Breaking News: Enduro World Series Announced

Nov 22, 2012
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The Enduro World Series will take place in 2013, thanks to the efforts of Chris Ball, formerly of the UCI, and the unified event organizing powers of the Enduro Series (Coupe de France), SuperEnduro and Crankworx. As a seven-stop tour taking place over the course of the entire 2013 mountain bike season, including the Enduro des Nations, the Enduro World Series aims to build a lasting event series for riders, teams and the mountain bike industry.

Lopes took third in this year s edition of the Crankworx Open Enduro. Flyin Brian s never liked losing. I m not gonna call him obsessive but look to see him focus a bit more on this race over the next 300 odd days of before the 2013 edition...

“I've heard the demand for this type of series for quite some time. Along with SuperEnduro, the Enduro Series and Crankworx, we want to develop the sport of Enduro mountain bike racing so it can grow as a sustainable worldwide discipline,” says Chris Ball, managing director of the Enduro World Series. “The execution of this tour for 2013 has been of the utmost importance to the organizing teams at Crankworx, the Enduro Series and SuperEnduro. We aim for its existence under our collective umbrella to cater to the needs of athletes, the mountain biking public and the bike industry.”

While the racing calendar for 2013 will be released on Tuesday, December 4, the Enduro World Series will be the official global race series of the newly formed Enduro Mountain Bike Association. Made up of a board of directors including Chris Ball, Fred Glo of the Enduro Series, Enrico Guala of the SuperEnduro Series and Darren Kinnaird of Crankworx Events Inc., the Enduro Mountain Bike Association will look to support from the riders, teams and industry.

More information regarding supporter and membership packages will be released soon, including the launch of the Enduro Mountain Bike Association website.

The dry river crossing on stage two.

About the Enduro World Series

The Enduro World Series was created in October 2012 with the aim of uniting the world's mountain bike enduro racing community. The Enduro World Series links the largest mountain bike enduro events in the world with the best trails possible and exists to deliver the best racing, most relaxed atmosphere and rider-focused organization possible. The team behind the Enduro World Series has one goal - to globally develop and progress the discipline of enduro for the riders, the sport and the industry. With the shared experience of Italian Super Enduro, French Enduro Series, Crankworx and World Cup racing, the Enduro World Series will offer international competitions unlike any before it.



For more information join the conversation on our Facebook page or email Chris Ball, Managing Director: chris@enduroworldseries.com

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131 Comments

  • + 191
 No UCI, Hooray!!!!!! All we need now is for downhill to do the same.......
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 Yea kudos, totaly agree! It's gonna be sooo interesting to see a sport developing without them! Especially that whoever says whatever, UCI is roadie ruled, and certain way of thinking just cannot be rooted out. Unless there is UMTBI, then they should keep away with their unions, NGOs, NPOs, beaurocracy, fees of all mysterious kinds, careers, conferences, doping scandals, meetings - and all sorts of dirty sponges sucking good money from the sport. Just don't overbuild it so it becomes UEI - Union Enduro Internacionale Wink
  • + 9
 Yeah! New world disorder!
  • + 62
 4x, dh and enduro need to be under a same roof... we dont need uci really
  • + 28
 In reference to kudos' comment:

