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4 Key Stats from Enduro Racers in the Pinkbike State of the Sport Survey

Jan 22, 2023 at 10:30
by Ed Spratt  
Welcome to the 2023 Pinkbike State of the Sport Survey. This anonymous survey is designed to help shed light on key issues affecting the professional field and elite competition. We surveyed the best riders in the world to hear their thoughts, ideas, concerns, and criticisms on mountain biking as we go into 2023, all in an anonymous format. To read the introduction to the survey click here, and to see all the other currently published SOTS articles click here.


To help make more sense of the mountains of data we're taking a look at the data from each of the major disciplines surveyed and talking about some noteworthy or eye-catching pieces of information. Now it’s enduro’s turn.

Enduro has seen the EWS be the pinnacle of the sport since it started to become one of mountain biking's major disciplines ten years ago in 2013. The sport has continued to evolve and adapt over the years with some big changes coming this year as it drops the EWS to become the Enduro World Cup or EDR as it's been strangely shortened to. Riders were sent out surveys before a lot of the big changes were announced and will now act as the final say on the ten-year legacy of the EWS. So what’s the current state of Enduro heading into 2023?

Enduro Cohort Details

Number of Riders Choosing Enduro as their Main Discipline: 49
Men/Women: 31/18
Top 5 Finishers: 7/7
Top 10 Finishers: 6/4
Home Continent:
Asia - 1
South America - 1
Oceania - 8
North America - 14
Europe - 25
Median Wage: 20,000-30,000 USD
Dimitri Tordo on Stage 2.

Our survey brought in 49 responses from Enduro riders that were among the best ranked overall last season. Our numbers for this year were slightly lower than the 68 riders we surveyed last time but for this year's State of the Sport, we did adjust our criteria slightly. While the last survey featured seven riders racing the EWS who mainly raced downhill this time there were just two multiple-discipline downhill riders with one XC racer also taking on EWS races.

Of the Enduro racers surveyed, there was a heavy male skew with 63% of respondents identifying themselves as male and the rest of the 37% of respondents identifying as Female. Among all categories including Junior and U21, there were seven top five overall finishers for both male and female racers, while there were six top 10 male finishers and 4 female.

When it came to a rider's home continent the results remained very similar to the last State of the Sport with a heavy swing towards Europe. 51% of respondents call Europe home with North America holding 29%. The only other continent to feature more than one response was Oceania with 16% of our Enduro racers. Asia was home to one rider with South America being a newly represented nation for the State of the Sport survey in Enduro.

Enduro Racing Shouldn't be Totally Blind

Practice was a bit spicy but by race day things should be dusty and blown out once again.

Of the 49 primarily Enduro racers surveyed we found that an overwhelming 80% believe that racing should not be totally blind. The data shows a marked increase of 5% over the last State of the Sport where 75% of respondents answered in the same way. A similar percentage of riders still want blind racing compared to the last survey with 12% of racers agreeing with the idea.

While we found the majority of riders do not want blind racing, 34 riders found it concerning to them that "riders who live nearer to a race venue get more track time and, as a consequence, get an advantage". Only seven of the racers asked disagreed with this. It seems that while riders do not want truly blind racing they do worry about the advantage that can come from a large amount of track time.

Despite not wanting blind racing and the worry of over practicing most racers feel that is already enough practice time with 78% either agreeing or strongly agreeing to the idea that "Enough practice time is allocated at enduro events". Unsurprisingly all six of those who thought enduro racing should be blind either agreed or strongly agreed to there being enough practice time already. Although within those who disagreed to blind racing only seven think there should be more practice time than what is currently offered, suggesting that while tracks shouldn't be unknown there is a danger to knowing the course too well.

Of the three riders who either primarily race Downhill or XC we found that two of them strongly disagreed with the idea of blind racing with one feeling neutral on the topic.

Enduro racing should be totally blind:
Agree: 12% (6)
Neutral: 6% (3)
Disagree: 45% (22)
Strongly Disagree: 35% (17)
Left Blank: 2% (1)
I am concerned that riders who live nearer to a race venue get more track time and, as a consequence, get an advantage:
Strongly Agree: 39% (19)
Agree: 31% (15)
Neutral: 16% (8 )
Disagree: 14% (7)

Enough practice time is allocated at enduro events:
Strongly Agree: 18% (9)
Agree: 59% (29)
Neutral: 8% (4)
Disagree: 10% (5)
Strongly Disagree: 4% (2)

86% Feel Their National Governing Body Doesn't do Enough for Enduro

Jesse making signature shapes

One of the clearest problems found in the survey is that Enduro is struggling to receive support from national governing bodies for cycling.

