Pinkbike Poll: Do You Race?

Jan 24, 2014
by Mike Kazimer  
If you believe the hype, it would seem that suddenly everyone is an enduro racer, donning goggles and half shell helmets and sprinting through the woods searching for the elusive spirit of enduro. Race-specific products are being churned out by every company trying to cash in on the latest mountain biking fad. But has there truly been an increase in the number of riders who are donning a number plate and rolling up to the starting line? Or are all of these products being marketed at a contingent that doesn't exist, at least not in the massive numbers the marketing departments would have you believe?

start Remy Absalon in front followed by Damien Oton. This duel will keep going to the finish line.

Mountain bike racing is cyclical by nature, the size of the trucks in the pits growing and shrinking in direct correlation to the ebb and flow of the industry's financial state. The cycle also depends on what form of racing is popular at the moment; cross country had its fluorescent-lycra clad heyday in the 1990s, and downhill racing had its growth spurt next, fueled by the general public's appetite for anything 'extreme.' 24 hour racing fits somewhere on the timeline as well, although the luster of that format seems to have dimmed a bit now that riders have realized you can only ride in circles for so many hours before your brain starts to melt. And now we have enduro, a format that has been popular in Europe for years, but only recently made the jump across the Atlantic to North America. It's new, a little bit different, appealing to a wide range of riders, and best of all, it lets companies come up with fresh buzzwords to hawk their wares.

Why does racing garner so much attention in the mountain bike media? Well, for bike and component manufacturers it's a way to prove the worthiness of their product in front of thousands of fans. A win at a World Cup or an Enduro World Series event is a huge boost for any company, giving them an air of credibility that a two page glossy spread in a magazine could never provide. When a fan walks into their local bike shop, there's a good chance that the results of a certain brand on the race circuit will influence their buying decision in some way, even if they never plan on doing anything more than racing to the nearest pub at the end of a ride.

Speedway

But back to the question at hand, and the topic of this week's poll. How often do you race, if at all? Are there really enough racers out there to gobble up this latest crop of race oriented products? Although racing gets plenty of coverage, it's not for everybody. It takes a certain level of dedication to shell out money for an expensive entry fee, wake up at an ungodly hour to get to the venue on time, and eventually end up at the starting line, nervously anticipating a bout of suffering in the quest for Cat 3 glory (or a t-shirt). It's much easier to sit at home with a cold beverage and furiously type and tweet your views on why racer X is better than racer Y, or to pontificate on the merits of a certain head angle to chainstay length ratio. Or you can turn a blind eye to the whole racing scene all together - there's certainly nothing wrong with completely ignoring racing, and you're not any less of a mountain biker if the name Steve Smith doesn't make you start drooling and yelling about chainsaws and mustaches.










156 Comments

  • + 224
 Pinkbike Poll: "Do You Even Lift?"
  • + 83
 I never skip uplift day.
  • - 48
flag scott-townes (Jan 24, 2014 at 4:46) (Below Threshold)
 Yes, more than 7 days a week No but I plan on giving it a try this year No, I don't lift but I closely watch people that do lift. No, I don't care at all about lifting. It's for meatheads and jockfucks.
  • + 39
 wut?
  • + 110
 damn it... it was supposed to line up like the questions... now I just look like an idiot that doesn't make sense or lift Frown
  • - 39
flag MangoSentinel (Jan 24, 2014 at 6:35) (Below Threshold)
 @scott-townes Yeah I guess all those bmx racers and track cyclists who squat heavy every week are just a set of meatheads too, you judgemental retard. Sorry if the 'jocks' bullied you at school but you are no better than them.
  • - 25
flag grahammcdougall (Jan 24, 2014 at 7:23) (Below Threshold)
 **everyone says that they race downhill cus they with they did**
  • + 80
 I only ride park
  • + 22
 Are you a "Joey" who had a great day because you conquered your fears?
  • + 24
 do you even race brah? is exactly what i read this morning when i came on PB.