Thank you Chris Ball! For those of you who aren't UK based or aware he has been a major influence on the UK riding scene and competitions. Whilst I've not met him he clearly puts massive amounts of time, love and dedication into the sport. Best of luck Chris!
  • + 12
 I hope Mountain Biking in general don't ever need to be part of the UCI any more,let the UCI butt fuck all roadies.But this is fantastic news for the mtb community that we have a Enduro series with out the UCI.
  • + 5
 Kerba - contempt for XC, I sense... gravity badge pride I sense... I don't mean add XC to it, just use the name MTB and off you go
  • + 6
 so happy! i love that before, there were really only a few, difficult to enter AM/ enduro races but now there's a whole series! so happy! can't wait to watch it live sometime
  • - 22
 I don't realy understand all the beef towards the UCI.
The best scenario would probably be for the UCI to include all gravity orientated disciplines; 4x, dh and enduro
We don't need the UCI but their there and have influence. They should use this new discipline for a revamp of the MTB UCI.
  • + 3
 Please leave a comment if you disagree. Smile
  • + 5
 The UCI is more concerned with doing what they want to and not what they need to do to advance mountain biking in general. Just look at next years W.C. DH schedule. The top rider is from the U.S yet there is no race on his home turf. Sam Hill was/is one of the best riders ever, has there ever been a W.C. race in Australia?
So instead of setting up events in countries that have top riders next year they are planning on going to China. What sense does that make?
  • + 27
 No UCI? Good because I'm trying to bring back skinsuits.
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 Fair play. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for this new series, I just think a change in procedure from the UCI would be better with them listening to riders more rather than seperating MTBing from the major gouverning body of all cycling. I think it's probably better for MTBing to be included in the whole range of cucling rather than it being margenalised. You make a very convincing point tho BeerGuzlinFool.
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 Yes! So excited to see this happen. Could see this coming when Chris Ball stepped off the UCI, but didn't expect it this fast, happy for him!
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 @BeerGuzlinFool: Uhh, "no WC races in Australia"?!?! Are you forgetting Steve Peats win September 6, 2009? Peat won the World Championships in Canberra Australia, for the first time in his career? So yeah, there has been a WC race in the land down under.
  • + 16
 there should be a race in Australia/New Zealand and just alternate countrys each year
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 @Reid94,
"Don't get me wrong, I'm all for this new series, I just think a change in procedure from the UCI would be better with them listening to riders more rather than seperating MTBing from the major gouverning body of all cycling. I think it's probably better for MTBing to be included in the whole range of cucling rather than it being margenalised."
Well sir, in the sense of that scenario you aren't wrong, that would be better. Were it possible that is. The only problem with it is that the UCI has proven time and again that they are not going to listen to the riders, and that they are not going to change their procedures. The UCI is only interested in the future of the UCI, regardless of how their efforts effect the future of cycling. Therein lies the basis of the beef that so many people have with the UCI.
  • + 1
 Linked PRODUCTIONS - if you think so, then organize it! Find good trails, hotel base, set up logistics, create marketing campaign, set some buzz, convincd those blokes it's worth 12h+ flight (picky border control and truly deadly animals from AUS) Look what Fabien Barel achieved after he put so much heart and effort into Urge events. No matter how many say this and this should happen, if someone won't finaly set out and do it then it won't happen Smile
  • + 1
 You tell me where we should have a race in Australia, and I'll tell you what might be constraining them to not hold an event, or why they should.
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 Wakidesigns, what you describe is what the UCI should be doing, after all they are in charge of the series. Olskooljake, I did forget about the one event they did have in Aus. Then fact is there should be more events in more places around the world and the areas should be chosen according to what countries are most involved, Aus. And N.Z. Should definitely have events and the U.S. Should also have a date every year.
  • + 3
 They held a World Cup round in 2008 in Stromlo (as well as the 2009 world champs), and they've also held a World Cup in Cairns (Queensland) in the 94/95 season and then World Champs (Cairns) in 96, Cairns have also thrown up their hands to hold World Champs in 2014 or 2016 (Can't remember)

Australia is making baby steps, and with our current downhill infrastructure, it's all we can do.
  • + 9
 Why go to China?

Er, a billion people with money coming out of their every orifice? A tiny riding population? Massive growth potential for business and standard of riding, geographical growth for the sport?

The question should be, why aren't they having three races a year in China, two in India and two in Indonesia?

A 7-round "world cup" season is a joke after all. Races on two continents is hardly a world cup, is it?
  • + 1
 Take that UCI :-)
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 Canberra, Aus. World Champs
  • + 2
 @jaame - I think of starting 9 accounts just to give you 10 props - i love arguments that sweep the field - impressive, because true and kicking the balls of the western ignorant and arrogant world view Smile
  • + 1
 @waki- ok, xc too, no contempt for xc. i just feel they r doing ok under uci... gravity sports suffer
  • + 2
 I would love to see a world cup round in Asia. HK, Indo or China could handle it. Taiwan couldn't handle it but I'd love it if they tried!

