The Big Mountain Enduro is coming! Although some may argue that Enduro is just the new fanboy term for Cross-Country mountain biking, it’s not. Enduro, much like the 27.5/650B wheel size, has taken a course of its own. Riders who fall between Downhill and XC wanted something more. A race designed to challenge your skills both up and down the mountain. Enduro races are popping up across the world even more so than Gravel races. Think of it as the All Mountain category of races, just don’t get caught wearing lycra at the start line.
The next big step in Enduro racing is multi-stage events. Located in one of the most picturesque parts of the US, The Big Mountain Enduro is set to take place this September in Crested Butte, Colorado. It is the first true point-to-point, backcountry Enduro style event. Riders will average 28 miles per day over the course of 5 days while climbing 5,300 feet per day and descending 6,700 feet per day. Don’t forget this all takes place at elevations between 9,000 and 13,000 feet. I’m tired thinking about it.
If you’ve been competing in smaller, local Enduro races, think of this as the Mega Monster Enduro or Next Level Enduro to set your sights on. Drop by the BME website to sign up today.
“The Big Mountain Enduro Series Presented by Yeti Cycles, is an authentic multi-stage, multi-day annual Enduro series throughout the most picturesque vacation destinations in the Rocky Mountain region. This highly anticipated sports entity offers some of the biggest and most challenging terrain in and around these mountainous landscapes. With many of the top-ranked trails in the country, BME races tie in epic backcountry Enduros on big terrain, as well as combining lift-accessed stages throughout the series. Courses will feature predominantly timed downhill (special) stages linked together by non-timed climbing (liaison) stages. This rapidly growing discipline combines the physical endurance of cross-country riding with the technical difficulty and excitement of downhill racing.
The 2014 Big Mountain Enduro Series will encompassed over 50,000 vertical feet of descending world-class single track and bike park terrain throughout the entire season. Each course is specially designed to give participants a unique riding experiences, including high altitude trails and big descents that test athlete’s pure strength, endurance and bike handling skills. In sum, this unprecedented series showcases some of the best trails in North America, while hosting many of the top all-around mountain bikers from across the globe, ultimately catering to all types of riders in an entertaining atmosphere for the entire family and local communities to enjoy.
The Crested Butte five-day Enduro is not for the faint of heart. Repeat, not for the faint of heart and you must be in great physical condition and have expert level bike handling skills. Riders will be challenged with five days of racing, four of those days deep in the backcountry, with big climbing transitions that will literally take you to the top of the world overlooking majestic peaks. The fifth and final day of racing will be held at Evolution Bike Park, also where awards and festivities will culminate. This special gem of a place tucked deep in the Rockies and surrounded by wilderness, holds the longest running bike festival in the country and is a true mountain town with more miles of singletrack than any other location in the US. Legend has it, that Crested Butte is the birthplace of mountain biking and we are going to take you back to the roots of riding big mountains at high elevations around Crested Butte. Our five-day inaugural event will blend high altitude backcountry adventures mixed with most of the biggest descents in the area. Expect to ride some of the most challenging and scenic trails in North America, several of them often ranked as top ten trails in the US. Most backcountry stages will start around 9,000 feet in elevation, some days climbing and topping out above 12,500 feet, so get your lungs (and cameras) ready. We anticipate 20,000+ total feet of descending over the course of five days. Expect to climb a good portion of that vertical, plan for full days on the bike and big mileage, where you’ll need to be relatively self-supported and capable of navigating maps in remote areas. This event will encompass a heavy pro field and the largest cash payout of any 2014 BME event. We bring you the first of its kind in North America, so get ready for the 2014 Crested Butte Ultra Enduro.
This will be a stand alone event and not a part of the Big Mountain Enduro Series overall rankings. Registration for the Crested Butte Ultra Enduro will include five days of enduro racing in the backcountry, organized shuttles each backcountry day, lift ticket on the final day at the Evolution Bike Park, coffee and beer provided each day by our respective sponsors, breakfast and lunch each day, BME apparel kit, an annual subscription to Mountain Flyer Magazine, a large awards ceremony and an adventure experience of a lifetime. Camping information and lodging packages coming soon. Lodging is not included in the entry fee, but BME participants will have substantial discounts tied to our lodging partners.
In the spirit of enduro, course profiles will be given out the week before the event. Exact trail info will be released Tuesday night at the riders’ meeting before racing commences, thus requiring riders to race courses sight unseen. Expect to average 20-25 miles per day with 4,000 – 5,000+ feet of climbing/descending. All shuttles will depart from the same convenient location each day and return riders back to town when applicable.”