Of the riders who primarily race Enduro a huge 86% feel their national governing body does not currently do enough for Enduro. Only 6% agree with the statement "My national governing body supports its athletes well," with 12% remaining neutral on the issue.

The lack of Enduro support from a national governing cycling body makes things hard for riders who aren't as well financially support as from our 49 respondents 78% find that riders from their home countries cannot compete at an international level without significant financial support. Without a national cycling body to support a sport it can be hard to form national and local races that can bring up future talent to the sport and help already established riders secure financial support.

As part of the survey, we asked the riders what they would like to see done differently by their national body, here are some of their responses:

bigquotesTo have a structure to support athletes. At this moment enduro is 100% privateer.

bigquotesFirstly - recognise Enduro… British Cycling does not recognise enduro so we don’t have even an official national championships event.

bigquotesActually support Enduro racing.

bigquotesCycling NZ shows no support for Enduro racing and very little for DH racing.

bigquotesMore/any support for enduro riders at events like the trophy of nations, better organized national championship races.

bigquotesI would like the national body to recognise and start to support Enduro.

bigquotesAs of now I get no form of support from my federation so anything would be better.

My national governing body supports its athletes well:
Agree: 6% (3)
Neutral: 8% (4)
Disagree: 29% (14)
Strongly Disagree: 57% (28 )
For riders from my home country, it is too expensive to compete at an international level without significant financial support from brands or sponsors:
Strongly Agree: 37% (18 )
Agree: 41% (20)
Neutral: 14% (7)
Disagree: 8% (4)

Racers Want Shuttles/Lifts for Practice but maybe not in the Main Race

Big shuttle trucks are in hot demand during an EWS week in Finale so Richie Rude and Shawn Neer went with a smaller local option to get themselves around.

While the 'spirit of enduro' back in 2013 seemed to be big days out on the big and blind racing it seems like today's racers want more help getting around the courses for practice with 61% of respondents either agreeing or strongly agreeing to the idea that "Shuttling should be allowed in training for enduro events." Only 27% would disagree or strongly disagree to this idea.

Despite a small majority of riders wanting more assistance during training, it seems like most are either neutral or disagree with a suggestion that shuttling and lifts should have more involvement on race days. 39% either disagreed or strongly disagreed with this while most found they were neutral on this idea. Only 20% thought this could be a good idea.

Breaking the data down into those who want extra assistance during practice, 40% of these respondents would not want this included in the race days.

Shuttles for practice offer a clear advantage in that they allow the riders to complete their practice without exerting as much energy so more can be saved for the actual racing. When it comes to race days things are less clear with the current top riders not being sure if having these included in racing is a definitive positive or negative for the sport.

Of the three riders who either primarily race Downhill or XC we found that two of them either agreed or strongly agreed to practice shuttles with the other rider remaining neutral. When it came to race shuttling and lift it was no surprise that the XC rider strongly disagreed to this with the Downhill riders either being neutral or strongly agreeing with this idea.

Shuttling should be allowed in training for enduro events:
Strongly Agree: 14% (7)
Agree: 47% (23)
Neutral: 12% (6)
Disagree: 12% (6)
Strongly Disagree: 10% (5)
The races, in general, should involve more shuttling and chairlifts:
Strongly Agree: 8% (4)
Agree: 8% (4)
Neutral: 41% (20)
Disagree: 29% (14)
Strongly Disagree: 10% (5)

Enduro Racers are Still on Average Paid More than Downhill Racers

Jack Moir takes his first win and is joined on the podium by Richie Rude and Charlie Murray

Just like our last State of the Sport survey, we will be releasing the full breakdown of riders' earnings in full, but we thought it is worth highlighting again that Enduro riders continue to be better compensated on average than fellow Downhill racers.

To protect each rider's anonymity we won't be breaking down these results to the point where anyone could be identified but we can share a few interesting statistics and comparisons. Firstly, while Enduro does seem to pay riders better on average there is a pay ceiling in the bracket of $100,000-$250,000 USD whereas Downhill sees two riders earning $250,000 and higher.

