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Beta MTB: Big Mountain Enduro Kicks off ’21 Season

The Big Mountain Enduro series ventured outside its usual Mountain West territory to kick off the ’21 race season, stopping in Ironton, Missouri, over the weekend. The race series, a staple of the U.S. enduro race community since 2012, grueling climbs, rowdy descents and big days in the saddle; places like Winter Park, Keystone or Crested Butte, Colorado, or Santa Fe, New Mexico. Ironton, a town of 1,400 residents 90 minutes south of St. Louis—a location that was likely a mystery to most of the race’s 360 registered entries—initially felt like an odd fit. But ultimately competitors felt right at home at Sheppard Mountain Bike Park, a new city-owned bike park built by Jagged Axe, the hands responsible for the trails at Glorieta in Santa Fe, an established BME favorite.

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