The dramatic vista from Colorado’s Grand Mesa looking down valley to the Colorado River never disappoints. The views and weather Round #4
and the season finale for adult categories, at Powderhorn Mountain Resort offered clear skies and dry conditions for practice and race day. The Powderhorn bike park offers more advanced and technical trail than green-beginner trails with an elevation of nearly 10,000 feet, races were greeted to cooler temps for the four stage course.
Revolution Enduro has pioneered a unique system that splits the race field into groups by category that allows each group to race a different stage at the same time to cut down on long waits at a stage start. This strategy allowed the field of over 150 racers to make it through the four stages by 1pm. “We recognize that everyone's time is valuable, many racers make sacrifices to travel for a race and need to know that they’ll be able to end the day with enough time to get back home at a reasonable hour for family or work commitments,'' says race director David Scully.
Stage A started the race for the Masters and Women’s categories with a fast blue-black run that delivered tight-sneaky turns and options to boost.
Stage B brought some variety to the course with a new cut trail corridor just opened for the race crew to scratch in a track and lay down bridges over several creek crossings for the race. The racers had a 15-minute hike-a-bike transfer to the stage start. This was the most physical stage with steep loamy sections at the top, giving way to a pedal and pump middle section with several off-camber line options, to a high-speed open ski run finish.
The Pro and Junior Men categories started the day on Stage C that offered racers the most technically challenging course with several rock gardens and short chutes.
Stage D was the longest stage of the race that started in dark timber to fresh-cut on a ski trail back to lower section of the blue-black trail to round out the four stages.
With the season wrapped up for the U18 and adult categories, the racers shared the stoke and memories at the awards ceremony with big smiles and lots of high-fives for a well deserved celebration. CLICK HERE FOR RESULTS!
The finale for the Juniors will be at Hartman Rocks in Gunnison, CO., September 15, registration and event details here.
Thank you to all the racers and sponsors for a great season!