Saturday, September 20, 2008, at Angel Fire Resort, don't miss the first-of-its-kind, 12-hour, endurance downhill mountain bike competition called the Red Bull Burner. The northern New Mexico event is open to any and all sport, expert and pro-class mountain bike riders, both men and women. Categories will include solo, duo and team entries. Over $5,000 in cash plus prizes will be distributed to first to third place riders in each category and class. First place winners in men and women's pro class solo category will also receive VIP trips to a premiere Red Bull event in the United States.
"Red Bull has a reputation for pitting the world's best action sports athletes against the most wicked terrain to create competitions that bring out the ultimate in human endurance, strength and tenacity," said Michael McCormack, race director at Bigfoot Productions. Angel Fire's trails are among the fastest and most technically challenging in North America, a fact the top riders in the world can testify to after the UCI World Cup held here in 2005.
The Burner starts at 9:00am and finishes in the dark at 9:00pm. Winners will be determined by total number of laps in the 12- hour period. Make sure you have an approved front-mounted bike light. Three of Angel Fire's top bike park downhill trails will be utilized simultaneously for the event. At one end of the spectrum is a fast, World Cup-caliber race course, in between a challenging "all-arounder" and at the other end a slower, flowy "recovery trail." All three trails will finish at the Chile Express chairlift for uphill access back to the start of the courses. The event commencement will be a mass start staggered by rider class-level.
Said David Dekema, director of marketing for Angel Fire Resort, "We've never hosted an evening gravity event or endurance downhill. It's definitely going to be an amazing scene to watch."
Festivities surrounding the event will include barbecue vendors combined with beer sampling from the top brewers throughout the Four Corners area, including SKA Brewery, Steamworks Brewing Company and the Santa Fe Brewing Company. In addition, there will be live entertainment, and mountain gear/bike-related retail. Immediately following The Burner will be an end-of-(summer) season party, dubbed "The Afterburner," featuring live music from the band Iocane out of Moab, Utah, and raffle prizes.