North America’s Premier Enduro Series
The Yeti Cycles Big Mountain Enduro series presented by Maxxis, is the premier Enduro tour in North America and currently holds stops in the most picturesque vacation destinations throughout the rugged west. This highly anticipated race series offers some of the biggest and most challenging mountain bike terrain in the country that includes a combination of backcountry and lift-accessed stages throughout the series. Each race stage is specially designed to give participants a unique riding experience, including high altitude trails, a mix of pedal transitions and big descents that test athlete’s pure strength, endurance and technical skills.
The 2020 BME series will showcase Enduro racing at its finest, while hosting many of the top mountain bikers from across the globe. New for this year, BME is also offering e-bike categories and bike demos, ultimately catering to all types of riders in an entertaining festival 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 Maxxis is the premier enduro mountain biking series in North America. Over the past 8 years, BME has held major events throughout Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Montana and Mexico. BME has consistently ranked amongst the top global enduro series attracting the best riders and media in the world, while staying true to the roots of mountain biking. The foundation of BME is simple; offer authentic multi-stage Enduro events in unparalleled mountain biking destinations that fully support the riders, sponsors, the overall industry as a whole and the sustainable growth of Enduro racing.
|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|
|2018||Richie Rude||Cooper Ott|
|2019||Evan Geankoplis||Cooper Ott|
|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|
|2018||4||Santa Fe, Crested Butte, Keystone, Aspen Snowmass|
|2019||5||Santa Fe, Winter Park, Telluride, Big Sky, Aspen Snowmass|
BME + ENDURO WORLD SERIES
Big Mountain Enduro worked with Enduro World Series from 2014-2018, to host the only top-level international Enduro events in the United States during that timeframe. Past EWS stops managed by BME have included Winter Park, Crested Butte and Aspen Snowmass. BME was the first and only US-based organization to produce events of this caliber.
“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 2020 Yeti Cycles Big Mountain Enduro presented by Maxxis consists of four series points events. 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 2020 Finals.
The overall winner of the BME series will be titled the 2020 Yeti Cycles Big Mountain Enduro presented by Maxxis Overall Champion. Top three 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.
|Men’s||Pro Men Open||Expert Men Open||Amateur Men |
|Master Men |
|Master Men |
|Sport - Open Men|
|Women’s||Pro Women Open||Amateur Women |
|Master Women |
|Sport - Open Women|
|Juniors||U21 Mens |
|U21 Womens |
|Youth "Groms" |
Racing Age: Your racing age is determined by your age on December 31, 2020.
The Big Mountain Enduro has announced that it is postponing the first 2 stops of the 2020 series, originally planned for Santa Fe and Angel Fire, NM. The challenging decision was made in light of current COVID-19 social distancing protocols, event restrictions and for the health and safety of racers, staff and the entire bike industry.
Santa Fe is now scheduled for September 12-13 and Angel Fire will be on October 10-11, hosting as the new BME Finals. As of now, no changes have been made for Winter Park, CO and Big Sky, MT events, but the team at BME is monitoring the situation closely with venue partners and will keep you informed of any necessary changes to those races.
For racers who have already registered for Santa Fe and Angel Fire, entries will be automatically applied to the new dates, so no action is required. Registered racers who are unable to attend the rescheduled dates will have the option to transfer their entry to a future event and an email will be sent with details on how to arrange this.
NO REFUNDS: BME does not offer refunds under any circumstances. We understand that unfortunate circumstances happens and your schedule may change, but unfortunately we cannot offer refunds due to long-term planning and costs, along with administrative constraints involved for each event.
If you would like to transfer your race entry to another rider, or defer your race entry to a future BME event, please contact us via email@example.com and we’ll do our best to take care of your request.
New for this year, BME will be offering e-bike categories at Santa Fe, Angel Fire and Big Sky events. All 3 of these tour stops will count towards series points and rankings.
The E-bike categories will ride the same courses as all other categories at each venue, with the exception of minor changes and small climbs added at the race director’s discretion. The courses raced will share similar stages with the BME, with the exception of some of the following changes:
1. Fewer chairlifts where applicable.
2. More time on the bike.
3. Some timed uphill sections integrated into the stage.
4. Shorter overall time to complete the day.
The course will vary depending on the event location and will be subject to change as determined fit by the race director. The E-bike race categories will have a MINIMUM of one ‘positive grade stages’. Positive grade stages will be a combination of two descending stages with a short technical climb connecting descents; i.e. Super D style format.
The Yeti Cycles Big Mountain Enduro, presented by Maxxis has announced a new “Sport” Division for all 2020 BME events. Due to the demand of new racers looking to enter the sport of enduro and compete in major events, this category will provide racers an opportunity to ride the same courses as the Pros and Amateurs, with trail adjustments made to offer less technically and physically demanding stages, while still delivering the world-class racing experience and camaraderie that the BME community is known for.
In an effort to make the enduro racing experience more approachable, the recently formed Sport Division has been created to truly maximize the “cost to fun ratio”, and lower the barrier of entry for riders interested in getting their feet wet in enduro racing. With a lower price point and less travel time required, BME hopes to introduce mountain bikers and first-time racers to the sport, while providing challenging courses at epic destination venues that will test your limits and leave you tired, yet eager for more.
At all BME events in 2020, the Sport Division will have one full day of practice and one day of racing within the overall event weekend schedule, providing plenty of time for racers to familiarize themselves with the courses and get sufficient practice before race day. The schedule will also allow new riders a chance to watch and learn from some of the best enduro racers in North America.
During two-day race weekends, Sport Division racers will practice on Saturday, and race on Sunday, minimizing the amount of travel time required to attend the events.
For one-day events (Winter Park only), racers will practice on Thursday and Friday, and will race on Friday evening.
Any type of rider can race a BME event. From amateurs to the top level pro racer, our courses suit all abilities and offer challenges for every caliber of rider, including juniors and first-time racers. 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 development and fully supports the up-and-coming youth. Added in 2018, the “Groms” category was designed for racers between the ages of 10-16; the future of our sport.
There is no part swapping during the race. That includes suspension, wheels and frame (front and rear triangles). The BME typically has 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 caught swapping parts or receiving outside assistance from a non-racer without prior agreement from the Race Director will be disqualified. This includes using team support or outside help to carry equipment on the race course or performing repairs during the race.
All riders must wear a helmet during competition, during both Liaison and Special Stages. Full face helmets are recommended for most venues. 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 national regulations. Further information may be found in the Rulebook 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 protective gear 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 gear for operating in mountainous environments. Each rider should remember that they are solely responsible for themselves but are urged help other competitors on course.
Want to be a part of the action, but not necessarily lined up in the start gate? 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 operations, course marking and field logistics that focus more on the racing infrastructure itself. Must be hard working, positive, energetic, organized and available Friday, Saturday and Sunday during race weekends. Daily rate applies in addition to BME merchandise, lunch and beverages. Please inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
The Yeti Cycles Big Mountain Enduro presented by Maxxis could not happen without the incredible support from our 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. email@example.com