A world cup should have rounds in a number of continents. There should be a home round for the overall champ from the year before. Can you imagine F1 calling itself the world championship with 7 rounds in Europe and Canada only?

Ditch the short sighted UCI and push a format similar to the FMB is my wish. 20-30 events qualifying for the overall, varying points dependent on how hard it is. The Aussies and Kiwis are giving the championship a lot of depth and deserve a home round each. I believe there have been rounds in Brazil and Hawaii before. Japan has a couple of bike parks too. I know there isn't much money in our sport and no one wants to pay riders and teams to travel the globe. There should be a compromise. As it stands, the world cup just isn't.

China is unofficially the world's largest economy. They have the most people and the infrastructure to hold a WC event. All they need to get is a some decent restaurants and they'll be all set!

Admittedly the Chinese rounds of the F1 and MotoGP calendar are empty but it takes time and patience to build a fan base.
  • + 1
 Jaame, UCI is a bunch of elitist pricks - road cycling is the golf of cycling, V-neck pullovers and people using only second names, Farquirs, Finleys, Campbells, Robertsons, Delacroix. Gravity disciplines, full of athletes not shaving their face, and countries with minority of white people, often post-colonial servants of their countries - simply don't fall into their interest. DH WC being held mostly in Europe is simply convenient to them in every single aspect. And they surely like comfort... Either organize something yourself or forget it.
  • + 1
 Agreed.

Down with McQuaid!

I love golf, but most golfers are wankers. They are what spoils golf, ironically. Rather like America (wonderful country) being spoiled by the people who live there (not exactly wonderful people for the most part in my experience, no offence anyone).

I wish DH1 would go ahead. Politics ruin sport. From what I can see, the only good the UCI bring to MTB is the official world championship sanction. Without them, we could end up with parallel world champion claimants like boxing, and what a joke that is.
  • + 1
 please stop ranting, you seem to comment on everything, no one really wants to hear your tuppence worth
  • + 1
 Ok, will do.
  • + 1
 @Angryham, thank you for your critique, can you tell us a bit more what is wrong with what we write so we can make a better contribution to this forum? Is it more about the volume or the content?

Your insight will be appreciated
  • + 1
 people like you (no offense waki) writing so much that most people are put off commenting at all in case their view is completely overshadowed by your essays!
  • + 1
 The mods put all the shit at the bottom. Have a look at all the shit at the bottom of this page. That is a waste of space, at least more so in my humble opinion than commenting about the thread. What gives you the authority to speak for everyone? Clearly there are some people on this site who like actual discussion.

Amen to that.
  • + 0
 i know, i should shut up now....
  • + 2
 Cmon jaame, give him a break, he stuck his head up with all honesty, therefore trying do some good thing here - I respect him for that and take it as a chance to improve myself. I find his second comment true. I believe people like me talk more than necessary, ultimately sounding like this teacher from Charlie Brown (heard that here about myself and it was perfectly true)

I will try to think more on what I want to say and why to raise the quality and minimize egocentric shit which Iam often guilty of. Maybe PB should put a harsher limit on word count in single post.

So from my side: thanks @Angryham! Don't you ever shut up if you feel you want to say something you believe in, even if its a stupid matter like this forum Smile
  • + 1
 please have at least 1 stop in the USA
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 That was a UCI world championship race, not a World Cup Series DH race. Very different races. World Cups are part of a Series Title and the World Championship is a "one-off" race to determine the World Champ.The UCI has had World Championships in Australia and New Zealand but no World Cup Series races have been held down under.
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 Bet this makes Dan Atherton a happy man.
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 What for his return to DH? *twitter rumors*
  • + 3
 I assume you're referring to this?
"@Dan_Atherton
Had a few wins this year,ready to go get last again in Downhill...purely so I can travel with @SluggerBeaumont "

Pretty sure he's not saying he's actually doing DH again..

