EAGLE, Colo. – The second stop of the Yeti Cycles Big Mountain Enduro series presented by Shimano brought 250 racers to compete over four stages on the fast and loose terrain above Eagle, Colo. In the mix were many of the usual BME suspects, such as Cooper Ott, Sarah Rawley, Mike West, and Nate Hills along with a few surprise guests – namely Brian Lopes and Katie Compton.
The pro men’s race saw a tight battle with Marco Osborne, Chris Heath, and Brian Lopes trading stage wins throughout the day. Narrowly taking the men’s title, Osborne earned the win with a scant 5.5 second lead over Heath with Lopes following at 8.5 seconds back, and Josh Carlson sneaking into the fourth place spot at 16 seconds back. Dillon Lamar took a single win on stage 4 (Lower Haystack) but looks to have had difficulty on the first two stages, setting him back 1 minute and 26 seconds overall.
Coming off a win at the Inaugeral Grand Enduro in Grand Junction last week, Cooper Ott kept on the gas to fight off cyclocross champ Katie Compton and take another win in Eagle. Ott won three of the four stages with Compton narrowly edging her out on the long and pedally stage 2.
“Racing the Eagle trails was a blast - stage one was a ripper of a trail with only one punchy uphill section,” said Ott. “It was by far my favorite stage, finding the balance between pedaling and pumping was a fun challenge. The next two stages had a mix of raw singletrack, bermed corners, and lung busting flats. Stage four was a quick one, full of moon dust berms and cheering spectators! It was a great day on the bike and I can't wait to race it again next year.”
Known more for her countless cyclocross championships, Compton has endless fight and mad bike skills, which transfers over to enduro just fine. She took the win at the GoPro Games enduro on the same trails in 2016.
“I wasn't super surprised to see Katie on the line, as she just raced xc on those trails the previous week,” Ott remarked. “It is always fun to race against someone like Katie who brings a whole new meaning to the word power. Not only does she dominate on a CX bike, she crushes on a MTB as well.”
Over 30 Master’s Men turned out to race in Eagle. Ryan Hughes dominated that race and his son, Evander, made the family proud by winning the U21 men’s class. Sisters (?) Sarah Smith and Jazlyn Smith duked it out in the U21 women’s race, with Sarah taking the win.
In the the Groms event – Youth Men 10-16, Zane Worrell ripped to an impressive overall finish time of 24 minutes 57 seconds with Ryan Campbell and Dillon Turner following close behind.
To see full results and event images go to mountainflyermagazine.com