Crested Butte BME and Overall

When we arrived in Crested Butte on Wednesday, we were greeted by the familiar mountain air and the towering and beautiful Mt. Crested Butte. Our racers knew after the first day of practice, just how hard this race would be. Over the 2 race days, we had climbed just over 5000’ feet in elevation, at the already high altitude venue. U21 overall leader Quinn Reece had an unfortunate high speed front flat and crash, causing him to crack his front rim 2 minutes into the 15 minute long stage one, erasing his hopes of a win at the last race of the season, but he went on to win the next two stages, but couldn’t keep it upright yet again, as he crashed 5 times on the famous stage four down Teocalli Ridge. Talus Lantz was able to combine calmness with consistency, and took his first U21 of the year, just over a minute ahead of 2nd place! Jacob Seger toughed out the grueling 2 days for an 8th place finish. Burke Valentine, who was seemingly struggling all weekend and plagued by crashes resulting in quite a few bloody noses, still managed to slot his way into an impressive second place finish in the youth men 12-16, with fellow teammate Ryan Salek achieving a very impressive 9th place at the hardest race of the season!

In The Big Mountain Enduro series overall, Ryan Salek ended up in 12th overall for the 12-16 division, with Burke Valentine in 9th and Braden Linde in 5th in the 12-16’s as well! Jacob Seger took 11th, Talus Lantz took 3rd, and Quinn Reece took 1st in the nearly 60 rider U21 Men’s overall division! We would like to thank all of you for the continuous support of the team throughout the 2017 season! Without you, the success that the team achieved would not of been able to happen!

Happy Trails!

-SMBA Race Team (written by Quinn Reece)

Winter Park BME

During our Fourth of July breaks, some of the race team raced in the Winter Park BME! It was a really fun course because it included a few trails that some of us had never ridden before. It was definitely one of the favorites out of all the BMEs!

We were really glad to have been able to do a trail called Mountain Goat, because it’s being decommissioned after this season, so it was pretty cool to be able to race it! All of us were able to clear it, and it was fun watching the pros and some other people coming down it on the practice days. On one particularly nasty rock garden, we saw a guy almost go over his bars because he put his foot down before a drop! It was still a really fun trail though.

The BME involved 4 stages, each on really fun separate trails. The first run went pretty smoothly, with only one chain drop, no bad crashes at all, and good weather. The second stage went smoothly as well, but was a bit more technical. On the transfer to the third stage, it started to rain a bit, so the boys had to do Mountain Goat while it was still wet! However, none of them crashed, and only Emily had a fall on that stage, but she got right back up! As we went to stage four, we heard some thunder and it was cloudy, but it didn’t rain on us at all, which was good, and everybody finished the race smoothly.

The team overall did really well, and there was only one serious crash out of everybody, and very few mechanicals.

For the girls, Ari got 6th, Camille got 8th, and Emily got 10th due to her crash on Mountain Goat. However, she was alright and finished the race! Since this particular race was optional, these were the only girls that made it to the race.

For the boys, Quinn got second, while Talus got 5th! They both raced in the U21 category. Racing in the U16 category, Braden was the only Race Team boy and finished 8th.
The rest of the boys weren’t able to make it to the race.

Overall, the race was definitely one of the best BMEs of the year and was a complete blast. We loved it and thank you so much to our sponsors! Without your help we wouldn’t have gotten to race this BME at all!

Keystone BME Race Report

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!

 

Results:

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 XC Race Report

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!

 

Results:

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.

 

 

Vail Go Pro BME Race Report

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).
Race Results:

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 Go Pro XC Race Report

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.

Results:

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.

 

 

Beti Bike Bash Race Report

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.

Results:

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.

 

 

Sante Fe BME Race Report

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.

 

Moab BME Race Report

Moab Race Write Up

This was an enduro race and 4 stages and 4 pedal transfers in Moab, Utah.

We really liked stages one and three and the pedal transfer to stage one. Something funny that happened on our trip was we left out rain flys off during the day because it was so hot. But that afternoon it started raining and all our stuff got wet.

The team did well overall, we had a couple mechanicals but no big crashes.

Quinn-1st

Burke-7th

Braden-15th

Jacob-18th

Luke-30th

Ryan-34th

 

Elliote-3rd

Maddie-4th

Camille-5th

Ashley-6th

Emily-DNS

Ari-DNF

Thank you so much to all of our sponsors for supporting us, and for making this race and many more possible and fun for us. We are so grateful for all the opportunities you have given us!

 

Land Conservation Award

Each spring during Volunteer Week, Boulder County honors individuals or groups with its Land Conservation Awards for outstanding contributions made to the conservation, preservation and protection of land-based environmental resources. This year the Partnership Award will be given to the Singletrack Mountain Bike Adventures for outstanding achievement in the Partnership Initiative Program through the contribution of over 1,800 volunteer hours while participating in 17 projects over the last 7 years. Singletrack Mountain Bike Adventures (SMBA) has been a trail stewardship partner for Boulder County Parks & Open Space since 2010 and is the longest running, independent junior mountain bike program which introduces youth riders to the sport. At Betasso Preserve, they have constructed 1,450’ and maintained 650’ of trail. More recently, their youthful energy has focused on Heil Valley Ranch where they restored 3,900’ and constructed 200’ of trail along with installing 4 water drainages. In addition, they restored 500’ of social trail at Hall Ranch.

 

Along with other Land Conservation Award winners, we will be celebrating the Singletrack Mountain Bike Adventures’ accomplishments at the Land Conservation Awards ceremony on Wednesday, April 26 from 3-4 p.m. at the Boulder County Parks & Open Space headquarters in Longmont.