About

In the mid 80's, Rob Ilves and a handfull of crazy pioneers to our sport came up with an incredible event.
A solo 24 hour Mt. Bike race under the full moon that couldn't be finished. A challenge so sadistic it was even called the hardest one day Mt. Bike event in the world! The original monster that started all ultra endurance mt. bike events! It encompassed trails around Montezuma Colorado, some of which had never even been ridden. It continued under awesome promotion for 20 years with participation from some of the most influential riders in our sport to include National Champions and Hall of Famers! Sadly, after 2006, Montezuma's Revenge had run its course. 
Leaving many of us searching to fill that void that was burned into our hearts, with other 24 hour events. But as the years went by, those events had become more and more commercialized. Leaving us unsatisfied after spending hundreds of dollars per event just to ride around in boring circles.


Now has come the time to follow in the footsteps (or tire tracks) of those groundbreaking riders before us. 
With The Mountains Revenge many things remain the same. IT WILL ONCE AGAIN BE BASED ON MAIN STREET IN MONTEZUMA! It will be for 24 hours with only a solo male and solo female category. It will be under the full moon. It is designed to be unfinishable. It will still be rain or shine or anything else mother nature has in store. Every year will be a different course. It still runs on some of the very same trails as more than 30 years ago! None of them will be marked. Every loop will be different. Most take you to the top of the Continental Divide at up to 13,000'. All of it is above 9000'. All of it has jaw dropping views! It is without a doubt, still one of the hardest one day mt. bike  events in the world and arguably still thee hardest. You just ride as far as you physically or mentally can ride. It's still an insane and crazy hard ride, and none of us would have it any other way! 


A few things are different.
It will be going primal, back to the days of those pioneers. There is no entry fee, no producers, no aids, no volunteers, NO COMMERCIALIZATION. There's no time or weather cut offs (NO one gets dropped, please be responsible though). Every mile counts until you turn around, not just the last loop completed. At the moment, due to "no possession of mechanized equipment" rule, there will be no Gray's Peak loop. The only reward (other than the beer I'll hand you at the end), will be the simple deranged joy we get from riding something so incredibly hard with others, and maybe some bragging rights to go with.  Per U.S. Forest regulation it will be capped at only 74 riders under the recreational use rulesIt will technically not be a race but every effort will be made to keep track of every riders progress. You are simply being given a suggested route and start time with other riders.  Please, only expert riders that understand the navigation required to ride the very remote routes.


The Mountains Revenge is solely hosted by me, Adam Shaw. 
I am not a producer, promoter, race director, or an organizer of any sorts. I am just another rider that has been racing off and on for over 30 years. I have been a Colorado resident for more than 20 years, half of which was in Summit County. I consider the trails in this event my backyard and love them very much. I hold the utmost respect to the original organizers and for Rob Ilves, the creator of Montezuma's Revenge, which is the event that The Mountain's Revenge is inspired by. I, and many others, really missed this type of event and want to enjoy that spirit again. I will make absolutely no money with this. I claim no ownership of the event, only those that ride it can claim that!
                                                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                                         adam@mountainsrevenge.com