the funny thing is its exactly the same sort of thing as the gym, some guys just lift to stay fit and have fun/socialise, then some guys make it their life.
same with racing, some guys turn up and have a fun weekend and try to do well, some guys turn up looking like theyre factory supercross riders and make it feel like you shouldnt be there because you dont ride clipped in and wear a neckbrace. bro.
  • + 1
 Just quoting the song.. I think racing is sweet, but I only follow it I don't partake in the reindeer games as it were.
  • + 5
 @bluumax Well said bro
  • + 2
 Thanks bro
  • + 1
 Racing is good. But it is so over hyped in all mtb magazines and most websites I've read. No it's not the best way to have fun on your bike. Just going out and razzing trails, at your own favorite pace is.
  • + 1
 I don't race I only ride for fun....maybe on the 5th julember I may enter a race....but then I may not.

Ohh wait I race to get to work on time does that count?
  • + 53
 Racing fees are better spent on beer. Long live beer!
  • + 16
 I am a proud member of Team Beer!
  • + 10
 if you compete to see who is the fastest - you're doing it wrong. It's all about who's having the most fun. I'll be the guy cheering you on and sparkin up a joint next to a road gap hoping you don't case it. Long live fun on two wheels
  • + 3
 @angrynipples, I hear that, but I'll have a beer in hand to prevent the cottonmouth hahaha anyone care to roll a cone?
  • + 7
 can't ride drunk. only sober or blazed. gotta save the brews for after the ride haha
  • + 3
 I thought we were talking post ride, haha ridden bmx tipsy before, somehow managed to throw down a bit, mtb on the other hand, I'll take a doob and a good trail. Post ride brewskis are the best though, can never argue there.
  • + 2
 It's $2 per race for Phat Wednesday and includes a beer. That's a decent ROI.
  • + 50
 Tried it once but figured out that it's not my cup of tea. For me it's more fun to ride without the pressure of the clock ticking. Nevertheless I enjoy watching downhill races especially the world cup.
  • + 17
 Agreed, plus it gets expensive when you have to keep the bike in top condition for races, unless you're sponsored and get lots of freebies
  • + 53
 I race my little brother does that count ? Hahah
  • + 5
 Well, it"s as well expensive when you ride for fun. If you want to keep the bike in a good shape, you have to count with tires, shock and fork controls, brake bleeding, chain replacement. I raced this year and the budget was not so far from the one I had when shredding Smile
  • + 2
 In my country enduro or dh racing just started in recent years,and equipments are expensive for us,so most of us just ride mtb on the road and upgrade the parts blindly.
  • + 3
 I have one chain, one cassette and one set of chain rings a year, so it's relatively cheap for me. Fork being serviced next week and the rear wheel being rebuilt and that'll be it for hopefully about 5 years, minus the yearly strip down and rebuild regreasing everything. Because I try not to hammer hell out of it... that's what rental bikes at bike parks are for XD
  • + 5
 It also got too expensive for me. When I was younger (old man talk!) I raced all the time cuz I didn't have any finical responsibilities.
Now with owning a home, car payments, house maintenance ; I'm lucky to do 2-3 races a year.
  • + 4
 Used to travel for mtb, road and Bmx before my kiddo was born. I had my "not gonna go pro" moment early on. Haha. The last 2 seasons of racing was about being with friends and hanging out. Changed focus from results to just get to the damn cooler before the beer gets warm. Still love to watch and attend a few events sometimes to see the new talent shred.
  • + 24
 This weekend I will be racing against Danny Hart, World Champion 2 years ago, in what other sport could it even be conceivable that an overweight and underskilled rider such as myself could even get close to riding the same track as a top pro? Racing is about so much more than just the racing, it's about the atmosphere and the community, yeah it's pissing with rain and you set off at 5am to get there in time for sign on, but you all did it together, and frankly, it's a right laugh!
  • + 24
 I overtook Danny Hart at Fort William last year racing in the SDA. To be fair he was talking to someone on the side of the track at the time, still counts in my head though!
  • + 22
 The hurry-up-and-wait of DH racing is a mindf**k. Get loose, get ready then sit around at the start for an hour, then be at the top of your game when you leave the gate. And, while you're waiting, don't let the course holds for injury mess with your head. Stay focused. Stay positive. You can do this...
  • + 6
 and thats after hitting the road at halfpast a sparrows fart in the morning, competing with young Johny's mum in the massive SUV to find car park, hoping you make registration in time, hoping you got everything you needed in the car, realising all you got to eat for the day is 3 monsters, and all for 4 runs if your lucky No I can't do this....
  • + 2
 That's part of the allure of racing dh...being dialled and making it happen on cue.
  • + 1
