Inspiring Interview: 15 year old Samantha Kingshill

What is your FIRST mountain bike memory?
My first mountain bike memory was when I first got a mountain bike on my 7th birthday, my dad took me out to Auburn State Rec. Area and we rode culvert/tunnel trail to confluence trail. I crashed and tumbled down a cliff. Luckily I landed on a rock ledge and my dad was able to pull me up. Then I went back up to hit the line again and made it out alive.

Who do you ride with the most?
I ride the most with my dad and family or my coach, Michael Masuda.
What professional freerider (any gender) inspires you the most and why?
My favorite professional freerider is Gee Atherton, I love all 3 Athertons and it’s very hard to pick between the 3 because they are all awesome, but I think Gee is my favorite because he does both freeriding and races World Cup Downhill
What is the biggest feature you have hit so far and what was it like?
The biggest road gap I hit was the Bender Sender and the biggest table top I hit was a line on Candy Land in Angel Fire bike park. I think for hitting both I was in the air for an equal amount of time.

Behind CES: Details from Female Co-Founder and Director Megan Zemny

Dirty Jane Ambassador Megan Zemny, an accomplished Professional Gravity Mountain Bike Racer,  is also 1 of 4 Founders of the California Enduro Series, a globally recognized mountain biking event series that quickly grew to fame in just two years.  Additionally, Megan is a board member & Co-Director of the Santa Cruz Super Enduro, the race with the roots of the California Enduro Series: the Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival.  In this Inspiring Interview, Megan gives a little background how she got into creating such an epic all-volunteer run event series, the events greatest supporters, and what we can look forward to in the future of CES.

2014 California Enduro Series Queen: Lauren Gregg

Over the past few years, Lauren Gregg, the new 2014 California Enduro Series Queen, has made quite a few appearances at womens specific gravity mountain biking events.  From participating in the Shine Ladies Jump Jam on the Camp of Champions Air Bag at Sea Otter in 2013 and 2014, Lauren has also competed in Sweetlines Sugar Showdown and has enjoyed dirt jumping for several years.   As unfortunate it may seem that Lauren was not out showing the world her stellar skills on the gravity circuits, it is all a part of her master plan for becoming a world class professional downhill racer.  When she made the statement that she would progress on to Enduro for 2014, we knew we needed this strong, inspiring, female on our team.  Lauren went on to having an excellent season, beginning at the Sea Otter Classic Enduro, the first stop of the California Enduro Series.  Read on about Lauren’s season highlights, how she got into mountain biking, her progressive plan from cross country to downhill, how she trains, her biggest challenges racing gravity, and her favorite stop of CES 2014.  Lauren also describes her most inspiring competitor, junior racers, and her plans for the off season.  Watch out ladies, Lauren plans to defend her CES title in 2015 and hopes to take top 5 for the very first USA Cycling Enduro National Championship.  Thank you Lauren, we are so proud of you and can’t wait to see where you go with your skills and talent!