This popular international format of racing encourages spectators and sponsors alike to catch the high-speed, adrenaline-fueled action of cross country and downhill mountain biking combined. It's 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 racing turns an epic all day ride into the ultimate test of fitness and technical skills.
A Big Mountain Enduro race is best described as an epic trail ride in amazing locations, where you're timed only on big descents and the most fun parts of each trail system (special stages). BME also integrates lift-accessed stages to truly showcase the most challenging trails in each host location. Full suspension bikes (26", 650B or 29er's) are favored by the top Enduro racers, and more and more bikes these days are strong, light, nimble and can pedal efficiently while still tackling any downhill section you throw at them. The Big Mountain Enduro races combine true backcountry stages that require riders to have moderate to excellent fitness, though we strive to balance out the competition for both physically fit and technically skilled riders.
As the horizons of racing continue to broaden, the multi-day, multi-stage, enduro format speaks to all riders; spandex, baggies and full-faced. It captures the attention of the media with images of destination riding, full-on adventures, spectacular scenery and the excitement and glory that goes hand-in-hand with racing on big descents you can't get anywhere else. 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 are a part of the North American Enduro Tour (NAET), including Keystone and Moab hosting the 2013 finals.
The 2013 Big Mountain Enduro Series consisted of five events - Angel Fire/Taos, Crested Butte, Keystone, Durango and Moab. Each event included four to eight timed special stages over the course of two days. Each special stage is run as an individual time trial format. There are untimed transition stages that require pedaling to the next stage, taking a chair lift or via shuttle. The racer with the overall fastest combined timed special stages will win the event.
The Big Mountain Enduro Series will be based on an overall point structure. Each timed special stage is worth 50 points towards the Series Overall Championships awarded at the Moab finals, September 28th and 29th. This makes the shorter, technical stages equal to longer, more fitness-oriented stages. Your three lowest scoring stages will be dropped.
Points will be awarded 20 deep for each special stage. The point structure for each category is as follows: 50 (1st), 44 (2nd), 40 (3rd), 36 (4th), 34 (5th), 30 (6th), 28, 26, 24, 22, 20, 18, 16, 14, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2. The racer with the most points after the dropped scores wins the Big Mountain Enduro Series title for their respective category. In the event of a tie, the winner with the highest score from the last race will be crowned champion.
Amateur Men 19-29
Amateur Men 30-39
Masters Men 40+
Amateur Women 19-29
Amateur Women 30-39
Masters Women 40+
Junior Men 18 & Under
Junior Women 18 & Under
The beauty of enduro racing is that it brings us all back to the roots of mountain biking. It is ungoverned, unregulated, and each event capitalizes on what it has to offer naturally. And we want to keep it that way. That said, we feel it is in the best interest and safety of all of our competitors to have a few rules in place to make sure competition is fair, friendly and there is no gray area.
The 2013 North American Enduro Tour (N.A.E.T.) is designed to gather athletes at many of the continent's best race venues for the rapidly growing mountain bike discipline of Enduro racing. Two of the Big Mountain Enduro Series events- Keystone and Moab- are part of the North American Enduro Tour. BME #5, Moab is both the series finale for Big Mountain Enduro and the North American Enduro Tour.
NAET, now in its third year, has created a 7-stop tour that will showcase the best athletes in the world, while maintaining a ranking structure highlighting this ever-growing mountian bike discipline. Most of these races emerge in and around world-class bike parks throughout North America, while also utilizing each regions' best singletrack trails that are tucked deep in the backcountry. NAET also strives to provide the best experience possible for junior and amateur athletes in hopes of increasing the talent pool of North American all-mountian riders and supporting bike industry brands with similar ethos.
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.
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 top descents within the area. Expect to ride some of the most challenging and scenic courses on the North American tour that will blend lift-accessed stages throughout the weekend at Evolution Bike Park.
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.
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.
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 the Gemini Bridges area 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 presents unprecedented epic enduro racing brought to you by Big Mountain Enduro LLC.
The Buffalo Pass Enduro kicks off the Big Mountain Enduro Series and is going to be a great high country enduro. With several short middle chain ring climbs that will test your lungs and legs, this one is going to favor racers with better fitness.