Rossland’s Rubberhead Enduro mountain bike race is set to be one of the biggest events of the summer with a full day of racing, a BBQ and entertainment at RED Mountain Resort. Going down August 1-2, this year marks the Rubberhead’s 2nd year inclusion in the Kootenay Rockies and BC Enduro Series, with an anticipated 200-300 entrants.
“This will be the seventh consecutive year of Enduro mountain bike racing in Rossland,” says organizer and Race Director Ryan Kuhn. “This year, the Rubberhead will include 5-6 competitive racing stages aimed to test the riders’ technical skill and physical fitness, while being an inclusive, fun format. There’s good reason Enduro is all the rage.”
“RED Mountain Resort is excited to be hosting the Rubberhead Enduro for the second year in a row” says RED Events & Marketing Manager. “RED is continually expanding its summer event offerings and the Enduro fits perfectly with our vision to provide an experience centered on our unique culture, passionate community and natural surroundings.”
The stages of the Rubberhead Enduro will be primarily downhill-oriented, with the riders required to ride and climb untimed between stages to get to the starting gate. With 5 to 6 timed stages, racers will not only require the stamina to climb up, but also the ability to pin it down with the best overall combined time taking the victory.
Exact course details won’t be revealed until a week prior to the event, but elements of last years event combined with some of Rossland’s favorite trails will be incorporated into the race. All-mountain bikes with 5-6” of travel will be the weapons of choice for the demanding tracks.
Saturday, Aug 1will be a training day and registration and will include a micro brew tasting that will be open to the public. Sunday, Aug. 2, the race will go down, with an average course completion time expected to be 4-5 hours. RED will be open throughout the day for spectators and families wrapped up with an evening of live entertainment, food and beverage on the deck.
“Rossland is an exciting part in the BC and Kootenay Rockies Enduro series,” says series organizer Megan Rose. “Enduro racing is hands down the most exciting and popular mountain bike race format today, and Red Mountain is the perfect venue for this event, with the perfect viewing deck to watch.”
“There’s never been a better reason to be in Rossland over the August long weekend,” says Kuhn. “Come race, be a spectator, take in the entertainment and enjoy a ride on the IMBA “Epic” Seven Summits Trail or other world class single track in the area. It’s going to be quite the showcase of our amazing trails and community.”
For more information on the Rubberhead Enduro, including registration and a write up on the history of mountain bike racing in Rossland, go to rubberheadenduro.com. For more information on the series, visit bcenduro.com.