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 and used to big days on the bike.
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 30,000 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.
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 will be a stand alone event and not a part of the Big Mountain Enduro Series overall rankings.
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.
- Shuttles on backcountry days
- Lift ticket for Evolution Bike Park
- Coffee and beer
- Breakfast and lunch
- Custom Mavic Crossmax/BME jersey
- Annual subscription to Mountain Flyer Magazine
- Large Awards Ceremony/Raffle
- Guided Adventure of a Lifetime
In the spirit of enduro, course profiles will be given out the week of the event. Exact trail info will be released on Monday at Noon before racing commences, thus giving riders one day to scope out trails and form their race strategy. Expect to average 25 miles per day, 5,100 feet of climbing and 6,700 feet of descending, with two or three big stages per day. All shuttles will depart from the same convenient location in town each day and return riders back after the day of racing when applicable.
Click here to download the full schedule for the Crested Butte Ultra Enduro. Mandatory racer’s meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 2 at 7 p.m. in downtown Crested Butte at 6th and Whiterock.
SUNDAY CATEGORY START TIMES
9 a.m.: Masters Women 40+/Amateur Women 19-39
9:15 a.m.: Masters Men 40+
9:30 a.m.: Amateur Men 19-39 / Junior 18 & Under
9:50 a.m.: Vet Men 30+
10:05 a.m.: Pro/Open Women
10:30 a.m.: Pro/Open Men
Click on the images for full PDF’s of all five race days. Click here for the Crested Butte race booklet that includes race course descriptions for each day and maps.
CLIF Bar will be on-course at the Crested Butte Ultra Enduro with fuel stations stocked with CLIF Bars, CLIF SHOT Gels and CLIF SHOT Bloks. Be prepared to stock up for most of the day, as many of the days will be remote in the backcountry, and you will be able to access the fuel stations at the beginning and end of the day.
Mavic will be providing neutral tech support, for riders during the five-day Crested Butte Ultra Enduro. This service will be available during each day of racing and Mavic’s professional technicians will handle riders’ needs, except for suspension overhauls. Also look for them within the sponsor village and tech expo throughout the weekend for additional support and Mavic product information.
Crested Butte Ultra Enduro Official Lodging Partner: The Grand Lodge
The Grand Lodge is conveniently located at the base of Crested Butte Mountain Resort, and is offering a special rate for CB Ultra Enduro Participants including $109 for an Emmons Suite, plus tax and resort fee. All other rooms are 25% off.
Call Crested Butte Vacations at 1-800-879-8317 and mention Big Mountain Enduro to book lodging at the discounted rates.
Hotel Rooms & Suites The Grand Lodge Crested Butte features 226 oversized hotel rooms and spacious suites to accommodate all types of travelers. Every room is surprisingly affordable and includes comforts and conveniences to make your stay ideal, any time of the year. Each room at the Grand Lodge is equipped with a ceiling fan, box fan, and at least one opening window to assist with climate control.
Climate Control Each room at the Grand Lodge is equipped with a ceiling fan, box fan, and at least one opening window to assist with climate control. Consistent with most Colorado mountain resorts, the Grand Lodge does not offer air-conditioning in guest rooms.
Pet Friendly Property The Grand Lodge welcomes well-behaved dogs of all shapes and sizes. Pet friendly rooms are limited, so please reserve in advance. A nightly $30 fee for each pet will be charged to your room, and a portion of this fee will be donated to P.A.W.S., a local animal rescue service.
Alpine Property Management
If you have not booked your accommodations yet, and are finding availability is scarce, Alpine Property Management still has properties available during the week of the Crested Butte Ultra Enduro.
Camping in Crested Butte
Crested Butte is home to many quiet and beautiful campgrounds available to everyone. Several campgrounds are located near Mt. Crested Butte, Crested Butte and CB South.
There are a number of developed campgrounds in the area, but there are also thousands of acres of National Forest land with unimproved car camp sites. Bring everything you need: there are no facilities. However, there are many, many beautiful sites to choose from in practically all the river valleys surrounding Crested Butte. First come, first served.
There will be FREE camping at the Town Ranch Area from 8 a.m. on Monday, September 1 through 10 p.m. Sunday, September 7. The Town Ranch Area is located in downtown Crested Butte at 9th and Red Lady Avenue, a grass and gravel area behind the school next to Tommy V softball field. Please keep in mind children will be in the area.
No check-in is necessary and RV’s are welcome. Dogs are permissible with leash law in effect. Bathrooms are available, but no showers.
Keep in mind that mandatory shuttles will be departing from downtown Crested Butte on the backcountry days, and you will be required to take the shuttles to the start of each day.
There will be NO camping in the day use lot at Crested Butte Mountain Resort before, during or after the Crested Butte Ultra Enduro. This will be patrolled and enforced throughout the week.
Click here for more information on camping in Crested Butte
Official Trail Partner: Crested Butte Mountain Bike Association
The Crested Butte Mountain Bike Association (CBMBA) is the official trail partner of the Crested Butte Ultra Enduro. CBMBA is an all volunteer, non-profit 501C3 organization dedicated to the access, building and maintenance of mountain bike trails in Crested Butte and the Gunnison Valley in Colorado. They are the oldest bike club in the world, celebrating their 31st year! Each summer CBMBA organizes several work days in conjunction with the Forest Service and BLM, building new trails and maintaining all the classic trails that so many locals and visitors love to ride. Become an integral part of the mountain biking in Crested Butte by joining their club or showing up to help do trail work. You can also make a donation to this non-profit when you register for the Crested Butte Ultra Enduro at www.imathlete.com.