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14 May 2019 - Grass Valley, CA

TDS Enduro hosting Semper Fi Camp

TDS enduro, if you know you know. This is one of the true invite only enduro races in the United States, full of a rowdy couple days both on and off the bike. TDS founders Ron and Debbie Sanchez opened their property up to help with a two-day camp hosting injured veterans.

Every April, the infamous TDS is held in Grass Valley, CA. Ron and Debbie Sanchez own the 300+ acre slice of land, buried away in the hills. They have been building their mountain bike trails on it for over ten years and not until recently decided to hold an enduro race. TDS, or The Dirty Sanchez, is an enduro race that caters towards the camaraderie, not the results. The invite-only race attracts around 150 racers and another 300 spectators. The terrain at “The Ranch” is known to eat up both the riders and bikes. The two-day, 12 stage race has everything from flow to chunk and shuttles to pedaling.




The medics used a fleet of Felt Redemption-E and Pivot Shuttles for the race where they were the first to ride each stage and the last to come down. This helped ensure the stages were safe for the racers and to make sure everyone survived the rocky terrain. The climbs varied from 600 to 800 feet in gain and took medics around 10 minutes to arrive at the top, compared to 35 minutes for racers on acoustic bikes.




The racers were rewarded with homemade pizza, bbq food, and custom “TDS” beer thanks to Ol’ Republic Brewery. The weekend capped off with some good smiles, poison oak and some crashes for most riders. The rumor going around is next year this race might become e-bike only or have a separate category, so keep your eyes peeled!




The Monday and Tuesday following the race is the Semper Fi camp, aimed at helping veterans recover through outdoor recreation, this particular event being mountain biking. Semper Fi is a non-profit organization with over 2000 members, spread across the whole country. Each year, Semper Fi selects around 20 members to participate at the two-day camp. These riders vary from intermediate to advance level riders. Due to such difficult terrain, both descending and steep climbs, this event is a no brainer for e-MTB’s. 




Each day kicked off with a group meeting and skills clinic. The rides were broken up into three categories: beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Each group had around eight riders, including one medic, and an official group leader. Mark Weir, one of the founders of American enduro, was present along with many other of the racers from TDS to help support the group rides and give out riding tips. Many of veterans had prosthetic legs and were greatly appreciative of the electric assist. The veterans climbed around four thousand feet each day and with a total of six descents.




The smiles from all the veterans is a hard thing to explain, but the amount they learned along with all group leaders and attendees, is beyond disbelief. Everyone is looking forward to 2020!