2018 Rocky Mountain Race Series Brings Back Multi-Discipline MTB Racing

Jan 7, 2018 at 16:24
by Keith Darner  

Chocolate Bunny Productions is proud to announce The Rocky Mountain Race Series— a multi-discipline mountain bike series in Colorado and New Mexico. The series will include downhill, cross country, short track and dual slalom.

We are really excited to bring this new series online for the region. We feel that there is a calling to bring back the multi-discipline format to the region. With the growth of the region’s junior programs such as Durango Devo, SMBA and the Colorado High School MTB League, we want to foster the future of the sport and provide this growing category of racers a place to exhibit their training and racing skill sets alongside their friends and family.

The Rocky Mountain Race Series will kick-off May 2018 and feature one event per month through August 2018. The series will include categories for juniors ages 8 to 18, in three-year age groups and 10-year age groups for adults, in both endurance and gravity disciplines.

bigquotesHaving a race series that will make racing accessible to junior racers is exactly what the sport of mountain bike racing needs right now. It is so important for the riders of tomorrow to have access to a race series that is geared toward building race skills in an accessible and supportive environment.Jessie Bronson, SMBA program director

RMRS Dates and Locations
May 18 - 20 Pajarito Mountain - Los Alamos, New Mexico
June 15 - 17 Crested Butte Mountain Resort - Crested Butte, Colorado
July 13 - 15 Sol Vista Bike Park - Granby Ranch, Colorado
August 3 - 5 Powderhorn Mountain Resort - Grand Junction, Colorado
August 17 -19 Purgatory Resort - Durango, Colorado

The downhill courses will be challenging for elite-level riders, and feature alternative lines or completely different courses for CAT 2 and 3 riders. Dual slalom will be held at three or four of the venues. Cross country courses will feature varying lengths for different categories, with longer courses going outside of ski area boundaries. Short track will be run as the “missing out” format, where the last racer across the line will be pulled from the racer each and every lap until it comes down to the last two racers.

“We are excited about hosting two stops in the Rocky Mountain Race Series (RMRS) There has been a huge lapse since the end of the Mountain States Cup (MSC) era. We are super stoked to finally have multi-discipline racing back in the Rockies,” said Hogan Koesis, Mountain Capital Partners bike park director. “We hope to grow racers at our venues and feel that they will both offer courses that are challenging and unique to each venue.”

Pricing for the competitors will be as follows:

Cross Country | STXC | Season Pass
PRO $65 | $20 | $275/$90
CAT 1 $50 | $15 | $235/$70
CAT 2 $45 | $15 | $220/$70
CAT 3 $45 | $15 | $220/$70
JR 17/18 $35 | $12 | $165/$55
JR 14/16 $30 | $12 | $140/$55
JR 11/13 $30 | $12 | $140/$65
JR 8/10. $25 | $10 | $115/$45

Gravity/DH | Slalom | Season Pass
PRO $80 | $30 | $375/$145
CAT 1 | $70 | $25 | $340/$115
CAT 2 | $65 | $25 | $340/$115
CAT 3 | $60 | $25 | $340/$115
JR 17/18 | $50 | $25 | $340/$115
JR 14/16 | $50 | $25 | $340/$115
JR 11/13 | $50 | $25 | $340/$115
JR 8/10 | $40 | $20 | $190/$110

bigquotesIt’s. About. Time! So stoked to hear the return of a sweet Colorado mountain bike race series. XC and DH reunited... it just feels so right. Let’s do this!Chad Cheeny, Durango Devo founder, coach, & program director

Online registration for the series on January 8, 2018, at 7 a.m. on www.imathlete.com. All registration includes a deferral and transfer policy.

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 support and sponsorship information contact keith@chocolatebunnyproductions.com or (719) 221-1251.


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 What's this dual slalom you talk of? I've heard legends of old speak of it.
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 In OB-WAN Kenobi voice-

"Dual slalom, Now there's a name I've not heard in a long, long time"
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 Thanks Keith!!!! Maybe toss in a few mass start super-ds just for fun by age group and an Open class? I really really miss those mass starts, all the screaming and yelling, elbows out, gentlemen's lines, and general business as usual.
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 F*YEA DUAL SLALOM!!! Stoked!!!

No race season is without It’s scheduling conflicts/compromises, but Aug 3-5 RMRS weekend overlaps with Big Mountain Enduro’s race weekend.

Seems odd to conflict with another Rocky Mountain region Race Series, no?
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 Yeah there is a lot of overlap happening between this series, BME and the other regional enduro series Revolution. There is probably some overlap with Scott Enduro series too. However, this series isn't enduro...so I guess its less of an issue? Only so many weekends in a summer here.
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 Yes, there are some date conflicts with all the other event series going on in the region, but ski areas have limited dates for us to be there and put on events. We try and not step on toes, but it comes down to there are only so many days that are available with out snow on the race runs / courses so we have to build a schedule and stick to it!
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 Tears of joy
  • + 6
 This is awesome!
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 Yes! #dualslalom2018
  • + 4
 This is amazing. Just as I was getting ready to sell the DH bike I heard rumors of this. So stoked for summer.
  • + 3
 Only thing that would make this better is, not requiring a usac license #fusac
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 Damn, so excited, but first two conflict with two of the Epic Rides races I'm already signed up for. GJOR and CCOR. Sort of blows the series aspect for me. I guess now I don't have to feel bad that the home one for me, Powderhorn, conflicts with a work conference. I would have considered signing up for the whole season if it had been announced before Epic Rides did their discounted Community Registration night up in Grand Junction. Anyway, glad to see a multi-discipline series back in the Rockies. Hopefully next year I can make it. Certainly a lot easier to drive to than all the Epic Rides races besides GJOR.
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 Finally some more DH races in CO. And at a very reasonable price too. So stoked for this summer!
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 Will USAC licenses be required?
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 no, this series is not sanctioned with USAC!
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 Heading in the right direction. Keep it up!
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 Keith Darner is the best race promoter ever. Go Go Go!
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 This sounds great! Thanks Keith! Miss those MSC days. Who remembers the Thunder Valley DS series?! I bet Frisco bike park could host some DS fun too!
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 Ah, bringing back fond memories of the Mtn States Cup! Hope its a successful year for racing in the rockies
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 Time to build an old man slalom bike. Rad!
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 This is amazing...
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 DUAL SLALOM OMGOMGOMGOMGOMG!!! This is going to be amazing!
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 Hellz yeah! Looks like some sweet mtn bike trails!
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 DUAL SLALOM!!! At what venues?
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 valmont. valmont. and maybe valmont?
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 Well good thing I just built up a new slalom rig!
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