Last weekend over 700 mountain bikers descended on the small mountain town of Mammoth Lakes, California, to compete in the 2014 Kamikaze Bike Games. Racers of all mountain disciplines were in attendance, with riders competing in the Pro GRT Downhill, Dual Slalom, Cross Country, Speed and Style, the legendary Kamikaze Downhill Race and of course, the Shimano Enduro.
The Kamikaze Bike Games Enduro was held on Sunday—it was a sold out crowd of 300 riders for the fourth stop of the California Enduro Series. The pumice trails on the mountain this weekend were extremely dry and loose, making for some sketchy conditions on Friday and Saturday, but by Saturday afternoon the skies were dark and riders hoped for rain. The clouds opened up Saturday night, and Enduro racers were thrilled that the trails would be getting some much needed moisture.
On Sunday morning, racers had a couple of hours to practice before the start and the courses’ condition had been vastly improved by the rainfall the evening before. Just as everyone started gathering inside the lodge for the riders meeting, however, the sky opened up again and it started hailing and pouring rain. Due to the extreme weather, race organizers were forced to make some changes to the course and one of the four stages was cut from the race. After a somewhat tense riders meeting, with everyone staring out the window watching the the weather, the storm broke and allowed the first racers to ride the lift to the top of stage one.
The Enduro racers were in luck. The morning’s downpour left the trails in all-time epic conditions.