In the tradition of the Arizona Endurance Series, Southern California Endurance Series, Colorado Endurance Series, and long standing New Mexico Endurance Series we present to you, the Southwest Endurance Series – a collection of the finest, self-supported, back country mountain bike endurance events in the south west portion of the United Stated of America!
These are intended to be NON-COMMERCIAL, Recreational-Use Activities that are held on parts of USFS lands in compliance with USFS Special Use Rules and Regulations.
At the present time there are (free) grass roots events in Arizona, California, Colorado, and New Mexico and we continue to seek local parties to develop events in Utah, Nevada and Texas as the concept of these free events progress.
There are no fees, no prizes, but all attempts will be made to record your finish time in comparison to others (please cooperate here!). In addition your mileage will need to be kept and reported by you as a way to make sure you followed the route as much as resonably possible. The goal is to finish these challenges and you set your own pace. A start time and route is provided here and it is up to the participant to understand the route and also have full responsibility for their navigation and well being. These are not group rides, although some people might do these as rides with friends or even other riders they meet at the start, along the route, or even before hand through the use of the SWES Email list.
Since the events are grassroots and will take participants to very rugged and remote places around the south west, it should be understood that these are for experienced backcountry cyclists only. If you question your ability to complete such an event, it is best that you consider another option before trying one of these. Also, maps, gps devices, water filtration units, and other back country tools are a must. Failure to bring along any of these might very well get you into trouble. Therefore it is up to you – and you alone – to ensure your safety!!
The goal of the SWES is to promote responsible grassroots endurance racing in and around the south west, and to provide a competitive outlet for the region’s current endurance racers – most of whom currently travel extensively in order to find competition. The SWES will help train current endurance riders and perhaps enhance success by south west endurance riders in national events.
So if you have interest, come on out and join us, and do your part to contribute to this grassroots effort! How can you do your part – you ask? Well since these are all volunteer efforts – if you wish to improve upon the events or series, please step forward an do so! It’s that simple and much better than complaining.
Also, if you wish to host an event please contact the SWES Coordinator and we will add your event to the website. We are always looking for new and exciting routes to add to our existing SWES events.
Look for more information to come as the events occur, and feel freely to comment and provide constructive feedback.