The Monarch Crest Enduro is a BACKCOUNTRY EVENT with 5 stages and ver 14,000 feet of timed descending. All five stages start above 10,200 feet, with stage three starting at 12,600 feet. These are BIG TIME (aw man!) backcountry stages and being prepared is of the utmost importance. This mother load of iconic high country trails is served up for the RMES Championship event, it’s truly a massive three-day backcountry beast!
Not Your Average Enduro
The courses are very remote and you may need to fix either your bike or your body to complete the stages. Even though medical support is provided, you could be as far as an hour from getting medical help. (THIS IS NOT A SKI AREA ENDURO) Complete bike repair kits are highly recommended. Below are the course descriptions, GPS files, and elevation profiles for each stage. Please note that the GPS files may include a portion of the transfer or climb to get to the stage start.
Stages 1 & 2, Friday
The stages will be Starvation Creek in the morning and Silver Creek in the afternoon. You will be shuttled to Marshal Pass and ride about a mile to the start of stage 1 at Starvation Creek trail head. There is a 8.5 mile self transfer between the two stages with approximately 2000 feet of climbing to Silver Creek. We will gather at The Rivers Edge Restaurant after the day’s stages for beer, food and live music.
- Stages 1 & 2 Interactive Map with Transfers
- Stage 1 Only Interactive Map
- Stage 1-2 Transfer Interactive Map
- Stage 2 Only Interactive Map
Stage 3, Saturday
This stage starts up on Canyon Creek trail (west side of Monarch Pass). We will shuttle racers to the Snow Blind Camp ground on F.S. road # 888 (Tomichi Creek Road). From there, racers will transfer themselves to the top of Granite Mountain (12,500 feet). This transfer is approximately 3 hours, a two hour ride and then an hour hike a bike. At the end of the day’s race, we’re back at the River’s Edge Restaurant for beer, food and live music.
Stages 4 & 5, Sunday
The last day of racing starts with Greens Creek in the morning and South Fooses in the afternoon. You will be shuttled to the top of Monarch Pass and then transfer yourself to the start of Greens creek for your race stage. You will then be shuttled back up to the top of Monarch Pass again and transfer yourself to the top of South Fooses for stage 2. We will gather back in Salida at The River’s Edge Restaurant for Awards and beers.
Here is how registration works for the Championship; due to field size limits, the top 10 points leaders from each category will have 48 hours to register after the Enduro-X race on September 9-10. After the 48 hour period for the leaders, registration will be open to all classes.