Ott, Geankoplis win Big Mountain Enduro titles at finale in Snowmass
FINAL BIG MOUNTAIN ENDURO SEASON STANDINGS
1. Evan Geankoplis, 1260
2. Carson Lange, 1200
3. Scott Countryman,1110
1. Cooper Ott, 1550
2. Lia Westermann, 1420
3. Stefanie McDaniel, 1340
The Big Mountain Enduro Aspen Snowmass races, and final BME competitions of the season, concluded Sunday after two days of racing in Snowmass and Aspen.
“Let’s give a big round of applause to all of the racers,” a BME announcer said at the awards ceremony from Snowmass Base Village. “I love this series. It’s such a great community to be a part of.”
Starting with the winners of the weekend races and ending with the overall champions of the summer-long BME series, which consists of five races across the western U.S., dozens of athletes stepped up to the podium Sunday evening to be recognized.
Each BME race features courses with timed downhill stages coupled with non-timed traverses between the stages. The descent times are added up for an overall time and score for the series.
Some of this year’s standouts included Roaring Fork Valley locals Erik Obermeyer, winner of the weekend BME race in the amateur men’s 21 to 39 division, and Megan Cerise, the weekend winner in the amateur women’s 21 to 39 division.
Both amateurs won all six stages of the weekend, which included riding on the Valhalla, Animal Crackers and Sam’s Knobs trails on Saturday, along with the Powerline, Aspen Mountain and Banzai trails on Sunday.
At the pro level for both the weekend and overall enduro series, many of the same racers took to the podium, including Cooper Ott, 27, of Gunnison.
After being showered with champagne from her teammates and competitors, Ott acknowledged it was a privilege to take part in such tight racing.
“It was a great weekend and this definitely wasn’t handed to me,” Ott said. “It was hard work.”
Ott, who also won the overall women’s pro title last season with a finish in Snowmass, won three of the five BME races this summer. She finished with 1,550 points to hold off runner-up Lia Westermann (1,420) and third-place finisher Stefanie McDaniel (1,340) for the season’s crown.
Ott and Westermann also went 1-2 in the Snowmass stop, with each woman winning exactly half the stages. Ott took the Snowmass win by less than a second, while Antonia Wurth was third.
Ott explained that she didn’t “seal the deal” her first day of racing, putting the pressure on her second-half performance. Westermann won two of the three stages on Sunday.
A big wreck Sunday during Stage 5 on Aspen Mountain made Ott rethink taking on the final stage of the race, but she came back to win both the weekend and the overall BME series.
“Going downhill is just as hard as going up,” Ott said, laughing. “It was super fun to hit the descents in my sister hometown.”
California’s Evan Geankoplis held on to win the overall BME title for the pro men despite not competing this weekend. His 1,260 points held off season runner-up Carson Lange (1,200) and third-place finisher Scott Countryman (1,110).
Lange, of Texas, won the pro men’s race in Snowmass. David Camp was second and Shane Leslie was third.
Complete results from the Snowmass race can be found here.
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