The most interesting details seem to come in at the lower end of the pay spectrum with 20% of Enduro riders in the lowest bracket of $0-$5,000 USD compared to a sizeable 43% of the Downhill riders. It's troubling to see that despite Downhill receiving far more coverage and even live broadcasting so many more riders are struggling with zero or at best very little pay.

Whereas in Downhill it seems that riders are even earning the big bucks or struggling to get by Enduro seems to offer a far more secure source of income for most with 48% sitting at earnings between $20,000 and $100,000 USD. Only 29% of the Downhill field are making this level of income.

Enduro Rider Pay:
0-5,000: 20% (10)
5,000-10,000: 8% (4)
10,000-20,000: 12% (6)
20,000-30,000: 12% (6)
30,000-40,000: 6% (3)
40,000-50,000: 14% (7)
50,000-100,000: 16% (8 )
100,000-250,000: 8% (4)
Downhill Rider Pay:
0-5,000: 43% (18 )
5,000-10,000: 12% (5)
10,000-20,000: 2% (1)
20,000-30,000: 7% (3)
30,000-40,000: 5% (2)
40,000-50,000: 5% (2)
50,000-100,000: 12% (5)
100,000-250,000: 7% (3)
250,000-500,000: 2% (1)
500,000+: 2% (1)

Other Comments from Enduro Racers

bigquotesAccess to health resources would be really cool. I find I have great support in training and racing, but there is a gap in resources around injury and body maintenance (without spending a lot of personal money). I also understand it is part of being an athlete and I am okay to spend money here.

bigquotesThere needs to be more help to organize high-level events.

bigquotesOur national cycling federation puts all the money and effort into road cycling. Even though we have several really good mountain bike athletes.

bigquotesMore funding.

bigquotesIt is incredibly difficult for privateers at an EWS, from the costs of the event to having to figure out logistics for shuttling. It's hard when pro teams are able to sort this easily. Also, they’ve provided a camping field for privateers but no toilet facilities. You are forced to get accommodation when it’s not affordable to do so.

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  • 178 11
 I would like to see one blind stage per race. A lot of venues create new trails for the EWS events. Keep racers off that one and have it as part of the race. It just adds one more skill type to what's needed to win the race.
  • 32 86
flag IMeasureStuff FL (Jan 25, 2023 at 13:22) (Below Threshold)
 The risk is just too high for elete level riders that are there to not only win races but also have a career that pays them a living wage. Want to see your favourite rider break their neck, well this is how you do it.
  • 79 8
 Bring back Super D! These lazy f*ckers don’t even want to pedal to the top anymore.
  • 45 0
 @norcalbike: Yeah, the idea of enduro was that it was the kind of ride we do every day, but only with timed downhill sections. It also means you don't have to have a chairlift to host.
  • 20 4
 I’ve raced a stage or two blind before. Terrifying and slow at the same time. Would have been much worse if my results mattered
  • 20 1
 Would be cool to come up with some sort of signage coding along the trailside, similar to the instructions/maps given to rally car drivers, that would indicate the upcoming obstacle, terrain or feature. That way it is equal parts "blind" and would present a safer format.
  • 24 22
 Fuck blind racing. I spent 3 months off the bike because of it, and im still mending my ankle after 3 years. It's dangerous and will lead to more Injuries in the sport. I still race them though, It's the only race we have in pemby, haha.
  • 15 2
 @KJP1230: Rally drivers run the stage at low speed beforehand and make their own notes with the co-driver. Having Enduro events run a similar format where the riders get a guided slow ride of the trail the day before could work really well.
  • 41 1
 @norcalbike: yeah it does sound like a lot of enduro racers criticisms could be solved by switching to DH
  • 9 8
 @IMeasureStuff: No it isn't, Everyone just has to go slower. It may make it safer actually since there won't be pressure to jump some big feature
  • 9 1
 @KJP1230: This is the norm for moto enduro racing
  • 5 0
 @Fix-the-Spade: one way we did in a race is to walk the secret track the way up along with your bike to the top then race it. It was on previous day as a qualifying. I like it this way
  • 1 0
 @KJP1230: Rally drivers/co-drivers write their own instructions after driving the course slowly beforehand...

