Saturday morning's weather did not look promising for racing, and unfortunately forced a delay to Sunday.
Saturday morning's weather was ominous and full of rain, forcing the Big Mountain Enduro crew to delay the race until Sunday.
The views from the top of Hazard Pass on Saturday morning were well worth the drive up, even if there was no race happening.
After the race being pushed to Sunday, the Big Mountain Enduro crew put on a proper BBQ for all of the racers. Plenty of food, lots of Oskar Blues Beer and some yard games kept people distracted from the unfortunate delayed race.
The calm before the race start. Racers dropped from a proper 11,150 feet above sea level.
Is there something to be said about riding to the top of Burro Pass? Mike West and Ross Schnell both pedalled to the top, both finishing first and second on the stage.
The top of Burro Pass looked like a skittle package explosion has the racers prepared to drop into the first of two stages. Forest Service requested that the race be delayed by thirty minutes to try and help dry the trails after two days of heavy rain.
Series leader Nate Hills was the man to beat this weekend in Moab. "I had a target on my back coming into this weekend's race."
A classic Mike West look, low and super fast. After a rough go for several of the BME races, West came back with a bang! Super tight racing against Ross Schnell left him a mere second off the top step.
JHK has been a top contender in the Big Mountain Enduro series the entire season. He fell out of his typical standings here in Moab, but continues to put down fast times.
Young gun Marco Osborne continues to make an impact on the Big Mountain Enduro series. He placed well in both stages taking home fourth place for the weekend.
Yeti shredder Richie Rude has had a very impressive season so far with several EWS stage wins and EWS podiums. Off the line on stage one, it appeared he had already won the stage with the pure power he lays down.
"Rad Ross" Schnell missed several races this season due to a shoulder injury, but he was in top shape this weekend in Moab. Taking the stage win on Burro Pass and the overall for the weekend. Congrats Ross!
Moab local Kyle Mears finds the fast line through the tight trees on Burro Pass. Kyle finished 14th on the stage.
Cait Dmitriew has had a great year of racing in Big Mountain Enduro series. She took the series overall win for the Pro Women. Congrats!
Heather Irmiger had a great weekend of racing, finishing third on the Burro Pass stage and then taking a commanding win on the Hazard Pass stage finishing 17 seconds ahead of the rest of the Pro Women, taking the overall win for the weekend. Congrats Heather!
Moab local Beth Roberts made a strong showing on this weekend's race finishing nearly 10 seconds ahead of the rest of the Pro Women on the Burro Pass stage and finishing second overall on the weekend.
Brett Foncannon of Golden, CO keeps it low and fast through the rooty section of Burro Pass. Even with a big spill on the stage he was still able to finish in third place.
Andrew Dunlap finding the fast lines through the tall grass on Burro Pass. Dunlap finished the stage in a solid 8th place in the Am 18-39 category.
The bottom of Burro Pass and stage one had a lot of flat repair happening. The stage was a rough one and it was apparent with all of the repairs.
The top of Hazard Pass has no shortage of amazing views. With the La Sal Mountains to one side and Castle Valley on the other, it can be tough to want to keep your eyes on the trail.
Tucson, Arizona local Jonathan Buchanan adds a little air time fun to the start of his second stage.
Andrew Morrison keeps his speed up through another flat turn on Hazard Pass.
An unknown rider ripping one of the opening turns on Hazard Pass with Castle Valley as a perfect backdrop.
Billy Medcalf finding the tipping point on stage two. Hazard Pass is mostly filled with blind, high speed corner after corner, but there is a some rock in the mix too.
The ladies might need a lesson in podium champagne celebration.... 1st- Heather Irmiger, 2nd- Beth Roberts, 3rd- Alexandra Pavon, 4th- Sarah Rawley, 5th- Ileana Anderson
Nate Hills definitely won the podium champagne. 1st- Ross Schnell, 2nd- Mike West, 3rd- Richie Rude, 4th- Marco Osborn, 5th- Nate Hills