Should racers expect more groomed trails? Mud; roots; verticality; carnage – all these are words typically associated with racing in many places in Scotland and elsewhere. Should Enduro be any different? Would a simpler course which lets more people compete – or at least induces fewer people to drop out – be better? The debate is raging on the EWS Tweed Valley forum thread.
BoardinBob writes: “Hearing a lot of people moaning about the trails. Surely they didn’t enter expecting groomed trail centre stuff?” After mentioning riders dropping out of the event because of the technicality of the course, he continues: “I know a lot of people who didn’t manage to get an entry and they would have loved these trails.”
Wysiwyg is not convinced it’s overly technical: “Well I’ve been down all the stages now. Nothing overly gnar. Slidey and muddy. All perfectly doable on a hardtail.”
But perhaps the issue here isn’t so much the technicality of the course, but the ‘open to all’ access requirements. After all, as Legend says: “Ordinary punters wouldn’t try and get themselves into a WC DH or XC event, but they can and do get into the Enduro equivalent.”
Chris85 thinks that “it’s a skill to ride technical steep sections; far too often these Enduro events are based more on fitness”.
So what should it be? Fast and groomed? Steep and techy? Let us know!