It was like a giant homecoming, family reunion and party all rolled into one.
This past Saturday and Sunday was the kickoff for the Arkansas Enduro Series, with the first race of the season being held along the gorgeous mountain bike trails in Eureka Springs. It was also the first stop of the Enduro World Series North American Series with pro riders coming out to play along our trails. The weather forecast didn’t look promising for Saturday with dire predictions of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes moving in later in the day, but that didn’t stop the race from going forward; if anything, it made it that much more of a rowdy good time.
Dave and I ran into old friends from last season and there were hugs and squeals all around.
Well, squeals from me, at any rate.
We also made new friends, which was just an added bonus.
The race began at long last and from then on, it was fast and furious. Dave and I decided beforehand that I would start out photographing Stage Two and he’d be stationed along Stage Three, and we’d meet up later after all the riders had gone through.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Enduro mountain bike racing, the following information from Liv Cycling explains it as:
And when you see the riders go by at lightning speed, taking jumps that seem to last forever, careening around berms and everyone wearing looks of ferocious intensity and concentration, well, it kinda gets your heart pumping.
And I love every minute of it.
Stay tuned for Day Two!