After coming off one of the most unique years in racing history due to the global pandemic, the team at BME has pushed through the challenges and is moving full steam ahead into 2021. The complete BME calendar is locked in and plans are in place to grow the series and improve the trail quality and the overall event experience at each host venue.
The Yeti Cycles Big Mountain Enduro presented by Maxxis series will include two brand new locations and a 5-stop national tour that racers will not want to miss. The season will kick off in Ironton, MO on May 2nd, where racers can expect brand new trails crafted by Jagged Axe Trail Designs; also the mastermind behind the infamous trails at Glorieta Camps, NM. This new venue and single day race will showcase 5 stages, all pedal transitions, and 3,000 vertical feet of descending throughout some of the most unique and rocky terrain in the Midwest. Next on the tour will be Santa Fe, NM, a long-time staple of the BME tour, taking place on May 29th-30th at the aforementioned Glorieta Camps, where racers can expect fresh course changes and a hefty two days of racing and festivities.
Looking ahead after a safe and successful event this year in the midst of COVID, BME will be returning to Big Sky, MT in 2021 as stop number 3, and it’s sure to be one of the highlights of the year. Collective teams are already working on new trail improvements, more vertical and mind-blowing trails that have never been raced before. Think BIG, for the Big Sky event, as racers won’t want to miss the surprises that BME and Big Sky teams have in store for next year.
As the BME tour hits the homestretch, with a Colorado signature stop, Winter Park Resort/Trestle Bike Park will host round 4 on the tour. This Rocky Mountain venue consistently ranks as one of the top bike parks in North America and always provides some burly stages for racers. For the Finals, BME is proud to announce a new venue – Brian Head Resort in Southwest Utah. This progressive mountain is positioned to provide big technical descents, creative trail building that you don’t see in too many places in the States and some fresh cut trail to keep even the best of riders on their toes. BME 2021 Schedule:
Ironton, MO: May 2 (Sun)
Santa Fe, NM: May 29-30 (Sat/Sun)
Big Sky, MT: July 24-25 (Sat/Sun)
Winter Park, CO: Aug 14 (Sat)
Brian Head, UT: September 18-19 (Sat/Sun)
All 2021 BME events will be capped at 300 racers, unless local protocols enforce otherwise. With 5 stops on the tour, 3 of the 5 races will count towards series points and rankings. Race categories will be slightly adjusted for 2021, including e-bikes, and those updates are highlighted below and on the BME website.
Online registration will open on January 1st, including season pass options, so bookmark the date and keep an eye out for more details as it relates to the 2021 BME race series, COVID protocols, sponsors, lodging and BME Rides
. Men Categories:
Pro Open, Expert Open, U21 (17-20), Master 40+, Amateur Open, Youth “Groms” (10-16), Beginner Open, E-Bike OpenWomen Categories:
Pro Open, U21 (17-20), Amateur 21+, Beginner Open, E-Bike OpenMore information on BME website www.bigmountainenduro.com
Photos by Eddie Clark Media