What is Enduro?
Gravity Enduro is a form of Mountain bike racing in which there is a number of timed downhill sections of trail, and a number of uphill transfer stages, which are not timed, but might have time limits to complete.
A typical one-day enduro race consists of 3 to 5 timed “special” stages which take place on technically demanding, generally descending terrain. These special stages are linked by predominantly ascending “liaison” stages. Although a rider’s specific performance on the physically demanding liaison stages does not affect his or her result.
Enduro is a stage-race format where the winner is the rider who accumulates the lowest combined time from the various timed sections.
But its not all about winning!
Enduro is a great way to do your weekly mates ride, but with times to compare at the pub after.
Enduro differs from XC cross-country racing (which historically has more emphasis on cardiovascular fitness and less emphasis on technical ability) and pure downhill cycling racing formats, which may contain little to no climbing or cross country skills.
Enduro’s ‘All Mountain’ discipline therefore favours riders with a breadth of skill, on multi discipline cycles; lightweight XC bikes may lack sufficient suspension travel for fast downhill control, whilst full DH bikes may not allow a rider to climb the uphill sections.