News Source: Angel FireAngel Fire Resort
, together with Red Bull and Bigfoot Productions, today officially announced the first-of-its-kind 12-hour, endurance downhill mountain bike competition. The event will be held on Saturday, September 20, 2008, at Angel Fire Resort in northern New Mexico. Branded “The Burner,” the competition will be open to any and all sport, expert and pro-class mountain bike riders, both men and women.Categories will include solo, duo and team entries. Over $5,000 in cash plus prizes will be distributed to first to third place riders in each category & class. First place winners in men and women’s pro class solo category will also receive VIP trips to a premiere Red Bull event in the United States.
“Red Bull has a reputation for pitting the world’s best action sports athletes against the most wicked terrain to create competitions that bring out the ultimate in human endurance, strength and tenacity,” said Michael McCormack, race director at Bigfoot Productions “The ‘Burner will an event that lives up to that tradition. Angel Fire’s trails are among the fastest and most technically challenging in North America, a fact the top riders in the world can testify to after the UCI World Cup held here in 2005. This will be an extreme challenge to find out who’s the toughest.”
The Red Bull Burner will start at 9:00am and finish in the dark at 9:00pm. Winners will be determined by total number of laps in the twelve hour period. Riding after dark will require the use of approved front mounted bike lights. Three of Angel Fire’s top bike park downhill trails will be utilized simultaneously for the event. At one end of the spectrum is a fast, World Cup-calibre race course, in between a challenging “all-arounder” and at the other end a slower, flowy “recovery trail.” All three trails will finish at the Chile Express chairlift for uphill access back to the start of the courses. The event commencement will be a mass start staggered by rider class-level.
“Angel Fire has hosted plenty of high-profile mountain bike events in the past few years, including the UCI World Cup, Collegiate Nationals, US Nationals and Mountain States Cup events,” said David Dekema, director of marketing for Angel Fire Resort. “But we’ve never hosted an evening gravity event or endurance downhill. It’s definitely going to be an amazing scene to watch. We hope to mark this event as a do-not-miss end-of-season DH mountain bike tradition for years to come, much like the 24 Hours of Moab has become on the endurance side.”
Festivities surrounding the event will include barbecue vendors combined with beer sampling from the top brewers throughout the Four Corners area, including SKA Brewery, Steamworks Brewing Company and the Santa Fe Brewing Company. In addition, there will be live entertainment, and mountain gear/bike-related retail. Immediately following The Burner will be an end-of-season party, dubbed “The Afterburner,” featuring live music from the band Iocane out of Moab, Utah and raffle prizes.
Official sponsors of this event include Commencal/ BTI, Yeti Cycles, the Chile Pepper Bike Shop, Shimano, Santa Cruz, Fox Racing, Twin Tip Nation and JET Lites.
For additional rider and team registration information, including fees and lodging availability, please visit www.angelfirelburner.com or Angel Fire Resort’s website at www.angelfireresort.com