North America’s Premier Enduro Series
The Yeti Cycles Big Mountain Enduro series presented by Shimano, is the premier Enduro series in North America and currently holds stops in the most picturesque vacation destinations throughout the Rocky Mountain region and beyond. This highly anticipated sports entity offers some of the biggest and most challenging racing in and around these mountainous landscapes. With many of the top-ranked trails in the country, BME events tie in backcountry terrain and lift-accessed stages throughout the series. Courses will feature predominantly timed downhill (special) stages linked together by non-timed climbing (liaison) stages.
The 2018 BME will link in legendary single track and bike park terrain throughout the entire season. Each course is specially designed to give participants a unique riding experience, including high altitude trails and big descents that test athlete’s pure strength, endurance and bike handling skills. In sum, the BME 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.
HISTORY OF BME
Established in 2012 and based out of Crested Butte, CO, the Yeti Cycles Big Mountain Enduro presented by Shimano is the premier enduro series in North America. Over the past 6 years, BME has held major events throughout ColoRADo, Utah, New Mexico, the country of Mexico and has managed other contract projects in the western US. As the years have passed and the sport continues to evolve, the BME has consistently ranked amongst one of the top global enduro events that attracts the best riders in the world, while staying true to the roots of mountain biking.
|YEAR||PRO MEN||PRO WOMEN|
|2013||Nate Hills||Heather Irmiger|
|2014||Nate Hils||Cait Dmitriew|
|2015||Richie Rude||Krista Park|
|2016||Richie Rude||Anne Galyean|
|2017||Shawn Neer||Anne Galyean|
|2013||5||Angel Fire/Taos, Crested Butte, Keystone, Durango, Moab|
|2014||6||Aspen Snowmass, Durango, Keystone, Moab, Crested Butte, Winter Park (EWS)|
|2015||4||Aspen Snowmass, Keystone, Crested Butte (EWS), Winter Park|
|2016||6||Santa Fe, Keystone, Aspen Snowmass (EWS), Steamboat, Crested Butte, Mascota Mexico|
|2017||7||Santa Fe, Vail, Keystone, Winter Park, Aspen Snowmass (EWS), Crested Butte, Mascota Mexico|
BME + ENDURO WORLD SERIES
Big Mountain Enduro has worked with Enduro World Series since 2014 to host the only top-level international Enduro events in the United States. Past EWS stops hosted by BME have included Winter Park, Colorado, Crested Butte, Colorado and Aspen Snowmass. BME is the only US-based organization to host an event of this caliber. While EWS will not be stopping in the United States in 2018, we are currently working to bring the EWS back to the States. We look forward to showcasing the incredible venues of the American west to the world’s top mountain bike racers again soon.
“The Enduro Worlds Series has worked with Big Mountain Enduro for the past 4 years and our USA calendar entry has always included a welcome visit to Colorado. The BME team deliver a great series with adventure, epic trails and rider experience at its heart, all values we share at EWS.” -Chris Ball, Director Enduro World Series
The popular international Enduro racing format encourages spectators and sponsors alike to catch the high-speed, adrenaline-fueled action of all-mountain riding at its finest. Enduro showcases the best all-around trail rider that can tackle any type of terrain, the fastest. Enduro racing turns an epic all day group ride into the ultimate test of fitness and technical skills, while also giving participants a chance to ride some of the best trails in each respective area where BME’s are held.
A Big Mountain Enduro race is best described as an all day trail ride in amazing locations, where you’re timed only on the descents; the most fun part of each trail system. BME events occasionally integrate lift-accessed stages to truly showcase the most challenging trails in each host location and to maximize the vertical descending at each event.
The 2018 Yeti Cycles Big Mountain Enduro presented by Shimano consists of four series points events – Santa Fe, NM, Crested Butte, CO, Keystone, CO, and Aspen Snowmass, CO. Three of the four stops will count towards series points, so one race can be dropped. The BME series overall title will be awarded to the athlete with the most points following the final round in Aspen Snowmass, CO.
The overall winner of the BME series will be titled the 2018 Yeti Cycles Big Mountain Enduro presented by Shimano Overall Champion. All four rounds of the BME will count towards the overall points and rankings and based on the point structure system below. Each event is worth up to 400 points.
|Pro Men Open||Pro Women Open||U21 Men (17-20)|
|Expert Men Open NEW!||Amateur Women (21-39)||U21 Women (17-20)|
|Amateur Men (21-39)||Master Women (40+)||Youth "Groms" (10-16) NEW!|
|Master Men (40+)|
|Master Men (50+) NEW!|
Any type of rider can race a BME. From amateurs to the top level pro racer, our courses suit all abilities and offer challenges for every caliber of rider, including juniors. Those racing a BME event will walk away a stronger, more confident rider, while building new friendships and camaraderie along the way.
Yes, the BME is in full support of junior racing and fully supports the up-and-coming youth. New last year was the addition of our “Groms” category, which blends in junior racers between the ages of 10-16; the future of our sport.
There is usually tech support in the BME sponsor village area, although some part replacements can result in a time penalty or disqualification, so know the rules and read the official rulebook for those important details. Any competitor receiving outside assistance from a non-racer without prior agreement from the Race Director will be disqualified. This includes using team staff/outside help to carry equipment around the course or perform repairs during the race.
All riders must wear a helmet during competition, during both Liaison and Special Stages. The helmet should meet the regulations set by the event organizer. The correct fitting, condition and suitability of the rider’s helmet is the sole responsibility of the rider.
A two-piece helmet (with removable jaw piece) will be accepted as a full face helmet. However, due to national insurance and federation regulations any helmet used in an event must pass the standards of that territories national regulations. Further information may be found in the Race Book for each event.
Specific body protection and helmet requirements may also be stipulated at each event in accordance with that territory’s national regulations. Any protection rules put in place by the organizer must be followed by all competitors. No exceptions will be permitted. Depending on the venue and access to the tech/pit area, riders can carry basic parts with them, so long as it does not break the part replacement rules. Each rider must be self-sufficient during the entire duration of the race (Food stashes are not permitted). Personal responsibility and self-sufficiency are a large part of the spirit of enduro racing and riders are encouraged to carry adequate equipment for operating in mountainous environments. Each rider should remember that they are solely responsible for themselves but are urged help other competitors on course.
The 2018 Yeti Cycles Big Mountain Enduro presented by Shimamo will include a $27,500 pro purse split evenly between men and women. Racers can expect the largest payout at the BME Aspen Snowmass Finals taking place August 4th-5th.
Want to be a part of the action, but not in the race? During race season, we have positions available in the headquarters area at all events to help manage registration check-in, volunteer coordination, timing assistance, awards and sponsor village execution. Additionally, there are positions tied to course marking and field logistics that focus more on the racing infrastructure itself. Must be friendly, energetic, organized and available at least Friday, Saturday and Sunday during race weekends. Daily rate applies in addition to BME merchandise, lunch and beverages. Please inquire at email@example.com for more details.
The Yeti Cycles Big Mountain Enduro presented by Shimano could not happen without the incredible support from supporting sponsors. Year in and year out, the BME creates great racing experiences, valuable marketing programs, and helps bring products and ideas to the forefront of the mountain bike industry. For more information on how to integrate your brand and become a sponsor of the BME, please contact Brandon Ontiveros. firstname.lastname@example.org