(Aug 17-18, 2013) STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo—Coinciding with the Steamboat Springs Bike Week, the last weekend of racing for the EnduroX Series closed out with three big stages at Steamboat Bike Park. Each stage featured over 2,000 feet of elevation loss per stage with more bermed turns and jumps than you could shake a stick at. In all, the enduroracing was true to its widely variable description with a unique mix of bike park style riding and long pedaling intensive stages.
On Saturday, the Sunshine Enduro stage had racers starting en mass from the Thunderhead Gondola with an un-timed climb on gentle access road that finished with a steep singletrack climb for 600 feet of total gain. The timed downhill leg of the stage was very pedaling intensive, and even featured some backcountry-ish singletrack near the start. Leland Turner would just edge out Brady Kappius for the win with a time of 21:58.05.
Sunday’s Thunderhead Challenge featured two stages that both started from the gondola summit, and required a full face helmet as mandatory gear for racers to compete. Notably, the Rustlers Ridge Enduro was run on the Rustlers Ridge trail which was built by Gravity Logic Engineers of Whistler, BC, Canada. Steamboats Trevyn Newpher won both of the pro men’s stages, and Yvonne Delahunty took all of the pro women’s stages as well as the overall series.