Factory Husqvarna Racing’s Andrew DeLong comes into the event as the series points leader, having overtaken AirGroup Racing’s Nick Fahringer at the Rattlesnake enduro with a third-place finish. DeLong will be trying to strengthen his lead in the standings with a solid ride in Colorado.
Fahringer, on the other hand, comes into Colorado under somewhat unknown circumstances, after tearing his MCL in a practice crash two days before the last event. The Ohio rider has been undergoing physical therapy to make sure the knee is as ready as possible for the Colorado race, but only time will tell.
The western rounds always bring new riders to the series and this weekend will see EnduroCross standouts Cody Webb, Colton Haaker and Max Gersten, as well as ISDE competitors Jordan Brandt and Ian Bythe competing in the Snow Shoe Enduro.
This is the first time that the Snow Shoe National Enduro has appeared on the NEPG schedule, and the course will range from faster high desert type of terrain with black loamy dirt to typical mountain trails with plenty of boulders and side hills.
In addition to the normal obstacle of single-track trail, this event is complicated by the fact that it takes place at relatively high altitude, starting at 6500 feet up on the plateau and then climbing up to 7500 in the mountains.
In addition to DeLong and Fahringer, Groemm will see challenges from a host of top riders including N-Fab/Am Pro Yamaha’s Brad Bakken, who has one win to his credit already this year, the Baylor brothers, Steward and Grant, plus eight-time national champ Mike Lafferty, who is retiring at the end of the season.
In the Rekluse Expert-AA class, Husqvarna support rider Craig Delong is currently leading the point standings, having won the last five rounds. Texas rider Drew Higgins sits second in points, while fellow KTM rider Caleb Haynes of Missouri is third.
The Rekluse Expert-AA Class Champion is determined by a rider’s best 8 of 10 rounds, and heading into this weekend the end of year purse is up to $2000. Be sure to check out the Rekluse website for exact details.
While you are here on the Western Slope of Colorado, you may want to enjoy some of the activities available here that you will not find in any other place. Grand Junction is a dirt biker paradise. We have many riding areas and great trails. We also have a variety of family friendly activities that you can enjoy while you are here.
The Snow Shoe enduro named after the Snowshoe trail located on the Uncompahgre National Forrest outside of Grand Junction, Colorado. The Snowshoe trail isn’t long, but it is steep and technical and worthy of being our namesake for the enduro. The trails of the north Uncompahgre are a high elevation retreat from the heat of the valley in the summer. Elevation is around 7600’.
For more information on the Kenda AMA National Enduro Series please go to www.nationalenduro.com.