Big Mountain Enduro, Keystone - Race Recap

Jul 11, 2016 at 16:49
by Devon Balet  
The second stop of the 2016 Big Mountain Enduro brought racers to Keystone, Colorado. Known for it's long descents and rough terrain, Keystone Resort Park Crew has been hard at working building more great trails. A few of the classic tracks have seen some reworks, with new features and more options for riders. There was no shortage of flats this weekend as the mountain was dry and rocky as ever.

It is always good to get in a good stretch before racing.
  It is always good to get in a good stretch before racing.

He has the build of a football player but his is smooth and lightening fast on a mountain bike. Richie Rude took the top spot by nearly two minutes.
  He has the build of a football player but his is smooth and lightening fast on a mountain bike. Richie Rude took the top spot by nearly two minutes.

Fresh into fatherhood Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski was looking as smooth as ever this weekend.
  Fresh into fatherhood, Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski was looking as smooth as ever this weekend.

Backcountry Lifeline founder Flynn George is no stranger to speed.
  Backcountry Lifeline founder Flynn George is no stranger to speed.

Austin Hackett-Klaube was able to break up the full Yeti dominance finishing out the podium in fifth place.
  Austin Hackett-Klaube was able to break up the full Yeti dominance finishing out the podium in fifth place.

You want to be as fast as Richie Rude You must become one with your bike.
  You want to be as fast as Richie Rude? You must become one with your bike.

Anne Galyean continued her dominance of the women s field finishing nearly a minute over second.
  Anne Galyean continued her dominance of the women's field finishing nearly a minute over second.

Cooper Dendel had a great weekend finishing in second place.
  Cooper Dendel had a great weekend finishing in second place.

Liz Cunningham flying down stage one.
  Liz Cunningham flying down stage one.

Holy Diver is a new trail for Keystone and Krista enjoys the fast air time that comes with it.
  Holy Diver is a new trail for Keystone and Krista enjoys the fast airtime that comes with it.

Cody Kelley is a rider with such amazing finesse and is always fun to watch riding.
  Cody Kelley is a rider with such amazing finesse and is always fun to watch riding.

Kal Farmer out farming some air time on stage two.
  Kal Farmer out farming some air time on stage two.

Save one rider every racer would do a fast on off across the new step up step down feature on Holy Diver.
  Save one rider, every racer would do a fast on off across the new step up step down feature on Holy Diver.

Paid in Full is a fast trail with some big views.
  Paid in Full is a fast trail with some big views.

Alex Lockett sends it out of the trees on stage two.
  Alex Lockett sends it out of the trees on stage two.

Dee Tidwell runs Enduro MTB Training and proves his worth with finishing second in Master s Men 40 .
  Dee Tidwell runs Enduro MTB Training and proves his worth with finishing second in Master's Men 40+.

Some of the young racers will be toeing with the big boys very soon.
  Some of the young racers will be toeing with the big boys very soon.

It was awesome seeing all the parents lined up at the finish line cheering on the racers.
  It was awesome seeing all the parents lined up at the finish line cheering on the racers.

This young guy is sure to be a really good mountain biker very soon.
  This young guy is sure to be a really good mountain biker, very soon.

It was awesome to see these young racers come out for their single stage race.
  It was awesome to see these young racers come out for their single stage race.

Full face goggles tank top and charging down the trail. The future is bright for mountain biking.
  Full face, goggles, tank top and charging down the trail. The future is bright for mountain biking.

Part of the Yeti dominance of the podium Jubal Davis finished the weekend in second place.
  Part of the Yeti dominance of the podium, Jubal Davis finished the weekend in second place.

This is not normally the type of shot I would get of Jon Buckell but sometimes you shred the trail and other times the trail shreds you.
  This is not normally the type of shot I would get of Jon Buckell but sometimes you shred the trail and other times the trail shreds you.

This is normally the type of shot I would get of Jon.
  This is normally the type of shot I would get of Jon.

Shawn Neer is another rider that is always fun to watch. Smooth fast and can catch serious air. Even with a crash on stage 5 Neer finished the weekend third place.
  Shawn Neer is another rider that is always fun to watch. Smooth, fast and can catch serious air. Even with a crash on stage 5 Neer finished the weekend third place.

Liz Cunningham had a good clean weekend of racing finishing out the podium in fifth place.
  Liz Cunningham had a good clean weekend of racing, finishing out the podium in fifth place.

Porcha Murdock had a great weekend of racing finishing third in Pro Women.
  Porcha Murdock had a great weekend of racing finishing third in Pro Women.

Who doesn t love a little bar turn
  Who doesn't love a little bar turn?

Shout out to the boys with Oscar Blue s. Cheers
  Shout out to the boys with Oscar Blues. Cheers!

One thing you can count on at any BME event is plenty of great food
  One thing you can count on at any BME event is plenty of great food!

Liz Cunningham enjoying a nice cool off after two days of racing.
  Liz Cunningham enjoying a nice cool off after two days of racing.

