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Oct 22, 2013 at 0:06
Oct 22, 2013
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Ride along with 2013 Enduro World Series Junior World Champion, Martin Maes, as he gets on the gas to take the win at EWS Round 5, in Whistler, BC.
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(Oct 22, 2013 at 14:13)
I love hearing the noises rubber makes on dirt, rock and air.
(Oct 26, 2013 at 12:22)
(Oct 22, 2013 at 15:56)
What a pleasure to Watch this kind of Enduro video ! Good quality of image, great tracks & amazing rider
(Oct 22, 2013 at 21:09)
feel so bad for the dude who got passed
(Oct 22, 2013 at 22:24)
He is a junior too, so not that bad
(Oct 22, 2013 at 23:00)
@JonGales, in Holland the junior category is 17 and 18 years old, isn't he even too young to be a junior!? :O
(Oct 23, 2013 at 8:22)
It's unbelievable how good Maes is at 17. So fit...he wasn't even breathing hard after the long pedaling section, and so fast already. He is only going to get better and his real power output hasn't come in yet. Scary good.
(Dec 20, 2013 at 7:30)
@Rien, yes you are right, in Belgium Martin started as a Cadet this season
(Oct 22, 2013 at 23:26)
I don't see why people think the pass was rude, it's rude to slow someone down, it's not unsafe at all to bump when you pass if both of you have experience bumping shoulders, although there seem to be alot of riders that are nervous doing that for some reason
(Oct 23, 2013 at 8:12)
Not a rude pass, but it helps everyone to shout 'On your left/ right' or 'Pass' or something.
(Oct 23, 2013 at 18:56)
They were from different european countries, how are they supposed to communicate?
(Oct 23, 2013 at 20:15)
I prefer crow shrieks for this purpose
(Oct 23, 2013 at 21:38)
the rude part was not the pass itself but rather the lack of vocal warning. At that speed both parties can be seriously injured by this lack of common courtesy. He also could have gain half a second by warning the guy in front instead of tapping the brakes to avoid a serious impact.
(Oct 22, 2013 at 23:41)
He should've yelled Strava as he passed the other racer.
(Oct 23, 2013 at 22:57)
(Oct 22, 2013 at 14:28)
The top would favor a downhiller, but once you get down a bit there's a ton of pedaling, and that's where the time is made.
(Oct 23, 2013 at 19:00)
I actually think I can go faster on a trail bike than a DH bike on Top of the World. It's really hard to carry momentum and you need to pedal for quite a bit of it. A lot of it is flat too.
(Oct 22, 2013 at 14:02)
A downhill racer would win that stage any day against a cross country racer. I dont know much about Enduro but I thought it was supposed to be a mix of the two disciplines allowing equal chance for a rider from either side to take the win? Props to Martin though he tore that up.
(Oct 22, 2013 at 14:29)
well remember that they often have to pedal up to the start of the race - and there is more pedaling in some timed sections than you might think
(Oct 22, 2013 at 14:36)
There was definitely a pedally section in there though, maybe not enough for an xc racer to get a big advantage but enough that a downhill racer who hasn't worked on there fitness would struggle to hold good pace
(Oct 22, 2013 at 14:47)
Still i think disciplines like enduro or xc are making mistake by trying to be more "cool" and "extreme", there are even some jumps on xc races nowadays lol.
And speaking of enduro. In my opinion enduro is really bad discipline for races, why ? Because it is about exploring that undiscovered areas, riding rough terain, both uphill and downhill, playing with terrain, finding new paths. And racing for best time just kills that in my opinion. But it's just me.
(Oct 22, 2013 at 14:51)
Well, Adam Craig improved about 10 places in the overall standings after this stage, and he's an XC guy.
(Oct 22, 2013 at 17:04)
The fitness level required to ride that fast, for that long is pretty crazy. Not to mention how much more the trails are beating up the riders on shorter travel bikes. XC endurance is required to do really well at these races. Enduro seems to be the best mixed test of fitness and bike skills.
(Oct 22, 2013 at 19:47)
I think Whistler had more of a DH inspired course than others in the EWS. Martin Maes is amazing whether he's 17 or 25, he is an amazing rider. He inspires me to become a better rider at the age of 15. Anybody else love the sound that his bike made? It sounded perfectly dialed!!!