 ski racing is just the same, except with the added thrills of freezing to death in the gate
  • + 1
 Hell yes! I spent 15 years standing in the start wondering when to let my clothes go down the hill while I stand there in my DH suit!
  • + 20
 Does Strava count?
  • + 8
 Only if you're extremely vocal about it and yell out things like "RIDER BACK" and "STRAVA" to innocent by-standers.
  • + 13
 Not a racist.
  • + 2
 Hahaha I had a giggle. Totally random comment, but I'm glad you posted it.
  • + 2
 not random, but won't explain it to you either. Good call though.
  • + 1
 So, I hear you're a racist now father?
  • + 7
 Love racing, the nerves before the start, pure focus during the event, have a laugh with friends after the race. It does get a bit too serious tho, with too much focus/money/time spent on racing, especially when the results dont follow it can get a bit shit. Still love it tho!
  • + 5
 If it would only stop raining for 5 minutes in this 'king country
  • + 1
 I love the nerves at the start of a race. They do go away quickly once you get started tho. And the atmosphere at a lot of events is pretty rockin'!
  • + 6
 I love racing. I love the competion, i love the pressure. And you dont have to be "good enough" thats a wimp-ass excuse. Anyone can have a go, if your scared of not doin well enough get over it, pull your ballbsack out and give it a shot!
  • + 33
 I pulled my ballsack out, but now I'm just sat at my desk with my ballsack out and people are looking at me funny. Think I might be doing it wrong.
  • + 0
 Life is a race anyways, you might as well race to be better in life, to deal with the pressure, to stand up to the occasion. The only thing stopping us from succeeding is ourselves - it's not about how hard you can get hit until you fall, it's about how hard you can get hit and still keep on going! Stop looking for excuses why you can't, look for the reasons why you can. Get your balls out! You can reach your dreams, I am the living proof, Weight gain 4000... Beef cake! Beeeeef Caaaake!!!
  • + 5
 @bigtim Hope you have your helmet on
  • + 3
 Why isn't anybody mentioning Bigtim's ballsack story? I can't stop laughing. Now people are looking at me funny at my desk!
  • + 1
 If you think they are looking at you funny now bigtim. Wait untill you try and get your ball sack to drink a "shot".
  • + 5
 Not now but will be in the future. (No option for that one) I'm training and getting ready to jump into elite. Hopefully next year. Its expensive racing race fees along I know here in aus recently the national round was $175 for entry. Add in flights accommodation etc its like a grand for the weekend. State rounds are if you can acoid accommodation but race fees are still high. Frown
  • + 1
 Yeah. I'm in WA and planning on racing a few National rounds next year so flights and accommodation are pretty ridiculous for me.. But i guess it'll all be worth it for a chance to race against some of the worlds best riders. As for State rounds. Last season was my first full one and when you see Sam HIll smashing it on his home tracks it really makes me want to try hard for Nationals, knowing Sam would have done the same thing once.
  • + 1
 yeah the thing that also gets me though is many of our pros don't get to the nationals because its too costly for them and the potential prize pool is so small it doesn't cover their cost, I couldn't imagine their sponsors are really interested in a national round with small exposure that could potentially injury them for the wc. Its been pretty good the last few years with more pros turning up. Unfortunately we just don't have the same support as overseas do, its pretty sad really. What annoys me most is they will advertise the road racing on tv like crazy but no mention of worlds or worldcups for downhill when they have been held...makes me angry mtb doesn't get recognition here.
  • + 5
 There's no option for the "I used to race a lot, wife, kids, mortgage, but now I'm making a lot of money and planning to come back". Where are my other 30+ riders at? You know what I'm talking about!
  • + 2
 This. The next race I do will be my first race in about 8 or 9 years. Can't wait!!
  • + 1
 Been 5 or 6 for me... life just happens
  • + 4
 i like hanging out with friends and trying to build on each other. Racing just isnt as fun when your riding by yourself. im not a big fan of having to smash the pedals the entire race when i know there are alot of people out there that love racing and are faster to me. I RIDE FOR THE FUN OF RIDING
  • + 1
 Feeding off each other. So sick.
  • + 4
 Riders who want to get the excitement/focus/motivation that comes from racing but don't want to deal with a lot of licensure/travel/commitment/crazy registration fees and sometimes poor courses should try BMX. USABMX and CanadaBMX are cheap and fun and once you get gate starts down you can easily be competitive locally on your 26" DJ or get a used Al 24" cruiser for next to nothing. Turning your favorite kind of riding (DH, AM) into a race takes a tremendous amount of effort on the part of organizers and riders. Get your race on in a format that is cheap and easy, and have fun on trail days. Sorry this reads like a tourism advertisement. Also, if you live in the right part of the world, amateur fourcross!
