Keystone, CO BME
The SMBA race boys arrived in Keystone, Colorado on Thursday for the third round of the 2017 Big Mountain Enduro. The race itself was four stages, all of which were on the resort’s bike park. Keystone is known for its incredibly technical downhill tracks, it’s weirdly (and some would go as far to say poorly) built jumps, and its very high speeds. Most, if not all of the riders favorite part was just how technical it was compared to the previous BME event in Eagle, Co. The tracks in Keystone were very physical, three of which were over 8.5 minutes, and one that was 5.5 minutes. The stages had a mix of everything, jumps to scrub, turns to rail, and at the end of each stage, some very technical rock sections that would really test your composure after the first hard 7 minutes. All in all, Keystone didn’t disappoint, and as a team, we all got some our best results to date!
Braden Linde 5th (Youth men 12-16)
Ryan Salek 13th (Youth Men 12-16)
Jacob Seger 10th (U21 Men)
Talus Lantz 4th (U21 Men)
Quinn Reece 1st (U21 Men)
Thank you sponsors and supporters!
Crested Butte Bike Week Race Report
This weekend the SMBA Race Girls headed to Crested Butte to participate in the CB Bike Week. We kicked off the weekend on Friday by spectating at the “3,786th annual chainless downhill world championships.” We loved all the costumes and cool bikes.
On Saturday we ate pancakes, pre-rode our course and were all relieved not to be doing the Fat Tire 40 that had several hundred people in CB in a lot of pain. We spent the evening at the riders meeting hosted by CB Devo, eating pizza and ice cream.
Sunday was race day and the SMBA girls swept the u18 podium after completing a super fun 12 mile course. One of our riders did the 10 mile u14 race and got 4th! The course for the Junior Wildflower Classic was gorgeous and so much fun; we all had a great time racing!
Maddie – 1st place u18 girls
Elliote – 2nd place u18 girls
Camille – 3rd place u18 girls
Ari – 6th place u18 girls
Emily – 7th place u18 girls
Ashley – 4th place u14 girls
We want to thank all of our sponsors for the support they’ve given us this season. We’re now over half way through our race calendar and we could not have had more fun or be more excited for the races to come!
Also, thank you the Knight family for hosting us and cooking such delicious food for us to enjoy all weekend long.
Finally, thank you to Crested Butte Devo for putting on such an fun event this weekend. We were all so happy to take part in such an amazing celebration of kids and bikes.
What: Big Mountain Enduro in Eagle, Colorado. A physical race that was very hot but had super fun trails.
Favorite Part: The flow of the trails and the speed you could get from pumping.
How did the team do: The SMBA Race Program did very well, with all of the race team members completing the race. Some highlights were Quinn Reece in 2nd (U21 men), and Madigan Munro in 3rd (U21 Women).
U21 Women- Madigan Munro 3rd, Elliote Muir 5th, Camille Lamarque 6th, Emily Knight 7th, Ashley Seger 8th.
U21 Men- Quinn Reece 2nd, Talus Lantz 5th, Jacob Seger 16th.
Youth Men 10-16- Braden Linde 8th, Ryan Salek 14th.
Thank You: Thank you to our sponsors for the support for us. At this race it was very challenging physically because of the heat and all the climbing, but all our gear and product helped us get through the day. Thank you also for the support so that we can go to these races and get these amazing results!
Vail GoPro Games XC
On Saturday, after a long day of racing enduro on Friday, five of our SMBA girls raced the Vail GoPro Games XC.
This was a 7 mile race for us, as we were racing junior sport and beginner.
We loved the downhill section of the race. It was switchbacks and berms through aspens down Vail mountain and we all had a blast on this part of the course.
Overall, this race went really well for us. We had no crashes or mechanicals. We had two (and unofficially three) girls on the podium.
Maddie – 1st
Camille – 2nd
Ari – 5th
Elliote – unofficially 1st (course marshals yelled to go for another lap instead of going to the finish. Was in first before being misdirected and was not allowed to protest.)
Emily – DNF
Thank you to all of our sponsors for supporting us so far this season. This weekend was full of racing for us and we were so grateful to have your support.
On Sunday, June 4, the SMBA race girls headed down to Bear Creek Lake Park in Lakewood to participate in the 2017 Beti Bike Bash.
We all really like how the race is so supportive of getting girls on bikes in a fun environment. Another highlight is definitely wearing glitter and tutus.
Overall, the team did really well. We had no crashes or mechanicals.
Ashley – 9th in beginner 15-18
Maddie – 4th in sport 15-18
Elliote – 5th in sport 15-18
Camille – 2nd in expert 15-18
We would like to thank all of our sponsors for the support you have given us so far this season.
Thank you to Qloom for our amazing race kits. They are so comfortable to ride in and they look great!
Thank you to Smith for our turquoise camo helmets. They are so comfortable and protective!
Thank you to Sports Garage and Tin Shed for keeping our bikes in great shape and for helping us out whenever we need it!
Thank you to Specialized for not only supporting our race team, but the entire SMBA program.
Thank you to all our other sponsors for your support. We are really excited to have you as our sponsors as the season continues.
Finally, thank you to Yeti for not only supporting our team, but for putting on such an amazing, inclusive event that is the Beti Bike Bash. It is definitely a highlight on our race calendars.
What: Big Mountain Enduro in a private camp (Glorieta Camps) that had an awesome and gnarly trail network.
Where: Santa Fe, New Mexico at Glorieta Camps.
Favorite Part: The loose corners on the tracks, because they were like big ruts with nice catch berms.
How did the team do: The SMBA Race Program did very well, with all but one of our race members finishing. Everyone had a great time and really enjoyed this tough and hot race. Some highlights were Burke Valentine winning the Youth Under 16 Category and Quinn Reece placing third in Under 21 Men.
Race Results: Under 21 Women- Elliote Muir 7th, Madigan Munro 8th, Ari Soto 9th, Emily Knight 10th, Ashley Seger 11th, Camille Lamarque DQ
Youth Under 16 Men- Burke Valentine 1st, Braden Linde 5th, Ryan Salek DNF
Under 21 Men- Quinn Reece 3rd, Talus Lantz 11th, Jacob Seger 16th
Thank You: Thank you to all our sponsors for all the awesome support at the races. You’re the ones making it possible for us to go race our bikes at all these awesome places! It’s allowing us to learn and grow in our racing or bikes and in life. It’s so much fun! Thank you so much for the support.