High-speed, adrenaline-fueled, endurance-seeking mountain biking is synonymous with Full Tilt in Telluride, a tried-and-true race hosted by the Town of Mountain Village. In its fifth year, Full Tilt returns Friday, August 10 – Sunday, August 12 as part of the 2012 Mountain States Cup Series (MSC), the only full-discipline mountain bike race series in the Rocky Mountains.
Mountain Village – stop #5 – is the spot where series champions are awarded and cross-country and downhill riders qualify for the 2013 USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships. Practice begins Friday for all disciplines. Cross-country kicks the race off Saturday morning and super-d finishes things off as the sun goes down. On Sunday, riders vie for the downhill win, with the opportunity to compete in a second super-d race in the morning.
“With Mountain Village’s dedication to all things mountain biking, the town teamed up with Full Tilt’s operation crew and organizer Bigfoot Productions to bring a stellar event to the region,” said Community Relations Manager Nichole Zangara Riley. “This event pushes boundaries and challenges even the toughest rider. As for the spectators, they will have the rare opportunity to watch some of the best mountain biking Colorado has to offer.”
Interested riders should register for Full Tilt online at racemsc.com. The online registration deadline is Wednesday, August 8 at 11:59 p.m. Printable forms are also available for download on the MSC website. Forms may be emailed to email@example.com no later than Wednesday, August 8 at 5 p.m. No faxes, please. On-site registration is available at Tracks Café & Bar in Mountain Village beginning Friday, August 10, 8 a.m., and continuing through the weekend.
The cost to compete in Full Tilt ranges from $30 to $65, depending on the event, category and class. Riders who sign up for two races receive $5 off. Sign up for three, and MSC will take an additional $5 off the total. Note, super-d2 does not count towards the race discount.
New to the race series is the POC Speed Zone Area where the top two speeds clocked by an amateur male and an amateur female are awarded POC prizes. The rider with the single fastest speed recorded in the POC Speed Zone Area Series is crowned with the grand prize: a POC package which includes body armor, gloves, helmet and apparel.
To add to the competition, Mountain Village is calling all photographers – amateur and pro – to “like” Mountain Village’s Facebook page – facebook.com/townofmountainvillage – and then upload photos of the weekend event to the page. The town will choose the best posted image which will be printed on canvas as a gift to the winning photographer.
In addition, the Town of Mountain Village plans to provide live race coverage for Saturday and Sunday at townofmountainvillage.com/video for those who can’t make the event. Broadcast times will be noted online.
As for this year’s Full Tilt terrain, riders can expect to be challenged in all disciplines.
Downhill Race Course 1 | Pro and Cat. 1 | 1.2 Miles
Riders will begin the race on the No-Brainer Trail in the Mountain Village Bike Park. From there, they will finish via the World Cup Trail.
Downhill Race Course 2 | Cat. 2, 3 and Junior 14 & under | 1.9 Miles
Riders will compete on the No-Brainer and World Cup Trails, merge onto Pan-Coaster Trail, and finish via the bottom portion of the World Cup Trail.
Super-D1 Race Course | 1.9 Miles
With a Le Mans start at the top of Station St. Sophia, riders will begin the competition on the No-Brainer Trail, merge onto T-Bone Trail then back to No-Brainer with a finish at the bottom of the Mountain Village Bike Park.
Super-D2 Race Course | 1.8 Miles
With a Le Mans start at the top of Station St. Sophia, riders will begin the competition on the No-Brainer Trail, merge onto Gold Rush Trail, then back to No-Brainer and finish on the lower portion of the World Cup Trail.
Cross-Country Short Loop | 10.4 Miles
Beginning at The Beach and following various town plazas, riders will head to the Boulevard Trail. From there, they will travel south onto Prospect Trail where they will stay until the trail intersects with upper Village Trail, near the top of Station St. Sophia. The course will continue down Village Trail to the lower Boomerang ski run. From there, competitors will head to Mountain Village Center and finish the race at The Beach.
Cross-Country Long Loop | 11.8 Miles
Beginning at The Beach and following various town plazas, riders will head to the Boulevard Trail. From there, they will travel south onto Prospect Trail and through the Ute Park Chair 11 ski area, then proceed to the junction of Prospect Trail and upper Village Trail, near the top of Station St. Sophia. The course will continue down Village Trail to the lower Boomerang ski run. From there, competitors will head to Mountain Village Center and finish the race at The Beach, or continue for another loop.
Note: Due to this event, the Mountain Village Bike Park will be closed to the public all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday; Prospect Trail and Village Trail will be closed all day Friday and Saturday; the Boulevard Trail will be closed Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and the Double Cabin Disc Golf Course will be closed from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Other Event Details:
Bigfoot Productions was established in 2006 in conjunction with Yeti Cycles to expand and improve the MSC Series and promote bike-industry involvement in racing. Mountain Village has been able to reap the benefits of their actions along with this year’s Full Tilt sponsors: Town of Mountain Village, Mountain Village Bike Park, Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association, Elevation Vacations, Mountain Lodge Telluride, BootDoctors & Paragon Sports, Dakine, Tracks Café & Bar, The Market at Mountain Village, and Telluride Gravity Works.
Elevation Vacations, Mountain Lodge Telluride, and The Peaks Resort & Spa are offering Full Tilt-only discounted lodging packages. For direct links to lodging options, visit racemsc.com. And for a cool drink, one free beer coupon from Colorado Native will be given to each race participant over 21. To redeem the coupon, visit Tomboy Tavern Saturday, August 11 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Lastly, spectators who want to not only watch all the action in person but also participate on foot, the town is recruiting volunteer course marshals. For more information or to sign up to volunteer, contact Recreation Specialist Jon Tracy at (970) 708-7144. Each volunteer will receive lunch, a Full Tilt T-shirt, and the chance to win raffle prizes totaling more than $1,000.
For more Full Tilt race information, including a complete race schedule, visit racemsc.com.