  • + 1
 Yeah Dude! Any mtb'r who hasn't ridden BMX will vastly improve bike handling skills by riding those oldskool singlespeeds.
  • + 9
 freeride for life!!!
  • + 3
 Spent 4 years hitting up the BC race circuit. Working all winter so I could afford to spend my whole summer chasing resort races killed my stoke for adventure (reason I started MTB 15 years ago), and it took me a couple years to build my stoke back up. Now, I'm race-free and excitement for MTB is at an all time high.
  • + 2
 Where's the "I used to race but then decided my entry fees were better spent on upgrades" or "I only race strava"? Valid options there. I used to race a lot but since fees have gone so high I decided I'd rather spend that money on my bike or other equipment. Instead of going to two, one hundred dollar races I could get a carbon bar or better yet a set of Mavic 819 ust rims so that I don't have to wrestle with my ghetto set up. I just like to ride, it's about having fun for me. Definitely into strava though, that's where I get my kicks these days.
  • + 2
 Thursday night downhill series at the hill where I live, plus the occasional toonie tuesday race which is now a mixed bag of xc and downhill races, the local enduro events which are organized and cost more to enter than all of the other races combined.... over three years of entries ... newer doesn't mean more economical in this sense.
  • + 2
 I just race for fun... at 55 i'm not in any mind to be world champion (or maybe just in my mind).. but the atmosphere, the friends, the parties...... the injuries, the breakages, the expense....... still rolls into one big laugh !!! Wouldn't miss a chance of a comp :-) Waiting now for winter (snow) to pass, but still looking at a head to head slalom on the snow in a couple of weeks, and Bulgaria's version of the Mega Avalanche in April....
  • + 2
 From one old dude to another, love the attitude!
  • + 2
 I raced a few times about 4 years ago, but I don't really think I was good enough at the time. I had planned to start up again this year, now that I'm a better rider and I have a bit of cash to cover entries. Unfortunately, I had my downhill bike stolen at the end of last year and I don't have it back yet, so that's fucked up my plan. I'm not exactly sure where that fits on the poll, but that's my outlook on things.
  • + 3
 That sucks dude, I hope you find a way.
  • + 2
 Last year I entered a charity dh race and fun enduro race at my local loop. Thoughs beeps before you start do funny things to your head as i pushed a lot more than i would do on a normal sunday ride. I really enjoyed it, had fun and it has spured me on to try racing properly this year. The biggest thing for me is to ride some where new and have fun, the minute i start to take it conpetive off the bike (dieting, buying carbon parts, shaving legs LOL ect) is when I will give it up.
  • + 2
 I race downhill because you will never push your riding if you don't! you'll just stagnate and get slow if your not pushed it is the best way to improve, FACT! I race enduro as its a good way to see trails in other areas you otherwise wouldn't ride and its good training for DH, and I have been known to do the odd XC race clipped in for the sake of it because there local.
  • + 1
 What races are there in Ireland (southern and northern)? Just got my dh bike over from home, i'm based in Fermanagh
  • + 0
 Yup, racing forces you to push yourself. Those very few and really small DH competitions I've been into, where I sucked really, taught me a lot about coming out of my comfort zone. Then they humiliate you in a positive way when you get your ass kicked, they show you what are you worth as a rider. We are usualy our worst critics and our best cheerleaders, it's good to have a reference to get some perspective what you can and what else is possible. As soon as I have some more I will do some races. However I do not agree with you about stagnation Smile Racing is just a great tool and there are other ways of improving effectively that are as important if not more important. Also with the wrong mindset, racing might be counter productive. One thing is sure we learn by doing, and we should try different stuff
  • + 1
 If your seriously wanting to compete in racing then you have to train so much, i've done a few races and i was doing them for fun, they were only push up races, i did very little training per say, just rode my bike like normal and i was faster on some sections than folks that raced regularly, i didn't push myself much more than i knew i could handle but enough to make me go "shit" as i hit stuff far quicker than normal. Racing against the clock is immense fun if your wanting it to be fun, i had a few mates with me and we just messed around seeing who could do a section quicker, best bit was, it was lashing with rain the track was a mud bath!
  • + 11
 "I race downhill because you will never push your riding if you don't! you'll just stagnate and get slow if your not pushed it is the best way to improve, FACT!"

