Enduro racing is the fastest growing mountain bike discipline in the world right now and the Big Mountain Enduro Series is at the forefront of this US movement, bringing you world-class courses with unparalleled big mountain descents. The 2013 series will encompass over 45,000 vertical feet of descending epic singletrack and include five multi-stage, multi-day events throughout the Rocky Mountain Region.
Several top-ranked trails in the country will be part of the landscape, including Moab's "Whole Enchilada" and Durango's "Kennebec Pass," and will encompas a mix of European formats; tying in epic backcountry Enduros on big terrain, as well as lift-accessed stages in Angel Fire, NM, Crested Butte, CO, Keystone, CO and Durango, CO mixed in along the way. Courses will feature predominantly downhill timed “special” stages linked together by non-timed liaison climbing stages, combining the physical endurance of cross-country riding with the technical difficulty and excitement of downhill mtb racing.
Enduro mountain bike racing is not about who is the first to the climb, or who can drop the sickest line, but rather the best all-around trail rider that can tackle any type of terrain; the fastest. Enduro bike racing turns an epic all day ride into the ultimate test of fitness and technical skills.
2013 Big Mountain Enduro Venues
Angel Fire/Taos, NM: May 18th & 19th
The Angel Fire/Taos Enduro is a new stop on the circuit and will be one hell of an opener to the 2013 Big Mountain Enduro Series. Angel Fire Bike Park and Taos are premier mountain bike destinations located in the southern Rocky Mountains of New Mexico. This natural playground extends well above tree line and the area is now becoming popular for extreme mountain biking. With elevation changes that will challenge even the most accomplished riders, the rewards of the effort are heart stopping views and seemingly endless descents. All festivities and tech expos will be based out of Angel Fire Resort, but expect to circumnavigate the surrounding area in order to access the most challenging Enduro terrain within the state. This first stop of the tour will include a day of lift-accessed terrain and a day of backcountry singletrack.
Crested Butte, CO: June 29th & 30th
The Crested Butte Enduro will be something to remember for racers and specators alike. This special place holds the longest running bike festival in the country, is home to the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame and truly is a real mountain town with more singletrack than any other location in the US. Legend has it, that Crested Butte is the birthplace of mountain biking. Our weekend-long events will merge with Crested Butte Bike Week and entail some of the longest descents within the area. Expect to ride some of the most challenging and scenic courses on the North American tour, which will blend high altitude backcountry adventures and lift-accessed stages throughout the weekend.
Keystone, CO: July 6th & 7th
The Keystone Bike Park contains some of the most raw and rugged lift-accessed mountain biking in the US. With rock gardens, drops and high-speed features there will not be a dull moment on your bike. Our courses will challenge riders to the fullest and combine the top trails on the mountain, along with unique course designs never seen before at Keystone. Throughout the weekend, expect to see at least seven rowdy stages, a non-stop festival taking place in the village and entertainment for the entire family to enjoy. This premier stop will also be part of the North American Enduro Tour.
Durango, CO: August 31st & September 1st
The Durango Enduro is not for the faint of heart; it is a true backcountry event that will require riders to have moderate to excellent fitness and great bike handling skills. Each one of our multiple stages will have a distinct flavor, showcase more great riding in and around Durango over the course of two days and will be all about big descents in the high alpine. Expect Kennebec Pass and other infamous trails around this mountain biking mecca to be used during the fourth stop of the 2013 Big Mountain Enduro Series.
Moab, UT: September 28th & 29th
The Whole Enchilada has become known as one of Moab’s most cherished rides. This day of racing will combine over 7,000 feet of descending and navigate through four climate zones as it winds its way from Burro Pass down Hazard County, Kokopelli, UPS, LPS and Porcupine Rim trails. For 2013, we will split up the Whole Enchilada into multiple enduro stages and also offer more fun racing throughout other infamous west-side trails on Saturday leading up to the big finale. This premier event will serve as the finals for the North American Enduro Tour, which will draw major media exposure and athletes from across the globe; not to mention crown the best all-around mountain biker(s) in North America.
The Big Mountain Enduro Series will offer eight categories for both men and women including Pro/Open, Expert, Sport, Masters and Juniors and a festival atmosphere at each event for everyone to partake in.
Registration for The Big Mountain Enduro Series is set to open January 28, 2013. Entry fees will include lift ticket/shuttling (where applicable), an event t-shirt, swag, complimentary food and beer, and feet for dollar, the best value you’ll find in mountain bike racing in the U.S. Season passes for the entire series will also be available with a price discount for participating in all events.
One of the premier events in North America, the Big Mountain Enduro Series is among the first of an unprecedented enduro racing infrastructure brought to you by Big Mountain Enduro LLC. Two of the BME events will also be part of the 2013 North American Enduro Tour (NAET), with Moab hosting the finals.
For registration and venue info, and all the freshest details on The Big Mountain Enduro Series, visit www.bigmountainenduro.com.