Mammoth

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Mammoth

Mammoth, CA

Mammoth Lakes is a small resort town located in the High Sierra's about an hour south of Yosemite, and a three hour drive south of Reno, NV. During the winter it plays hosts to a fairly large ski resort. During the summer people flock to the small town for hiking, golfing, and other activities. This happens to be one of my favorite locations, despite the three hour drive from Reno, as the food in town is great. I've eaten in a different place each of my two visits, and have yet had a bad meal.

The course is about five miles out of town on Mammoth Scenic Loop. The course this year was just under a mile long. It begins with a quarter mile turn

that is almost a 180 followed by a long straightaway, with a slight kink in the road, followed by another straightaway. There were three sections of the course that was modified using cones. One section was immediately following the kink, making the turn sharper. The speeds of the course were up near the 70s!

As usual there was a delay in getting started, so most people milled around with boards strewn everywhere.

We finally got practice out of the way.

Racing started early on Sunday. EDI has an amateur class this year, with almost a dozen racers. The amateurs lined up to race first. 

At lunch time Team Bod Rodz lined up their beautiful looking boards.

Rain threatened all day

After being DQ on the start in my race, I got a few photos. This course is a drafting course. You can see Fryer trying to air brake to get a better drafting position.

Taking shots from road level are always difficult, these are two of the last three runs.

Rob Rhuman takes Gold. Sitting back, drinking a "bud"

The podium is ready. The trophies and Champagne are lined up.

Gravity Bike Podium.

Amatuer luge, with half of Team Bod Rodz.

Amatuer Standup.

Pro Luge throwing some champagne

Pro Standup

Another fine race in Mammoth Lakes, and amazingly the weather held up. If you ever come out to the area, you may want to spend some extra time. Just a few miles from town is the top of the mountain with a breath taking view of the Minarets.

If you drive from California the easiest route is through Yosetime. Plus there is June Lake, Mono Lake, and Bodie Ghost Town.