Ha, what a load of horse-dribbled-bull-warped-shit.
  • + 2
 @mretard
Theres an irish gravity enduro and downhill series, details easy to find on google search. There's probably XC as well, but ive not tried them.
Prepare thyself for mud and rain...
  • + 2
 I don't think you'll stagnate and get slower by not racing. The more you ride, the better you get. However, I saw a great deal of improvement in my riding when I started racing compared to when I wasn't. I found myself pushing a lot more in order to reduce my time and increase my speed in gnarly sections, instead of just trying to clear them.
  • + 1
 @mretard
www.crcidms.com is the DH series,www.gravityenduro.ie is the enduro series First round of the DH is in Rostrevor trail centre in March so see ya there.

its not easy but I love the challenge and if nothing else over here its the best way to get uplifts on different tracks
  • + 1
 @richardsouthernextreme

I notice you need a full competition race license from cycling Ireland? Don't think I can quite afford the price of that + entry + travel
  • + 1
 you can get a restricted MTB/BMX licence for €60 off cycling ireland or get a day licence for €20 per event
  • + 2
 I feel like there should be the option of wanting to race but either not being able to because of terrain issues or organizational factors. Though we have a few downhill races and other events here I feel like those are the two largest factors in people not racing on pinkbike.
  • + 3
 Much rather shell my money out on uplift days and get 2,3 times more runs. Racing has and could appeal to me but the expensive of time and money doesnt quite justify it in my eyes
  • + 1
 Not that this thread needs yet another stinking opinion, but I don't really get the passive aggressive feud that Pink Bike is trying to start here.

It seems like this thread is supposed to somehow divide everyone into being for racing or against it. If you race are you supposed to think you're better than someone who doesn't? Or vice versa?

Some racers are fast, some aren't. Some riders are fast, and some aren't. And ya know what? It doesn't matter. Just go ride your bike. If you're having a fast season, hit up a race or three. If you're struggling to find funds for the race schedule, go hit up some local trails & rat-race with your buddies for beer trophies.

I don't know about you guys, but I'm not going to look up or down at a fellow ride because they do or don't race just so these sleaze ball marketing guys can score their next bonus because they managed to call mountain biking by a different name. JM2C
  • + 1
 The thing I hate about racing is if you really want it you have to work your arse off. It takes all the fun out of riding and living if you have to train constantly and eat a certain diet. I don't race because I don't need others proving they're better than me.
  • + 1
 Race? Nah. Just wicked skids and sweet bar-turns for this chap. Hydro-pack with six cans of beer, an unnecessarily expensive DH rig, some tools...and 'gear'. Park, pedal, or shuttles with like-minded friends is my cup of beer.

