017 Benduro Series Announced!

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
June 9-11 EL DORADO Georgetown, California
Nov 10-12 ZION Virgin, Utah

RESULTS: 2016 Zion Benduro

Zion was just so epic we havent gotten to putting together all the stories and images. Enjoy these official results for now:

Pro Women
PlaceNameStage 1Stage 2Stage 3Stage 4Stage 5Stage 6Total Time
1Janette Tank46:02.520:54.425:23.7-28:47.31:07:28.13:08:36.0
Pro Men
PlaceNameStage 1Stage 2Stage 3Stage 4Stage 5Stage 6Total Time
1Spencer Rathkamp23:35.012:17.66:59.5-24:15.09:15.31:16:22.5
2Vincent Kimber31:50.616:11.28:30.4-25:07.410:42.81:32:22.5
DNFJeremy HottingerDNF------
Expert Men
PlaceNameStage 1Stage 2Stage 3Stage 4Stage 5Stage 6Total Time
1Lorin Whitaker31:03.513:43.67:42.8-26:15.19:52.41:28:37.4
2Gabriel Zink28:15.720:34.88:51.1-24:42.311:58.11:34:22.0
3Johnny George43:19.420:05.89:27.1-28:50.71:01:21.52:43:04.0
Intermediate Men
PlaceNameStage 1Stage 2Stage 3Stage 4Stage 5Stage 6Total Time
1Geremy Patterson26:35.911:50.28:33.6-26:04.610:31.21:23:35.5
2Leroy Rhoads29:07.314:36.38:46.0-25:22.612:25.91:30:18.1
Boys 16 and under
PlaceNameStage 1Stage 2Stage 3Stage 4Stage 5Stage 6Total Time
1Stockton Jones30:24.816:40.210:49.3-30:53.61:05:41.72:34:29.7
PlaceNameStage 1Stage 2Stage 3Stage 4Stage 5Stage 6Total Time
1Simon Bosman----26:42.611:36.438:19.0
2Mauricio Sanchez----27:08.413:10.140:18.5
SUNDAY Open Women
PlaceNameStage 1Stage 2Stage 3Stage 4Stage 5Stage 6Total Time
1Rachel Anders----25:53.212:25.538:18.7

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:

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 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

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!)

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)

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

868 Zion – Mount Carmel Hwy, Springdale, UT 84767

1212 Zion Park Blvd, Springdale, UT 84767


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.


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


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

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

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

Pro Men

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

Pro Women

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

Open Women

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

Expert Men

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

Intermediate Men

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

Beginner Men

Place Bib Name Stage 1 Stage 2
1 29 James Anderson 6:35.0 15:12.8
2 10 David Haddon 6:23.7 15:40.2
3 27 Daniel Ward 6:39.8 16:53.2

Electric Open

Place Bib Name Stage 1 Stage 2
1 24 Rob Welch --- ---
2 2 Chris Rothe --- ---
3 23 Mike Bartlett --- ---
4 28 David Fitz-Randolf --- ---
5 26 Kyle Paredes --- ---
6 25 Jason Shamius --- ---