Agreeing with Jamesb15uk I bet he is pretty stoked for this !!
  • + 1
 He's probably writing about travelling to a DH race in Indonesia, where he actually won! dirt.mpora.com/news/dan-atherton-wins-the-asia-pacific-challenge.html
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 The news we all have been waiting for! It will be very exciting to follow Enduro series, maybe even more exciting than Downhill series, because this feels more like fresh blood for the whole mountain biking scene!
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 I couldn't agree more - surely this will appeal to a far wider audience than either DH or XC as it relates to what most of us ride. DH is awesome, but I'd rather watch this (from what I've seen their pace isn't too far off a DH pace anyway)! If it takes off it will also surely push the development of light weight long travel trail bikes as well!
The only question for me is whether they plan to televise the events somehow, and how they plan to overcome the hurdle that is a massive course? They would suffer if they tried to use cameras set at static locations. Can a helmet cam be set up to wirelessly transmit footage for example?
  • + 1
 I think this is going to be a very refreshing take on mountain bike racing. I agree with you two all the way. @sliimboyjim, I was reading about the race series not thinking about how it would be televised. You raise a very good point here and I hope that they start televising the races right away and not wait to see where this style of biking goes in the race world. I don't think that no one knows how exactly they will televise but I bet when they do it's going to be an awesome show. Seriously can't wait see it in action and who the top athletes will be!
  • + 1
 how about live helmet cam streaming with looxcie? www.looxcie.com
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 Hell yeah Chris :-)
Brilliant news for Enduro Worldwide, this discipline is true MTB racing, 1 rider, 1 bike, no assistance, just get out and ride.
In the UK, British Cycling is adopting the discipline in 2013, so these 2 bits of news are brilliant for the sport
"the futures bright, the futures Gravity enduro"
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 "The Bluegrass Enduro Tour, born on the slopes of the Alsace region in France a few years ago, is now expending across Europe to become the first ever international enduro series. All details about dates and locations coming soon. Stay tuned…!"

Sourse: www.pinkbike.com/news/Bluegrass-Enduro-Tour-Series-2013-video.html


Is this statement still true? I assume that the Enduro World Series will be the first truly international series.
  • + 1
 There's been some super enduro cup some years ago joining races of 3 countries. That was already international I guess! But what I am concerned about is that there might be 2 different circuits in competition, slowing down each other in their growth. And maybe the UCI is showing up with something bigger next year taking over the whole cake. Although I wonder on which organizers they would rely as the plan for a UCI ruled enduro series was to work with the very guys running the 2013 Enduro World Series. So look forward to ride one!
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  • + 1
 i know wath this is is a the for the xc guys turn on their agrassive stile an a new chance for former downhillers to go back to their winning way- just jooking new competion is always welcome this is good news even for bike shops they going to see more sales of this type of products grow even more than already are
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  • + 3
 That's exciting! I really want to give enduro a try. If there's a world tour, then maybe other countries (like Canada) will also have a National circuit.
  • + 3
 No kidding, it would rock if Canada could get on board with enduro!!
  • + 1
 My roots are in DH. My heart is in enduro. I don't race but the style has me hooked like a fish!
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  • + 1
 HELL YEAH This is what mountain biking needs! it needs publicity to gain peoples interest. Events such as Crankworks and Red Bull Rampage do a good job of getting the sport out there, but another enduro series will definitely help it expand!
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  • + 6
 Fuck yeah, Enduro!!
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  • + 2
 Great news. Mountain biking freeing itself from slavery of the narrow minded UCI. Formally known as United Clowns International. Now we can progress
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  • + 1
 Hell yeah!!!!....this is are great news, Enduro is taking over hahahahahaha....last weekend we have Jerome Clementz and Ben Cruz racing here in Chile the second stage of the Enduro by Montenbaik.com.
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  • + 1
 @ Charleyboy14 ... and cross country guys who want a bit more gnar ... and every day trail/AM riders who fancy pushing themselves doing the sport they love. Surely it's all a good thing !?!?
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  • + 1
 In regards to televising these events, I've watched motobike enduro (the roots of the mtb version I'm lead to believe)and although not great photage a few static cameras and some good directing make it watch able.
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  • + 3
 They even managed to get a good logo sorted out - can't overstate the importance of that. Smile
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  • + 4
 YEAH!!! Long live mountain biking! This is exactly what the sport needs.
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  • + 1
 Will there be a race in the U.S.? With Oregon and Ashland enduro series, and the Whole Enchilada race, it seems the US should have a stop. They should make it the whole Enchilada race - that would be pretty baller.
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  • + 1
 Races just need to be run by people who race. Focus on the course, and taking care of the riders, if sponsor money and profits are the driving force any sanctioning body will truck it up.
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  • + 2
 This is such a big step for mountain biking. I can't even explain how beneficial I think this will be .
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  • + 2
 Finally Enduro gets a series to match the DH world cup, hope it gets the coverage that it will deserve
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  • + 1
 Stoked, congrats to getting her up and running just stay pure Enduro you dont need the others, this is going to be huge if people dont f**k it up like always.
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  • + 1
 I'm still new to the mountain Biking scene, but this is freakin rad. I love the style riding if enduro and I hope it blows up really well! I love enduro!
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 looks great. now the question for me is, if there is a qualification for that or if anybody who wants is able to take part?
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 Given the different groups involved I think money is likely to be more of an issue with competing than getting a spot to race - I'm guessing that there will be races across Europe and, with Crankworx involved, potentially the States.

