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Aspen Snowmass will host the only U.S. stop of the Enduro World Series in 2016. The two-day event will blend high altitude riding adventures mixed with some of the biggest descents and best riding in the area. Expect a heavy pro field, the largest cash payout of any 2016 BME event and new trails that have never been raced on.
The combination of the Aspen Mountain and Snowmass Bike Park terrain and the surrounding trails in Snowmass Village offer some of the most diverse mountain biking in the country. Aspen Mountain and Snowmass Bike Park are the only lift served biking in the U.S. that can take riders on 4,000-foot single track descents, beginning above tree line and ending in the high mountain desert.
The series aims to find the best all round mountain biker in the world – riders must be able to tackle a variety of terrain and tracks, all whilst being self sufficient in some of the most remote back country imaginable. Riders are timed on the course’s downhill sections, known as stages, and the rider with the shortest accumulative time wins. The sections between the stages are known as liaisons – these aren’t timed however riders must make the start time of each of the stages or they can incur a time penalty.
Here in Aspen there are six stages over two days of racing, and the name on everyone’s lips is Richie Rude. The young American is the reigning World Champion and has dominated this season – winning three of the last four races. However a big crash in the first day of practice has left with an injured shoulder and could really set him back this weekend. Damien Oton is a French rider who has the potential to upset Rude’s chances this weekend – he sits second in the series points after consistent results all year. Other names to watch out for include Jared Graves – the big Aussie is a former Enduro World Series and Downhill World Champion and his physical riding style will suit these long, challenging stages. Graves’ team mate Curtis Keene is another USA contender, the Californian rider is as stylish on a bike as he is off it – they don’t call him the American Dream for nothing! Jerome Clementz is always a contender too – the little guy from France is big on style and always throws in some big whips and stylish tricks for the crowd.
In the women’s race it’s another French rider that leads the pack – Cecile Ravanel is leading the series and will be the last woman to roll off the stage on both Friday and Saturday. Famous for her aggressive riding style, the other women will have to bring their A game if they are to stand a chance of beating her. Anneke Beerten of the Netherlands will be out for podium points after illness forced her to miss the last race in Italy – she’s definitely one to watch out for. Casey Brown turned heads at the start of the season when she placed second in round two in Argentina in March – her first ever EWS race! There’s a lot of chatter around this Canadian rider – expect to see some fast times from her. Isabeau Courdurier sits second behind Cecile in the series – what she lacks in height she makes up for in speed – this woman can shred!
Date: July 29th - July 30th, 2017
Time: All Day
Location: Snowmass Mountain
Snowmass Village, CO 81615