On Saturday, Sept. 7, mountain bikers came from all over the West Coast for Mad River Enduro. The race is a rare chance for mountain bikers to ride a trail system normally closed to the public as the trails are on Green Diamond land and are maintained by the Redwood Mountain Biking Association.
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A rider takes on a drop and prepares for another on the trail through Green Diamond property a day ahead of the Mad River Enduro race.
This year's race was the second annual enduro and took place over the course of two days. The first day was devoted to practice runs, registration and setting up camp in the designated lot on Taylor way in Blue Lake. Shuttle service on the first day was provided by Revolution Cycles in Arcata. See photo highlights from the first day in the slideshow below.
By 9 a.m. the following day, the racers are off as the first race begins. The races run until 4:30 p.m., when everyone gathers around Mad River Brewery for food and drinks provided by both the brewery and BlackBerry Bramble BBQ. Then the night wraps up with awards at the podium and a celebration. Check out the race results here