‘Enduro’ is the buzzword of the moment – we mountain bikers don’t seem to be able to get enough of the discipline and the bikes associated with it. Up, down, along, around… enduro is the racing format aimed at incorporating every element of mountain biking into a fun package and for that reason downhillers, cross country racers and general trail riders alike are getting involved.
The format for enduro racing hasn’t yet been settled upon though: In Italy the Superenduro is contested over several (usually five) timed downhill stages with pedalling between; in Ireland riders also pedal to the top but they do so in their own time and swipe themselves into the timing system as they set off on each stage; whereas in France – the country that has pushed the discipline for longer than any other – competitors take chairlifts to the top and race on many long downhill stages over the course of the weekend with little prior knowledge of the tracks.
Which format will stick is unknown – perhaps they all will?
Anyway, here’s the vid from last week’s French Enduro Series race organised by Tribe Events:
Scott’s Theo Galy took the men’s win with a combined stage time of just over an hour, while Isabeau Courdurier took the women’s. You can read a full event report over on our sister site, Dirt.