THE ULTIMATE BACKCOUNTRY ENDURO
The BME Crested Butte stop will blend high altitude backcountry racing mixed with some of the longest and most challenging descents in the area. This special gem of a place tucked deep in the Rockies and surrounded by expansive wilderness in every direction, endless scenery and is a true mountain town with more miles of singletrack than any other location in the U.S. 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 and rad trails at high elevations around Crested Butte.
Riders will be challenged with two days of racing on fast, technical, steep and raw trail that will keep riders on their toes. Riders should be prepared with necessary parts, clothing and food, as each day will be deep in the backcountry, with river crossings and ever-changing mountainous weather. This race will be a true test of mental strength, strong fitness, technical descending skills and require a huge sense of adventure to get through the demanding two-day race.
No tech support will be offered while out on course (only in pit area), but plan for well-stocked aid stations including food and hydration to keep riders fueled during race days. The BME sponsor and vendor village will be located in town, where the pre and post-race excitement will unfold. Here we will have full tech support, food, beer, entertainment, bike demos, massage services and the fun camaraderie that this event is historically known for.
To add to the fun, the Crested Butte BME will also be part of the annual and longest running mountain bike festival, The Crested Butte Bike Week. Bike week is a 4 day celebration of all things mountain bike in the Gunnison Valley. This festival includes the big thigh burner of a singletrack race, the Fat Tire 40, but it’s also a celebration of how mountain biking defines our community in the summer. Clinics, a Film Festival, the BME, the Chainless World Championships, good beer, and a great party.
|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!|
We will release the official course maps on the Wednesday prior to the race. Official practice will be held on Friday. Check out maps from last year’s race to get a feel for the unique terrain at this venue.