Given the early stages of organised Enduro racing outside of France (and Italy?) and lack of connections to the UCI (i.e. you will probably not have to have achieved x competition points to enter this event) I would hope it is done by open qualifier, similar to Megavalanche although not mass-start. That would give opportunities to skilled local riders to achieve and boost support for the riders and events in the local areas...
  • + 1
 There is organised Enduro racing outside of France and Italy! There was the Joyride EMTB Enduro series held in Poland (5 stages) this year!
www.emtb.pl
  • + 1
 Yeah - there's enduro here too but it seems like every event seems to have slightly different rules here. From my knowledge of what's out there the format just seems to have taken off in those countries due to the large and well organized events they hold (and the terrain). Everywhere else 'seems' to be playing catch up when it comes to big events attracting international competition!
I hold my hands up that I know nothing of the Polish enduro scene though, so I might be wrong!
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  • + 2
 I think a Le mans mass start would be fun with a manditory happy hour drinking contest to get the festivities going.
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  • + 1
 so does this mean that this new enduro series will be more open to the jo public and eney one will be able to enter the races ?
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  • + 3
 enduro, it´s a complete sport
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 UCwho? Finally an example for 4x and DH to follow and leaving UCI. This is great news indeed.
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 Yeah !!! We are very happy and excited to hear that unlike to UCI (hahah) Big Grin

The real spirit of mountainbiking won!!!
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 wuuuu,yea,what a great day
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  • + 1
 Question: I know that Downhill is UCI but what is it? And why does everybody hate it?
  • + 1
 UCI is a bunch of roadies who have no clue what is going on in the MTB world. Never listen to input from the industry and do what they damn please. In a nutshell
  • + 1
 wow, you are so informed. there is really nothing wrong with the uci besides becoming what seems like a business... and that's the only way to survive.
  • + 1
 How on earth is it a World Cup circuit if 3/4 of the races are in Europe ???
  • + 0
 It costs a TON of money to put on a World Cup. Clearly no one else has the dough because losers here in America DO NOT GO TO THE RACES. They end up being money losers instead of money makers. NORBA races back in the day for example cost a rumored $40g just to be part of the series and get the prestige. Just figure WC is bigger and more prestigious and you get the picture.
  • + 1
 You are precisely wrong, the WC is supported by American companies, who have money. There is money it's just a corrupt system of who will pay the most. Profit.You're dealing with the same dudes who have their backs turned to doping in road racing.
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  • + 1
 excuse my ignorance,

