Monarch Crest Enduro Coming to Colorado

Mar 19, 2015 at 8:33
by Keith Darner  
Monarch Crest Enduro Brings

The true “enduro” experience is finally here, October 2-4, 2015. The Monarch Crest Enduro brought to you by Chocolate Bunny Productions, threads together three days of Colorado’s finest high country trails along the Monarch Crest, a segment of the Continental Divide Trail, and IMBA Epic® no less.

“After 30 years of riding, racing, coaching and promoting in the mountain bike industry, I have seen the race scene come full circle with enduro. Racers are seeking out big adventures in the backcountry that the best-all around rider will prevail in,” said Keith Darner, owner/race director of Chocolate Bunny Productions.

Monarch Crest Enduro Brings

“My goal is to take my experience from event production and the Monarch Crest area, and deliver an event that is both fun and memorable, with people saying ‘this is what mountain bike racing should be.’ We are also proud to announce an equal pro payout for the event.”

Staying true to the roots of enduro racing, this backcountry adventure will deliver five stages with 14,000 feet of timed descending. All five stages start about 10,200’, with stage three starting at 12,600 feet. Challenging transitions will be in store, especially on Day 2 with over an hour hike a bike to the start of the stage. However, racers will be rewarded with ripping singletrack descents, and buffet dinners included in race registration, Thursday - Sunday evenings.

Monarch Crest Enduro Brings

Starvation Creek, Greens Creek and Fooses Creek are just a few of the off-shoots of the Monarch Crest that will be raced on. All courses, maps and descriptions are defined in advanced on

Registration is now live on Register before April 1 for the best pricing, starting at $375 for Amateurs. Entry fee includes start position in all five stages, buffet dinner each night, western style short sleeve shirt, socks, four shuttle rides to the Continental Divide, free access to live music, all the beer you can drink and bacon you can eat.

For more details on registration, and the cancellation, refund and transfer policies designed to make signing up a breeze, visit


  • 17 0
 October 2-4 huh? Roll of the dice with Colorado weather at 12,000 ft.
  • 5 1
 No kidding... That's really pushing it.
  • 3 0
 I actually rode the Crest last year literally on 10-4-14, and I was shocked the trail was still open. At least 6" of snow up high. You couldn't easily pedal anything over 11,000' because your pedals would hit the sides of the snow-rut... We ended up pushing bikes for about a mile. I felt like I should NOT have been given the green-light by the shuttle company, and the group they dropped off was doing harm to the trail.
  • 3 0
 Hey hopefully its not crappy
  • 1 0
 I would sign up for this in a heartbeat if it was early september.
There's almost no way there wont be a lot of snow at 12,000 in october.
Frown hopefully after this year they will be able to move it ahead a month or so.
  • 9 0
 all the beer I can drink and bacon I can eat huh, definitely gonna get my money back out of that!
  • 10 0
 Buy, Mortimer. Buy!
  • 3 1
 Remember the days when racing was affordable... Those days were cool
  • 3 0
 Unlimited beer and bacon? Do you know who I am?
  • 2 0
 First time I rode Monarch Crest it took 5 consecutive weekends of driving to Salida before we got good enough weather, and even then got freezing rain at the end of the ride
That was in August/September
Was still amazing and should be on everyones bucket list
Just be ready for full on winter at any moment
  • 1 0
 I'm all signed up. The entrance fee hurt a bit; but then I got to thinking xterras and triathlons are about $125 a day too. With this, at least I get all the Ska brews I can drink!!!! Best of all, it's not one of those lame lift access races. I agree with what others have said though, the timing could be better. Farmers Almanac is predicting colder than usual with slightly less than average precipitation....we'll see how this plays out.
  • 3 0
 Wow, a reasonably priced enduro that doesn't do 10,000 feet of elevation change a day? Count me in
  • 2 0
 unlimited beer and bacon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 1 1
 This looks like a great event hosted by people that just like to have fun, not the standard endurbro stuff that is everywhere.
  • 3 1
 Sounds great... Even better because it is not BME...What a rip off.
  • 1 0
 Sickest enduro event to hit the states... This event will be impossible to get into next season... Get some!
  • 1 0
 Dangit! I will be out of town then
  • 1 0
 This looks amazing, glad I moved to CO.
  • 1 0
 Sounds like a blast.
  • 1 0
 Looking forward to it!

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