Big Mountain Enduro Number 3 - Keystone, CO

Jul 14, 2014
by Devon Balet  


Big Mountain Enduro



A cold morning greeted racers on Saturday. Thankfully it warmed up quickly as the racing got hot.
  A cold morning greeted racers on Saturday. Thankfully it warmed up quickly as the racing got hot.

Flat out foot out Anthony Diaz finds the tight line through a fast banked corner.
  Flat out, foot out! Anthony Diaz finds the tight line through a fast banked corner.

Botsy Phillips getting loose and a little wild. My hole first stage run was a little wild. I just kept trying harder which doesn t always work out. Way to keep it together through this turn Botsy
  Botsy Phillips getting loose and a little wild. "My whole first stage run was a little wild. I just kept trying harder, which doesn't always work out." Way to keep it together through this turn, Botsy!

Nick Hardin blazes down the lower section of stage one. It was a race for second place in stage one as Nate Hills dominated winning by over 20 seconds
  Nick Hardin blazes down the lower section of stage one. It was a race for second place in stage one as Nate Hills dominated winning by over 20 seconds!

Chad Melis is no stranger to bike or beers. Chad along with the rest of the Oscar Blues crew kept the masses happy with plenty of beer to go around.
  Chad Melis is no stranger to bike or beers. Chad along with the rest of the Oscar Blues crew kept the masses happy with plenty of beer to go around.

Brittany has been having a great season so far After taking the win in Snowmass she has been hunting down Heather Irmiger ever since.
  Brittany has been having a great season so far. After taking the win in Snowmass, she has been hunting down Heather Irmiger ever since.

Still officially on the injured list Krista raced again this weekend and had a blast. We all know how hard it can be not riding your bike.
  Still officially on the injured list, Krista raced again this weekend and had a blast. We all know how hard it can be not riding your bike.

Trevor Martin of Telluride Colorado finds the smooth line into the start of stage two.
  Trevor Martin of Telluride, Colorado, finds the smooth line into the start of stage two.

Caitlin Dmitriew has been extremely consistent all season long and this weekend was no different. She finished on the box again here in Keystone taking home fourth place in Pro Women.
  Caitlin Dmitriew has been extremely consistent all season long and this weekend was no different. She finished on the box again here in Keystone, taking home fourth place in Pro Women.

JHK had a great weekend of racing. After over an hour of racing JHK and Mason Bond finished in the same second Tight racing
  JHK had a great weekend of racing. After over an hour of racing JHK and Mason Bond finished in the same second. Tight racing!

Mason Bond finding milliseconds to edge out JHK for fourth.
  Mason Bond finding milliseconds to edge out JHK for fourth.

Mike West has had a rough couple of races. On stage three he took a flat turn a little too fast. I held on and just tried to power through but wasn t able to ride it out. My bar skipped across the ground snapping it at the brake lever. I m rooting for you Mike
  Mike West has had a rough couple of races. On stage three he took a flat turn a little too fast. "I held on and just tried to power through but wasn't able to ride it out. My bar skipped across the ground, snapping it at the brake lever." I'm rooting for you Mike!

Adam Prosise of Rude Boy Racing keeping it smooth through lower Wild Thing. It has been a fun team race between Team OG and Team Rude Boy Racing. OG took the team win this week
  Adam Prosise of Rude Boy Racing keeping it smooth through lower Wild Thing. It has been a fun team race between Team OG and Team Rude Boy Racing. OG took the team win this week!

Heather Irmiger has been having some great racing lately. This weekend was no different taking home another big check and the W.
  Heather Irmiger has been having some great racing lately. This weekend was no different taking home another big check and the W.

Rachel Throop made the long trip out to Keystone from California and it paid off Taking home fifth place she is continuing a Colorado Utah tour with a few more enduro races including the EWS in Winter Park.
  Rachel Throop made the long trip out to Keystone from California and it paid off! Taking home fifth place, she is continuing a Colorado/Utah tour with a few more enduro races including the EWS in Winter Park.

Racing in Keystone is rough Keeping your bike and body in one piece is a feat while racing here. Gerry Signorelli finishes out a strong stage three taking the stage win in the Vet 30 category.
  Racing in Keystone is rough! Keeping your bike and body in one piece is a feat while racing here. Gerry Signorelli finishes out a strong stage three, taking the stage win in the Vet 30+ category.

How does it create a 57 second lead on day one He turns rock gardens into smooth peanut butter
  How does it create a 57 second lead on day one? He turns rock gardens into smooth peanut butter!

Marco Osborne continues to preform and get results. This weekend he finished with a strong third place finish.
  Marco Osborne continues to preform and get results. This weekend he finished with a strong third place finish.

Yeti ambassador Jason Memmelaar gets loose through the tight turns on Cowboy Up of stage four.
  Yeti ambassador Jason Memmelaar gets loose through the tight turns on Cowboy Up of stage four.

The wide open section of TNT seemed to have double lips on all of the water bars sending racers for a wild high speed ride. Troydon Murison of Los Angeles works his bike over one of the many lips.
  The wide open section of TNT seemed to have double lips on all of the waterbars, sending racers for a wild high speed ride. Troydon Murison of Los Angeles works his bike over one of the many lips.

