In the mid 80's, Rob Ilves and a handful of crazy pioneers to our sport came up with an incredible event.

A 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 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.

The time had come to follow in the footsteps (or tire tracks) of those groundbreaking riders before us.

With TMR, many things remained the same. IT WAS ONCE AGAIN BASED IN MONTEZUMA! It was for 24 hours with only a solo male and solo female category. It was also designed to be unfinishable. It was still rain or shine or anything else mother nature has in store. Every year was a different course layout. It still ran on some of the very same trails as more than 30 years ago! None of them were marked. Every loop was different. Most took you to the top of the Continental Divide. All of it was above 9000'. ALL of it had jaw dropping views! It was without a doubt, still the stupidest one day Mt. Bike event in the world. You just rode as far as you physically or mentally dare to ride in 24 hours, and none of us would have had it any other way!

A few things were different.

It went primal, back to the days of those pioneers. There was no entry fee, no producers, no aids, no volunteers, NO COMMERCIALIZATION. There was no time or weather cut offs (NO ONE got dropped). Every mile counted until you turned around. Due to "no possession of mechanized equipment" rule, there couldn't be a Gray's Peak loop(don't worry, there was consistently more vertical per mile to make up for it).The only reward was 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 and agreement with the Town of Montezuma, due to space at the really cool Historic Old School House, it was capped at only 30 riders.

The Mountains Revenge was solely hosted by me, Adam Shaw.

I am NOT a professional producer, promoter, race director, or an organizer of any sorts. I am just another rider that has been racing off and on for over 36 years. I have been a Colorado resident for 2 1/2 decades and 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 TMR was inspired by. I, and many others, really missed Montezuma's Revenge and wanted to enjoy that spirit again. I made absolutely no money with this. Putting on TMR was an honor and purely a labor of love to give back to the sport I love. I claim no ownership of the event,