Spoke Talk: Enduro X goes backcountry
It’s August in Steamboat Springs, which means the fourth annual Enduro X race is here, and organizer are proud to bring racers to some of the finest single track Routt National Forest has to offer. In its fourth year, Enduro X has partnered with Yeti Cycles Big Mountain Enduro series presented by Shimano. This premier series holds stops in some of the best vacation destinations and amazing racing locations, including Santa Fe, New Mexico; Keystone; Snowmass/Aspen; and Steamboat, with the finals slated for Crested Butte.
This popular, international format of racing encourages racers, spectators and sponsors to catch the high-speed, adrenaline-fueled action of all-mountain riding at its finest. Enduro racing consists of untimed uphill transitions to timed downhill descents, or Stages. It turns an epic, all-day ride into the ultimate test of fitness and technical skills, while also giving participants a chance to ride many of the best trails in each respective area. It’s not about who is first to the top of the climb or who can drop the sickest line, but rather, who is the best all-around trail rider who can tackle any type of terrain, the fastest.
This year’s Steamboat Enduro X will take place on some of the best single track the Yampa Valley has to offer. Saturday will test of riders’ endurance as they face a long day in the saddle in Routt National Forest on pristine, never-raced terrain.
Four stages of classic Steamboat single track will leave racers wishing they could slow down and enjoy the beautiful views. However, the Enduro X crew has been working hard to get these seldom-ridden trails ready for racing. Sunday will test racer’s technical skills as they take on the Steamboat Bike Park and get some much needed lift assists after Saturday’s long day in the backcountry. Expect to see some very long stages descending some of the most technical and rowdy trails in Steamboat.
With a raffle at Slopeside Grill benefitting Routt County Riders and the Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund, tickets are available from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday following the awards for great prizes from the sponsors.
Grand prize is a Fox 36 front fork, and the winner chooses the build and size
As with many successful cycling events, volunteers are a key to success. Those who join us will receive lunch, beer (for those 21 and older), a T- shirt and a Steamboat bike park pass if you can show up on Sunday. Those interested are asked to email Tori Koski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Crew at Enduro X and Big Mountain Enduro are thrilled to come together to offer an exciting event in the beautiful Yampa Valley.
Routt County Riders is the local source for grassroots advocacy and information for all types of cycling. If you would like to help or want more information, contact us at facebook.com/rcriders, routtcountyriders.org or email email@example.com.
Matt Hightower is a member of Routt County Riders.
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