Race Report: Big Mountain Enduro Round 3 - Telluride, CO

Jul 30, 2019 at 14:46
by BigMtn Enduro  

The third stop of the Yeti Cycles Big Mountain Enduro presented by Maxxis hit the road to the mighty San Juans for some true big mountain riding in Telluride, Colorado this past weekend. For those unfamiliar with Telluride, its pretty much an outdoorsy adult Disney World located in the Swiss Alps of Colorado, and it served as a first time visit for Big Mountain Enduro.

Pretty much a perfect start to a big day in a place that eschews what Big Mountain Enduro caliber racing is all about.
Pretty much a perfect start to a big day in a place that eschews what Big Mountain Enduro caliber racing is all about.
Sport racers were first to drop stage one.

Another large sized field of 400 plus racers tested their selves on a mix of Telluride bike park and remote backcountry singletrack. The one day race included nearly 7,800 feet of descending and 3,000 feet of climbing for a big day in the saddle with 4 challenging stages.

Thumbs up on the climb to stage two.
Thumbs up on the climb to stage two.
A massive climb up to stage two.
A massive climb took racers through epic stands of Aspen to the start of the Deep Creek Trail.

After a high speed bike park stage, racers transitioned across the valley for a large climb to stage 2. No question, stage 2 was a highlight of the day, and sent racers down some of the most ripping singletrack you can find in Colorado.

Evan Geankoplis rails the big backcountry stage of the race stage two in his way to taking his firt overall pro win at the Big Mountain Enduro.
Evan Geankoplis rails the big backcountry stage of the race, stage two, on his way to taking his first overall pro win at the Big Mountain Enduro.



Jake Ingram takes the overall in the Expert Open class.

Lia finally took her first overall win with a clean sweep of first place finished for all four stages.
Lia Westermann swept every stage for her first overall victory in the Pro Women's class.

Cooper ripping the singletrack of stage two.
Cooper Ott finished second to Lia, and is looking to regain her dominance from last year as soon as she can dispatch with the bad luck that has plagued her this year.

Travis Claypool railing stage two for the overall win in the U21 race.
Travis Claypool rallied for the Men's U21 overall win.

After the rains moved through blue skies and stoked racers emerged.

While racers were on stages 2 and 3, a typical afternoon storm rolled through, shut down the lifts, and left everyone waiting for the hero dirt and blue skies that would follow for stage 4.

A solid mid day shower left the tracks in ideal condition for the second half of the day.

Scott Countryman giving it a dig in the bike park berms of stage four.
Scott Countryman giving it a dig in the bike park berms of stage four.
Alejandro Gonzalez sends it on the fun hip jump towards the bottom of stage four to take 10th in the Pro Men s race.
Alejandro Gonzalez sends it on the fun hip jump towards the bottom of stage four to take 10th in the Pro Men's race.

Carson Lange takes a big second place at this 3rd stop.
Carson Lange takes a big second place at this 3rd stop.
First place for Expert Men s Jake Ingram.
First place for Expert Men's Jake Ingram.

A flat on stage one had Richie Rude scratching back time with a win on stages 2 and 4 to finish in third overall.
A flat on stage one had Richie Rude scratching back time with a win on stages 2 and 4 to finish in third overall.

Zephyer climb the ranks for a 5th place on the podium.
Zephyer Sylvester climbs the ranks for a 5th place on the Pro Women's podium.

Lacey Anderson locked in another podium with a 4th overall in the Pro Women.
Improving on her BME results, Antonia Wurth rode to a respectable 6th place in the Pro Women's race.

Lia Westermann on rails on stage 4.

Stefanie McDaniel had another solid race to claim third overall in the Pro Women's race.

Lush ferns populate the vast Aspen stands.
Lush ferns populate the vast Aspen stands.

Lauren Bingham took 7th in the Pro Women just after winning the U21 stars and stripes enduro jersey at the USAC National Championships just two days prior.

Beautiful peaks in every direction in Telluride.
Beautiful peaks in every direction in Telluride.

Richie sends it off the Yute Drop on the World Cup Dh Trail during the new-to-BME DH race.
Richie Rude grabbed the win in the new-to-BME downhill race on the old World Cup DH course.

A big day on the bike yielded some haggard racers at the end of the day.
A big day on the bike yielded some haggard racers at the end of the day.
Racers waiting for their results.

Women s podium Lacey Andersen Cooper Ott Lia Westermann Stefania McDaniel Sephyr Sylvester
Women's podium: Lacey Andersen, Cooper Ott, Lia Westermann, Stefania McDaniel, Sephyr Sylvester.
Men s Podium Todd Renwick Carson Lange Evan Geankoplis Richie Rude Clayton Otto
Men's Podium: Todd Renwick, Carson Lange, Evan Geankoplis, Richie Rude, Clayton Otto.

