Trail Trust was so excited to partner with Rezduro for this year's enduro race. Rezduro is the first and only Indigenous-led mountain bike enduro race in the United States. It takes place on the Navajo Nation in northeast Arizona and is a celebration of Indigenous culture and heritage. The race was founded by Nigel James, a Navajo mountain biker who dreamed of bridging his grandparent's sheep herding trails with his passion for mountain bike enduro racing. In 2021, Rezduro was born.
The race Is a 3-day event that takes place on some of the most epic and beautiful trails on the Navajo Nation hosted by the James family on their land. Racers of all ages and skill sets compete in a series of timed downhill runs, and the overall winner is the racer with the fastest combined time.
In addition to the racing, Rezduro 2023 featured a number of cultural events, such as an opening prayer ceremony, traditional community kitchen, and arts and crafts activations. Indigenous community members feel that mountain bike racing has been a great way to reintroduce land stewardship and the need to protect and preserve it for the next generation. It's also raised awareness of the importance and preservation of their culture.
Rezduro has played a huge role in popularizing mountain biking among Indigenous people. Racers came from all over the southwest and were excited to compete in an event that celebrated their culture.
The organizers and family behind Rezduro were dedicated group of people who were passionate about making the event a success. They worked tirelessly to make sure that the event was accessible to everyone, and they were always willing to go the extra mile to be welcoming of racers and attendees alike. Two Fox Factory employees actually raced in Rezduro 2023, and we also had a Trail Trust tent set up so we could chat with the community about our efforts to champion sustainable adventure for everyone. We are grateful to have sponsored Rezduro this year and look forward to supporting more efforts to expand mountain bike culture across Navajo Nation in the future.