Trek have signed on as title sponsor of the Irish Gravity Enduro Series. The four-event series combines the recreational fun of trail riding with timed stages to add a competitive edge.
“We pitched this series as ‘the evolution of mountain biking’ and it seems to have struck a chord with riders around the world, Ireland is fast becoming the home of enduro racing.” said race director Niall Davis. “The first event in April is almost sold out. Our format is a perfect balance of competition and a really fun bike ride on really great trails.”
The series kicks off on April 7-8 in Wicklow (check out the preview video below), before heading to Dublin on June 16-17. Limerick then hosts round three on June 30-July 1, while the series then returns to Wicklow for the finale on September 8-9.
One rider who completes the overall series will be drawn at random to win a Trek Slash trail bike, which is designed for enduro racing and developed with Trek C3 Project riders and enduro pioneers René Wildhaber and Ross Schnell. Trek will also be bringing a roster of riders to the series, with multi-time Megavalanche champion René Wildhaber, 2010 downhill world champion Tracy Moseley, and Unior Tools team athletes Jess Stone and Harry Heath all confirming they will participate at one of the stops of the series.
“Enduro racing is clearly the direction mountain biking is headed, and we’re excited to help bring it to more people,” said Trek mountain bike brand manager Travis Ott. “Now that riders have access to a bike like the Trek Slash that’s made for this type of riding, you’re going to see more people having more fun and there’s no telling where it can go from here.”
Irish Gravity Enduro Series
April 7-8: Wicklow
June 16-17: Dublin
June 30-July 1: Limerick
September 8-9: Wicklow