October 17th, 2010 was my first ever Rocky Mountain Enduro Circuit event. I have never entered an Enduro but have always wanted to give it a try. With very little effort I was able to talk my good friend and riding buddy Kelly Patterson into joining me on this adventure.
We were both pumped and ready to go.
For our group we had to complete two laps of ~ 23 miles. Doesn’t sound like too much does it? Well trust me completing nearly 50 miles of this terrain in the amount of time they give you is not easy. Your bike and your body all have to be in good shape and not to mention your head.
The conditions were dusty , dry and made for a very serious vision problems in certain areas. The course was well laid out and was as fun and demanding as you would expect from an enduro race. About 50% of the race is done below ground level in the creek bottoms, ditches and wash outs you normally find in desert riding.
I’ll post several links to videos of the ride below so you can see firsthand how much fun/difficulty is involved.
MORE VIDEOS BELOW
Congratulations to Kelly for completing the race and earning his finishing pin. I can tell you he was one beat down tired guy when he finished. A few Ibuprofen later he was back in action. I’m sure he was glad to be done.
I had the miss fortune of breaking my hand two miles into the first 23 mile lap. Yes I completed the first 23 mile lap but did not even start the second lap… too much pain to handle. I hope to earn a finishing pin next year.
Start of the Spanish Peaks Enduro, Trinidad, Colorado 2010.
Video of the Enduro Cross Section Spanish Peaks