Specialized-SRAM Enduro Series, Race 1 - Treuchtlingen

Apr 29, 2013
by Matt Wragg  
The German enduro season has finally started with the first round of the SRAM Specialized Enduro Series in Treuchtlingen. Over 400 participants from 13 countries were at the start of the round course in Altmühltal.

Anneke Beerten Photo Christoph Bayer

Anneke Beerten. Photo: Christoph Bayer

The race sold out very quickly, enduro has finally reached Germany. Nearly 600 riders registered for the race and the waiting list. 450 lucky participants faced a 28 kilometers course, with 840 vertical meters to be overcome in six stages.

Nicolas Lau Photo Christoph Bayer

Nicolas Lau. Photo: Christoph Bayer

Nicolas Lau (FRA - Cube Action Team) won with a time of 10:38:45 minutes, 13 seconds ahead of his fnearest rival. For a long time it looked as if André Wagenknecht (GER - Cube Action) would make the perfect double for the team, but Joe Barnes (GBR - Canyon Factory Team) proved strong enough to grab second place with fastest times in four of the six stages.

In the women's race there were 50 riders, which is a great step for enduro to see this many women in a single race. Anneke Beerten (NED - Specialized) put in times that nobody was able to beat the time. Ines Thoma (GER - Canyon Factory Team) was close, but in the first stage had a flat tire, costing her the chance to fight for the victory and she had to settle for fourth place. The winner of the series last year, Anita Gehrig (SUI - Specialized twins) took second place and Antje Kramer (GER - Giant / Axo) finished off the podium in third.

The riders heading out. Photo Christoph Bayer

The riders heading out. Photo: Christoph Bayer

This way to the action. Photo Christoph Bayer

This way to the action. Photo: Christoph Bayer

After almost ten years away from MTB racing Bas de Bever (NED) took to a race course again for the first time. The former pro and current national Downhill/BMX team coach for the Netherlands was the fastest in two stages in the Masters category. Unfortunately, he had to give up because of a technical problems.

Men s podium Photo Christoph Bayer

Men's podium Photo: Christoph Bayer

Women s podium Photo Christoph Bayer

Women's podium. Photo: Christoph Bayer

For the next race, the series moves into the higher mountains next weekend, at the Bike Festival Riva del Garda in Italy. There riders will tackle a much tougher course with 1,500 meters of climbing and descending over 30 kilometers long. Many of the biggest names of the Enduro sport are on the start list and it looks to be exciting race weekend.

All other information and the full results are as usual on www.enduroseries.net and facebook.com/enduroseries.net.


  • 30 0
 Hope we see more of Joe Barnes on the podium. Great start to life with the new bike. Go Dudes of Hazard!
  • 12 0
 Top Chief Joe Barnes
  • 3 0
 Yeh go baey. Joe is soo sick on a trail bike
  • 7 0
  • 1 0
 Yeah vids please !!!
  • 9 0
 video is coming... Wink
  • 6 0
 Anneke!!! Yeah!!!
  • 2 0
 dammmnnnnn that looks fun. would really like to see a feature on some of the bikes and specs these guys are running. This is definitely the future of mountain biking!
  • 3 0
 10 hours , my ass hurts already
  • 2 0
 No, the loop was 28 km. To ride around some needed 3 hours, some more then 5 h. but only 6 timed stages are responsible for the result. So its only 10:38,45 min. Enduro is not pure endurance.
  • 3 0
 Anneke superb.
  • 2 0
 Nice series in a beautiful scenery
  • 2 3
 Enduro is bs.... If you don't time the uphill then it's just a dh race with out an uplift. What's the point? Race one section but take your time on the next??????????? Dumb race platform!
  • 1 0
 just try it - it's fun, and the challenges are not fully realized by sitting behind a monitor Wink
  • 1 0
 Which knee pads is Beerten wearing?
  • 1 0
 Greg callaghan will dominate next weekend
  • 1 0
 Bring it to California!
  • 4 0
 while it's not as big as italy's superenduro or specialized-sram's enduro series, california has much to choose from:

- VP Endurofest
- California Enduro Series
- Gravity Endurance Racing Series
- Racers and Chasers
- Santa Cruz Super Enduro

This past weekend was the third VP enduro and the Racers & Chasers Black Mountain enduro is May 5.
  • 1 0
 Thanks! I'm actually planning on hitting some of the local races and the Oregon series
  • 2 0
 Oh, and must race the Northstar downhill and downieville classic!
  • 1 0
 also forgot the US Cup series at Big Bear and other locations as well. Sagebrush Enduro is May 18. also the China Peak Enduro is June 29 in Lakeshore.
  • 2 0
 I'm hitting china peak!
  • 1 0
 woo love it
  • 1 0
 love specialized bike
  • 1 3
 28 kilometers course and winning time of 10:38:45 , some thing doesnt add up
  • 4 0
 Only parts of the course are timed
  • 2 2
 ah ok
  • 4 6
 No Barel or Clements? You French guys still afraid of Germany?
Guys its been 70 years, let it go. Smile
  • 2 0
 Well, Nicolas Lau, the winner is french. And ride in a German team. ;-)
And next week Barel is on the start list. Also a french riding a German brand...

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