Mountain States Cup Closes Shop

Bigfoot Productions Sells Big Mountain Enduro Series
Yeti Cycles To Continue As Title Sponsor

(31 October 2012, Golden, CO) Bigfoot Productions, has announced that it will sell the Big Mountain Enduro Series to Brandon Ontiveros, one of the founders of the popular Oregon Enduro Series. Ontiveros’ new promotion company will be named, Big Mountain Enduro, LLC.

Seeing a lack of viable opportunities for new and aspiring riders, Bigfoot productions was founded by the principles of Yeti Cycles to promote and support racing in the Rocky Mountain region. While stepping away from the race promotion side of racing, Yeti Cycles has signed a five-year deal to be the title sponsor of the BMES and is committed to supporting racing at the regional, national and world cup level.

“We’ve always looked to race promotion as a way of giving back to the community rather than a source of profit,” said Bigfoot Productions owner and Yeti President Chris Conroy. “We feel Brandon and his team will be great stewards of the series and look forward to exiting racing ahead.”

Bigfoot Productions also announced they will discontinue the promotion of the Mountain States Cup. The long-standing series has been the cornerstone of gravity and endurance racing in the Rocky Mountain region, but with the expansion of bike parks and other endurance events, the need for MSC has become less obvious. “We remain committed to gravity and endurance racing, but we found the increasing costs and decreasing participation made the MSC model unsustainable,” Conroy said. “It’s an emotional decision for us – we are huge fans of racing and hope that someone else will find a formula that brings back a gravity series in the future.”

Announcement of the 2013 Big Mountain Enduro Series calendar is expected by year’s end and the online home of the series will remain the same: bigmountainenduro.com

About Bigfoot Productions
Based in Golden, Colorado, Bigfoot Productions was founded by the principles of Yeti Cycles to grow and promote mountain bike racing in the Rocky Mountain Region.

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Agreed

To their credit, once you got to a venue it was fairly well organized. Getting/staying there and paying the increasing fees was why I stopped (plus, some of my favorite races were no longer do-able because of the epicification of the courses - Crested Butte?). Shame, I'm not an ultra mega distance guy, so Winter Park is pretty much it right now.

Agreed too. The impression I

Agreed too. The impression I was left with after going to a few of them is that I didn't matter, wasn't cool enough, etc. The venues were all a long drive, very expensive race fees, and they tried to "Make" you sign up for multiple events even if you didn't want to. I also wasn't too jazzed about some of the courses. I know it isn't a road race but some of the courses were getting too technical and not really a pedaling course. One thing to drive 4 hours for a 4 hour 50 mile race, something different for a 1.5 hour XC race that costs the same amount.

Taking my bike for a walk in the woods...

Not my favorite activity. Obviously the earlier poster doesn't care for it, either.

Consider three types of courses:

1) mostly rideable (hopefully with some moderate challenge)

2) clearly not rideable (often due to steepness of the climbs)

3) rideable (maybe) but dangerous as all get out

It's one thing to really challenge the elite riders, but to grow the sport amongst all levels of riders, which sort of course would you think works best?

Fair enough but... I've

Fair enough but... I've kinda felt like most courses have been dumbed down to ridiculous extremes and probably over reacted. I'm thinking about the Nats course at Granby as an example of that - certainly a "pedaling" course. Maybe that's not what the other poster had in mind. Angelfire might be on the other end of the spectrum.

IMO, the WP series has a reasonable mix

Fair enough but... I've

Fair enough but... I've kinda felt like most courses have been dumbed down to ridiculous extremes and probably over reacted. I'm thinking about the Nats course at Granby as an example of that - certainly a "pedaling" course. Maybe that's not what the other poster had in mind. Angelfire might be on the other end of the spectrum.

IMO, the WP series has a reasonable mix

Failure Analysis

XC racing is dying. Period. RME & Endurance is where it's at. I don't see why USAC doesn't realize this. Look at the turn-out at RME or other endurance racing--MTB racing in Colorado is certainly not dead. But why would I want to drive 3+ hours to stay at a pricy resort for a 1-hour XC race where the categories are so divided that everyone is a "winner" (5-year age groups for Cat 1-4, etc) and get maybe a T-shirt? Look at the "outlaw" scene (RME, Hundo, Growler, Laramie, Stinger, etc. etc.). Big fields, tons of swag, post-race food and shindig, and quality racing on outstanding courses. I say goodbye MSC, and look forward to another great season of endurance racing.

So what now? No statewide

So what now? No statewide series? Nothing but one comment? This is the ancestor of the once powerful CORPS and now dead, Colorado is left without any real statewide mountain bike race series. Will the ACA step up and organize something? Does USAC care that one of its permire state series' has been folded?

Please 303, get to the bottom of this. Not everyone races crits and Cross

Colorado Mountain Bike Racing alive and well

We have two great series plus a lot of great one day mountain bike races in the state. Please keep USAC / ACA away from them!!! Great racing, no license(s) required, quick results. They actually listen to the racers and adjust courses year to year.
RME - Rocky Mountain Endurance has expanded this year to 7 events. http://www.warriorscycling.com/
Winter Park Series is still going strong. 6 races over 3 months. http://www.epicsingletrack.com/

Plus lots of other great races around the area...
Gunnison Growler
Steamboat Stinger
Fire Cracker 50
Laramie Enduro
Plus many others...

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