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With this past weekend being Nothstar at Tahoe’s opening weekend, their downhill race series is gearing up for a great summer of racing. The racers can compete in over 20 categories for a spot on the podium in 5 races throughout the summer. Trail Head Racing will be attending each race providing you with course previews, results, and some race pictures!

Race 1: June 15th - Vista Short Course

Race 2: June 29th - Boondocks

Race 3: July 27th - Sticks & Stones

Race 4: August 10th - Karpiel

Race 5: August 27th - Livewire Classic


Michael Cofield flying through the rocks at the top of Dogbone during race practice.


Hudson Tognetti cruising through the rocks in practice today.


There are a few lines on this main rock drop, but most riders chose to take the line Ashton Smith took here.

For race one, the Pro and CAT 1 racers will be racing Dogbone in its entirety and CAT 2 and CAT 3 racers will be racing Speed Control to Pho Dogg. Dogbone is about as downhill as it gets at Northstar. Only 15% of the trail is not inhabited by rocks and rock gardens, and those parts are still no walk in the park. Right before the Daytona berms, you’ve got a tight steep chute full of roots and rocks that spits you out into the loose dusty S turns followed by the stadium jump and a sprint to the stepdown finish.


Heckling Bo MacArthur before the rock drop, only a few riders are taking this line here.

You can follow the team on Instagram @trailheadracing, on their blog at, or here on VitalMTB: TrailHeadRacing. Huge thanks to Specialized,, Industry 9 components, SRAM, Troy Lee Designs, Five.Ten, and of course Trail Head Cyclery!

Stay tuned for race photos, on-board race runs, and results!

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