After two podium finishes at Sea Otter, Liv Racing athlete Rae Morrison decided to add another event to her calendar while in California – the TDS Enduro. Morrison secured an entry to the two-day invitational enduro in Grass Valley and took the win on eight out of 12 stages to finish almost a minute ahead of the rest of the competition.
“This race was a last minute decision,” said Morrison. “It was really good timing to test out a few new things in a race scenario. I raced on new tires that I had never tested before and I tried out a slightly different suspension set up, which is something I wouldn’t normally do in a race situation.”
TDS Enduro has developed a reputation for being a fun race for an awesome cause. The race organizers team up with Semper Fi Fund to host an advanced mountain bike camp as part of the Recovery Through Sport program which helps service men and women on their road to recovery. But this “fun race” is high on competition, drawing EWS talent from around the world to a private ranch with a goldmine of technical trails.
“I think this is the most fun I have had a race,” said Morrison. “Coming into the race, I had no pressure on myself and was there to have a good time on the bike, so I was very relaxed.”
For Morrison, relaxed means fast. Even racing some of the stages “blind” (without seeing the trails beforehand), she was able to commit to some of the race’s biggest features including a large road gap aboard her Liv Hail Advanced.
Video courtesy Ash Bocast.
I was so nervous not knowing what the jump was like or the speed I needed, but having the confidence to hit it anyway was the best feeling,” said Morrison.
Morrison will take the confidence and bike set up knowledge she gained at the TDS Enduro to EWS Madeira, Portugal which takes place May 11-12.