Mountain Village Hosts 12 Hour Fall Tilt Downhill Bike Race
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MOUNTAIN VILLAGE – The third annual 12-hour Fall Tilt in Telluride bike race returns to the San Juan Mountains, Friday, Sept. 30-Saturday, Oct. 1.

“We expect to see some of the region’s best and toughest riders participate in Fall Tilt, and showcase their endurance and strength,” said Mountain Village Community Relations Manager Nichole Zangara. “I can’t think of a better way to end one’s bike season than riding killer terrain while soaking in some of the most jaw-dropping scenery imaginable. We are expecting a solid turnout for this event, and some of the fastest speeds ever.”

The race is capped at 40 on-course riders, which translates to over 60 competitors on race day, with a mandatory meeting Friday night and the race on Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Prior to the start, each rider must complete at least one course inspection; riders will utilize the gondola both days. The winners of each class and category will be decided by the total number of laps completed in a 12-hour period. There are no ties. CJ Sports Timing will time every lap of every rider, just in case there is a tie in the number of laps. Riding after dark will require the use of approved front-mounted bike lights. Riders who intend to run the last hours of the race without an adequate lighting system will not be allowed on the course.

Currently, Fall Tilt registration is available online at; registration ends Friday, Sept. 30, at midnight. After that, a $20 on-site registration fee will apply. Participation fees range from $75 to $180, and include event registration, race plate, on-site hospitality, event after-party, and a guaranteed good time. Classes and categories include open and amateur solo, duo and trio teams. Team class is based on best-rider-on-team skill level; only one rider per duo and trio team is allowed on the course at any given time. As for that pretty cash purse, the amount will only move north as open class registration numbers increase. Cash will be paid to top finishers – first, second and third – in the open class and for all categories. And last, but not least, at the awards ceremony every rider will have the opportunity to win a killer gift, compliments of the event’s sponsors.

Fall Tilt Venue

The Fall Tilt race course, all within the Mountain Village Bike Park, is comprised of four adjacent downhill trails that will be utilized simultaneously from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Terrain will vary from rocky, technical riding on the World Cup course to flowing, slower riding on a “recovery” trail or two. It is up to the riders to decide which trail to use for each downhill lap.

“We’ve been tweaking our trails all summer, and will add some new options for the race,” said Recreation Director Tony Forest. “Fall Tilt is a great way to celebrate the Mountain Village Bike Park, whether you are riding or watching.”

To keep the course safe for riders and spectators, it will be taped and marked, closed to the general public, and patrolled and marshaled. Tech support tents and support staff will be available near the vicinity of the finish line; riders are responsible for their own repair and equipment replacement.

The Courses


This single blue, three-foot-wide, 1.5-mile trail runs from the top of the Mountain Village Bike Park to the bottom with an average grade of 12 percent. Expect smooth, rolling, curvy cruising.


This double blue singletrack trail cuts off from the No-Brainer Trail and reconnects after 0.3 miles. T-Bone is a good introduction to singletrack turns while weaving through the trees.


This single black trail is 0.5-miles long and branches off of No-Brainer 0.3 miles below the Mountain Village Bike Park entrance. This trail features numerous meticulously crafted berms that flow in and out of the trees adjacent to the World Cup Trail. There are plenty of opportunities for air on Pan-Coaster.

World Cup

Part of the original 2002 World Cup downhill race course, this double black, rocky singletrack forks off Pan-Coaster 0.5 miles from the entrance of the Mountain Village Bike Park, and runs 0.75 miles. It also incorporates log jumps, steep drops and berms: a potpourri of expert downhill features.

Fall Tilt Schedule

The festivities begin Friday afternoon and continue through Saturday night with the Fall Tilt After-party.

Friday, September 30

Midnight - Online Registration Closes

Friday, September 30

12 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – On-Site Registration, Packet Pick-Up, Fall Tilt Practice

7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Course Inspection (riders must complete at least one course inspection prior to the race start)

8 p.m. – Mandatory Fall Tilt Riders Meeting

Saturday, October 1

6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. – Packet Pick-up. No on-site registration on race day.

7 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. – Course Inspection

7:45 a.m. – Fall Tilt Race Briefing at Fall Tilt Start Line

8 a.m. to 8 p.m. – 2011 Fall Tilt in Telluride 12-Hour Endurance Downhill Mountain Bike Race, Mountain Village Bike Park

8:30 p.m. – Fall Tilt Awards Ceremony, Raffle and After-party

Fall Tilt sponsors and supporters include:

Presenting Sponsors – Town of Mountain Village, Mountain Village Bike Park, CJ Sports Timing, Hop Garden, Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association, Telluride Ski & Golf Company

Gold Sponsors – BootDoctors, San Miguel Bike Alliance, Dakine

Bronze Sponsors – Wells Fargo, Gravity Works, The Market at Mountain Village

Contributing Sponsor – Kendra’s Kitchen

For more information regarding the race, registration and lodging, please check out the details at To volunteer as a course marshal on Saturday, Oct. 1, call 970/369-8236.

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