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Battle Born Enduro transfer to stage #1 

Some races go well, and some…not so much. I had my fair share of tire deflations and a hard wreck on the 1st stage left me pushing to make up some time trying to salvage a couple of the other stages.

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Thanks Called To Creation for the RAD photo! Here is stage #1 (prior to my wreck). My tire was deflating when this photo was taken.

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It may not look like it, but that’s a good size chunk missing. Thanks to the event medics for cleaning it out twice for me. 

I ended up 11th on stage 2 and 13th on stage 3, which I am fairly happy with after all the mishaps and my injury earlier in the race.

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Photo Credit: Called to Creation

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Pain Face: My arm hurt, my legs hurt even more. Photo Credit: Patrick D. Rosso

But as luck has it, I punctured again near the top of the final run. I ended up limping all the way back to the venue on a flat.

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2 runs ended like this. Thanks for the photo Clint

Oh well, racing has its ups and downs and I guess Battle Born just wasn’t my race! I’m super stoked for the dudes on the podium: Ryan Gardner, Evan Geankoplis, Doug Thayer, Kyle Warner and Derek Teel. You guys crushed it!!

As for my Pink Steed, she rides amazing.

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Coming off of a Tallboy LTc with a 160mm fork, I can surely say that the Santa Cruz Bronson v2 is amazing! Compared to my LTc, the Bronson has 1 1/2″ shorter chainstays, yet 1 1/2″ longer wheelbase and a 66 degree head angle. It is extremely animated and flickable in any situation. The 150mm VPP rear end soaks up all the gnar and begs for you to let off the brakes. I was instantly comfortable jumping on this bike and can’t wait to continue dialing in my abilities to match its capabilities!

Season this far:

CES #1 Fontana – 12th place

TDS Enduro – DNF – sprained ankle

Sea Otter Enduro – 18th

CES #2 Battle Born – 30th – flats and a crash

CES Overall Standings – 20th/52  (includes CES#1 and CES #2)

 

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