The final race of the Oregon Enduro Series was also the North American Enduro Tour finals and in turn, a stacked field of riders showed up to take advantage of the points and prizes. Day one included three stages at Sandy Ridge that was rocky and technical, full face helmets and pads required. Day two was another intense and technical day of riding the slopes of Mt. Hood and the notorious Ski Bowl downhill course.
Stephanie Armesto and Nikki Hollatz enjoying the view of Mt. Hood from the top of Ski Bowl.
Kim Russell posing with Bekah Rottenberg and Sarah Rawley.
Kim Russell took 5th in the Pro-Women category, Patty Lenz took 1st in the Expert Women category, Nikki Hollatz took 3rd in the Expert Women category, and Jaimie Didier took 3rd in the Sport Women category 34 & under.
Expert Women Podium
The team took a road trip down to Ashland Oregon for race #4 of the series. Ashland is the only race in the series that is styled around a Super-D or top to bottom race format. The racers were timed fastest from the top to the bottom with three special stages and a bonus climbing stage that was not counted towards the final results.
In the Women’s pro-category, Kim Russell had a major mechanical but did take a stage win before her chain was destroyed forcing her to endure a chainless downhill mission to the finish.
In the Women’s expert category, Patty Lenz took 2nd, Nikki Hollatz took 3rd and Amanda Kohlwey was close behind in 5th place.
In the Women’s Sport category (35+), Heather Pola kept the points rolling with a 3rd place, and 17 year old future Dirty Harlot Hannah Bergemann took 3rd in her first ever enduro race in Sport (34 and under).
It was a beautiful weekend in Ashland, with continued awesome support from the Dirty Fingers crew.
All photos courtesy of Colin Meagher.
With a requirement for full face helmets and knee and elbow pads, Race #3 of the Oregon Enduro Series took the girls to the trails of Cold Creek outside of Camas, WA. The race was 3 stages of technical fast trails that took a toll on bodies and bikes alike.
Heather Pola 2nd Place Sport 35+
Nikki Hollatz with 3rd, and Patty Lenz with a 2nd in Expert Women
And Honorary Harlot Kim Becker taking first in the Pro Women Category and getting a full champagne bath from the Harlots to celebrate
The Dirty Harlots managed to pull in podium spots in all the categories at the second stop of the Oregon Enduro Series in Bend, OR. It was a hot day in central Oregon and the five stage race covered over 24 miles of fast single-track.
Jaimie Didier – 3rd place in Sport 34 and under
Heather Pola with a 3rd in the Sport 35+
Patty Lenz with 3rd and Nikki Hollatz with 2nd in the Expert Women Open Category
This March the Dirty Harlots raised over $2,000 for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowling for Kids’ Sake fundraiser! Thank you to everyone who donated and supported this local program. It is one of the missions of the team to be involved in Community fundraisers and give back to important causes. We may be amazing mountain bikers, and the top fundraisers in our cohort, but we could use some serious bowling practice.
It’s almost March already, how in the heck did that happen? Longer, sunnier days mean it’s time to start training for race season!
We’ve got some exciting changes for the 2014 season. We have added four new super awesome shredders to the team.
We welcome with open arms Amy Esnard, Jaimie Didier, Nikki Hollatz and Laura Whiting (bios coming soon!).
The Oregon Super-D Series is now called the Oregon Enduro Series. There are some pretty big changes to the race format, and one more venue has been added–one of my favorites, Ashland! Check out the website for details.
We are also looking for new sponsors to help make this race season a success! We’ll proudly represent your company while we ride, train, and race–just contact us to learn how to sponsor the Dirty Harlots!
See you on the trail and happy shredding!
It’s high time for the Harlots to give props and thanks to our sponsors–a list that only keeps getting longer! For 2014, we have the following companies on board, helping us out with product and monies that we are putting toward our race jerseys, a team banner, etc:
Harlot Clothing Co.
Dirty Fingers Bikes
Ten Speed Coffee
Double Mountain Brewery
I can’t say enough about how amazing it has been to watch the Gorge community’s support for cycling grow over the past few years. With sweet riding in every cardinal direction–both mountain and road–Hood River is poised to become a world-class cycling destination, right up there with Fruita and perhaps one day, even Moab. Factor in all of the other outdoor and cultural activities, from kiteboarding to kayaking, fabulous restaurants, breweries, and wineries, and beautiful scenery, and we’ve got a veritable mecca for adventure and fun!
The Harlots are so stoked to be a part of this supportive and wonderful community, during such an exciting time in the evolution of cycling both as an industry on the whole, and within our little corner of the world. We are also proud to be involved as a team with the newly formed Hood River Area Trail Stewards (HRATS), a locally-managed IMBA chapter dedicated to maintaining, building, and saving our trail networks, and with Post and Pinot, the Gorge’s only dedicated weekly women’s mountain bike ride (first ride of the year is tonight!), complete with post-ride wine and raffle prizes.
A big, huge, heart-felt THANK YOU to all of our sponsors for 2014. We will do our best to represent and make you proud!
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