Rode there a couple years back when they first started bike lift service. Fun ride. Can get super loose and silt-like in some areas. Hope your used to the elevation. I was going to try to race this one, but the cost was adding up too much. That and my hesitancy to race in the heat and elevation, as I'm just getting started in enduro. A couple of the trails are pretty rocky.
I rode there last year. Some fun stuff. About 2 DH trails. It's kinda hard to get around. All natural DH kinda stuff, very similar to Big Bear. Nothing that steep or rocky. Maybe one or 2 tricky sections but nothing crazy.
China Peak is supposed to be hosting a ProGRT the weekend before the Enduro so I'd imagine they'd have to build some features for that race, and hopefully integrate them into the Enduro? I tried emailing the promoter awhile back for more info on the tracks, etc. but my email bounced back. I'm thinking about heading down too...
Put a call in to the epicenter cycling in Santa Cruz. The guy that heads China Peak's bike trail planning used to be a shop employee - maybe still does in the winter. The last time I was in there I was wearing a peak t-shirt (used to have a condo the other side of Huntington lake that I used as a ski place) and several of the staff had ridden there. They should have some solid intel.
I live less than an hour from China Peak and rode it once last summer. There was calf deep dust over most of the trails and very little improved terrain. I have ridden one other lift serviced area (Jackson Hole) and although Jackson Hole had much less vertical it was way funner with tons of built up and maintained features. Unless it rains close to race day or they do tons of work on the trails I predict a haggard Silt-A-Thon. If you come to this area to race I hope it's better than last summer. If you come to this area to ride then I suggest shuttling 007 near Bass Lake as the best (and easily shuttleable) down hill in the area.
The trails at China Peak are off the charts! Was so stoked riding there last year. Dry, loose, rocky, and fun. Corners were loose, but they hooked up like mad. The only issue was they didn't have a straight top to bottom run. The mountain is basically setup to be the perfect enduro venue as there were short pedals between runs. However, i guess they fixed that building a whole new trail for the PRO GRT, plus it looks like a second top to bottom trail as well. 1700 ft drop. The enduro race is gonna be gnarly, bring your full face and pads for this one, this is no cross country race.... oh, and get ready for the slow ass lift! Maybe one day they'll get a high speed quad.
They built a top to bottom DH run this spring? Sick. With the amount of vert there and the amazing terrain they have limitless possibilities. I thought they had the best terrain of any bike park in CA, by a lot.
Yeah not interested in the "washed up DH-ers race series". But anyways, just talked to my buddy who's racing there this weekend. Said the pro grt course is the gnarliest bike trail he's ever ridden. According to Mikey Sylvestri it's gnarlier than the Mt. St. Anne WC course.