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Old 03-09-2015, 02:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default mtb'ing - any enduro racers in here?

Next to snowboarding mountain biking is my other hobby.

I'm thinking about racing in a couple of enduro events in the northeast this summer. I have never competed in any kind of mtb event before. I'm excited for the opportunity to do these but also kind of nervous - I haven't competed in an individual sport like this since high school (and that was for snowboarding).

This is a shot in the dark but...anyone on here have any experience with these? Trying to get a feel of what I'm in for - the scene, what my fitness level should be, good/bad experiences, etc.
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When you hear cowbell.........pedal your ass off.
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Old 03-09-2015, 03:10 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I have never done enduro, but have raced XC MTB on both my college team and for a shop. I quit about 3-4 years ago, but I would not trade the experience of racing for anything.

It can be exciting, stressful, and fun all at the same time. Go for it to see if it's for you, only way to know for sure..
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Should be pretty fun. What are you riding for a race bike?
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Next to snowboarding mountain biking is my other hobby.

I'm thinking about racing in a couple of enduro events in the northeast this summer. I have never competed in any kind of mtb event before. I'm excited for the opportunity to do these but also kind of nervous - I haven't competed in an individual sport like this since high school (and that was for snowboarding).

This is a shot in the dark but...anyone on here have any experience with these? Trying to get a feel of what I'm in for - the scene, what my fitness level should be, good/bad experiences, etc.
They have them in NJ.

iirc, riding to each stage of the enduro, it's not timed. The actual stage, is timed.

I want to say, for the past 2 seasons, it was held at Mountain Creek, but I cannot remember.

Also, Giant-sponsored ride, Jeff Lenosky races in this event (it's a local event for him).

Link to the 2014 event:
2014 King of the Mountain Enduro


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When you hear cowbell.........pedal your ass off.
In cyclocross, it's that and/or chug that hand-up!
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You will have a lot of fun right up until you push yourself to go to fast and get hurt. Race long enough and you will eventually get hurt like in any other sport. The scene is generally fantastic with great people cheering you on and even your competitors hoping you do well. Some people will be ass-hats, but not most. The fitness level required to race will depend on two things.

1. How far are the races you plan on doing? How much climbing is involoved? Have you ever ridden a mnt bike that far before? If not, maybe you should ride at least 75% of that on a mnt bike before you decide to race that distance or say 50% farther (1.5x) on a road bike.

2. How competitive do you want to be? At most Enduro events there will be classes of expert, sport, and beginner. Beginner only requires that you be able to ride the distance up and through the short flat spots and climbs that are part of enduro racing. Race in this class your first race to see how slow you really are unless you think you are God's gift to downhill. To compete in Sport and Expert classes requires you to be in good shape and have tremendous technical skills

Enduro is essentially downhill timed events that require you to leisurely ride back up to the top instead of taking the chairlift. Fitness level is required for XC racing, not downhill or Enduro.
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Ridden and raced DH for a number of years but don't race any more. Both DH and enduro are very physical with racing being much different than just going out for a ride. Roadies can come in and win an XC event but enduro requires more technical skill. Both DH and enduro are like running a 400 or 800m, short enough that it's hard to pace, long enough that you can't go all out.

Even if you're in good shape the post adrenaline dump after the first 30 seconds will make you wonder if you've ever trained at all. Just something to be aware of...

It will be easy to push yourself beyond your ability. Many of my race wrecks happend on sections that I'd ridden hundreds of times without incident. The race environment, spectators, etc... all contribute to this.

My advice would be to focus on being smooth and consistent. Don't worry about making up time or even having a good finish time. Have fun and learn from the experience. If you can corner well and understand how to pump a bike then you'll do ok.

And don't skimp on the protective gear. Most modern endro bikes are as good if not better than DH bikes from a few years ago. Dress for the terrain not the bike.
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Should be pretty fun. What are you riding for a race bike?
Thanks guys. Yeah I'm already telling myself to "keep it fun....period". I wrecked pretty hard last year just riding after work (a sharp rock actual went through the ventilation slit in my helmet and gave me a huge gash --> 8 staples in my head.

I'm kind of concerned about my bike. Any thoughts on this more than welcome:

It's more XC than enduro: Trek superfly 29er 100 mm BUT I've outfitted it as best I can to be a "trail" bike. Wider tires, wider handlerbar, dropper post, shorter stem. I keep getting mixed messages about whether or not I should even attempt an enduro on it. I'm thinking I'm just gonna go for it. I've put it through some rough stuff before.

The races I'm looking at are generally 2-3 hours in length, total "timed" sections are 30-40 minutes I think.

I plan on keeping up my overall fitness (running, weight lifting) and just riding as much as I can leading up to the comp.
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