Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Final Race in Montana Enduro Series to Take Place at Local Family Ski Hill Great Divide Outside Helena!

August 27th, 2014

The Montana Enduro Series will make its final stop at Great Divide Ski Area in Marysville, MT, on Saturday, September 6.  The fourth leg of the mountain bike race series will feature a trail maintained by the members of the Helena-based Gravity Guild mountain bike club.  The series is in its inaugural year and is run by the Montana Bicycle Guild, a Helena-based nonprofit.

"We've been working hard with Great Divide to make our last race of the season the best one yet," said Denny Palmer, of the Montana Bicycle Guild.  "It has been a bit of a process to make this race happen, but everyone involved has been really great to work with and we're excited to run this race in a location where many people may not have gotten a chance to ride."

Great Divide will be running its grill and the Missing Lynx Saloon will be open for the racers and spectators. JP Stanek, Mountain Manager at Great Divide, said that "We are excited to host the final event in the Montana Enduro Series and hope to provide a fun experience for Montana’s vibrant and enthusiastic mountain biking community."

The race is an enduro-style mountain bike race which combines cross-country and downhill riding.  Competitors are given an allotted period of time to ride to the top of each downhill segment.  They are timed as they race downhill to the start of the next climb.  There are various categories of racers based on skill level, gender, and age.  The winner of each category is the racer with the fastest combined time from all of the timed segments.

"Enduro racing is the most popular kind of mountain bike racing there is right now.  We've had people from all over the state traveling to each of our races this summer," Palmer said.  "This last race at Great Divide will be a great send-off for the season."
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