The current enduro format is actually more similar to how rally races are run as opposed to your proposed signage.
  • 7 6
 While racing blind on courses is great in theory, it's nothing more than a danger to the athletes and a liability to the organization and race promoters. Multiple disciplines allow a pre-walk or pre-ride of the courses just for these reasons. Not allowing racers to pre-ride the course is disrespectful the the health and well being of these athletes. Their goal should be to set their best time, not just to simply survive and try to not break their bikes or themselves. We don't need more lawsuits or worst a couple of deaths to make needed changes to Enduro racing. Pre-riding the courses is in the best interests of everyone that throws a leg over a bike over a stop watch!
  • 3 0
 What if the shake down stage was the “blind” stage? Often looks like everyone’s dinking around on it anyway.
  • 1 0
 @KJP1230: that's an interesting/sensible idea. But landings can be different and the riders need to know what they're up against in that regard.
  • 2 0
 I 100% endorse this, not like anyone cares what I think...
  • 6 1
 I hated racing blind as an amateur because it felt incredibly dangerous to me to ride at race pace on a track I knew nothing about.
  • 3 0
 @fattirefrenzy: I love blind racing/riding, I’m not sure how theres anything disrespectful about it. The goal is to set the fastest time, but within the rules of the race, if that means its blind, then thats one of the constraints youre up against, just like staying within the tape of the course.
The safest thing to do might be to have racers run down a gravel road, sped limited of course, after they’ve had an infinite number of practise laps serviced by private shuttle trucks to the top for everyone, to get acquainted with the amount of drift required,
We can call it re-repack racing, what do you think?
  • 3 0
 @MarcusBrody I could get on board with this for a season of EWS races. Just to see if a single blind stage really separates the riders or not.
  • 2 0
 @bocomtb: I'll bet it does. This would be an epic idea.
  • 1 0
 @norcalbike: Right!!!! That's what I'm talking about. Pedal to practice. You'll be stronger.
  • 90 6
 That pay bar chart is terrible. The person who made that shouldn't get paid for it...
  • 25 4
 I spent so much time trying to figure out what the % distributions meant. It is completely meaningless and impossible to interpret
  • 7 0
 @steflund: It looks like its comparing riders from both disciplines. So for example at 50-100k 100% of riders would cover both the dh riders interviewed and the enduro. 62% of those riders were enduro and 38 percent of them downhill riders. Really doesnt mean much unless they interviewed the exact same amount of enduro riders as DH riders other than that out of the riders interviewed more people made that amount in enduro than dh
  • 40 1
 What are you talking about. It makes perfect sense. 100% of DH riders make more than $250k a year. I quit my job today and bought a DH bike based on this article.
  • 8 11
 Pie charts in general should NEVER be used. PInkbike need to get a proper data analyst to do this stuff as half of it doesn't make sense
  • 10 1
 @enduroNZ: You have difficulty reading a pie chart? Pretty simple and intutitive in almost all situations with regards to % totals.
  • 1 0
 Anyone with a little common sense should be able to tell that chart is a load of pish. If they’d put some effort in to the structure and analysis of these surveys they could be way more useful.
  • 35 2
 Based on the stats about shuttling and chairlifts maybe there's space for another genre of racing here, multi-stage-DH?
  • 11 0
 I think DH stage races would be awesome, especially as a local level, participation event.
  • 14 18
flag PauRexs FL (Jan 25, 2023 at 15:10) (Below Threshold)
 It's fine I don't see the problem. We all want to see who is the fastest and skillest rider down the hill with actual bikes and trails we all ride...
We don't care who is the fitest... There is XC for that.. they still have to be for racing 20-30min at max intensity... So what's the point of adding more pedaling? That you spend the whole f*cking day with your ass pedaling up when what you want actually is going down and enjoyy...
  • 6 0
  • 5 6
 @PauRexs: Not sure why you’re getting downvoted, I actually agree.
  • 4 5
 @mrosie: cause some endu-ortodox minds got hurt by the truth we are actually downhill endurance guys.
  • 4 0
 My first enduro type race was like that.
Groups of riders had their defined shuttle at a defined time,that took them to the top of 4 different tracks,with no prior training.
It was one of the most memorable races to everybody that participated,and we still talk about it after more than 20 years.
It was called the Bici-Enduro,at Lousã (Portugal).
  • 9 0
 I think enduro is moving that way as it is. It used to be that shuttling was completely banned in practice. Fabien Barel got like a 5 minute penalty at Whistler just for driving to one of the trailheads in practice.