but why is it a bad thing that UCI rules DH world cups? I'm new to this!
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  • + 1
 Chris Ball puts the 'Ball' in 'Balls'. Now if DH can do the same. We probably need someone with balls to do this.
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  • + 1
 here we go ....and with the excitement of xmas aswell,,,,what a present...mmmhhh
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  • + 2
 Please have a race in California!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  • + 2
 Coucou from the land of frogs !
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 hello froggy
  • + 1
 Ah ça va mieux lààààààààà !
  • + 1
 Ah les vieux j'te jure ....
  • + 2
 je ne parle pas beacuop de francais, je suis desole
  • + 4
 je parle francais comme une vache espagnole.
  • + 1
 une vache? oui? delicieux
  • + 1
 @angryham
don t worry, it is perfect just the way you try! congratulations

@Ploutre
ben ouais t'sais, y a un age ou on joue plus qu avec nos doigts....
faut bien qu'on s'occupe...
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 enduro, a complete sport!!
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  • + 1
 SIIIIIII dai cazzo!!!!! come on riders to njoy the superenduro cup in Italy!
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  • + 1
 so pumped! glad to see they made the right decision on such an exciting event.
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  • + 2
 Enduro looks so sick! Can't wait to start racing in 2013!
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  • + 1
 We should get rid of uci before they become like the FA in football.
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 Excellent news. Very much looking forward to this!
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  • + 2
 Pretty excited for this!
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  • + 1
 YES! YES! YES! and YES! will there be a vets class?
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 FVCK YEAH!!!!!!
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 reading this has made my week, f**k yes.
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 nice but i´ll have to check with work first. FTW
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 awesome news!
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 With an influx of some major DH talent (now Graves!) - This hopefully will not get watered down in technically demanding courses as WC XC has turned into little more than dirt road biking.
  • + 1
 Did you not watch La Bresse?, yeah the Olympics course didn't look all that, but most of the World cup courses were definitely not just muddy roads.
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 I would suggest you learn your facts before making such inaccurate and misinformed comments.

"WC XC has turned into little more than dirt road biking."

What a load of rubbish. WC XC is, if anything, placing greater emphasis than ever before on technical ability. If you had ever raced an XC World Cup, I guarantee your opinion would change dramtically. On what basis exactly are you claiming XC to be "little more than road biking?" Perhaps the fact that Nino Schurter and Julien Absalon have both podiumed at numerous Megavalanche series races over the past few years tells you all you need to know about their technical ability.

Granted, courses such as the London Olympic course would support your viewpoint, but entirely man made, tame courses are a rarity on the World Cup circuit. Of course XC will never look as technically demanding as DH on camera (it fundamentally isn't), but until you race or at least ride a World Cup XC course I think you should reserve judgement.

I'm not saying you fall into this category, but as someone who races downhill myself, there is nothing more frustrating than downhillers who claim that XC courses (especially World Cups) are tame and easy; anyone who does is simply wrong.
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 I think neimbc is basing his opinion off of the sad Olympics XC course. And how can you blame people for looking at the highest profile XC race of the year and assume that that's typical of the sport? The sad Olympics course is good example of why I'd like UCI to leave mtn biking (although as a roadie myself, I wish the UCI would get out of road too!).
  • + 1
 WC XC courses are dam technical and those riders are incredibly gifted. XC athletes have to handle some majorly difficult terrain while very tired on bikes with much less friendly geometry than a gravity bike. I've ridden both WC quality XC and DH courses, both are tough and athletes from both disciplines should be thoroughly respected. As for the Olympics XC course, of course it was terrible. The elevation, gradient and terrain in this part of the world simply isn't very good for biking. I live close to London and it is a long drive to anything challenging. I thought the course was lame and boring but they did the best they could considering they had to build a venue nearby with good access for spectators.
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 Ricter you hit it head on. The exhaustion alone makes courses seem even more technical
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 YES!! UP the Nomads!
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 MERRY CHRISTMAS!
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