Big Mountain Enduro is bringing the Enduro World Series here to the Gunnison Valley and we couldn’t be more excited. The world’s best mountain bikers are coming here to ride the world’s best mountain bike trails. It’s just over a week away, with three days of racing taking place July 31-August 2.
We’ve put together the Ultimate Spectator’s Guide to attending the Enduro World Series event in the Gunnison Valley. We’ll continue to update this blog post as the event gets closer. Take a look, and if you have questions, comment below or email us.
Book Your Lodging
We can’t emphasize this enough. If you haven’t yet booked your lodging and you’re hoping to have a roof over your head during the event, book your lodging now. The Enduro World Series is scheduled for the same weekend as the Crested Butte Arts Festival, traditionally one of the busiest and biggest weekends of the year in the Gunnison Valley.
If you haven’t already booked your lodging, you’ll have the best luck with trying one of our great properties in Gunnison, a 30-minute drive or free bus ride from Crested Butte. But even some of them are full, so get on it now.
As of the time we wrote this post, the following properties in Almont, Crested Butte, and Mt. Crested Butte still had very limited availability (one room for most of them):
- Nordic Inn 970.349.5542
- Grand Lodge 970.349.8000
- Lodge at Mountaineer Square 888.426.2733
- Old Town Inn 888.353.2138
- Crested Butte Hostel 970.349.0582
- Elevation Hotel & Spa 970.251.3000
- Almont Resort 970.641.4009
- Three Rivers Resort 970.641.1303
In summary, book your lodging right now, then read the rest of the post.
Order Your Cowbell and Save Your Seat on the Bus (NEW DETAILS– SPECTATOR BUS)
We’ve ordered 300 cowbells (because more cowbell is always a good thing, right?) with the MTB Home logo. We’ve also hired a bus to deliver 50 lucky spectators to the finish of Stage 1 on Friday. We’ll be leaving from the Sponsor Village at 7 AM and returning at around 11 AM. If you’re coming out to watch the event, make sure to claim your cowbell and reserve your seat on the bus. It’s all free, but availability is limited.SIGN UP NOW
Course Announcement (NEW!)
The Courses for the Race were announced on Wednesday morning at 8 AM MDT. You can see all of the details if you scroll down to the Courses section on the Crested Butte page on the Big Mountain Enduro Website.
Because we have so many trails so far from town, the Crested Butte EWS event is way more out in the backcountry than other EWS stops on the tour. Getting out to a few of the big backcountry days to watch might be a little challenging. Volunteering just may be the best way to get right to the action.
For the Crested Butte Enduro World Series stop, the folks at Big Mountain Enduro have several volunteer positions available for on-course operations, registration and athlete check-in support, sponsor village coordination, and a myriad of other roles. Free food, beer and BME swag for those who can help. If you want to be part of this unique event please fill out the volunteer form or send an email to [email protected].
Discount Adventure Park Tickets (NEW DETAILS!)
Crested Butte Mountain Resort will have a pop-up tent at the Sponsor Village, where they’ll be selling discount tickets for Evolution Bike Park and the Adventure Park. Visit their tent on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday to grab a $10 ticket for Sunday, August 2nd, only. They accept cash or card. This is a great way to get to ride some of the sweet downhill trails on Crested Butte Mountain on Sunday!
Their tent will be manned during the following time periods:
- Thursday, July 30– 5:30-8:00 PM
- Friday, July 31– 12:00-5:00 PM
- Saturday, August 1– 12:00-5:00 PM
What Else is Going On?
On top of the races, there are plenty of other things to do in the Gunnison Valley during the EWS. If you’re looking for something to do during downtime, besides getting out to ride our 750+ miles of singletrack, we have plenty of other stuff going on during the event.
Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum Tours and MTB Exhibit
In Crested Butte, we have some justifiable pride about the fact that we have been a part of the mountain biking scene pretty much since the beginning of the sport. Our local history museum has a really fantastic mountain biking exhibit with classic bikes from the early days of mountain biking.
The Outreach Coordinator at the museum, Glo Cunningham, was one of the early participants in the Pearl Pass Tour. You can actually take a walking tour with her through downtown Crested Butte and learn a little bit more about our unique history as mining town turned bike and ski paradise.
- Thursday, July 30th, 9 AM– Join Glo for a history of Crested Butte tour, including the history of biking. The cost is $10 per person with proceeds supporting the museum. Meet at the Museum at 4th and Elk. Call 970.349.1880 if you have questions.
- Thursday, July 30th, 1 PM– Join Glo for a bike-specific history of Crested Butte tour focusing on the early contributions of Crested Buttians to the sport of mountain biking. The cost is $10 per person with proceeds supporting the museum. Meet at the Museum at 4th and Elk. Call 970.349.1880 if you have questions.
- Saturday, August 1st, 9 AM– Join Glo for a bike-specific history of Crested Butte tour focusing on the early contributions of Crested Buttians to the sport of mountain biking. The cost is $10 per person with proceeds supporting the museum. Meet at the Museum at 4th and Elk. Call 970.349.1880 if you have questions.
- Saturday, August 1st, 1 PM– Glo will reprise her bike-specific history of CB tour. If you’re out riding bikes in the morning, be sure to stop by in the afternoon and learn about the Klunkers! The cost is $10 per person with proceeds supporting the museum. Meet at the Museum at 4th and Elk. Call 970.349.1880 if you have questions.
Crested Butte Development Team Movie Night
The Crested Butte DEVO Team is a local non-profit bike team for kids that focuses on skill development and fun. They’ll be having a team fundraiser event on Saturday, August 1st, at the Center for the Arts in Crested Butte, right next door to the Sponsor Village. Doors will open at 5 PM, a raffle drawing with awesome prizes will take place at 6 PM, and then they’ll be showing Strength in Numbers from Anthill Productions and Danny Macaskill: The Ridge on the big screen. I’ve watched The Ridge upwards of 25 times (confession: I just watched it again). It’s good on youtube, but it’s 100% worth seeing it projected on a big screen.
Crested Butte Arts Festival
The Crested Butte Arts Festival is a fantastic event. Six blocks of Elk Avenue will be shut down to cars and tents and booths will line both sides of the street. Artists from around the country and around the world will have their artwork on display and for sale. So if you’re looking for something to do between stages, wander up and down Elk and take in the scene.
Party with the Teams
The official awards ceremony will take place at 5 PM in the Sponsor Village on Sunday evening. Immediately after the awards, bands will play from 6-10 PM.
What if you Can’t Make It?
If you can’t make it out for the EWS this year, but you still want to catch a piece of the action, follow MTB_Home on Periscope. What is Periscope? It’s an app that lets us bring the action, via cell phone camera, directly to your phone, live.
Download Periscope to your phone from iTunes or the Play store and follow MTB_Home. Whenever something interesting is happening, we’ll try to be there filming: Wednesday morning’s course announcement, maybe some of Friday’s finish (if we can get 3G out on trail), Sponsor Village when the results come in, Saturday morning’s history of biking tour, Sunday’s finish line, the after party, etc. We’ll also save what we can to our gallery so you can see it even if you can’t catch it live.
You’re going to want to download Periscope now and follow us at MTB_Home. If you’re following us on twitter, we’ll tweet out before we start streaming so you can jump on and catch the action.
We’ll also be flooding social media with content during the whole week. Follow us on facebook, twitter, and instagram to stay up to date. To celebrate the EWS coming to the home of mountain biking this summer, we’ll be using the hashtag #EWSComesHome.
We’re definitely forgetting something on this post. Follow us on twitter and Facebook because we’ll constantly be updating you with the latest information on the happenings around EWS Crested Butte.