2015 EWS - Crested Butte - Mike Albright Photography

2015 Enduro World Series - Crested Butte, CO

Crested Butte, Colorado; my destination to fulfill assignments for Marin Bikes, Enduro Mountainbike Magazine and Zuma Press wire service.  In town was the Enduro World Series event featuring some of the best mountain bikers in the world competing in a grueling 3 days race on backcountry, high elevation trails with thousands of feet of climbing per day.  With 130 Pro men and about 42 Pro women on the start sheet plus a stacked group of amateurs it looked to be a great weekend of racing.

But first I had to make the journey, and that included this sunrise shot in Eastern Oregon in the middle of nowhere, pretty much.

After 18 hours of straight driving from Bend I arrived in Crested Butte, a town that lies at 8,885 feet above sea level with a population of just over 1500, unless you count all of the bikers and tourists.

The team area, set up in a park a few blocks away from the main venue, could have been situated in front of worse scenery.

Sam Pinner's Suntour/Marin NW Demo Tour van and trailer-top tent with a prime location

I'm pretty sure that when the rental car agency upgraded me to a spotless Subaru Forester with 5,000 miles on it that they didn't expect me to be taking to 2500 miles and drive it off-road in the Colorado Rockies.  

With a little time to kill I drove up to Schofield Pass looking for scenery to shoot when I came across this sign and placed one m\of my new Cascade Velo decals on it

Some of the beautiful scenery along the way

Crested Butte is known for having the mountain heritage museum right in the middle of town.  Pay $4 and you get to wander around the room that also features the history of Crested Butte's mining, ranching and ski industries

This is the main section dedicated to the history of Mountain Biking

Crested Butte has a wealth of MTB history, too

There was a gathering at 7pm Thursday night for a rider's meeting and Q&A session

Clif Bar was generous  by handing out bags of hydration products for the 3 days of racing to all participants  

Racing a 3 day enduro is all about conserving energy and counting calories.  Cody Kelley has his day one nutrition laid out and ready to go 

Even the media get plates so we can get on shuttles and even take a few rides up the chairlift at Mt Crested Butte for course recon 

Race Day #1

Nicolas Vouilloz
Fabien Cousinie
Ratchel Walker
Anneke Beerten
Mike Day
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