Black Fly Shred Session at Da’ Harbor

Posted by Admin on May 28, 2015

The tribes started migrating north on Thursday with the goal to maximize the forecasted weekend of summer-like temps and abundant sunshine. They caravanned from Duluth, central and southern Wisconsin and most every nook of the U.P.

Ride the Keweenaw has become the opening bookend event for the mountain bike season in this region starting on Friday, ending on Sunday, leaving Monday open for Memorial Day.

Social media posts on Thursday evening started to build excitement for those who had to wait till the next morning or following day before they themselves could participate in the hedonism.

The first enduro race of the Lake Superior Gravity Series got underway at 9am Sunday morning. Bone dry trail conditions, a fresh hatch of voracious black flies and rapidly warming temperatures greeted the day’s participants. After a quick pre-race meeting, the field of 70 gravity freaks headed to the ridge lines surrounding the shire of Copper Harbor.

Newbies and veterans gathered at the start line of each of the three stages, sharing banter and swatting the air. Those choosing Dza Beet/Say Hello/Ma Maki took the brunt of the black flys’ wrath, while others choosing to line-up on East Woopidy Woo or Flow/Over Flow/Daisy Dukes had quick access to the timing devices.

Early season jitters, loose trails, mechanicals and an abundance of pedalling took the total on many, even the most seasoned jockeys.

In the end Pete Karinen took the overall title and is the one to challenge for top of the dirt pile come the end of June at the Marquette Trails Festival, where LSGS Enduro #2 goes down on the South Trails. While defending LSGS queen of enduro, Cooper Dendel, showed that she is still equally comfortable in gravity situations as she is scorching a XC course.