Enduro (mountain biking)

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Background:
– Enduros typically last 1-2 days, with some lasting a week like Trans-Savoie, Andes Pacifico, and Pisgah Stage Race.
– A one-day enduro includes 3-5 timed stages on challenging descending terrain with singletrack sections.
– Transfer stages link timed stages with uphill sections that do not affect results but have time limits.
– Enduro World Series mandates a minimum of 4 special stages per event using 3 different courses.
– Enduro requires a mix of technical skills and cardiovascular fitness, unlike XC and pure downhill racing.

Origins:
– Enduro mountain bike racing draws inspiration from car rally and motorbike enduro racing.
– It is the competitive side of the All-Mountain mountain biking format.
– The modern enduro format began in 2003 in Val d’Allos, with earlier races in Italy, New Zealand, and the UK.
– Enduro evolved from mountain bike riding, where riders raced from mountain tops to bottoms.
– The rallye format with time stages and unlimited liaisons was a precursor to modern enduro.

See also:
Cycling, mountain biking, mountain bike racing, downhill mountain biking, and singletrack are related to enduro.
– Funduro, glossary of cycling terms, and the Oregon Enduro Series are linked to enduro.
– Understanding enduro involves knowledge of various cycling disciplines and terminology.

References:
– Oregon Enduro Series and Oregon Enduro are key references for enduro information.
– Bicycling magazine provides insights into enduro experiences.
– Websites like Singletracks.com and event pages like Trans-Savoie offer valuable enduro resources.
– The Enduro World Series Rulebook and Pinkbike’s historical perspective are essential references.
– Wragg’s article on the history of enduro is a valuable resource for understanding the sport.

External links:
– Beginners Guide to Enduro and “Enduro, it’s only a name… right?” are helpful resources for newcomers.
– Wikipedia’s page on enduro provides in-depth information about the sport.
– Exploring categories like cycle sport and mountain biking can enhance understanding of enduro.

Enduro in its most basic definition is a type of mountain bike racing where the downhills are timed, and the uphills are mandatory but not timed. Riders are timed in stages that are primarily downhill, with neutral "transfer" stages in between. The transfer stages usually must be completed within a time-limit, but are not part of the accumulated time.

View from "Top of the World" trail in Whistler B.C., the start of a stage of the Whistler Crankworx Enduro Race.
A rider hitting a berm during a race in the Oregon Enduro Series.
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