One of the most anticipated races of the year went down this weekend in Glorieta, New Mexico. Yeti Cycles Big Mountain Enduro hosted a sold out race with some big name pros and fast locals all duking it out on the rugged technical high desert trails.

The race day was comprised of four stages, each offering plenty of challenges. The first stage, Broken Arrow, was the longest of the day and had a few opportunities to hammer the pedals and gain some extra time. The second stage, Janker DH, is a true downhill trail that tested even the best riders. With grades nearing -50% and lots of moon dust, it was a slip and slide! The penultimate stage was Jagged Axe, one of the premier trails in Glorieta. This trail is littered with big “A-Line” features and has some massive rock garden sections. Check out our previous Trail Feature for Jagged Axe for more. Stage four was the fan favorite Chili Dog, another technically challenging trail, especially after a long day on the bike. It ends with the classic heckler zone rock drop, with hundreds of fans turning out to witness hucking and carnage.

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Stage 1 – Broken Arrow

3.8 Miles, 1,575 Ft Descended, Average Grade -7.8%, Max Grade -24%

Trail Preview from Daniel Rhodes following Corey Spoores

 

 

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Kona’s Scott Countryman keeps it tucked on the first stage of the day. He finish an impressive 5th place in pro.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Follow Cam Legend Nate Hills gapping where most others rolled.  Photo: Eric Cook
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Pre-jump banshee speed.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Alexander Vidal putting his YT to work.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Josh Snow of Alien Bike Shop gapping on Stage 1. Photo: Eric Cook
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Adam “Prosauce” Prosise repping for Team Rudeboy and keeping it pinned!   Photo: Eric Cook
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The champion on the day, Richie Rude, visibly faster than most.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Shawn Neer won here last year, and was just off the podium with a 6th place finish in 2018.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Getting loose like a goose.   Photo: Eric Cook
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The American Dream pre-drifts into 2nd place.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Flying every time I saw him, Blake Mastrangelo!   Photo: Eric Cook
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Cameron Joye putting it down for Leatt.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Trevor McCutcheon just outside the top 10.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Ryan Geiger riding for Absolute Bikes.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Yeti Development’s Bryn Bingham leaning in the trees.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Dylan Stucki corning hard on Stage 1.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Janker Ted right behind and on the gas out of the corner.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Women’s Pro winner Cooper Ott was cooking on Stage 1.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Rachel Straight not far behind, finishing 2nd.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Kona’s Becky Gardner gripping and ripping.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Lauren Bingham locked in through the tight lower section.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Leigh Bowe shoulder tucking and looking fast!   Photo: Eric Cook
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Fellow Colorowdy Ariana Dittmer looked fast on course all day.   Photo: Eric Cook
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C3 rider Wade Washburn keeping his Evil on track.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Arin Teter on the straight away towards the end of Stage 1.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Andrew Dunlap with his best race face.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Leaning it over into the straight, Ryan Reish looking sharp.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Broken Spoke rider JJ Squires wide open.    Photo: Eric Cook
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Heart and Soul’s Jake Rehfeld staying off the brakes.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Shawn West corner smashing.  Photo: Eric Cook
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Flagstaff’s Mike Hardt on one!  Photo: Eric Cook
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Expert Men’s winner Josh Gaube on his way to victory.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Colorowdies were out in force! Brett Kreyche with the flyby.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Most stoked, Travis Barrett grinning and pinning.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Matthew Thomas came down from Colorado to shred some NM dust.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Jordan Bawden running smooth on Stage 1.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Keeping it between the tape. I saw a few people make mistakes going through this section.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Ryan Baczurik was the only Rudeboy not repping the rasta colors.   Photo: Eric Cook
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California’s Gil Esquivel fast through the woods.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Joe Nicholson leaving it all on the track.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Austin Eberting made the trek from Texas for BME round 1.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Alex Scott of Jagged Axe Trail Designs, the evil geniuses behind these trails. 4th place on the day!   Photo: Eric Cook
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Jake Matthews shredding the brown pow.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Wendell Montgomery floating over the rocks.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Isaac Miller was on a mission.    Photo: Eric Cook
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MST Adventures’ Corey Spoores on a heater.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Robert Thomas threads the needle.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Brendan Smith floating between the trees.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Team Trail Party’s Alec Zogas living up to the name.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Yeti’s Mike West storming through to finish 1st in Vet Men.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Brandon Sims of Heart and Soul Racing on the hunt!   Photo: Eric Cook
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A rare Propain bikes sighting.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Michael Aish pumps his Nomad through a corner.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Shannon Crockford leaning mean.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Not messing around, Wade Wilderman in attack formation.   Photo: Eric Cook
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There wasn’t any shortage of corners on Stage 1.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Lance Mason giving it a puller.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Katie Gillen on her way to 2nd place! Congrats Katie!   Photo: Eric Cook
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3rd Place Merel Witteveen crushing the last chunky section on Stage 1.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Not bothered by the tech, Kate Baugh taking the straight line.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Sallie Hoefer keeping on the pedals, almost at the Stage 1 finish.   Photo: Eric Cook

Stage 2 – Janker DH

0.5 Miles, 530 Ft Descended, Average Grade of -18.7%, Max Grade -48%

Trail Preview from Ron Cura following JJ Squires.