Then it changed to shuttling was allowed in practice. I remember Tracey Moseley being outspoken against it. Her logic was:
- Gives an unfair advantage to big factory teams (harder for lone privateers to shuttle)
- Puts more vans and cars on the roads causing congestion around the area. Increased environmental impact.
- It's an endurance sport, pedalling is to be expected
- Puts more wear on the trails (more runs being done in practice)

Since then the last point (and to a certain degree the first), has been mitigated by only allowing one practice run per stage. The rest are probably still valid though. It does seem that since the rule change enduro has got more DH - focused. Bikes have got burlier. There's been less two-day races, and from this year there won't be any (changes to EDR rules).

I can see why racers wouldn't want to spend hours and hours during practice slogging up fire roads. I think it would be ideal to minimise private car/van shuttling during practice, like using chairlifts or community uplift vehicles. But that puts more pressure on race organisers and finding a suitable venue.
  • 4 2
 E-ews. None of that boring tedious uphill bit and maximise downhill fun.
  • 2 5
 @mcozzy: we are heading there... I predict natural Enduro will get displaced over time for e enduro. Downvote me I ll save this comment for some years in ahead...
  • 1 1
 Also Recovering "the Spirit of Ainsa". That event was so special everyone enjoyed so much... Riders, public... then you can feel that if there's a good media production... The Lap they designed was epic even the laisons where on technichal trails... Shuttling only should be allowed for sky resorts or everyone should get the same type of shuttling
  • 38 5
 Enduro racers want lots of practice laps and shuttle assistance eh? Maybe they should try a sport called Downhill?
  • 5 1
 They do? I interpreted the articles as them wanting less shuttling turing race and were happy with the amount of practice
  • 23 6
 DH = Budweiser, proven and reliable
Enduro= Bud Light, something for everyone and way more ads

(Feel free to ridicule my beverage examples)
  • 41 0
 Your beverage examples are ridiculous!
  • 3 1
 @boozed: your ridicule is ridiculous, but accurate. Big Grin
  • 5 1
 Spot on, dilly dilly!
  • 14 0
 What do Budweiser and making love on a canoe have in common?

They are both f*cking close to water!!!
  • 6 0
 Unless Budweiser is significantly nicer across the pond there, you have just mortally insulted the peak discipline of MTB racing by comparing it to that pish.
  • 1 0
 @AlejoBeletadpQ: What about bud light, is that even considered a beer ?
  • 11 1
 Sorry I don’t get the too 5 thing. There were 7 male from the top 5 and 7 female from the too 5 answering the survey?? Someone bring me light please??
  • 2 4
 7 males that had a top 5 finish in a 2022 EWS race answered the survey. Similarly, 7 females that had a top 5 finish in a 2022 EWS race answered the survey.
  • 2 0
 Multiple categories
  • 6 0
 @abalian: Makes sense. But below the pie chart it’s labeled « top 5 overall » so it’s quite confusing
  • 14 0
 @EnduroManiac: Pro tip: if someting looks off, read on and find the answer in the text (juniors, U21, elites). Pinkers approach: if something looks odd, go straight to comments.
  • 4 0
 @mi-bike: I went straight to the comments to see if someone had my answer Big Grin
  • 7 1
 I think PB should do a survey made on how much funding is spent at each major team. Break that funding down via racers, mechanics, management and staff. This across the board for XC, Enduro, DH racers/teams. Maybe add in travel funding as well.

I think Cannondale did this back in the late 90s for Moutain Bike Action Magazine. It was cool to see how much the top riders were actually making verse the rest of the team mates and management staff. Don’t hold me to the exact numbers, but I am thinking it was around $2.5M for total team employee payout yearly. Lopes making $1M, Missy $500k, Tinker $500k, and I think the rest of the team and staff (6 total) shared the rest of $500k. That was a long time ago.

Just my 2cents.
  • 6 0
 "Our national cycling federation puts all the money and effort into road cycling. Even though we have several really good mountain bike athletes." Said no Australian ever ROFL
  • 3 0
 All the moolah is in track, isn't it?
  • 5 0
 I get the racer's comments about a lack of National Series but I've also seen well organised local events where EWS racers don't turn up. Which given EWS last year was eight races across three months seems like a funny way of helping turn national governing body's attention towards Enduro
  • 10 4
 Let’s be honest,the only people that make any real money in cycling are the ceo’s of bike companies.
And maybe a handful of roadies.
  • 28 3
 And a small handful of mtb folks. I think the big takeaway is if you want money and healthcare - don’t race. You can ride just as much or more than pros and make way way more by just getting a decent college degree. The whole industry undervalues talent bc people want to be cool industry insiders and so companies can pay tiny amounts of money.