Margret Gregory had a great weekend of racing with very consistent finishes taking home third place in Pro Women.
  Margret Gregory had a great weekend of racing with very consistent finishes, taking home third place in Pro Women.

Hills certainly had home trail advantage being he has lived in the area and ridden these trails for 10 or so years.
  Hills certainly had home trail advantage, being he has lived in the area and ridden these trails for 10 or so years.

Brian Buell showing his true downhiller skills winning the roughest stage of the weekend by two seconds
  Brian Buell showing his true downhiller skills - winning the roughest stage of the weekend by two seconds.

Kyle Warner had a great weekend of racing finishing second. With Hills dominating the Pro Men s it was a race for second.
  Kyle Warner had a great weekend of racing, finishing second. With Hills dominating the Pro Men, it was a race for second.

Derek Bissette breaths down Chris Heath s neck as the exit the waterfall section of High Speed Dirt. Probably the most exciting moment of the weekend was watching Derek nearly pass Chris in the waterfall. I backed off as I didn t want to mess up Chris run. Mine was already ruined. Great sportsmanship Derek
  Derek Bissette breathes down Chris Heath's neck as they exit the waterfall section of High Speed Dirt. Probably the most exciting moment of the weekend was watching Derek nearly pass Chris in the waterfall. "I backed off as I didn't want to mess up Chris' run. Mine was already ruined." Great sportsmanship Derek.

Rachel Throop Heather Irmiger and Brittany Clawson spin out the only pedal transfer of the weekend. Even though there was less pedal transfers it was still a very demanding weekend of racing in Keystone.
  Rachel Throop, Heather Irmiger and Brittany Clawson spin out the only pedal transfer of the weekend. Even though there was less pedal transfers, it was still a very demanding weekend of racing in Keystone.

Keystone Resort park employee and local shredder Austin Hackett-Klaube blasted into the moto whoops on Mosquito Coast tripling the start where more people pumped or doubled. So rad
  Keystone Resort park employee and local shredder Austin Hackett-Klaube blasted into the moto whoops on Mosquito Coast, tripling the start where more people pumped or doubled. So rad!

Scott Countrymen doing his best high speed jump squash. The moto whoops on Mosquito Coast made for some exciting photos
  Scott Countrymen doing his best high speed jump squash. The moto whoops on Mosquito Coast made for some exciting photos!

1st Heather Irmiger 2nd Brittany Clawson 3rd Margaret Gregory 4th Caitlin Dmitriew 5th Rachel Throop
  1st Heather Irmiger, 2nd Brittany Clawson, 3rd Margaret Gregory, 4th Caitlin Dmitriew, 5th Rachel Throop.

Popping bottles after just over an hour of timed racing. 1st Nate Hills 2nd Kyle Warner 3rd Marco Osborne 4th Mason Bond 5th Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski
  Popping bottles after just over an hour of timed racing. 1st Nate Hills, 2nd Kyle Warner, 3rd Marco Osborne, 4th Mason Bond, 5th Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski

Champagne shower Hills basking in the glory of his hometown win.
  Champagne shower! Hills basking in the glory of his hometown win.

All smiles after taking the win. Great job everyone This is my house Congrats Nate
  All smiles after taking the win. "Great job everyone. This is my house!" Congrats Nate.

Full results at Big Mountain Enduro
Photo essay by Devon Balet


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See you all in a few weeks in Moab.


18 Comments

  • + 5
 i was tearin into grandpa's old cough medicine pretty hard after the race, when all of a sudden they called my name out in the raffle for the gift certificate for the fox suspension prize. just wanted to say thanks to the folks who put a killer event together and for the prize.
  • + 0
 Our group from Texas was glad to see you win it too! Your bike certainly could use the upgrade. So happy to see a deserving rider win an awesome prize!
  • + 6
 Check out this video of my Stage 5. The gnarliest of the weekend. Not so smooth for me, but entertaining, I'd say. vimeo.com/100740894
  • + 6
 dude, mad props for keeping up with him CHAINLESS
  • + 4
 "I backed off as I didn't want to mess up Chris' run. Mine was already ruined." Great sportsmanship Derek.

For all of you newbies out there racing, learn from this. If you get caught, it means that your run isn't going as well as you though, so move along and let the guy/girl behind you pass, as his/her run is going better than yours. Racing etiquette. Great photos!
  • + 3
 Damn straight @alexlag! And if good sportsmanship isn't enough of a reason (it should be), there's the added bonus of getting to follow a better rider which is a good way to improve your own skills. Not only that, you'll probably get a faster time on the stage following them than you would have anyway.
  • + 3
 Looks like some good racing
  • + 3
 Lots of great photos!
  • + 2
 killer photos Devon! Brian Buell rocked the most steep, gnarly track!
  • + 2
 Team OG is going down next race. Whiskey please.
  • + 1
 BME keystone.......most excellent. Kelly Lee and Todd Smith......I got you bro's. Nice Podium action!
  • + 2
 Sick shots Devon!
  • + 1
 Troydon Murrison for the Photo win! Go big T!
  • + 0
 Keystone IS Mountain Biking at its finest.
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