 

 

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Bartolomej Stuchlik on a technical roller section of Stage 2.   Photo: Daniel Rhodes
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Peter Ostroski coming into Stage 2 on a mission.   Photo: Tara Beresh
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David Camp chute blasting.   Photo: Daniel Rhodes
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Two riders coming down the steeps.   Photo: Tara Beresh
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A Colorowdy getting loose in the steeps.   Photo: Daniel Rhodes
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Kona rider Ryan Gardner getting drifty.   Photo: Tara Beresh
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Nicolas Sears leaving a roost cloud in his wake.   Photo: Daniel Rhodes
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Ryan Geiger getting pitched!   Photo: Tara Beresh
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Riley Bartz staying up!   Photo: Tara Beresh
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Flagstaff’s Jesse Calvin cleaning corners.   Photo: Tara Beresh
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Steep dusty chutes are what Kevin Stiffler eats for breakfast.   Photo: Tara Beresh
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Timothy Morris casually destroying in jean shorts.   Photo: Tara Beresh
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The American Dream keeping it janky.   Photo: Tara Beresh
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Curtis Keene right at home on steep dusty trails.   Photo: Daniel Rhodes
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Curtis thanked Richie for “breaking all the rocks”.   Photo: Daniel Rhodes
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Richie Rude using every bit of his suspension.   Photo: Tara Beresh
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Just 2 seconds off 2nd, Marco Osbourne finished 3rd today.   Photo: Daniel Rhodes
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Marco Osbourne way behind the saddle.   Photo: Tara Beresh
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Shawn Neer disposing of all the dust on track.   Photo: Daniel Rhodes
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Blair Reed dropping in!   Photo: Daniel Rhodes
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Eddy Cohn had a DNF, but he was fast when we saw him!   Photo: Daniel Rhodes
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Another shot of Eddy Cohn keeping it loose!   Photo: Tara Beresh
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Jake Oswald dirt blasting.   Photo: Daniel Rhodes
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Trevor McCutcheon trying to stay off the brakes.   Photo: Daniel Rhodes
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Local pinner and one of the namesakes of this trail, Janker Teddy Jaramillo letting it go!   Photo: Daniel Rhodes
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Cooper Ott took every stage win for Pro Women, total domination!   Photo: Daniel Rhodes
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Rachel Straight was consistent on every stage, never out of striking distance.   Photo: Daniel Rhodes
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Lia Westermann cooking into the next chute. 4th for her!   Photo: Daniel Rhodes
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Lauren Bingham letting it rip!   Photo: Daniel Rhodes
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Becky Gardner navigating one of many tight steep corners.   Photo: Daniel Rhodes
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Did we mention steep corners?   Photo: Daniel Rhodes
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Eric Bodine of Guerrilla Gravity sending it.   Photo: Daniel Rhodes
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Tight and twisty, with serious steeps.   Photo: Daniel Rhodes
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Tim McMorrow foot out for safety. Or maybe style.   Photo: Daniel Rhodes
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The chase is on.   Photo: Daniel Rhodes
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Rut dust smashing was the name of the game for Janker DH. Kevin Wood obliges.   Photo: Daniel Rhodes
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Tom Bush brought his best shirt and best manual skills, too.   Photo: Daniel Rhodes
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Matt Seifers hauling the mail.   Photo: Daniel Rhodes
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Alec Zogas finishing strong on Stage 2.   Photo: Daniel Rhodes
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William Hoitsma full send to end the stage.   Photo: Daniel Rhodes

Stage 3 – Jagged Axe

1.5 Miles, 895 ft Descended, Average Grade -11.2%, Max Grade -32%

Trail Preview from Daniel Rhodes following Dave Marquez and Ian Eagle

 

 

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Rudeboy Ryan Baczurik sending on Jagged Axe.   Photo: Daniel Rhodes
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Myles Overstreet hitting the big Jagged Axe drop.   Photo: Daniel Rhodes
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Chance Sims pulling.   Photo: Daniel Rhodes
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Watch your 6!   Photo: Daniel Rhodes
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Patrick Rodriguez keeping it smooth through the rough.   Photo: Daniel Rhodes
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Floating above the tape.   Photo: Daniel Rhodes

Stage 4 – Chili Dog

1.2 Miles, 778 Ft Descended, Average Grade -12.3%, Max Grade -42%

Trail Preview from Ron Cura 

 

 

 

