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Euro ‘Enduro' Set for Colorado

Ross Schnell and Winter Park Resort plan 3-day enduro event

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Ross Schnell ripping a descent. He's finally gotten a Euro-style enduro race on the ground in the States. Courtesy photo

For a while now, Ross Schnell has wanted to get enduro-style racing that’s so popular in Europe rolling in the States.

And now as a sponsored rider for the Trestle Bike Park at Colorado’s Winter Park Resort, Schnell will see his vision roll down hill with the first “official” enduro event in the U.S. — the Trestle All-Mountain Enduro race. Set for Aug. 19 through 21, the three-day event features five stages in an individual time trial format. The minimum cash purse for pro categories is set at $10,000.

For the uninitiated, European enduro racing involves multiple stages that take place on mostly downhill technical terrain.

The Trestle All-Mountain Enduro was born from the idea of promoting an event that rewards the all-around, consistent rider,” said Schnell.

Bob Holme, Trestle Bike Park manager, said that in 2009, Schnell approached him with a vision of an event concept that didn’t exist in North America.

“The goal of the event would be to focus on races that could determine the best all-around trail rider in North America,” Holme said. “The races also needed to focus on the fun of racing mountain bikes. Ross was tired of everybody talking about these races and nobody actually promoting one. In 2011, the Trestle All-Mountain Enduro will be a reality.”

Trestle Bike Park, located about 70 miles west of Denver, knows how to put on large-scale events, including Crankworx Colorado Freeride Festival and Epic Singletrack Race Series.

“This summer the bike park will continue to expand and what better way to showcase these new trails than host the first enduro stage race in North America,” said Schnell. “These multi-stage enduro races are very labor intensive to promote, but the ability of the Winter Park crew to put on top-notch events goes without saying.”

Enduro: How It Works

Friday, Aug. 19
STAGE 1 – Chainless Downhill
As the name states, this approximate 10 minute stage requires athletes to remove their chain and rely on their energy, flow, and technique to descend a technical course without the aid of a single pedal-stroke.

Saturday, Aug. 20
STAGE 2 – 10-15 minute Enduro Downhill
STAGE 3 – 10-15 minute Enduro Downhill
STAGE 4 – 10-15 minute Enduro Downhill

Sunday, Aug. 21
STAGE 5 – Trek All-Mountain Downhill Finale: 30-40 minute stage has a loop of climbing and descending before dropping through the entire vertical of Trestle Bike Park – 2,000 feet. The athlete’s total time will be used to determine the start times of this race. The fastest athlete in the previous four stages will go first. The remaining riders will be staggered based on their total time and will be subsequently chasing the leader to the finish.  First rider across the finish wins the overall.