- Should I start Enduro racing?
I’ve been thinking about doing some Enduro races for sometime now as I think it could be fun and a good challenge.
The FoD mini enduro strikes me as good possible starting point.
However I wonder about fitness.
To give you an idea of where I am at these last 2 Saturdays I have been to the chase and done.
Lap of the Monkey inlcuding Dog in about 1 hour 50 mins had a 30 min break done another 1 hour 50 min lap had a 30 min break before doing the dog in about 45 mins.
Will this sort of fitness be adequate?
Secondly what sort of skill level is required?Posted 3 years agobombjackMember
Do it, you’ll learn more about your riding in an afternoon racing than months out on the trails. I did my 1st enduro at FOD last weekend, I was shocked by the pace some of the guys were running. It wasn’t so much fitness, but technical skills and the ability to read the trail (the enduro 1 series are run blind to make it really bloody hard) I find technical trails fine when out on my own, but in a competitive situation it was another level. There was no problem with transition times, and I loved the pressure of racing, but I did come out of it knowing exactly what to improve (if not how…)Posted 3 years agoyacobyMember
I haven’t had a problem with fitness in transition stages. For example last summer I did the POC Enduro at GT without too much of a problem (20 minutes to spare) despite the practice the day before being my first time on a bike in the three months. Last climb almost killed me but almost everyone was pushing on that so meh.
The bigger problem I had was fitness in longer(er) descents. It turns out that the style I ride was more geared towards all out for around 3 minutes followed by standing around. Riding all out for 8+ minutes killed me.Posted 3 years agomichaelmccMember
Fitness is a very small part of enduro racing imo. Any old fart can get up the hills in the allowed time, although the top riders probably have a handy sprint on them to pedal large parts of the descents. Bike handling skills are way more important in enduro I think.Posted 3 years agoHob NobMember
I’d disagree about the fitness, I think it’s borderline the most important thing. The transitions arn’t generally tight (they are if you have a mechanical) but being able to sprint solid for the stages is massively important if you want to be able to do well.
The guys up the sharp end of the category can certainly ride, no doubt, but they are doing huge amounts of training and mileage to be able to do the sprints required.
As for the original question – just do it, part of the fun is finding out 🙂Posted 3 years agochico66Member
Why put so much pressure on yourself? Just treat it as a day out with your mates. Ride to the top, chat to whoever you’re standing next to and then ride down the other side
I’m old, fat and slow and did the Perth City Enduro last year. Sure there were probably people sniggering behind my back but everyone I spoke to was really friendly, I didn’t come last, didn’t die and thoroughly enjoyed myself riding a trail I probably wouldn’t have normally got to ridePosted 3 years agoricky1Member
If it’s your first race then just go and have fun and don’t take it to serious,I have my first race at the end of this month,I haven’t got a clue how I do but I’m going to have a laugh and maybe gauge how fit I am compared to others,if I finish in 50th place then next time I’ll just aim to finish in 49th place but like chico66 said don’t put so much pressure on yourself.Posted 3 years agoMarkBrewerMember
Any old fart can get up the hills in the allowed time
I wouldn’t go that far! I did the mini enduro at Haldon the otherday and yes you had probably double the time needed between stages. But at the other end of the scale the Quantocks enduro last year was a tough route, really muddy, and had some big climbs so anyone unfit would probably have struggled to make some of the transition times.Posted 3 years agopeacefulparsnipMember
I had similar thoughts before my first enduro. In hindsight I don’t know why I bothered worrying!Posted 3 years ago
You’ll never know whether you have the skill level required until you ride one, but the chances are you almost definitely will! The one at FoD has no transition times so fitness won’t be as much of an issue, which is great for a first race.
Once you’ve done it you’ll know how you stack up against everyone else and how to improve!
If you want to get competitive fitness is a massive factor, but it’s definitely a good idea to ride some downhill as well to get the bike handling skills.
If you’re not confident, when registering, set your skill level to one of the lower ones so you won’t have to deal with the possibility of getting caught on stages.
You won’t regret doing it!fr0sty125Member
Thanks for all the thoughts guys.
I’m very much leaning towards doing it. I think I will just try and get as much practice as possible and do more natural stuff. I went riding in the hope valley on Sunday which was my first natural riding since the summer and it was fantastic. Jacob’s ladder really woke me up compared to all the trail centre stuff I have been doing recently.
The DH suggestion is a good one I have 3 good choices for DH practice Stile Cop at Cannock, Morely woods/Drum Hill and Shining Cliff.Posted 3 years ago
Give it a crack, how bad can it be? I love these things, even though I’m bad at them.
Biggest problem with enduro, is that you don’t necessarily know what you’re getting. Some are really pretty straightforward, others are as hard as balls. And even then mostly it’s the good sort of hard as balls but sometimes it’s the “succeed or it’s crap” sort. So that’s the big potential downside but in all honesty, it’s worth the risk.Posted 3 years ago
Biggest problem with enduro, is that you don’t necessarily know what you’re getting. Some are really pretty straightforward, others are as hard as balls.
Your right but I think mini enduro is a good place to start. From there website:
So if you have never raced an Enduro before or just want a bit of fun racing Enduro away from the pressure of Uk Gravity Enduro series, perfect come and try a Mini Enduro.
[Blatantplug] Also as some of you Know We (QECP Trail Collective) Have 2 enduro races this year 😉 [/Blatantplug]Posted 3 years ago
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