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Epic Mountain Challenge

June 28-29, 2014


The EPIC Mountain Challenge is like nothing you’ve ever done before: EPIC = Mountain[Run+Ride]2

Four stage Ride/Run/Dirt/Road format

Over two EPIC days you’ll complete four stages, combining cross country and time trial mountain biking as well as trail and road running. The key to success with this race is to be consistently strong in all four disciplines and to be able to recover quickly and back up each session with the next.

A pot of gold PayDay ($60,000 to be exact)

Elite and Pro athletes from around the country and the globe will be enticed by the prospect of a generous prize purse, and will battle it out in the solos and teams categories for a big payday. What’s more – the money is not open just to Pros, anyone can have a crack at it – have you got what it takes?!

Prize Purse: 1st – $5,000*2nd – $4,000*3rd – $3,000*4th – $2,000*5th – $1,000 * Teams split winnings

Let's Eat!

Pagosa Springs, Co is an amazing community who have come together for this event. Coordinated by the Pagosa Mountain Morning Rotary Group, we have over 20 restaurants supplying their delicious specialities all weekend for our complimentary athlete & supporter Dinner & Breakfasts in the Big Top Tent! Look forward to meeting all the racers there!

A gritty Challenge for Solos & 2-person Teams

Enter as a Solo (Men/Women) if you’re tough as nails and you know you can go the distance on all four legs, or pick your team-mate wisely if you’re going to go with this option. You want someone as hard-hitting and committed as you. You can divide the four stages into any combination between you to find a winning formula and share in the spoils (prize purse goes down to the 5th team). There are All-Men and All-women categories. If you want to be part of the action you can also enter up to three events as an individual. Medals and SWAG will be on offer for those that do well in each event.

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A world-class course in EPIC Colorado terrain

Stanley Levine was a man with vision and a great sense of humor! He’d be laughing (you probably won’t be) as you climb the south end of the Levine Ranch on the trail that Stanley cut on horseback. The terrain for all four courses are as beautiful as they are challenging. Technical, gnarly sections feed into flowy single track, with plenty of elevation change and also opportunities to open up the throttle. Dynamic and Scenic.

A lung-busting test of endurance at altitude

At 7,200ft Pagosa Springs is perched at the base of the San Juan Mountains in Colorado. The racing quickly takes an elevated view of the town as it climbs up Rez Hill behind the downtown area.

A chance to meet Elites and maybe even learn something

Lured by the big bucks there’ll be plenty of interaction with the Elite athletes, although anyone can take home the prize money. With panel discussions, question and answer time, and introductions – you may even learn some tips and tricks to improve your own performances. Rub shoulders and watch the best in action.

A spectator friendly course, and family friendly event

This race has been cleverly designed so that your family and friends will be asking you to sign up again next year. Firstly the course has plenty of accessible spectator points, and Pagosa Springs puts on a breathtaking show of Fall colors for you to enjoy. The Hot Springs pools areas overlooks the 10k road run Crit on the Sunday (they can watch you run from the luxury of a hot spring!). Most importantly the Start/Finish area and Expo where most of the action is happening is in central downtown and on the Resort property.

Plenty of entertainment and accessible activities

We’re going to cater high quality meals at the Start/Finish Expo area where competitors and companions can gather to enjoy a meal together. We’re also going to provide entertainment: piles of SWAG to give away, a Coors Beer Garden Saturday and Sunday, a farewell free concert with Tim Sullivan and the Narrow Gauge Band, and plenty of activities to keep everyone happy.

Make friends and connections

With all this entertainment, activity and gathering, you’ll get plenty of chance to mix with the other competitors and definitely make a few new friends too. We hope that the Epic Mountain Challenge will become your annual pilgrimage where you meet up again and again to cement these friendship bonds.

Friday 27th June 2014

EPIC Mountain Challenge opens with the EPIC EXPO. Registration, and compulsory race briefing. Welcome Dinner, EPIC Course Video, Elite Athlete introductions.

Saturday 28th June 2014


Stage-1. EPIC Rez d’Huez Mountain Bike Time Trial. With a whole lot of switchbacks on a hardcore climb and Mountain Top Finish!

Sample course from 2013, however expect a longer course. TT Course Map and Profile. http://connect.garmin.com/activity/384202717

Then catch your breath over lunch and enjoy the Expo and activity throughout the day.


Stage-2. Bull & Bar 1/2 Marathon Trail Race.
Course Map and Profile.

Day’s wrap-up photo slideshow and video, Elite panel discussion; Interim prize giving for the first two stages of racing and position updates, Sunday Stages Review and briefing.

Sunday 29th June 2014


Stage-3. EPIC Criterium 10k Road Run

Course Map. 7 laps =10k
Burn it up on seven circuits of a tight hot lap showcasing downtown Pagosa Springs.

Try and recover over lunch for the final stage this afternoon.

Stage-4. The HUB Hammer XC MTB Race 19.5 Miles

Course Map and Profile.

2,000’ of elevation gain in dynamic terrain: open cross country, abrupt climbs, silky single track and fast downhill.


Finale: All the hard work’s done now it’s time to shake hands, give credit to the winners and celebrate with the other finishers. EPIC presentation, $60,000 in prize money, individual daily awards, crowning of the EPIC Mountain Man, EPIC Mountain Women and EPIC Mountain Duo. Piles of SWAG give away, Free massage for solos and teams, Farewell dinner and Free Concert. You could even have a soak in the Hot Springs – you deserve it!

Monday 30th June 2014

Enjoy a leisurely morning in Pagosa Springs. There’s plenty to do downtown or in the surrounding area. Pagosa Springs has natural hot springs, hiking and biking trails, spectacular fall colors, ancient archaeological areas, world class hunting and fishing, amazing wildlife, horse riding, golf, hot air ballooning, swimming and fun activities in the many lakes, rivers and streams, clean air and three million acres of pristine National forest and plenty of gift shopping.

It’ll be the ideal finish to an EPIC weekend, or you may like it so much that you stay a couple more days and make a holiday of it!

Categories and Prizes

SOLO Women
Enter and compete in all four events. Lowest cumulative time wins. 1st to 5th place each receive: $5,000 down to $1,000
2-Person Women
2-Person Men
Divide the four events between you in any combination. Lowest cumulative time wins. 1st to 5th placed team each receives: $5,000 down to $1,000
Enter any of the 3 available events
Male or Female Age Group 39 and Under or Masters 40+ 1st to 3rd. Sponsor Prize Packs Finisher awards to all

Corporate Sponsors

Nols - National Outdoor Leadership Society Road Runners Club of America A&L Coors Children and Nature The Hub