Also, I can do wheelies, bro.
  • + 1
 I've never been into competition. For some riders it makes them push harder and go faster than they ever could when riding alone, but for me it makes me self-conscious and I tend to make more mistakes when there's pressure. I used to race BMX back in the 90s though.
  • + 1
 i have never raced, have done a few endurance rides but this year i plan on trying my hand at it, theres a few good events near me! i only plan on doing it for fun though and to push myself as a rider, to try to get better as a rider! brighton big dog endurance race and the qecp gracity enduro races are my targets, dont care if i do badly! just wanna do it as i love mountain biking and what better way to push yourself as a rider than to race!
  • + 1
 I love racing downhill. The adrenaline rush that you get at the start gate to the tons of like minded people you meet every race weekend just makes racing so much fun! Also it makes you progress faster and gives you a goal to achieve
  • + 1
 I do a few races each year, but never really have any big aspirations for any of them. This year I did 2 XC, 3 Enduro, 2 Super-D, a DH and a Road race. A bit part of it was flying the colors of the shop I worked at, since the only other employee (the 58 year old owner) certainly wasn't going to do any racing.

Racing doesn't have to be super nerve-racking and competitive. You can compete with yourself, it's an excuse to go ride another area you wouldn't usually go to, it's a different approach to your riding for the day (or weekend) and race day may be the only place/time you see a certain crowd of friends. Why not?
  • + 1
 I have raced my local track twice. Once in 2012 and early 2013. I much prefer riding with mates but nothing gets the blood pumping like the start gate beeper. Probably the main reason I didn't race more often was that I didn't feel I had been riding enough to be in good form. With sport no. 2, work and uni to contend with.
(Also by this poll someone racing 7 times a year has no where to vote).
  • + 4
 These polls are so they can tailor the "content" to contain the most paid-for-adverts pretending to be articles.
  • + 7
 Damn them trying to run a business! Shame!
  • + 3
 conformist corporate pigs.... lol
  • + 1
 I love racing! Something about the competition and seeing how I measure up is just amazing. Don't get me wrong, losing or having a bad time is totally soul crushing too, but I wouldn't be riding at the level I do now if setbacks like that didn't push me onward.
  • + 1
 I wish I could race, but this sport is expensive and time consuming enough. I tried it for a little while and realized I have to wait 6-10 years till my kids don't need quite as much supervision.
  • + 0
 I see a lot of comments here about how some racers ruin the fun, etc etc or that there's too much pressure involved, etc... For some of us, that IS the fun. The pressure, the changing conditions, the fact that we just blew $90 on entry alone and possibly flew cross country for a goddamned bike ride. It's make or break time. When that "beep-beep-BEEP" starts, it's like go time for the entire body, brain, emotional circuit.

I love racing. Not just to go fast (okay, it's mostly because I can go as fast as possible and the trail will be empty), but because of the challenges, the fight. Will I be in the right mindset? Am I breathing? Can I adapt quickly enough? Is this particular section/obstacle above my skill level? Can I progress in a matter of days (or sometimes hours) to hit it and hit it perfectly to affect my time? How do I feel? Lingering injuries? Muscle soreness?

The things I love (and sometimes hate) about racing are in my blood. They've been there since my first bike race two years ago. And I knew that day that life would forever change. So do I only ride with other racers? Of course not! That would get boring. But is racing something addicting that I'll never get over? Yep. I'm screwed for life. Smile
  • + 2
 I race Strava every day.... some twats are clearly on motorbikes.... lol We have loads of local races, tenner for the day, they are ace fun.
  • + 1
 I'm near sixty and the only racing I do is against guys at my local hill, that don't know I'm racing them. This is particularly fun when they are waiting for their girl friends. LoL
  • + 3
 Forgot to add the 3rd question:

