Before I get to what the Big Mountain Enduro Series is let me tell you about one of the scariest times in my life. It was on a ski lift in Keystone in 2008. That’s it. That’s the story. See, I’m afraid of heights. Big time. And I guess I didn’t understand that in order to get to the top of the mountain so that I could ride my bike down I had to ride a ski lift. I held on for dear life. Almost crying silently. In one hand clutching my Camelbak and in the other the back of the chair. I was sure I was going to die. I was sweating and chanting and chastising myself for doing something so stupid. But then I did it again and again. Cause I learned that the pay off was bigger than the cost of almost peeing my chamois.
And now I’m signed up for race #2 of the Big Mountain Enduro in Crested Butte. Enduro is to racing what bread is to peanut butter and jelly. It just goes together. For those of us who like dirt and obstacles and downhill and believe that gravity is a good thing Enduro is the natural next step in racing. I mean I like racing uphill as much as the next girl (not) but I’ve wanted to race doing what I love which is going ovaries out down a big mountain.
So Enduros are multi stage, multi day races. The moto world has been on this bandwagon for a long time. There are five to eight stages over two days. Each stage is a timed trial with the transition stages (the time where you get to your next starting location) untimed. You can either shuttle, pedal or take a ski lift to the next time trial location. With me so far? The person with the lowest time overall wins that race. Easy peasy right? The race is in Crested Butte will take advantage of the amazing Evolution Bike Park.
Author: Cheri Felix
The Big Mountain Enduro Series consists of five races; Angel Fire (already completed), Crested Butte, Keystone, Durango and Moab. If you’re thinking “Wait if she can do it, why can’t I?” then I suggest you sign up. Enduro is where it’s at. Every major mountain bike magazine has been talking about this for the past few years. We’re so lucky to have a series that is here in COLORADO. Beautiful summertime location partnered with racing is what we dream about.
To be honest I know I’ll be scared on that ski lift. I’ll go pee before I line up. But in all my almost 45 years I’m starting to see that when I’m a bit scared (within reason) and when I’m a wee bit out of my comfort zone I do my best. I get it done and I wonder why I didn’t do it sooner. Hands down. I do my best work when I push myself and remind myself that I can almost do anything I put my mind to.
See you out there!