I had a really nice interview with David Scully the other day. He’s the promoter of the Enduro X Series, based in Steamboat Springs, CO. Steamboat has done a massive amount of work in the last couple years to become a really sweet riding destination. They already had gobs of cross country style singletrack, but with development of downhill, bike park type trails at the ski resort, and a brand new pump track and jump lines at Bear River bike park, Steamboat has become a full fledged destination.
“What you can expect from the Enduro-X is long single-track descending through high-alpine terrain that features the classic aspen-grove riding that Steamboat is known for. Strength and stamina play into the courses with some descents lasting more than 20 minutes. Rider focus and skills are put to the test in a great environment for a fun rider experience.”
The Steamboat Springs ski area sees the value in downhill mt biking. They’ve invested serious time and money, and manpower, into building fantastic dh trails. Not just building, but planning for the future. Designed in conjunction with Gravity Logic, who did a lot of the work on Whistler Bike Park.
The Steamboat crew has taken over construction now for the most part, with a full head of steam, and have carried on fantastically. These trails are fun. Jumps, berms, technical rock features, steeps, and twists, it’s really all there. They just need more trails, but yes, they’re on the way. It takes time to design and build quality dh trails. It’s happening. I was there and saw it with my own eyes. I’m excited.
And that brings it all back to David Scully and Enduro X. This is a really exciting time to be riding in and exploring Steamboat. Great DH trails, with more on the way. Awesome cross country riding, with LOTS more on the way. Crazy good road riding.
Oh, hot springs. Did I mention hot springs? People go to Steamboat just for the hot springs. Strawberry Hot Springs is one the better “destination” hot springs in the country. It’s natural, it’s gorgeous, it’s usually pretty damn empty. But if your time is short, or you just want to stumble to the hot springs from the Rio, then check out downtown, Old Town hot springs.
Figure out a way to get up to Steamboat this summer for one, or all, of three races dates. July 19-20, August 16-17, or a great one day race, in conjunction with the IMBA World Summit, August 24th. They promise to have super high quality single track riding, and tons of fun.
Words: Daniell Dunn