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Ultimate Mountain Challenge

ARE YOU TOUGH ENOUGH?

4 days, 6 events, 1 ultimate male & female champion.

*UPDATED FORMAT FOR 2019* – The 2019 GMC Ultimate Mountain Challenge spent some time bulking up over the off-season and is ready for ambitious Pros and Joes to rise to the occasion and win some MAJOR prizes.

JUNE 6-9, 2019

Registration for this event closes Thursday, June 6 at 6pm.

REGISTER EARLY! The first fifty (50) people who sign up to compete for the 2019 UMC will receive a UMC-branded Osprey Hikelite 18 pack and custom UMC-branded hat from YoColorado!

The 2019 GMC Ultimate Mountain Challenge spent some time bulking up over the off-season and is ready for ambitious Pros and Joes to rise to the occasion. This year’s UMC will run similar to a “choose your own adventure” of 6 events where athletes must compete in at least one bike event and at least one whitewater event. The competition finale culminates with the mandatory Pepi’s Face-Off run for all the marbles. It also features one of the largest prize packages in Mountain Games history – check out the Price & Prizes tab for all the goodness!

But wait, it gets even sweeter! Double dipping is allowed – UMC athletes are eligible to win prize money in each individual event in which they compete, and they are not restricted from competing in non-UMC events. Additional information on this year’s rules and competition format in the Rules tab and in the breakdowns below!

Times
JUNE 6-9, 2019

IMPORTANT: Registration for this event closes Thursday, June 6 at 6pm.

REGISTER EARLY! The first fifty (50) people who sign up to compete for the 2019 UMC will receive a UMC-branded Osprey Hikelite 18 pack and custom UMC-branded hat from YoColorado!

CATEGORIES:

Open – Men
Open – Women

COMPETITION:

REGISTRATION:

  • All interested Ultimate Mountain Challenge athletes will register for the ‘UMC’ event through GMG online registration.
  • Once registered for the UMC, athletes will receive a promo code from GMG Event Registration contact good for 6 uses.
  • Athletes must use the code to register for 5 events (including at least one bike event and at least one whitewater event) Thursday-Saturday, and Pepi’s Face-Off on Sunday, June 9 running event (mandatory). Eligible events include:

  • Athletes must register for each of their six events using the same name format (please, be consistent if you choose to use or not to use nicknames), date of birth and contact information.
  • Athletes may only compete in the ‘Open’ categories of the Down River Kayak Sprint and Down River SUP Sprint. They may not compete in the U18 or Long Boat divisions of those events.
  • Athletes are encouraged to participate in additional events (i.e. GMG yoga classes, Mountain Mud Run, 10K Spring Runoff, Road Bike Time Trial, etc.) during the Mountain Games weekend. However, results from any events not listed above will not be counted towards athletes’ UMC standing.
  • UMC athletes are eligible to win prize money from any event in which they compete in addition to the overall UMC prize purse.

SCORING:

  • Athletes will receive points based on their rank in their category for each event, multiplied by the respective event’s ‘difficulty multiplier’ (please, see rubric below).
  • UMC standings will be updated on the event website at the end of each competition day, with a final standing going into Sunday’s Pepi’s Face-Off event available by 8pm on Saturday, June 8.

POINTS RUBRIC:

Please see below for additional information on UMC scoring, format and rules

Rules
Registration for this event opens February 6, 2019

PRICE

REGISTRATION LAUNCH // February 6 – April 5, 2019
$250

EARLY BIRD // April 6 – May 27, 2019
$275

EVENT PRICING // May 28 – June 9, 2019
$300

REGISTER EARLY! The first fifty (50) people who sign up to compete for the 2019 UMC will receive a UMC-branded Osprey Hikelite 18 pack and custom UMC-branded hat from YoColorado!


