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The 5th round of the California Enduro Series took racers just over the California border into beautiful Ashland, Oregon for the ever-popular Ashland Mountain Challenge put on by the fine folks withAshland Mountain Adventures. Mother Nature gifted the event with great race weather and trail conditions were pretty damn sweet.

Shuttles up to the top of Mount Ashland were booked well in advance for practice Friday.

Scott Chapin on Stage 3 during practice Friday.

Kathy Pruitt climbs to stage 3 during practice on Friday.

Anker Fanoe at packet pick up Friday after a long day of practice.

Van life is becoming prominent in the world of enduro.  We found several heading up I5 toward the event in Ashland.

CES Director Steven Gemelos addresses the racers during the rider meeting Saturday.

Amy Morrison through the rollers on stage 4 at the top of BTI.

Clif Bar was on hand to provide nutrition products for the participants.

Hope was the title sponsor of the event. They had reps on hand to talk shop with riders and hand out product.

Nathan Riddle on stage 3 during his race run.

Oh Deer. Wildlife was in abundance all over the area.  This young one darted across the course during the race on stage 3.

Adele Mery during her race run on stage 4.

VP components on display.

Justin Beck, CES announcer, calling out the raffle winners.

Scott Chapin holding up his sweet 4th place trophy in the pro men category.

TRP Brake Zone winners. Ryan Gorman clocked the fastest men's speed through the zone at 33.9 mph, while Amy Morrison came through the fastest of the women at 30.4, with Kathy Pruitt and Amy Oppen not far behind.

Winners of the Rabobank KOM / QOM on stage 3: Pro Men: Ryan Gardner Pro Women: Adele Mery Expert Men: Nick Gallizioli Expert Women: Meave Dudley Sport Men: Trenton Guthrie Sport Women: Amy Oppen Beginner Men: Pete Schmidt Beginner Women: Rachel Seymour

Pro Women's Podium - 1st place: Adele Mery 30:28.5, 2nd place: Kathy Pruitt 30.38.5, 3rd place: Amy Morrison 30:54.4, 4th place: Essence Barton 31:40.4, 5th place: Janea Perry 32:03.8

Pro Men's Champagne Shower - 1st place: Nathan Riddle 27:00.4, 2nd place: Ryan Gardner 27:06.5, 3rd place: Cory Sullivan 27:10.4, 4th place: Scott Chapin 27:19.8, 5th place: Dillon Santos 27:29.2

Join CES August 27-28 for round six – and Golden Tour round 2 – the Northstar Enduro at Northstar California Resort in Truckee!

Photos byCalled To Creation.

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