Words and Photos by Eddie Clark
The 2020 Yeti Cycles Big Mountain Enduro presented by Maxxis finished a Covid-19 abbreviated season in Winter Park, CO where its history of enduro racing runs deep as previous host to EWS racing in 2013 and 2014. The 4 stages of racing at Trestle Bike Park included wide-open fast Upper Boulevard and Lower Boulevard, the notorious Trestle DH, Search and Seizure, Space Ape and concluded with some backcountry singletrack shredding on Eye-to-Eye and Helle's Nuts. With pandemic safety precautions front and center, the individual race categories were split up into three days of racing to minimize large groups of racers at the venue as well as having a mid-day break and 5 minute start time gaps between categories to further spread out the racers.
Not so unexpectedly Friday's first day of racing started with a few inches of new snow that fell overnight. After all, this is Colorado and snowstorms in September are Mother Natures signal to start winter preparations as it is surely coming. Despite the snow, a statewide drought throughout the summer and some barely above freezing temps had the snow quickly melting from the tracks for a cold muddy day of racing the Sport, Am's and U21 women.
The second day of racing featured more Amateur racing and the always stoked Groms who got about the best brown pow conditions of the weekend. It was one of those days when riders were stoked to be getting laps in some of the best dirt Trestle Bike Park sees all season.
By Sunday morning, the tracks were prime and even dusty in a few scant sections, and the stoke level was high to see who would emerge fastest on the final day of racing.
Full results with individual stage finish times are live on the Big Mountain Enduro website. Thanks so much to everyone for bearing with us this season while we did our best to provide some of the best enduro racing in North America. Fingers crossed we'll be back with a full series next year!