North America’s Premier Enduro Series
The Big Mountain Enduro presented by Specialized 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 often 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 2023 BME series will showcase Enduro racing at its finest, while hosting many of the top mountain bikers and teams from across the globe.
HISTORY OF BME
Established in 2012 and based out of Crested Butte, CO, the Big Mountain Enduro presented by Specialized is the premier enduro mountain biking series in North America. Over the past 10 years, BME has held major events throughout Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Montana, Arkansas, the Midwest 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 Hills||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|
|2021||Richie Rude||Kera Linn|
|2022||Colton Peterson||Porsha Murdock|
|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 events 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 integrate lift-access and pedal transfer stages to truly showcase the most challenging trails in each host location and to maximize the vertical descending and racer experience at each event.
The 2023 Big Mountain Enduro presented by Specialized tour consists of five series points events. Four of the five tour stops will count towards series points, so one race can be dropped. If you race the entire series, your lowest score will be dropped, factoring in your top four respective finishes. The BME series overall title will be awarded to the athlete with the most points (from 4 of the 5 events) following the 2023 Finals.
|Amateur Open ||Master |
|Women’s||Pro Open||Amateur |
|Juniors||U21 Men |
|U21 Women |
|Youth "Groms" |
Racing Age: Your racing age is determined by your age on December 31, 2022.
E-Bike Categories will NOT earn series points.
For the podium, Big Mountain Enduro will recognize the top 3 men and top 3 women in all categories and the top 5 for pro women and pro men.
Season Pass discounts at 15% off when registering for the full series.
- Early Registration = $219 (January 1st – 31st)
- Tier 2 = $229 (February 1st – 28th)
- Tier 3 = $249 (see specific venue page for dates)
- Late Registration = $260 (see specific venue page for dates)
NO REFUNDS: BME does not offer refunds under any circumstances. We understand that unfortunate circumstances happens, but unfortunately we cannot offer refunds due to long-term planning and associative costs, along with administrative constraints involved for each event. Schedules change, injuries happen and bikes break; that is all part of mountain biking.
If you would like to transfer your race entry to another rider, or defer your race entry to a future BME event in 2023, please see the Deferral and Transfer information on the FAQ page.
Big Mountain Enduro 2023 Waitlist Policy
When applicable, to join the Waitlist please select your registration type below.
When joining the Waitlist the full registration fee and service fees is due at the time of registering.
If you register for the Waitlist and are not selected as a confirmed participant for this event you will have the option to either receive a refund of your entry fee less processing fees or request a deferral code for another 2023 event with spots available.
If you are moved from Waitlist to Confirmed, you will receive an email notice at the email address listed on your registration, please make sure firstname.lastname@example.org is included on your safe sender list so this email doesn’t end up in a spam folder.
If you have any questions regarding event Waitlist policies, please contact the event organizers at: email@example.com.
To change your race category for any 2023 event, please follow the instructions below. This must be done at least one week in advance of the event weekend. You must remain in the same category for at least 4 races to earn series points. Note that if you change your category after the second race of the race season, you will not earn points for the overall series rankings.
BME will require face coverings in all public areas, including the sponsor village, at registration check in, while loading/unloading chair lifts and throughout the base area of each host resort. Racers can remove face coverings once on the lifts, during pedal transitions and while racing. Otherwise face coverings must be worn at all times. Additionally, BME will be conducting temperature checks on all racers at registration and packet pick up on Friday, along with a symptoms checklist to ensure all racers do not have signs of the virus. Our staff will also be conducting the same tests on all BME employees, volunteers and resort operations crew. If a racer does have a fever (over 100.4 degrees) or COVID related symptoms, they will not be allowed to race and will be offered a refund for their entry. If anyone is showing any signs or symptoms of COVID before heading to each respective event, we ask you to stay home and quarantine yourself, and we will work with you on your registration.
BME will be offering e-bike categories at the Mt. Nebo, Sunrise, Purgatory (bike park only) and Big Sky events. At this time, Brian Head, UT does not allow e-bikes. E-Bike categories will not earn overall series points.
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 (all pedal transitions).
2. More time on the bike via pedal transitions.
3. Some timed uphill sections integrated into some race stages.
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 Big Mountain Enduro presented by Specialized will not be offering a Beginner division for 2022 BME events. Novices should sign up for the amateur categories. We are working with our resort partners to provide more “go-arounds” and are working diligently to provide a more inclusive racing experience for 2022. In our amateur categories, should a racer decide to not race a stage they will be given a time of the last place rider in their category plus :60 seconds. Due to the demand of new racers looking to enter the sport of enduro and compete in major events, this will provide racers an opportunity to ride the same courses as the Pros and Experts, with minor trail adjustments made to offer less technically demanding stages. All categories will race all stages and follow the same schedule as other categories, while still delivering the world-class racing experience and camaraderie that the BME community is known for. It is highly recommended to know what you are getting into and to practice all stages to familiarize yourself with the terrain and technical features before race day.
Any type of rider can race a BME event. From amateurs to the top level pro racer, our races suit all skill sets for every caliber of rider, including juniors and first-time beginner racers. But rest assured, BME events are not for the faint of heart and our race series is one of the most challenging in North America and does entail technical features, which include black diamond and double black diamond trails. 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 fully supports the up-and-coming youth and junior development aimed at mountain biking and a healthy lifestyle. The “Groms” category is designed for racers between the ages of 10-16; the future of our sport. We welcome all kids and parents to get involved with the BME and our ever-growing mountain bike community.
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.
The Big Mountain Enduro presented by Specialized 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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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 on-mountain operations, course marking, timing and field logistics that focus more on the racing infrastructure itself. Must be professional, hard working, positive, organized and available Friday, Saturday and Sunday during race weekends. A competitive day rate applies in addition to lodging, BME merchandise, food and beverages. Please inquire at email@example.com for more details.
MOUNTAIN OPERATIONS SPECIALIST
The responsibilities of our Mountain Operations Specialist encompass traveling to each of the 2022 BME stops and being part of the team that prepares for, manages, and tears down each of our enduro racing events under the leadership of our Operations Manager and Event Director.
The ideal candidate is available for all of our events this summer and is a confident mountain biker who is comfortable riding advanced to expert level trails. This individual is also a very hard worker, has great teamwork and communication skills, has good judgment and can represent the BME brand and the sport of enduro in a way that is fun and professional. This person must also be comfortable working long hours outdoors in what could be cold, windy or wet conditions. It gets a little sporty out there sometimes, but hey, at least we’re not sitting in an office!