PAYOUT

total prize purse: $11,500

MEN
1st – $2,000
2nd – $1,500
3rd – $1,00
4th – $750
5th – $500

WOMEN
1st – $2,000
2nd – $1,500
3rd – $1,00
4th – $750
5th – $500

PLEASE NOTE: UMC athletes are eligible to win prize money in each individual event in which they compete, and they are not restricted from competing in non-UMC events.


PRIZES

Ultimate Mountain Challenge Prize Package courtesy of GMC will be awarded to the first place male and female Ultimate Mountain Challenge competitors and includes:

Trek Mountain or Road Bike (up to $2,500 & subject to availability/restrictions)
Jackson Kayak of winner’s choice (up to $1,300 & subject to availability/restrictions)
L.L.Bean $500 Gift Card
Yeti Tundra 65
Osprey Rolling Transporter 90
GoPro Hero7 Camera

Price & Prizes

Throughout the Mountain Games venue.

Consult individual event pages for Start/Finish locations.

What is the difficulty multiplier assigned to each specific event?

Difficulty multipliers depend on the event. They have been determined by a combination of factors, including: skill level required, time commitment, participation caps and historical results.

Please consult the point rubric for a complete breakdown of event points.


Are points only awarded for top 3 finishers? Does that go by age group or by registration category?

Everyone who finishes each eligible event receives points. The better you finish and the higher the difficulty, the more points you’ll earn. The rankings go by age group for running and biking events, but by category for all other events.


Are participation points awarded if athletes don’t finish in the top 3?

Participation points are awarded regardless of rank. Did Not Start (DNS) and Did Not Finish (DNF) participants do not receive points at all. So, if you sign up for an event and finish, you will get a ‘finisher point’ and potentially a ‘cross-disciplinary point’ depending on the event.


How many bonus points are awarded for cross-discipline participation, and does that apply to ALL disciplines?

Each different discipline in which you participate earns you an additional point. So, for example, if you finish in a run event, a bike event, a water (SUP, Kayak or Raft) event and fishing, you would earn 3 points for additional disciplines.


What is the difference in potential points based on which category an athlete enters? For example are Open categories worth the same as Pro or Masters?

The only event that carries two different category weights is the XC Mountain Bike on Saturday. The early wave carries a higher weight than the later wave because those riders complete more laps.

Please note that in the Down River Kayak Sprint and Down River SUP Sprint, competitors can only compete in the ‘Open’ category for it to count towards their UMC score. They may not compete in the Long Boat or U18 divisions of these events.


What is the best way for athletes to plan their Games so they can prepare for time conflicts?

Please review the Mountain Games EVENT SCHEDULEto study all start times and locations. Then, check our past results in our website’s ARCHIVE to gauge whether or not two events will compete with each other. For example, competing in the SUP Sprint at 10:30 am on Saturday and the XC Mountain bike at 11:45 am on Saturday is possible, but the SUP Sprint finishes at the Covered Bridge in Vail Village at the XC Mountain Bike starts in Adventure Village, so you may need help with gear, hydration, nutrition, etc. in the short transition.


Event Start Rules

  • Pepi’s Face-off: competitors must be present at the starting bell of Pepi’s Face-Off in order to score a valid start. Please note that there is only one wave of Pepi’s Face-Off this year.
  • 5k & 10k Races: competitor start times will begin at clock start. Late arrivals will not score a DNS.

No special accommodations for start time or order will be made for UMC Athletes.


Can I collect prize money for my placing in the events I’m competing in?

Double dipping is allowed! UMC athletes are eligible to win prize money in each individual event in which they compete, and they are not restricted from competing in non-UMC events. So if you compete in the XC Mountain Bike and win or place in the Pro/Open or Single Speed categories, you will receive that prize money. Then if you win or place in UMC, you will receive that prize payout on top of that. Talk about some ROI!


Just don’t do it.

UMC athletes are encouraged to compete at the appropriate level in each of their events. Organizers reserve the right to issue a points penalty if competitors participate in a category well below their skill level.


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