The SCOTT Enduro Cup will kick off in Moab on May 5, 2018, featuring trail runs of variable terrain including slickrock, wooded, sand and dirt sections as well as naturally banked, rock-paved bench cuts and fast technical descents. Two new locations for the series have been added to the event as well, with stops in Colorado scheduled for Durango and Powderhorn.
Registration for the 2018 season and ticket packages will be available starting Dec. 13 at endurocupmtb.com. Athletes who register before March 15, 2018 will save 15 percent. Additionally, discounted season pass pricing will be available.
After Moab, riders will head to the rugged trails of Angel Fire, New Mexico for a challenging two-day race, with one day of grueling stages in the backcountry and one super fast day with go-big airs and drops at the Angel Fire Bike Park — the largest bike park in the Rocky Mountains.
Athletes can expect climbs at altitude, abundant wildlife and technical descents from Round 3 in Durango, Colo. This stop will feature one day of backcountry riding and one day of lift-accessed racing at Purgatory Resort. The fourth round will provide two days of racing at one of the newest bike parks in Colorado at Powderhorn. It will feature lift-served trails with big jumps, technical rock gardens and high speeds through forests of aspens that will test even the best riders.
The series will conclude with two days on Deer Valley Resort’s renowned downhill trails, which have previously hosted downhill championships. Reconfigured, these trails now offer some of the most challenging Enduro mountain biking terrain found anywhere. Four of the 2018 stops will be two-day events, highlighting all of the trails each area has to offer.
“We were so impressed by all of the riders who competed in 2017,” said SCOTT Enduro Cup Event Director Craig Alles. “To continue to challenge them and put together the best event possible, we can’t wait to bring the same great experience from our past locations while adding new stops into the mix. We look forward to hosting phenomenal athletes again this year.”
Additionally, the SCOTT Enduro Cup is adding a juniors-only stop in partnership with Crested Butte Devo. This race will provide an opportunity for the sport’s youngest athletes to compete on the biggest stage while welcoming junior racers to the Enduro Cup community.
Junior riders ages 9-17 will put it all on the line at this one-day enduro race at the storied Hartman Rocks Recreation Area. A local favorite, Hartman Rocks offers playful and challenging trails in the high desert for a variety of skill levels. Gradual climbs through sagebrush and slickrock give way to incredible panoramas as athletes descend on technical and flowing trails. The SCOTT Junior Enduro Cup is not an official 2018 round, so racers can focus on having fun and going fast, without worrying about series points.
The junior race will create a pipeline to Enduro Cup while solidifying the series’ commitment to the next generation of athletes and progression of the sport.
The SCOTT Enduro Cup will award $26,000 cash to the pro/open category throughout the 2018 series with an equal prize purse given to both men and women. Expert, amateur and junior categories will be awarded with product provided by sponsors, SCOTT Sports, Vittoria and more.
The male and female pro/open riders with the most points at the conclusion of the season will be titled the overall season champions and awarded $500 cash.
“We’ve watched the series grow stronger each year, and all of us at SCOTT are happier than ever to be a part of it,” said Zack Vestal, Bike Marketing Manager at SCOTT. “With the new locations and added events, the SCOTT Enduro Cup is truly the premier series for riders of all abilities. Great events, great people, and great locations – it’s what we’re all about.”
Enduro Cup registration is open to men and women offering professional, expert, vet expert (35+) amateur and junior (under 18) categories. Riders can choose to participate in a single race or purchase a 2018 season pass. In addition to race entry, all registration fees include a t-shirt, post-race lunch and Sierra Nevada beer vouchers. Registration fees will also include lift tickets for race day(s), when applicable.
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