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Nate Hills gapping the A-Line on Chili Dog.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Alaskan Peter Ostroski is down to risk it for the biscuit.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Blake Mastrangelo riding a hovercraft.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Dylan Stucki opting for the roller line on Stage 4.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Sean Perry on the edge.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Shawn Neer coming over the top.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Cole Picchiottino fast through the Chili Dog chunder.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Marco Osbourne leaning his Cannondale over.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Cooking corner is Quinn Reece’s game.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Teddy Jaramillo coming through faster than most.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Kyle Doyle AKA Hashtagthatshit with some hang time on Stage 4.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Rachel Straight sending the step up farther than lots of the men.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Up and over and onto the next rock section.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Yeti’s Lauren Bingham bobs and weaves.   Photo: Eric Cook
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NM’s Syd Schulz crushing through the rocks.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Trek rider Evander Hughes, eyes on the prize.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Sedona local Lars Romig on a ripper, 2nd Place Expert Men.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Andrew Dunlap light and quick in the rock gardens.   Photo: Eric Cook
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CO rider John Bailey focused on the task at hand.   Photo: Eric Cook
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NM’s Shawn West in attack mode on the final stage.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Rock garden blasting is no issue for Matthew Thomas.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Lil dusty out there.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Balance and composure.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Keeping the fingers off the brakes for a rare straight section.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Heart and Soul Racing’s Kendal Weingardt looked fast out there!   Photo: Eric Cook
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A Colorowdy doing the name justice!   Photo: Eric Cook
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Rock chute sending for Ryan Cutshall.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Travis Barrett smooth through the rock section.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Jake Rehfeld in his first enduro race! Killing it out there man!   Photo: Eric Cook
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Curtis Cole came away with a 5th Place at the days end!   Photo: Eric Cook
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Rafael Guevara repping Team Rudeboy.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Corner destruction courtesy of Patrick Rodriguez.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Knee out, eyes up. Andy Burns coming through for 5th place Am.  Photo: Eric Cook
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Nick Carlucci corners harder than most.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Wendell Montgomery leaving everyone behind for a 3rd Place finish!   Photo: Eric Cook
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Rooster tail.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Front wheel dirt spraying, Michael Selden getting after it.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Kevin Quattlebaum finishing the day strong.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Top Ten finish for Tim Lynch today!   Photo: Eric Cook
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Isaac Miller riding for Knolly Bikes. He was fully pinned every time he went by.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Matthew Cork with his best race face.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Mitchell Rea stays composed through the last stage.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Corey Spoores tucked and holding on tight!   Photo: Eric Cook
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Pete Hvidsten throwing roost after a pass. Congrats on 6th!   Photo: Eric Cook
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The tongue of Matt Reichel making an appearance on Stage 4.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Evan Fry holding his line.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Sending for the camera, Jesse Hansen bar tweaking.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Oregon’s Jeremy Covey getting behind the saddle for the entry to the heckle zone.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Todd Munson boosting the classic ender drop of Chili Dog.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Joe Lawwill sending it as the spectators gather in force for the gnarly ender of Chili Dog.   Photo: Eric Cook
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Local ripper Eric Breden lets it huck.   Photo: Eric Cook
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DL Wood coming in hot, 3rd Masters Men!   Photo: Eric Cook
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Crowd perspective, entertainment by Shannon Crockford.   Photo: Eric Cook

 

RACE RESULTS:

Expert Open Men:
1st: Josh Gaube
2nd: Lars Romig
3rd: Robby Madeiros

Amateur Men:
1st: Chris Thomas
2nd: Aidan Scott
3rd: Wendell Montgomery

Master Men 40+:
1st: Mike West
2nd: Joe Lawwill
3rd: Jonathan Reed

Master Men 50+:
1st: Dee Tidwell
2nd: Don Fritts
3rd: DL Wood

Amateur Women:
1st: Ariana Soto
2nd: Katie Gillen
3rd: Merel Witteveen

Master Women 40+:
1st: Amber Tinstman
2nd: Krista Birkelo
3rd: Lisa Gustin

U21 Men:
1st: Max Sedlak
2nd: Travis Claypool
3rd: Talus Lantz

Groms:
1st: Aidan Bond
2nd: Braden Linde
3rd: Izak Boarman

 

 

We hope you enjoyed MTBNM’s coverage of the opener of the Big Mountain Enduro race series for 2018. Glorieta Camps is some of the most celebrated riding in our state, and it was amazing to see the turn out for this event. From world level pros, to the weekend warriors and the groms on the come up, everyone turned out!

 

Stay tuned for more race coverage coming from the Scott Enduro Cup at Angel Fire in a few weeks!

 

Cheers,

Mountain Bike New Mexico

 

 

Words and Layout: Eric Cook

Photographs: Eric Cook. Daniel Rhodes, and Tara Beresh.

 

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