The 2013 Big Mountain Enduro Series will encompass over 45,000 vertical feet of descending world-class singletrack over the course of a season that will include five multi-stage, multi-day events in Colorado, Utah and New Mexico.

With many of the top-ranked trails in the country, races will follow a mix of the European formats; tying in epic backcountry Enduros on big terrain, as well as lift-accessed stages blended in along the way. Courses will feature predominantly downhill timed "special" stages linked together by non-timed liaison climbing stages. This rapidly growing discipline combines the physical endurance of cross-country riding with the technical difficulty and excitement of downhill racing.

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There will be two days and between four and seven stages of racing at each venue for all categories. Each event will cost $150 and this will include: race entry fee, shuttle and lift ticket (where applicable), an event t-shirt, swag, complimentary food and beer, and vertical feet for dollar, the best value you'll find in mountain bike racing in the U.S. The BME Season Pass will enter participants for all events, with a discount of $100.

Big Mountain Enduro is expanding from four to 10 categories for 2013 to deepen the competition across the board, including Pro, Amateur 19-29, Amateur 30-39, Masters 40+, and Junior 18 & Under for both men and women.

No license is required to participate in the Big Mountain Enduro Series. All online registration will be available on the registration page of

Registration opens on Monday January 28 at 8 a.m. for the BME Season Pass. Registration for the first four individual events will commence at Noon and registration for the finals, BME #5 Moab will open at 7 p.m.