2014 Battle the Bear Recap

by Thane on May 9, 2014

The 13th annual Battle the Bear was a huge success last weekend at Bear Creek Lake Park in Lakewood, Colorado. This marked the 2nd event in the 2014 Rocky Mountain Endurance Series. Racers of all ages came out to enjoy the beautiful venue and absolutely gorgeous weather!

RME’s Presenting Sponsor, Giant Bicycles provided mechanical support as well as demo bikes, showcasing their new Anthem and Lust models. Oskar Blues Brewery offered cold brews, which was a well deserved and much appreciated reward for thirsty racers and spectators alike! Rudi’s Organic Bakery provided bread for nutbutter and Honey Stinger sandwiches at the Aid Station, along with plenty of Hammer Heed beverages, Hammer gels. All racers also received the new issue of Mountain Flyer Magazine, as well as custom apparel and other goodies!

Battle the Bear 2014aIt was great to have representation from numerous teams throughout the region, and sponsor support. We also love seeing the young riders participate in the Warrior Kids Race (10 and under), as well as all the Juniors (11-18) who race with peers, as well as help out on our Race Crew. It was quite the post-race party, as we grilled up burgers and brats, raffled off several great prizes and awarded champions in all categories.

RME Custom Jerseys were handed out to all the top ranking Leaders in the Rocky Mountain Endurance Series. They will compete again for leading position on May 17th at Indian Creek, Race #3.

Battle the Bear podium placers for 50 mile Endurance

IMG_3613Men Pro Open:
1st Place; Thomas Spannring of Longmont, time 2:51
2nd Place; Carter Shaver of Golden
3rd Place; Cesar Gonzales of Longmont
4th Place; Scott Tietzel of Boulder

Women Pro Open:

1st Place; Cristienne Beam Denver, time 3:56
2nd Place; KT DeSantis of Allenspark
3rd Place; Nora Richards of Boulder
4th Place; Brittany Jones of Denver


Andy Half MarathonOn Sunday, the event continued with the Trail Running Race for 5K, 10K and Half Marathon distances.

Lance Risi, age 45 won the Men’s Half Marathon with a time of 1:24.
AJ Wellman, age 37 came in 2nd at 1:40. And Michael O’Connor, age 48 was 3rd at 1:43
Kim Bessler, age 33 won the women’s Half Marathon at 1:57
Maia Yates, age 28 came in 2nd at 2:09.

See the awesome article and great photos from Mountain Flyer Magazine!

A great time was had by all!

Thank you for the support! – RME Team

Included in your entry fee are complimentary downloadable race photos of yourself.  Go to the individual race page for the link to our professional photographers gallery.

New this year is a Trail Running Series with a Half Marathon, 10K and 5K which take place the day after the bike race on Sunday at the same venue.  Series Rankings will be maintained for the 20K and 10K.

The distances in the Mountain Bike races, which take place on Saturday, have been streamlined into three: an endurance race, which is 50-60 miles long, an XC race, which will be 30-40 miles long, and an “Appetizer” distance of ~20 miles.  Junior distances will also be offered for their age groups.  Series Rankings will be maintained for the Endurance and XC distances only.

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July 11, 2012

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Battle the Bear Squared 2012

June 12, 2012

First and foremost, thank you to all our Rocky Mountain Endurance athletes who gave “good sport” a renewed meaning.  Turns out, we here at RME, don’t control the weather the way we thought we did.  Humbling reminder that makes us appreciate our sunny training rides. Thankfully, with the support and positive feedback of all of […]

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Battle the Bear, Take Two

May 31, 2012

SUNDAY’S RACE DAY!! See everyone at Bear Creek for Take Two of Battle the Bear.  Same location and start times as our original date.  Also, BBQ, shady venue in what looks to be a hot day, Kid’s Zone Festivities, Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest and More!  See you there!

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Race Update Due to Weather

May 19, 2012

Attention:  Today’s Battle the Bear Race has been canceled due to rain.  Stay tuned for our reschedule plan for this race. Please be patient as we sort out the details and then attend to each of your specific emails. Thanks everyone! We know this is the best decision. Please check in at our Facebook Page […]

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Only two weeks after the dust cleared from Voodoo Fire hundreds of Colorado endurance mountain bike racers returned to the start line of the Ridgeline Rampage, the second stop on the Rocky Mountain Endurance Series.  The Ridgeline Rampage, even more than Voodoo Fire, is a  dream for the Colorado front range bike racer.  Located literally […]

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