46.4 miles
Distance
10,862 ft
Climb
-10,849 ft
Descent
2 miles
High Point
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The BME Durango Purgatory event will take place on August 28th and 29th in the majestic San Juan Mountains of Colorado. Racers can expect two big days of racing, including some backcountry stages. Official practice will take place on Thursday and Friday, with racing action on Saturday and Sunday. The Purgatory Bike Park features quality downhill terrain at Purgatory Resort near Durango, Colorado and is an established pathway to over 400 miles of high alpine singletrack for hard core mountain bike enthusiasts. Durango is a bucket list destination and an event that you don’t want to miss.

Located just 25 miles north of Durango and surrounded by the majestic San Juan Mountains, Purgatory Resort is the destination for an authentic Colorado mountain experience. The Village Plaza base area features a vibrant assemblage of family friendly activities, lodging, retail shops, restaurants and bars. Throughout the summer, Purgatory provides hiking and lift-served mountain biking, plus over a dozen family friendly activities, including the area’s only Inferno Mountain Coaster and alpine slide. Please visit purgatory.ski to learn more.

Detailed Description
Big Mountain Enduro - Purgatory 2021 is a 46 mile extreme race route located near Durango Colorado. This mountain bike only route. This route includes 11 trails. This route climbs 10,862 ft with a max elevation of 11,471 ft then descends -10,849 ft.

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JDCMTB2007 (Oct 27, 2022 at 17:10)
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Tbh with you this trail should be rated pro...
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tdeems (Sep 16, 2022 at 23:42)
Don’t let the grade fool you. There are a few nasty uphill bits (hike-a-bike) on the way down, and you have to wade across the creek at the end. Overall not that great, especially after Graysill. Wouldn’t ride this on its own. Best part was after the creek crossing going fast on the road to 550.
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tdeems (Sep 16, 2022 at 23:36)
Incredibly good! Long ride to make it work but so worth it.
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thegeologist (Sep 8, 2020 at 19:58)
Trail Pirate
Fun moderate black with some steep chunky sections. They just added a “lower pirate” as of sept 2020 that has the Javi drop and a really fun kicker at the end. You can cut from upper pirate to Links and hit lower pirate for a really fun run.
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thegeologist (Sep 8, 2020 at 19:49)
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This trail is tough...I was not worthy
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Route Sections

1 Transfer Stage 1 --> Bolam Pass - Elbert Creek Road
  • 4 miles distance
  • 1,530 ft climb
  • -30 ft descent
2 Stage 1 --> Pirate
  • 3,930 ft distance
  • 11 ft climb
  • -422 ft descent
3 Transfer Stage 2 --> 7th Heaven
  • 2,136 ft distance
  • 0 ft climb
  • -149 ft descent
4 Stage 2 --> Divinity Flow
  • 2 miles distance
  • 3 ft climb
  • -951 ft descent
5 Transfer Stage 3 --> Chair Lift
  • 1 mile distance
  • 1,497 ft climb
  • -16 ft descent
6 Stage 3 --> World Cup DH
  • 3 miles distance
  • 1,038 ft climb
  • -1,455 ft descent
7 Transfer Stage 4 --> Bolam Pass - Elbert Creek Road
  • 4 miles distance
  • 1,448 ft climb
  • -33 ft descent
8 Stage 4 --> Pirate - Links - Diggler
  • 3 miles distance
  • 321 ft climb
  • -1,703 ft descent
9 Transfer Stage 5 --> Chair Lift - 7th Heaven - Shangri-La - Elbert Creek Road - Bolam Pass - Cascade Divide Road - Colorado Trail
  • 14 miles distance
  • 2,615 ft climb
  • -1,553 ft descent
10 Stage 5 --> Graysill Creek - Cascade Creek (West)
  • 4 miles distance
  • 0 ft climb
  • -2,209 ft descent
11 Transfer Stage 6 --> Cascade Creek (West) - Cascade Creek Road - Highway 550 - Bolam Pass - Chair Lift
  • 9 miles distance
  • 1,950 ft climb
  • -713 ft descent
12 Stage 6 --> World Cup DH
  • 1 mile distance
  • 3 ft climb
  • -1,460 ft descent

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  • Race Course
  • Race Date
    Saturday August 28, 2021
  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Double Black Diamond
More Stats for Big Mountain Enduro - Purgatory 2021 mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    13 ft
  • Altitude min
    8,730 ft
  • Altitude start
    8,951 ft
  • Altitude end
    8,963 ft
  • Grade max
    -197.5%
  • Grade min
    635.1%
  • Distance climb
    23 miles
  • Distance down
    22 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
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