Full results here, https://www.bigmountainenduro.com/schedule/bme-telluride-co/



Coming up next in a short minute is the 4th stop for the Big Mountain Enduro Series at another new stop in Big Sky, Montana. With two days of racing and a massive amount of Montana two-wheeled goodness on tap, stay tuned for some more great enduro racing.


13 Comments

  • 18 0
 This race was a Sh!tshow.
1. The organizers decided to run the pro class first. I'll tell you why below.
2. Stage 2 transfer included a 1,700 foot hike-a-bike. Yes you read that right. And it took an hour. Then another 15min wait at the top.
3. Stage 3 had a transfer that started with a fire road descent, then across the valley to a 25minute 700foot hike-a-bike. I marched along behind Richie Rude. SO NOBODY WAS RIDING IT. Stage 3 transfer took 2hrs10min (excluding the 35min lightning delay). I kept moving and no mechanicals. 8.5miles, 700' up and maybe 1,100 feet down after getting of the lift.
4. Stage 3. 12 minute wait, nothing could be done about it. The 3rd stage was a blue trail with 2 rocks and 3 roots. No drops, no tech, just a blue single track with 2 foot high grass and a foot wide trail to try and go fast on.
5. After all that, ZERO aid was given except for medical support.
6. Transfer to stage 4. So we exited stage 3 and immediately started back to the lift. Knowing now that there was no way to get to the lift by 4:30 (because it was 4:30 at the bottom of 3) we boogied along to ride the free Gondola up, then ride up the fire road to stage 4. 8.5 miles and another 1,400 feet of climbing landed us at the lift at 5:45pm.
7. STAGE 4 WAS CANCELLED DUE TO A WEDDING!!!!!

So with a 35minute lift delay excluded, we were on our bikes or hiking... for 6 hrs and 25min. Give or take.

Now you know why they started the fast classes first. BECAUSE BME KNEW THE PROs WOULDN'T FINISH IN TIME.


I can go on all day about how down right sad this event was. 33+ miles, 7hrs, 2,400' of hiking 3,100 feet of climbing to find out your day is done because of a wedding.
  • 6 0
 In the pro class Strava put me at 5 hours of moving time and 36 miles. f*cking hard ride but we did finish despite a torrential down pour after stage 3. 5 hours of riding and the total race time was in the low 20 minutes. Ridiculous. And stage 1 and 4 were essentially the same trail.
  • 1 0
 Hike a bike nuptials. So hot right now..
  • 4 0
 The wedding was booked 3 years in advance. Not the wedding party's fault. They had the foresight to plan ahead. BME was notified as soon as they scheduled a race here. They also decided to run the race despite being on the same day as the biggest XC race in the area on the SAME trails. Land managers closed several other trail opportunities due to snow. BME decided to take everyone's money anyway. You pays your money and you takes your chances.
  • 4 0
 @carsonsucks503: the point is that BME knew the race wouldn’t finish on time so they ran pros at the front of the pack, instead of the back like they have for every other race. Based on your rough time of 5 hours, and the fact that the last rider was scheduled to drop stage 1 at 11:59am, then you wouldn’t have been able to make the 4:30 cutoff for stage 4.
It’s pretty clear that the BME team knew this and put the pros first to ensure they got to finish in time.
  • 10 0
 Seems like BME has been serving racers SHIT and calling it CAVIAR all season. That's why my #1 rule is "Never trust a man on a Yeti".
  • 6 0
 the BME has always been a circlejerk for a couple fast guys on yetis, all the other racers are just there to subsidize their totally sick weekend.
  • 3 0
 @knarrr: Subsidies must be used for magical helmets that change from non-convertible half shells on transfers to carbon full face dh helmets for stages. I knew Yeti were magical creatures but this wizardry is otherworldly.
  • 2 0
 @2hellUride43: Was Joey there to carry their water as well? He was probably flying his drone and you didn't notice.
  • 2 0
 @Sycip69er: I saw many drones, but I too have a grasp of magic. I cast a heavy rain spell to ground them, leveling the playing field. Sky water for all! Whoops...too much sky water. Sorry
  • 2 0
 I like my Yeti and I am trustworthy, but that race was a shitshow and rip off.
  • 8 0
 How about an aid station next time?

For real, I shouldn't have to wander around trying to find water only to find one half-sized container on the podium.
  • 2 0
 Hey guys my wife was there and took pictures and you can can see if she got one of you and download them below. No charge- she just wanted to try it out to see if it’s something she would want to do in the future.

adobe.ly/2GDoPOh

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