Are you any good?
[ ] Podium
[ ] Top 10
[ ] Mid pack
[ ] Ass end
[X] DFL
  • + 1
 Used to race but have given it up for now to focus more on travelling around. Racing is expensive and isn't worth the injuries. Having fun on my bikes and hanging with friends is all that matters now.
  • + 3
 Something about the beeps, heart racing at the start gate, and controlled breathing...i miss it. 4 more months!
  • + 1
 I do some road racing every week during the summer and some enduro racing. I would count myself as a mountain biker but road racing in the evening is really fun. Am I going to get lynched?
  • + 1
 So according to the poll more people ride Dh than enduro but as far as the Mtb press are concerned Dh is dead. Make of that what you will.
  • + 3
 I take the Sea Otter downhill competition very seriously
  • + 1
 PHAT WEDNESDAY DH RACES FOR LIFE!!!! I will race this series as long as the put it on. Best beer league racing on the planet!!!
  • + 1
 the cost of petrol here in the UK has put me off racing 4X nationals the last few years but, I'm planning on hitting them up again for 2014 vets podiums!
  • + 1
 I dont race im petty sure im not fast enough but i love paying for " up-lift " days . getting 10 -15 runs beats pushing up and only having energy for 3-4 runs.
  • + 1
 You don't need to be that fast as long as you enjoy it. Also I find racing makes you go faster because of the atmosphere e.g. crowds shouting you on
  • + 1
 i still agree with OswestSte though , on my regular track i can go all day riding down and pushing back up with friends, but come race day, on the same track, im lucky if i can catch my breath after just 1 run .
  • + 4
 Just race home to pooh
  • + 4
 Why ruin the chance to experience a true outdoors experience!
  • + 3
 Moss or leafs?
  • + 1
 Hadn't raced in 6 years before this summer. I did 2, both were enduro's. Maybe I was doing it wrong, but there wasn't as much beer as I hoped, easy fix though
  • + 1
 22 days of racing last year, everything from 50+ mile XC epics, 1:45 XC hammerfests, and 6 days of enduro racing. Total time under the clock, 59 hours.
  • + 1
 If I wasn't already competitive I probably would ride only for fun. Since I am, going fast/faster than others is what becomes fun.
  • + 1
 That"s for sure better if you"re competitive, but I"m not and I can tell you that I enjoy the same way all the race "thrill" : heartbeats in the start area, tiny preparation of the bike, atmosphere.... Most of the time that"s where you can build your MTB network as well Smile
  • + 2
 I race DH because I'm competitive as hell. But I still know how to have fun, you have to challenge yourself in life.
  • + 1
 What about being a Strava Racer? Everytime I ride im against the clock haha. "Get out the way! Im on a Strava run!"
  • + 1
 I used to do some XC marathons but decided gravity is more fun... so no racing in the past three or four years.
  • + 2
 Do now! Just booked onto my first DH race xD
  • + 2
 good luck! i did mine last weekend, was a reall eye opener, cant wait to do more though
  • + 1
 Thanks man! Going to do two races this year, can't wait!
  • + 1
 Njææ, wrong lay out. Betther with "do you even DRIFT?"
  • + 1
 I ride in races. .. whether I actually race is up for debate
  • + 1
 I wish I could do an enduro race...
  • + 1
 If you add goggles is it Enduro?
  • + 1
 I do trials..... so........ what's racing?
  • + 1
 Racer Rick been racing since 1989 !!!
  • + 1
 Race, loose, hitting some berms. thats the thing!!
  • + 1
 Used to. Might start up again just for shits n' giggles.
  • + 1
 I'm strictly a Weekend Warrior. \o/
  • + 2
 i only ride park
  • + 2
 Freeride
  • + 1
 LOL at the guy top right in first pic who fell over ahahahaha
  • + 1
 I raced 7 years in a row, about 10 races a year.
  • + 1
 practice is the best part about the races
  • + 2
 SO enduro bro.
  • + 1
 Your missing a category:

Retired.

michael
  • + 1
 Trying it this year cause I wanna challenge.
  • + 1
 I used to race XC 4 years ago miss it badly. sucks that i don't any more.
  • + 1
 I think I'm doing over 30 races this year! Hope I don't burn out!
  • + 1
 slow rider of my group, dont race, just ride for fun Big Grin
  • + 1
 try to start racing and you'll see, you'll become faster..... Smile
  • + 2
 thats the point, i dont wanna be, im happy just riding for fun Big Grin
  • + 1
 who spotted the sandman?
  • + 1
 What about dual Slalom?
  • + 1
 Dat drift do
  • + 0
 What's wrong with that??
Below threshold threads are hidden

Post a Comment



Copyright © 2000 - 2019. Pinkbike.com. All rights reserved.
dv65 0.078303
Mobile Version of Website