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Pre-season party in Gunnison for Big Mountain Enduro Big Mountain pre season Party

Big Mountain Enduro is throwing a second pre-season party and inviting all participants, friends and family to join the BME crew on Saturday, May 11 in Gunnison, Colo. The day will start with a "group ride" at Hartman Rocks and convene with post-ride festivities with food, Oskar Blues beer, prizes and raffle, and a live band at Last Chance Saloon located at 620 S. Ninth St.

"At Big Mountain Enduro, we want to celebrate why racing enduro brings us back to simply having a fun time and chasing our buddies on our favorite trails," said Sarah Rawley, Big Mountain Enduro public relations. "This season is not just about showing up to the start line with a number plate and leaving as soon as you're done; it's about building camaraderie and friendships throughout the entire season and taking these beyond the race events."

There is a camping available at the KOA Campground, conveniently located at the base of Hartman Rocks. The campground opens May 1, so advanced reservations are recommended.

As bike parks begin to open there will be most festivities planned in conjunction with opening weekends. Angel Fire Bike Park opens May 17, giving riders an opportunity to ride the bike park four weeks before the first stop, BME #1, Angel Fire/Taos.

Big Mountain Enduro also released their official Series Point System and Rules/Regulations for the 2013 Season. In short, the Big Mountain Enduro Series will be based on an overall point structure. Each stage is worth 50 points, going twenty (20) deep. A participant's three lowest scoring stages will be dropped. The racer with the most points after the dropped scores wins the Big Mountain Enduro Series title for their respective category.

"This makes the shorter, more technical stages equal to longer, more fitness-oriented staged," said Brandon Ontiveros, Big Mountain Enduro executive director. "We have put much thought and creativity into our course designs and race format so that at the end of the season, truly the best all-around rider will win."

Individual events will still be based on accumulative time of timed stages over the course of two days of racing.

Albeit short and concise, there are rules in place for the safety of all competitors, and to make sure competition is fair, friendly and clearly defined. The main rules of interest to rides include: all riders must wear a helmet during competition. Only one frame, one front and rear suspension unit (front/rear shock) and one pair of wheels can be used by a competitor during a race. This is per event. A competitor can change the bike set-up from one venue to another. At one venue, bike set-up must remain the same.

For the full scoop on the point systems rules, visit www.bigmountainenduro.com and stay tuned to Facebook and Twitter. For more information, contact sarah@bigmountainenduro.com or 503-805-0043.

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