Big Mountain Enduro 3 - Moab, UT

Aug 25, 2014
by Devon Balet  


BIG MOUNTAIN ENDURO



Saturday morning s weather did not look promising for racing and unfortunately forced a delay to Sunday.
  Saturday morning's weather did not look promising for racing, and unfortunately forced a delay to Sunday.

Saturday mornings weather was ominous and full of rain forcing the Big Mountain Enduro crew to delay the race until 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.
  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.
  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.
  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 pedaled to the top both finishing first and second on the stage.
  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 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.
  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 weekends race.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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
  "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.
  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
  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
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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 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.
  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.
  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.
  Andrew Morrison keeps his speed up through another flat turn on Hazard Pass.

Matt Terry ripping one of the opening turns on Hazard Pass with Castle Valley as a perfect backdrop.
  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.
  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
  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
  Nate Hills definitely won the podium champagne. 1st- Ross Schnell, 2nd- Mike West, 3rd- Richie Rude, 4th- Marco Osborn, 5th- Nate Hills

Nate Hills getting a taste of his own medicine.
  Nate Hills getting a taste of his own medicine.

Results here.


50 Comments

  • + 83
 only reason i opened and enduro link is because of the front page pic
  • + 13
 It's the new forward reach geo
  • + 9
 Yeah, you should stick to slopestyle so you donĀ“t have to actually ride your bike. Go grab your energy drink and do some rad twirls in your backyard bro.
  • + 12
 sensitive
  • + 19
 Why you gotta hate bro? It takes just as much skill to huck a bike and trick as it does to "ride" it. Someone mad cause they can't flip whip? The guys doing slopestyle have the best bike control I've ever seen... Mind you a lot of them are the same guys competing in Rampage... Give a little respect to all riders, even the doucher roadies. We're all brothers and sisters here man.
  • + 2
 all different but all together! ^^
  • - 11
flag MrPulse (Aug 25, 2014 at 12:05) (Below Threshold)
 Is "Enduro" the new golf of mountain biking? Rain or shine, I say RACE!
  • + 0
 race??? Enduro is racing too..? i didn't see on your profile any pics of u Mrpulse racing!!?? ah!
  • + 8
 Was gonna give bikingcomesfirst +props but he called roadies douches as he went on to say we are all brothers and sisters. Wow man, really?
  • + 6
 The guy looked somewhat pleased about flying over the bars. Go figure.
  • + 7
 In response to @mrpulse, the fact that we are allowed to race on these amazing trails hinges on the relationship between riders, promoters and land managers. This would be a very sour relationship if riders consistently trashed the trails by riding when they have an inch of water on them. This was a good move to move it to Sunday.
  • + 3
 None of this nonsense matters..riding is lifestyle, not an image....brrraappppp
  • + 2
 Good... good... keep fighting amongst yourselves... let the hate flow through you.... let the darkness consume you all! uh yeh. It looked like the conditions were perfect! Super tacky dirt, that musta been a blast ripping through those flat corners.
  • + 1
 Come on out and giver if you've got it
  • + 10
 As a guy who's promoted a few USAC and non-USAC races on public and private lands, I don't envy the tough work that BME promoters undertook this weekend with all the weather challenges. That said, A LOT of racers made big plans and lots of travel to race on Saturday. For those that checked in, showed up, but absolutely couldn't race on Sunday, I sure do hope that BME offers some sort of refund or credit towards a future race.
  • + 1
 Wow, 95 DNF's off of Stage 1. Even if half of those people didn't show up for the weekend at all, that still leaves a large number that had to bail due to the schedule change.
  • + 10
 I thought it said Big Mountain Endo
  • + 5
 Note all the dirt "already" on Billy's arm, must not of been his first crash?
  • + 2
 So you think his arm was clean then?
  • + 2
 He likes to throw dirt on his shirt and arms so he can get down and gritty....
  • + 2
 As someone who has been to Moab but never been mountain biking in Moab, this is not the terrain I was expecting when I clicked on the link. I now have even more motivation to get out to Moab with my bike.
  • + 1
 They were racing up high, towards the La Sal mountains. If you keep driving up the road that goes past the Slick Rock trail area, you'll end up there eventually.
  • + 1
 First stage was actually in the La Sal Mountains Burro Pass starts at 11,500'!!!!
  • + 1
 Its part of the Whole Enchilada trail network, starts in Burro Pass sorrounded by green forest and ends with the Porcupine Rim Trail, right in the desert landscape Moab is famous for. And absolute thrill all the way down.
  • + 5
 The million dollar question: did Medcalf escape that nose case?
  • + 6
 He did not... But lucky for him I broke his bikes fall as it came crashing down on me as I ran out of the way.
  • + 1
 It didn't look like he did. Poor guy. Hope he's doing well!
  • + 1
 And hope you're alright too, haha.
  • + 5
 AAAHHH....Where are the Monday Movies?
  • + 1
 f*ck yeah it soon gonna be "movie for your tuesday"
  • + 1
 Good argument for flats right there. Dude doesn't even have his feet off the pedals yet. With flats, I'd be jumping over my bike and landing on my feet if I caught my nose like that.
  • + 3
 Lad creeping over his bar looks like he's havin a rad time.
  • + 1
 Not going to lie, at first glance on the main page I thought the guy was just doing a footjam on the rocks. Needless to say, I'm sure he was too...
  • + 1
 The unknown ripper shot cornering on Hazard is sick! IMO best pic of the bunch with Porc Rim in the background.
  • + 1
 This is my dream race to attend. Hopefully I'll get to just ride the enchilada at least, when the kids have grown up.
  • + 2
 endo in a rock garden. never good for trying to stay uninjured.
  • + 1
 Or for tryin to win the race!
  • + 1
 What's this no yellow wheels it can not be )
  • + 2
 A rumour has it that they come with a pack of Gauloises, a croissant and a baguette
  • + 1
 Hahaha, love that Waki Humor Smile
  • + 2
 epic endo
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