Pro Women 1. Anne Galyean 2. Cooper Dendel 3. Porsha Murdock 4. Krista rust 5. Liz Cunningham
  Pro Women: 1. Anne Galyean 2. Cooper Dendel 3. Porsha Murdock 4. Krista Rust 5. Liz Cunningham

Pro Men 1. Richie Rude 2. Jubal Davis 3. Shawn Neer 4. Cody Kelly 5. Austin Hackett-Klaube
  Pro Men: 1. Richie Rude 2. Jubal Davis 3. Shawn Neer 4. Cody Kelly 5. Austin Hackett-Klaube



40 Comments

  • + 24
 "Save one rider, every racer would do a fast on off..." and that one rider did what we all dreamt of doing, hucking this thing dirt to dirt. Good work Nick Sears.
  • + 7
 I wish I caught it on camera! I saw it though.
  • + 4
 Yeah that's all I took away from this article - wanting to see that.
  • + 2
 @endlessblockades:

Just go out there and don't tap the brakes before it... Hucking it dirt to dirt isn't a challenge... Holding on for the turn below is the challenge!
  • + 3
 Sure didn't take them long to add safety ramps. Someone must have gotten messed up.
  • + 1
 @dthomp325: At least one person based on some youtube videos m.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5XLPO6AUSI
  • + 4
 Kudos for capturing some of the groms - BME is really doing a great job of supporting youth racing. Being able to share a race experience with my 12 year old daughter was awesome.
  • + 4
 Just wondering, any 29ers in the mix? As a girl racing enduro, I've been following TMo's lead on a Remedy29, and doing well, but I'm always interested in what everyone's riding. Thanks!
  • + 2
 2nd Place pro woman Cooper Dendel was riding a Remedy 29er. Fork at 150mm
  • + 2
 Nate Hills was on a Yeti 5.5c and he just missed the pro podium.
  • + 3
 Austin HK took 5th in Pro Men on an Enduro 29. Nate Hills won this race a couple years back on his SB95 with a significant lead over 2nd if I remember corrrectly. I'm no pro, but I rode my Wreckoning in this race and it handled everything very well. There was a pretty good mix of wheel sizes out there.
  • + 1
 Thanks a bunch for the info folks!
  • + 2
 When's PB going to get that Yeti 5.5 review out?
  • + 3
 How does Rude win by almost 2 minutes?! Thats like a pro coming to a small local race, except this race didn't have amateur competition...
  • + 1
 Pros of the western US were mainly in this race, no?

When he races against the pros of the world in EWS, he doesn't win by 2 minutes (although he still wins!).

Rude is a beast.
  • + 2
 A lot of Colorado racer were in BC this past week. Not to discount Richie at all as he is a beast on the bike.
  • + 2
 Rude was flying, but these were very long stages 4 out of 6 of them took him 9 min+. Longer than any stage I see in the results for EWS so far this year.
  • + 5
 @WheelandBlade: keystone is a BIG mountain
  • + 4
 I'd be interested to see what tires people were running. Keystone is rough on a DH rig, even.
  • + 1
 *Keystone is rough even on a DH rig.
  • + 2
 Butchers and flats is what I run. Works as well as anything else I've tried, even though I throw my bike into the woods every now and again when I wash out a dusty corner. I love Keystone.
  • + 4
 Richie was crushing it on a pretty standard DoubleDown (DD) Minion DHF/ Aggressor combo.
  • + 2
 I saw a lot of DoubleDown tires from Maxxis. Anything without extra casing resulted in flats. I witnessed around 6 while shooting.
  • + 4
 I ran Schwalbe Magic Mary Super Gravity. F and R. Never blew a corner or went down, lots of traction.
  • + 1
 @Sycip69er: Trailstar or vert?
  • + 1
 There was a mix, but Maxxis and Schwalbe were the main choices. Magic Mary SuperG Vert front, Rock Razor SuperG Trail back.
  • + 2
 Maxxis Minion DHF with DoubleDown for me as well...well worth the extra weight for this course.
  • + 1
 I ran magic mary super gravity front and super gravity rock razor rear.
  • + 2
 I ran a WTB Vigilante front, WTB Trail Boss rear
  • + 1
 What is the Yeti team feeding their racers? That podium is looking a little teal...
  • + 1
 Dh casing in the rear and exo up front. Maxxis dhf front and rear with 35psi.
  • + 1
 A lot of our riders and racers love running setups like this. DD in the rear and EXO in the front or DH in the rear and DD in the front depending on the course conditions.
  • + 1
 @Maxxis: now the real question is when can I get a 26" DD high roller ss or dhf?
  • + 2
 Yeah Anne!!
  • + 1
 Looks like a blast. Nice looking trails! Good job Devon!
  • + 0
 I hope that gaper down ramp on that new tnt feature is temporary. Tired of everything getting dumbed-down so much.
  • + 6
 I hear ya but just don't use. That isn't so dumb. It is nice to have features that allow progression. If you don't like the bridge just clear the whole dang thing! Hit me up so I can shoot it!
  • + 1
 @devonbalet: That's the plan this weekend! #KeystoneForLife
  • + 1
 @devonbalet: I like that people can progress, but I don't like lesser skilled people progressing on more skilled trails or features until they are ready. I actually think it is more dangerous to have these down ramps allowing more traffic on advanced features. I actually was thinking about trying to clear the whole thing like you said and there could be someone going down the backside of it that i can't see "progressing" and in the way. It has happened to me on other features where someone that isn't ready for an advanced freeride trail was in a spot I couldn't see because of these "safety features", next thing you know, I am crashing into someone who otherwise wouldn't be there. The absence of a down ramp (generally) deters people who are not ready for the feature. Bumper bowling culture has made its way into our bike parks and you have to admit, It even looked cooler before.

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