The California Dirt MTB Series is a gnarly three race series spread across multiple trail systems in Northern California including Nevada City, Susanville, and Grass Valley. Racers are faced with unique challenges that must be overcome to be victorious. These races are no walk in the park. Plus, the series is the affiliated USA Cycling Regional Mountain Bike Championship for California and Nevada racers to earn USAC points and qualify for USAC MTB Nationals in Winter Park, Colorado.
Each race in the series gets progressively more difficult, ranging from steep cross country (XC) courses to enduro style downhills. Race 3 took place at the Sanchez Ranch adjacent to the Empire Mine State Park on June 26. It was steep and fast. Each lap was 4 miles with over 700 feet of elevation gain. The punchy climbs on that hot Sunday in June took its toll on the racers. Consecutive laps became dustier, hotter, and harder to see. At the end of each lap was the dual slalom, my favorite, because of the high speed and tabletop jump at the end.