The Keystone Enduro Series consists of three races on Thursdays throughout the summer. Enduro mountain biking refers to a competitive side of the sport, and is a true test of a well rounded 'all-mountain' rider. Bikers start the race at the top of the Peru chair lift, running to their bikes and from there- any trail is fair game. Any route they choose- whoever gets to the bottom first wins! Adrenaline junkies are sure to love the Keystone Enduro Races! Tonight's race is the second in a series of three, with the third and final race of the year on Thursday, August 16. All races start at 6pm, after the bike park is closed for the day. Check out the information below for all of the details!
DATES: Thursday, June 21: Enduro #1 / Thursday, July 19: Enduro #2 / Thursday, August 16: Enduro #3
FEE: As this is our first year hosting such events internally, we are not asking for a participation fee. Our goal is to take this season to make this a great event before we roll it out completely to the public. We are asking for feedback and willingness to help us shape the event to becoming a race that YOU enjoy participating in and therefore, want to spread the word and help our series grow.
DISCOUNTED BIKE HAUL: Lift tickets are required to access the start of all races. A competitor rate lift ticket will be available the day of the event at the River Run Ticket Window. Your numbered Bike Plate (distributed at Check In) must be show at time of purchase to receive the Competitor Rate. Competitor Rate: $16 for a Single Haul Ticket / $20 for an All Day Haul Ticket
If you would like to take advantage of the All Day Haul Discounted ticket the day of the race, please call Jessica Butcher at 970.496.1493 to make arrangements to pick up your bike plate prior to purchasing your All Day Haul Ticket. This will be available to anyone participating in the race. Arrangements to pick up bike plates the day of the race can be made as early as 8:30AM.
RACE START TIME: All races start at 6:00PM MST, participants must be at the starting line no later than 6:00pm. All participants must sign a competition waiver and have a valid bike plate number.
CHECK IN / REGISTRATION: All participants of the 2012 Enduro Race Series must check in the day of the race from 4:30PM to 5:30PM at the Check in Table located in River Run Village. At check in, participants will receive a numbered bike plate as well as be required to sign a competition waiver.
START STYLE: Mass/Neutral Start until Trail Begins
RACE COURSE: The Mass Start will take place on at the top of the Peru Chair (please reference a Keystone Trail Map for directions). From there, participants will be required to climb (via bike) up the Mosquito Coast Trail. Once they have achieved the climb, a judge will mark the climb completed as the participant moves on to descend the mountain on a course of their choosing. All participants must stay to a maintained Keystone Resort Trail as they descend. The Race finish line is indicated with signage and a chalk line at the base of River Run Face, adjacent to the Summit Express Lift and at the South end of the Pedestrian Bridge.
WHAT IS ENDURO? Enduro is a relatively new format which appears to have taken some inspiration from both car rally and motorbike enduro racing. Mountain bike enduro is essentially the competitive side of the mountain biking format often referred to today as "All-Mountain". Due to this eclectic combination of attributes, enduro racing is increasingly recognised as the truest test of the all-round mountain biker. The sport has taken root in mostly in the Northwest of United States, a location known for its miles of winding single-track trails alongside old growth forest and bubbling creeks.
RACE CATEGORIES: Men and Women. The Top 3 racers in each category will be recognized. We will also recognize the Top 3 Overall Men and Top 3 Overall Women.
PRIZING: Men: 1st ($75), 2nd ($50), 3rd ($35), Series Winner: $200 / Women: 1st ($75), 2nd ($50), 3rd ($35), Series Winner: $200
MINIMUM AGE: Minimum age is 14. Riders under the age of 18 will need to have a waiver signed by a parent/guardian. DIRECTIONS: From I-70 take Highway 6 East toward Keystone. Take the Montezuma Road exit off Highway 6.Take a right on Hunki Dori Court and then another right into the East Gondola Parking Lot. (You may also park in the main River Run Parking Lot). Registration Opens at 4:00 so there will be time for practice runs on the race course!! Registration will be set up next to the white timing trailer in the parking lot.