Super D Series a Success
Combine the speed and thrill of downhill mountain biking with the challenge of endurance riding and what you get is the exciting race challenge of the Oregon Super D Series, a race series just about to finish up its second year of events.
Super D/Enduro racing is a mountain bike race just about anybody with a suspension bike can enjoy. It will challenge all levels of mountain bike riders, from those with advanced bike handling skills to riders who enjoy more of an endurance ride. And Oregon boasts countless miles of trails suited for these events.
“We’ve got the best trails in the world in Oregon for this type of activity,” says Devon Lyons, event director for the Oregon race series. He particularly likes the Oakridge area, featuring trails that wind around old-growth trees and epic views of the surrounding forests.
Lyons also believes Oregon’s amazing trails have led to the success of the race series, which doubled its participation this year and boasts 200 to 250 riders for each event, with about 200 riders completing the entire series.
The Oregon Super D Series will finish up its second racing season with a two-day festival on Mount Hood with cycling events, demonstrations and the signature event, a Super D/Enduro race through the Sandy Ridge trail system on Sept. 3 and 4.
The series started in 2010 with three racing weekends. For 2011, the race sponsors continued the initial three locations: Hood River, Oakridge and Sandy Ridge, and added a fourth race in Bend.
Additionally, the four races in the Oregon series joined with three other races this year to make up the North American Enduro Tour. Along with the Oregon races, the tour also includes the Canadian Open Enduro at Kokanee Crankworx in Whistler, B.C.; the Trestle All-Mountain Enduro in Winter Park, Colo.; and the Ashland Mountain Challenge in southern Oregon.
The final race of both the series and the tour will take place on Mount Hood in the Sandy Ridge trail system, which this summer doubled in size thanks to a partnership with the Bureau of Land Management and the International Mountain Bicycling Association. Winners of the Sandy Ridge race, the four-race Oregon series and the seven-race tour will all be announced after the Sandy Ridge race.
The Sandy Ridge race will set up base at the Windells Camp on Highway 26 in Welches, located just a few minutes from the finish line. Windells, described as an action-sports paradise, features several skate parks and BMX facilities that race participants will have access to during the two-day event. Windells will also offer lodging and camping.
In addition to offering exciting weekends of racing and cycling events, the Oregon Super D Series also gives back to sport. Oregon Super D donates a percentage of all entry fees to organizations and forest departments committed to maintaining trail development, restoration and other sustainable needs. Additionally, before and after each event, the Oregon Super D Series staff coordinates volunteer work parties to maintain the trails used in the series.
For more information about the event, to check out photos and videos of the races, or to register, visit the Oregon Super D Series website at http://www.oregonsuperd.com. Registration for the Sept. 3 and 4 event is $65 or $85 for race entry and a T-shirt.
Oregon Super D Series http://www.oregonsuperd.com
North American Enduro Tour http://naetmtb.com