Epic Mountain Challenge
October 4-6, 2013
The EPIC Mountain Challenge is like nothing you’ve ever done before: EPIC = Mountain[Run+Ride]2
Follow the Epic Action Live
We will have live updates on Twitter and Facebook throughout the weekend.
Full Epic Schedule/Program of Events Link Here
Race Update #1
Important information for athletes about this weekend. Sent midnight 2nd Oct 2013. Click here.
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
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’s an open category (Men and Mixed) and All-women as well. 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.
Join us on the grounds of The Springs Resort and Spa – Presenting Sponsor
We’ve teamed up with the most unique accommodation resort in town – The Springs Resort and Spa, to bring you quality accommodation and lodging packages that you, your friends and your family will love. We’re also going to set up the Start/Finish and Expo right on their doorstep so it’ll be easy, convenient and comfortable.
Staying at this beautiful resort will also give you free access to soak in the hot springs all weekend long. They are offering athletes a 5% discount on accommodation when you book using the promotional code 'gecko'. Book through their website http://www.pagosahotsprings.com/
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.
EPIC VENUE MAP http://tinyurl.com/epicvenue
Friday 4th October 2013
Saturday 5th October 2013
Stage 1 Bull & Bar 1/2 Marathon Trail Race.
Then catch your breath over lunch and enjoy the Expo and activity throughout the day.
2,000’ of elevation gain in dynamic terrain: open cross country, abrupt climbs, silky single track and fast downhill.
Sunday 6th October 2013
Course Map. 7 laps =10k
Try and recover over lunch for the final stage this afternoon.
TT Course Map and Profile. http://connect.garmin.com/activity/384202717
Monday 7th October 2013
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
A pot of gold PayDay ($60,000 to be exact)
Stage-1. EPIC Trail ˝ Marathon
Stage-1. EPIC Trail ˝ Marathon
Beginning on the doorstep of the Springs Resort, the course quickly climbs to EPIC single-track and remote trail. Intense climbs, scenic vistas and a mix of wooded forest and cool meadows, that’s what trail running is all about!
Stage-2. EPIC Cross Country 50k Mountain Bike
Stage-2. The Hub Hammer Cross Country 19.5M Mountain Bike
Super flowy single-track, big climbs and sweet descents combine to reward the all-round rider on this awesome cross country course!
This stage is your chance to gain a commanding lead at the end of day one, and stamp your authority on the competition.
Stage-3. The Hot Springs Hot Lap 10k Road Run
Feeling fresh? It’s time to “bring it”. Day two heats up from the gun with this intense 7 lap 10k. A tight course ripping along the river will give your family, friends and spectators an amazing view of every lap right from the soaking pools of the Springs Resort! Eyeball the competition as you toe the line – everyone knows who is in poll position at the start of day two’s racing.
It’s going to feel short and sweet but you better save the best for last!
Stage-4. Rez d’Huez 3k Mountain Bike Time Trial.
This is the time to make your move or give it all up to hold your position.
Don’t let the short distance fool you. As you learned yesterday Rez hill has a sting in its tail and this one is going to hurt! Just like her French cousin Alp d’huez the switchbacks just keep coming all the way to the summit.
Just as you reach oxygen debt, the course zips and zings to an Epic finish line.