Have you heard about Enduro mountain bike events? What is it and can anyone take part?
It is geared for real mountain bikers that enjoy singletrack and are fit enough to ride uphills, but more importantly like riding downhills fast! Therefor more adrenalin junkies like downhillers enjoy this discipline of the sport, but the lady participation is growing and young riders are also taking part.
Riders are only timed on certain stages, which are mostly downhill singletrack. The routes are not that technical, but when done at fast speeds do get tricky… There are normally on average four special stages in a day of the event, and riders go to the start of the next stage in ‘neutral’ or ‘liaison’ sections. This creates a social atmosphere and gatherings at the refreshment station, as no-one is in a hurry.
Want to try it? Enter for Dirtopia’s Easter weekend event on 3 and 4 April at Welvanpas trails near Wellington. You can choose to do one day or two days, but the stages will differ every day.
The Wellington trails are the perfect Enduro venue with lots of options and wonderful scenery. Although there are prizes for the top males & females and medals for all, the event is about pure mountain bike riding. Dirtopia has organised eight Enduro events since 2012.
Go to www.dirtopia.co.za to enter and for the info. Fees start at R250 per day.