The Garneau Triple Crown Enduro Series is pleased to announce that registration is open for all three races. The Triple Crown is the East Coast’s premier Enduro series and the prize packages run deep with $30,000.00 in cash and prizes to be distributed over three races. Register now!
Pro and Amateur winners alike can expect generous prizing, with the lion’s share being provided by title sponsor, Louis Garneau. Prize packages run three deep at each event for all classes with Pros receiving cash purses. New to this season are several improvements in series prizing. First is the addition of second and third place cash prizes for pro series points leaders. They will walk away with $1000.00 $500.00 and $250.00 respectively. For amateurs the most exciting upgrade comes thanks to strong support from Giant, SRAM and Thule. These companies have stepped up big time and now aspiring amateurs will be rewarded for series participation. The amateurs with the most points, in their class, will named Triple Crown Amateur Champions and be awarded product prizing at the finals on September 28th in Burke, VT.
Prizes up for grabs by Amateur Champions are:
- Amateur Men 18 under: Rock Shox Pike, SRAM Guide Brakes, G-form protection and LG apparel
- Amateur Men 19-29: 2015 Giant Trance Frame, G-form protection and LG apparel
- Amateur Men 30-39: Thule T2 rack/ Mosey Backpack, SRAM Guide brakes, G-form protection and LG apparel
- Amateur Men 40+: Thule T2 rack/ Mosey Backpack, Go-Pro Hero 3 Black, G-form protection and LG apparel
- Amateur Women: Giant Insight Full Bike, G-form protection and LG apparel
The Triple Crown Series culminates with the Kingdom Enduro at Burke Mountain Resort in East Burke, Vermont. East Burke is the home of Kingdom Trails Association (KTA). They are stewards of a massive trail system that has a deep history as a mountain bike mecca and helped develop the epic trails that will be used for race stages at Burke Mountain. Race winners will receive passes from KTA so that they can enjoy the 120+ miles of singletrack offered there.
The first two races of the series, Highland’s Overmountain Enduro on August 24 and Mtn Creek’s King Of The Mountain Enduro, are also stops on the North American Enduro Tour (NAET). All aspects of the Triple Crown events will be conducted to the standards one expects to see from a national series. Precise timing, within 1/100 of a second, at the races, will be covered by J-chip timing systems. Their state of the art equipment offers live online timing and quick results at the finish.
The Triple Crown Enduro Series has recently teamed up with MTB researcher Matt Miller from the School of Sport & Exercise at Massey University in New Zealand as Official Series Coach. Having raced all of the races (and snagging a few pro podiums along the way) in the series over the last few years, and coaching Seamus Powell to the inaugural overall series win last year, his knowledge and experience should provide enduro athletes with some great information and training leading into the series.
Matt had this to say. “I’m super excited to be on board as Official Series Coach! It’s a great opportunity for me to give back to the sport of Enduro MTB that I love so much. My aim is to provide sound training advice and tips that are based on the combination of proven race-winning strategies, supported research, and my own knowledge of the sport. I see some ideas floating around in the sport that are based on shaky evidence, so we will be shooting to clear the air!”
Matt has written a training plan that is based off of the training used by athletes like Powell and Jeff Lenosky in an easy to follow calendar. The training plan started June 7 and aims to have enduro athletes in peak condition for the races of the Triple Crown Enduro Series. In addition to the 16-week training plan, tips and articles will be provided leading up to the event to help all enduro riders race at their best. These tips can be found by liking the Triple Crown Enduro facebook page or at Matty’s blog.
The Triple Crown Enduro is the series to race for many reasons, prizing, prestige but most of all the epic terrain offered by the three resorts. We caught up with Giant Northeast Team rider and US National Super D Champion
Seamus Powell for his thoughts on the series. “Mountain Creek was a blast, as always an all-out professionally done race. The tracks are all a super fun mix of rocks and bike park flow. The Highland Overmountain Enduro is your typical New England trails- full of loam, rocks, and roots. It’s a solid mix of longer downhill segments with a bit of pedal power mixed in. The Kingdom Enduro is all about flow. Utilizing the new Bell Grant flow trail and the older classic main stays like Lower Jay Bar made this race a really fun weekend of shredding. Having won the Pro Men’s overall last year I feel that every mountain show cases the spirit of ‘enduro culture’ that’s all the rage these days.”
Don’t miss out on what over 500 Triple Crown participants discovered last season, the enduro format is the most fun you can have racing, for both gravity lovers and pedal pushers alike and these are the best three races in the East! Register now over on the Triple Crown website.
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