2012 marks the arrival of America’s
Enduro scene. This week Yeti Cycles
and subsidiary Bigfoot Productions have announced a race series called The
Big Mountain Enduro Series, squarely aimed at all-mountain riders. The series will
be anchored by an event with the clout of those established in Europe: The Whole Enchilada Enduro in Moab,
The Whole Enchilada is slated for 29-30 September. It will be
preceded by a race from the Continental Divide Trail to the Steamboat
area in Steamboat Springs, Colorado (17-18 August) and a race over
Kennebec Pass in Durango, Colorado (1-2 September), the latter is still
pending Forest Service approval.
The Whole Enchilada will have a field cap of 150
participants due to Forest Service and BLM permit restrictions. The Durango and
Steamboat events are set to host 200 riders. Each course will be roughly 30
miles long and best handled by a trail or all-mountain style bike. Entry fees
are steep — US$150 for the Whole Enchilada Enduro — but includes: post race
meal/party, socks, t-shirt, sweatshirt, and day-of-race shuttle.