Left and top right: Competitors peddle it out on the trails. Bottom right: Michael Hopkins giving a speech after taking home the win at his home turf.

Bike fest with great local outcome

Bigger and better Rubberhead Enduro for next summer.

josefin Svedberg

Rossland News

The Rubberhead Enduro was a success last weekend and Ryan Kuhn and the other organizers agree that it was one of the best yet.

Local rider Michael Hopkins won the men’s pro/elite class. “I wouldn’t hesitate signing up for the Rubberhead Enduro again,” he says.

Hopkins explains that the first part of the course pumped and flowed, the second was quick and technical while the third was rowdy, loose and sketchy. “(It was) a little bit of everything—a perfect way to end the course.”

Riding in his hometown was a great experience since he’s mostly on the road for work and is rarely spotted riding in the Rossland area.

Kuhn was very happy with how things turned out.

“The weekend went extremely well,” he comments. They had a turnout of about 115 riders, 17 of which were women. Kuhn explains that the high number of female participants is unusual for similar events and that the local women were very impressive. Riders who have participated in other enduro events told Kuhn that the Rossland course was their favourite.

“People who came into Rossland for the race—many for their first time—were blown away by the amazing trails and community.”

Kuhn himself placed second in the masters category and shares, “I’m pretty stoked about that.” However he was a little disappointed that rival Rich Marshall beat him by only a second.

Megan Rose, The B.C. Enduro Series Director, was one of the people who made the race happen. She won the women’s category, while Evan Wall won the U19 men’s category.

Both Hopkins and Kuhn say that Rose and the volunteers did a great job with the course and the event in general.

“I can’t thank Red Mountain Resort enough,” he adds.

Hopkins also appreciated the support from all the people on the deck at the base of Red Mountain.

“People were properly fired up when they realized who I was,” says Hopkins about riding down the trails.

Kuhn promises an even bigger and better Rubberhead Enduro for next summer.

 

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