Map of the area.
Rocky Mountain Endurance Series kicks off in Castle Rock
by Sydney Fox
Driving to Bison Park for the inaugural Rocky Mountain Endurance race feels like the ultimate suburban experience rather than mountain bike heaven. However, just seconds from the start line smooth singletrack materializes and the race begins in earnest. Almost immediately the first punchy hill of many appears.
Miles of singletrack are packed into a small area and riders minutes in front dart into view at the most surprising times. This means that the trail constantly swoops and pops, both up quick hills and down smooth, steep lines. Intermittent trees dot the landscape, creating visual interest on this deserty mesa.
The longest hill takes only minutes to crest, though it feels tiresome after the numerous short hills previously. Take advantage of the feed station and don’t worry as much about carrying all your food and water. You’ll see the aid station every 10 miles.
Technical Rating: 3 out of 10. Lots of short steep climbs, but there are no rocks to speak of.
Rider Strengths for Course: This is a power course. Cornering skills could make or break the race.
Watch out for: If it’s dry, the corners will become loose and too much moisture means sticky mud, but a small amount of rain means hero dirt.
A couple of minutes into the race, the landscape is open and rolling.
The trails switchback near each other. Other riders are always visible.
When the concrete appears, the lap about halfway finished.
Photo 3 (3): The only bit of concrete after the start of the race.
Photo 5 (1): Smooth corners with bits of shade intersperse the course.