Race Report: Big Mountain Enduro Santa Fe Season Opener

May 27, 2019 at 13:15
by BigMtn Enduro  

The 2019 Yeti Cycles Big Mountain Enduro, presented by Maxxis, season kicked off in Santa Fe, New Mexico at the Glorieta trail system last weekend with record breaking numbers. This sold out 2-day event was one for the books, with over 450 registered racers covering 8,400 feet of elevation gain/loss and tackling some of the most technical and unique terrain in the region. Early in the week, mother nature delivered a snow storm, then rain, that quickly turned to hero dirt on practice days, to full dry dusty conditions on race days. Racers were challenged with 6 stages in total, with a mix of high elevation 10,000+ foot start lines, as well as short technical DH tracks that constantly kept all racers on their toes; or on their nose.

Spectators were also out in full force at Glorieta. Easy access to some of the best heckler zones created an atmosphere that is hard to match in the world of mountain biking, and typically not seen in the States. The infamous Chili Dog drop (stage 6) and finish line area saw upwards of 500 spectators partying and cheering on racers all day on Sunday. True to BME fashion and in support of its sponsors, all 13 race categories were hooked up on the podium and received over $9,000 in product prizes for the amateurs and a $4,500 cash payout for the pros. Along with BME's title sponsors, Yeti and Maxxis, many of the core bike brands were in attendance from across the country, helping racers and the public with tech support and general product info.

BME Santa Fe Results:

Pro Men

1st: Shawn Neer 0:37:50.7
2nd: Carson Eiswald 0:38:12.8
3rd: Cory Sullivan 0:38:13.4
4th: Trevor McCutcheon 0:38:20.2
5th: Scott Countryman 0:38:20.2

Pro Women

1st: Cooper Ott 0:43:42.08
2nd: Stefanie McDaniel 0:44:58.14
3rd: Alicia Leggett 0:45:06.96
4th: Lia Westermann 0:45:17.76
5th: Isabella Naughton 0:46:09.68

U21 Men

1st: Colton Peterson 0:39:34.62
2nd: Christian Atkins 0:40:05.14
3rd: Aiden Chapin 0:40:32.88

Groms (10-16)

1st: Julien Markewitz 0:42:31.80
2nd: Finn Perelstein 0:42:43.04
3rd: Jesse Kruzel 0:42:52.56

Overall BME Santa Fe Results

The executive teams at BME and Glorieta Camps are already planning for a larger 2020 Santa Fe event and we expect to see this on the calendar as one of the most anticipated races in the country. The word around the pits all weekend was "world-class caliber" trails and event production. Will we see a resurgence of the BME and EWS joining forces again? Until then, Winter Park, CO - with an already sold out field of 550 racers - will be the second stop of the BME taking place on July 13th.

Photos by Eddie Clark Media

MENTIONS: @BigMtnEnduro


  • 9 1
 It's wild to see how some proven pros, as well as some up comer pros, struggled against such a stacked field of racers. Keene was 6th in a domestic race! Nate Hills 30 something.. some of last year's pros did amateur and still struggled. The 'sport' category intended for non racers is actually where the legit amateurs should be. A big reason for this is the death of the Scott Enduro Cup. Its getting tough out there!
  • 6 0
 This was my first Enduro race and did the Sport Category, it was an awesome experience even if my category had some big time sand-baggers. They didn't neuter the courses in anyway so it was badass to be riding the same insane trails as the pros!
  • 6 0
 So the BME is only for Yeti, Pivot and Specialized bikes???
  • 6 1
 I'm all for supporting your sponsors, but this is a little over the top. 1M pictures of Yeti riders, 2 Pivot and a Specialized. Seems representative...
  • 1 0
 Where I am from no Yetis, Pivots or Specialized make the race report. . . . Even if they are the winning bikes!
  • 4 0
 Awesome job Alicia and Coop!
  • 2 0
 Yuhhhhh achape snagging that thumbnail pic, woulda been better if ya didnt lose to the CO kids tho homie
  • 1 0
 what happened in the pic where the bike is taking out the yeti banner? unexpected drop and hit the brakes? i hope the rider is okay. that could get ugly.
  • 1 0
 @rodrigogzz: thx! some good wholesome carnage there!
  • 2 1
 This guy won the "Dickhead of the Race" award. He eats it, makes a spectacle of his crash, and then when another rider is coming up and spectators are screaming at him to get out of the way, he f*cking runs down the trail to finish on foot, leaving his bike in the landing.

Thankfully the upcoming rider took the B line around the drop, but if they hadn't they would have landed in his bike and possibly injured themselves. All because he wanted to finish a few seconds earlier (and if it is who I think it was, his performance overall was abysmal -- twenty minutes wouldn't have helped him out, let alone 20 seconds).

He should have been DQ'ed.
  • 2 1
 @skycripp: That's one point of view. Next photo I have of this guy shows him smashing his head on the boulder below him. If you didn't notice, he couldn't walk or run in a straight line afterwards. I also have the photo of him trying to run, all awkard and totally rolling his ankle. The guy was messed up, and a medic was sent down for a concussion assessment just after this happened. I hope he's ok.
  • 4 0
 Fucking GNAR
  • 2 0
 Richie Rude won this last year. What's up with him? No word on his positive drug test in awhile.
  • 1 0
 He's avoiding EWS because any sort of upcoming ban can be backdated to the last race he entered. I suspect he's avoiding these smaller series to avoid controversy. It would be hard to race when winning is probably the worst thing he can do right now.
  • 4 2
 Yeti boys killed it!
  • 2 2
 Cool Yetis. Somebody grab the lotion.

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