The 2017 Rocky Mountain Enduro Series Saves the Best Fall Rides for Last

Sep 13, 2017 at 13:06
by Keith Darner  
New Rocky Mountain Enduro Series Brings Racing to CO NM and UT

Fall is in the air, and there is no better place to be than Colorado’s high country, where vibrant aspens are putting on quite the show for the two final races of the Rocky Mountain Enduro Series (RMES). The five-event series travels to Moab, Utah on September 17 and Salida, Colo. September 29 – October 1, to culminate the season in grandeur.

In the beginning of the race the first few creek crossing where not a problem. Starvation Creek.. Wonder where it gets its name.
Photo Credit // Seth Beckton

“Since bringing the first race to The Whole Enchilada five years ago, the thrill of racing down this iconic trail has never worn off,” said Keith Darner, co-director of RMES and founder/producer of Chocolate Bunny Productions. “This year we have hand crafted The Whole Enchilada into three distinct enduro stages to capitalize on the fun descending that the trail is known for, and eliminate the bulk of the timed climbing from the traditional course. Utilizing the Sport iDent timing system expands the opportunities to race these remote and iconic trails. It’s going to be an exciting, epic day of competition.”

A smile of being stoked from the trail or finishing the 5 stage Monarch Crest Enduro either way both impressive.
Photo Credit // Seth Beckton

Stage 1 features the mega, high-speed descent down Burro Pass starting at 11,180’. Fast, rocky, steep and loose, this stage is nothing but pure descending through high alpine forests. Stage 2 begins after transitioning to the top of Hazard County untimed, and follows the main vein down Hazard County, Kokopelli, UPS and LPS, ending just above the Porcupine Overlook.

Photo Credit Yeti Cycles

Photo Credit: Yeti Cycles



Grab a snack, hydrate and keep on riding – the third and final descent of the day begins at the “High Point” of Porcupine Rim Trail. From here, it’s nothing but downhill to the finish line at the WSA (wilderness study area) boundary. The Porcupine singletrack is the cherry on top to cruise with your friends to the road and back along the Colorado River Scenic Byway to Chile Pepper Bike Shop and Moab Brewery for post-race refreshments, awards, and raffle.

Two weeks later, the Monarch Crest Enduro will hit the peak of leaf peeping season with trails typically blanketed in a carpet of gold the final weekend in September. With all five stages starting above 10,200’ and stage three starting at 12,600’, challenging transitions will be redeemed by ripping singletrack descents down infamous tributaries off the Monarch Crest Trail, buffet dinners Thursday – Saturday evenings, custom event jerseys from Yeti Cycles, three days of racing, four shuttles, all the bacon you can eat and all the beer you can drink, all for $375.

The 2017 Rocky Mountain Enduro Series Saves the Best Fall Rides for Last
The 2017 Rocky Mountain Enduro Series Saves the Best Fall Rides for Last

“Racing off the Continental Divide Trail is a unique experience for everyone who loves big high alpine adventures,” Darner said. “It took years of working with land management to be able to bring a race to these trails, and we’re pleased the showcase the very best of Salida’s with you.”

The 2017 Rocky Mountain Enduro Series Saves the Best Fall Rides for Last


Racers will be able to soak in views from atop the Continental Divide before diving down Starvation Creek, Silver Creek, Canyon Creek, Fooses Creek and Greens Creek. All courses, maps, and descriptions are defined in advance online.

New Rocky Mountain Enduro Series Brings Racing to CO NM and UT

Photo Credit: Seth Beckton


A huge thanks to sponsors for making these dream events a reality:
Yeti Cycles
Ska BrewingHoney StingerStio
100%
Absolute Bikes Salida
Boathouse Cantina
Soulcraft Brewing
Elevation Beer Co., Wood's High Mountain DistilleryYee-Haw Pickle Co.
Enduro MTB Training, and
Smooth Operator.

Registration is now open at $190 for The Whole Enchilada through Friday, September 15 at 11:50 p.m. Walk-up registration on Saturday, September 16 is from Noon–7 p.m. at Chile Pepper Bike Shop, 702 S. Main Street in Moab. Lunch, post-race beer and custom Yeti Cycles event jersey are included in the registration.

The 2017 Rocky Mountain Enduro Series Saves the Best Fall Rides for Last

Due to field size limits, the Monarch Crest Enduro will open first to the top ten points leaders in each category, then available to participants of at least one other RMES race, and then to the public on Wednesday, September 13 at 9 p.m. All registration includes event cancellation insurance. If the event is canceled due to inclement weather within three days of the event, riders will receive a full refund. Visit Rocky Mountain Enduro Series on Facebook for updates on registration.

More information is available at www.rockymountainenduroseries.com. For support and sponsorship information contact keith@rmes.com or (719) 221-1251.

Photo Credit Yeti Cycles
Photo Credit // Yeti Cycles

About Chocolate Bunny Productions – Based out of Salida, Colo., Chocolate Bunny Productions stems from over 30 years in the mountain bike industry, and 15 years in race promotion. Chocolate Bunny Productions ’mission is to create events that are both fun and memorable. For a full list of credentials visit www.chocolatebunnyproductions.com.


9 Comments

  • + 2
 MCE is a fantastic event, worth the money for sure. Salida is a great town to chill out in for a few days. The trails are some of the best that the area has to offer- LONG 15-30 minute single track back country descents from 2-3.5K vert. Increadible views, single track, and adventure way off the beaten path. I'm sorry to miss it this year having done it the last two years. I will be back in 2018.
  • + 1
 YES! I can't wait to do the Crest Enduro after hearing such positive things over the past few seasons. Quickly becoming an iconic race and well worth the upfront cost. Real backcountry racing at its finest!
  • + 1
 Damn... my two favorite rides that I won't be able to enjoy this year. Whole Enchilada and The Crest... seriously it doesn't get any better then that.
  • + 1
 " If the event is canceled due to inclement weather within three days of the event, riders will receive a full refund." But if canceled otherwise no refund? That really sucks
  • + 7
 It is a policy that is purchased through Imathlete, try and find another race that offers this kind of policy. We are sorry that you can only find negativity in our actions. no good deed goes unpunished!
  • + 2
 $400 for Monarch Crest Enduro...ouch.
  • + 6
 I paid $500+ last year and it was worth every penny. When you consider the food, shuttles, beer, bacon, donuts, on course medical staff, swag, and number or high fives received, it is a deal!
  • + 6
 @SB66: Thanks SB66, we appreciate the kudos, as we are trying to create amazing racing experiences!
  • + 1
 Hyped on these races!

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