(Oct 23, 2013 at 18:59)
Enduro races are a lot different than DH races. Having raced both, you need a different mentality and different aspects of fitness must be covered to compete in both disciplines. This video didn't show even a third of the whole stage. Pro times were around 25 minutes. Tell me how that favours a DH rider? Apart from the obvious technical aspect of it, which limits XC rider participation. It really is about the midpoint between the two disciplines.
(Oct 24, 2013 at 10:59)
I think the 25 minutes was all the stages added together. I could be wrong though but 25 minutes of that stage seems a bit crazy
(Oct 24, 2013 at 14:16)
no, it was 25 for that stage. The whole race took about 6 hours. I was in it, really brutal.
(Oct 25, 2013 at 10:42)
I would seriously struggle doing that!
(Oct 23, 2013 at 0:11)
I rode this trail this summer, could not imagine racing it as a stage.... VOMITORIUM! Dude is so fit and his GT is pretty rad
(Oct 23, 2013 at 13:11)
That bike must be a Hoovercraft, the way he makes it float over every obstacle
(Oct 23, 2013 at 4:14)
For the actual racing stage I fail to see how a DH bike wouldn't be more beneficial?
(Oct 23, 2013 at 17:38)
you can't switch bikes in an enduro, the bike that takes you up has to be the bike that gets you back down
(Oct 23, 2013 at 10:09)
QUE BUENA RUTA.
SE VE GENIAL
(Oct 23, 2013 at 8:24)
why do people still mount their go pros on top of their helmet? JOEY!
(Oct 23, 2013 at 10:42)
(Dec 9, 2013 at 10:26)
Go Martin !
(Dec 9, 2013 at 10:26)
Go martin !!
(Oct 22, 2013 at 14:15)
Made in Belgium !
(Oct 22, 2013 at 19:54)
@akozz I don't think that it's getting more downhill, I think that websites get more coverage on the downhill portions because that's what people like to watch. I don't want to watch a guy go 5mph up a hill for 10 minutes. Or 9kph(I know that isn't exact but I'm American and I'm trying to get into using metrics)
(Oct 24, 2013 at 1:54)
I bet he'd be faster on a 26er
(Oct 22, 2013 at 14:43)
Crazy ride but how rude was that
(Oct 22, 2013 at 18:44)
not at all.. they guy in front of him was racing too but if hes at the point where he is being passed then he is not in the hunt for the win anymore and its fair play to pass someone like that
(Oct 22, 2013 at 13:42)
It's just me or enduro is getting more and more downhill every year ?
(Oct 22, 2013 at 21:52)
it's just you
Look at the Enduro stages in France (where all started). There are several Enduro series, and they have been descent-oriented for a long time (note that eg lifts are part of the transition stages in France)
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(Oct 22, 2013 at 21:52)
The head cam section is so boring. The most interesting part is the rider, the bike underneath the camera and how it handles the terrain. To video record the soil ahead is just stupid. Thank you Gopro.
(Oct 23, 2013 at 2:17)
You should be in charge of every video Pinbike posts.
(Oct 23, 2013 at 22:10)
I am sure you have a camera on your helmet.
(Oct 22, 2013 at 15:28)
Was that rider suppose to be on that track while the dude was being timed? I mean he should get another run since that dude slowed him down a bit.
(Oct 22, 2013 at 15:38)
nope no way, thats how it works
(Oct 22, 2013 at 15:45)
Yes, riders start at 30 second intervals, and chasing down and passing the riders in front of you is part of the game.
(Oct 22, 2013 at 15:45)
Pretty sure the other guy was racing too... happens in downhill, you tend to get stuck behind people.
(Oct 22, 2013 at 18:50)
Put him in the bushes , haha
(Oct 22, 2013 at 19:35)
Kind of a Dick move not to at least yell or say he is coming up on him. At least let the guy know. You roll up on me like that both of us will not finish.
(Oct 22, 2013 at 19:51)
He tried to say excuse me but he didn't say it until they were shoulder to shoulder. You also have to realize that Martin Maes is from Belgium and English is his second language so you could imagine how it would be hard for him to form a sentence while racing.
(Oct 23, 2013 at 10:37)
I don't think yelling 'on your left' is too hard to come up with, especially when you race on a regular basis, that should be pretty standard.
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