MES racers - welcome to the first stop of the 2021 Montana Enduro Series, Lone Peak’s Revenge I hope you’re as stoked as we are. Big Sky brings it all with some of the most demanding trails, great views, and an excellent atmosphere for the Montana Enduro Series. The forecast looks to be a toasty one at the base of Lone Peak but be prepared as we’ve been run off a few times in the past with thunderstorms and downpours at Big Sky. Here’s what you need to know:
Big Sky Resort & MES Waiver
BSR has a liability waiver that will need to be signed in order to participate along with the MES waiver. Be prepared to sign multiple forms race day morning. If you’re under the age of 18 years of age you will need to have a guardian sign as a witness.
Camping isn’t officially available at Big Sky Resort, but security won’t bother you this weekend if you’re in a camper or a van – tents won’t be allowed. If you’re looking for an option you may camp in the Free Skier area, however, do note that there’s no bathrooms and ABSOLUTELY NO CAMPFIRES.
Big Sky Fire Ban: Please be careful as the drought in Montana is getting more and more serious by the day. Big Sky is under a fire ban so we ask that you’re careful when you’re around fuels or ignition. Please clean up after yourself and leave the Resort the way it was when you first arrived.
10:00 AM: course is open and mostly marked for practice. Lifts will run from 10a-5p, Swift Current terrain will also be open to racers for pedal-only. Note that our volunteers will be on mountain buttoning up the course throughout the day. Make sure to give them smiles and high fives.
Practice day lift tickets can be purchased at the link in the racer email. Note that the Swift Current Chair lift is not operating this summer.
7:00 AM: racer check-in at base area (PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING AND MASKS WILL BE WELCOMED)
9:00 AM: racer meeting (MANDATORY) (PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING AND MASKS WILL BE WELCOMED)
9:15 AM: racers begin Transfer to Stage 1 – PROs FIRST
3:00 PM: course closed
Late afternoon: Podium (PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING AND MASKS WILL BE WELCOMED)
Big Sky is a rough, rugged, rocky, fast mountain that’s one of our series favorites. If you’re rocking anything other than gravity casing tires then you’re a bit crazy! With that said, this exciting course is available on Trailforks. There are a few ways to find the routes in the Trailforks app. The easiest is to open the Events tab in the app. It automatically loads nearby events, and the routes will be available there. If you’re reading this on a computer, you can click Add to Wishlist at the top left of the page, and the routes will be added to your account. Don't worry if you don't have Trailforks Pro - race routes are always available, even for free account users.
The course descriptions and exact start/finish points are subject to change prior to race day at the discretion of MES and BSR staff. Remember that the trails are open to the public during practice, so ride with your head up and be polite. We will be placing start and finish points during the day on Friday.
Note: Juniors will not race Stage 3.
Transfer 1: From base area, head SW on Ramcharger service road and climb Andesite. Bear left at the junction and continue to Andesite Summit. 1200ft.
Stage 1: Descend Revenge. Stage ends just before the second crossing of Happy Hooves.
Transfer 2: Continue descending to base area. Climb south road on Swiftcurrent side to the first crossing of Elbow. 1200ft.
Stage 2: Descend Elbow. Stage ends at the intersection with Gambler.
Transfer 3: Continue downhill on Gambler to Transfer 4. Bear right and hike cross country downhill a short distance on the ski run to the South road. Climb the South Road to the first crossing of Lobo. 800ft.
Stage 3: Descend Lobo. Stage ends just before the “skinnies” near the bottom.
Transfer 4: Continue on Lobo to the intersection with Gambler. Descend Gambler a short distance until a ski run crossing. Hike cross country downhill a short distance to the South Road. Climb the south road to the first crossing of Soul Hole. 900ft.
Stage 4: Descend Soul Hole. Stage ends just before the junction with Gambler.
Transfer 5: Descend Gambler to the base. Load the Ramcharger chairlift and take to Andesite summit. 0ft.
Stage 5: Descend Revenge. Stage ends just before the second crossing of Happy Hooves.
We operate with the Sportident Air contactless timing system. This gives the best and most accurate results in our sport. You are responsible for following our procedures for checking in and heading out to the course. The timing chips must be switched on to collect time stamps, and they must be switched off after the last stage. Finally, they must be returned to the timing tent for scanning for you to have results. If you lose your timing chip it will cost you $100 to collect backup timing results. Keep the chip on the right-hand wrist outside of your clothing.
We will start the race on timed intervals, with Pro racers climbing transfer to stage 1. We still allow self-seeding during the race so that friends can chase each other and transfer together. Don’t keep our volunteers and other racers on mountain all day by taking a siesta or not giving it your all to get through the course in a timely fashion. Our volunteers are here to help keep our races fun and a fun race is with racers that follow our rules. Volunteers will help us assess if we need to penalize any racers that aren’t following our series rules. Keep it fun and throw out high fives all day!
We will cover rules and course-specific concerns during the racer meetings. The basic rules are:
• Enduro format – timed stages are mostly downhill, and transfers are mostly climbs. Transfer stages are untimed, but don’t linger because we have a course closure time.
• Helmets must be worn at all times when on the bike. This includes uphills/transfers. Anyone riding without a helmet will be disqualified immediately. Full-face helmets are recommended but not required.
• You must be able to hear an overtaking rider. No earbuds are allowed.
• Our complete rulebook is available on our website.
If any of your traveling companions would like to volunteer out on course, we’d be happy for the help. True story: running an enduro race takes a lot of volunteers. Find us at the registration tent.
We’ll see you this weekend!