I’m not a cynic, I think it’s cool that the industry exists, but it’s far less glam than you’d think. I feel like I’d rather make cash, pay full price for bikes, and have time to ride than go back to getting some free parts and cheap stuff but having 0 money and no time to ride.
  • 8 0
 If I remember correctly, for road WT teams, there's a minimum wage which is 65K per year (self employed). There's way more than a handful road cyclist earning above 1M, already within Jumbo Visma there's at least 4 riders above or close to 1M, and that's just salary. Then there's prize money (usually divided between the team), bonus for results and individual sponsors.
Even the worst road pro earns more than most DH and Enduro racers. On the other hand side, road cycling calendar is more intense with easily 50 race days per rider per year.
  • 3 0
 Don't forget the uci....
  • 1 0
 @dick-pound: the roadies do way more than 50. Maybe the team leaders don’t but the rest of the squad will. It we’ll also be on the TV for hours a day
  • 2 0
 @chrismac70: average is around 65 races per year per rider. Usually all leaders are within 60 and 70 while there's still some rider topping above 80, which is crazy. Younger riders stay around 40 to 50 instead.
  • 3 0
 It feels like national federations and the UCI have a lot more to do here. in the UK at least you MUST be a member of British cycling to get points to be eligible to compete internationally, as far as I understand this is because British cycling are recognised by the UCI. but there is no demand that british cycling do anything to support those athletes?

Given how British cycling treats the gravity side of cycling I'm not sure I want them involved (see providing no support to downhillers when they were supporting XC at the same venue on the same weekend as an easy example) but isn't it time that the cyclists got something back. Its not as if the UCI or federations could suggest all the money went on national series or prize money.....
  • 1 1
 Now that enduro is uci recognised that will become alot easier. It’s one of the benefits of uci recognition
  • 7 0
 I do not believe that +5% in a sample size of 49 is a "marked increase".
  • 3 0
 Firstly - recognise Enduro… British Cycling does not recognise enduro so we don’t have even an official national championships event
the big British names select not to race the BNES champs race, this year its held by Welsh enduro in DYFI
  • 7 5
 Not that we have to pay to watch downhill, the DH racers will get significantly less exposure and make less money. Probably will only have a fraction of the audience that Red Bull had.
  • 3 0
 I am not sure why you are getting downvoted. Can someone explain to me how now that we are paying to watch there will be more exposure for riders? I must be missing something.
  • 3 0
 @robito: I think the theory is that it will be on mainstream channels like Eurosport and so attract lots of casual viewers and new fans. I honestly don't think anyone knows what will actually happen though.
  • 5 1
 The only reason not to do enduro blind is that they changed the sport of mtb enduro to a dh stage race.
  • 1 0
 People do know that National Cycling bodies are based on track and road cycling? The primary aim of allocating funding is to back a successful Olympic Campaign, followed by World Championships. This is where athletes compete in National teams rather than trade teams. There is barely any support from national bodies for mountain biking in its entirety even for XCO which is an Olympic sport. BMX will rank higher than mountain biking for a lot of national bodies. Enduro? Is there an Olympic event? Is there a World Championship Event (not series)? And as long as the answer is no then money is never going to go towards what is seen as individual or corporate programs at the expense of National programs.
  • 4 1
 How did more riders finish in the Top 5 than the Top 10 when being in the Top 5 mens you are also in the Top 10...
  • 1 0
  • 1 0
 Probably racers that had a top 10 finish, but were NOT in the top 5. If you had a top 5, you were on that pie chart, 6-10 on the other. My take anyways.
  • 2 0
 @bikeparkmemes: in those two pie charts, the Top 5 included juniors, U21, and elite categories (30 total, male + female). Although not explained quite as clearly in the text below, the Top 10 appears to have included only the elite categories (20 total, male + female)
  • 3 0
 Why is Taj's art work only on the home page? I want to see the detail, don't cha know?
  • 2 0
 Reviewer 3 here…
Have the authors gotten any support from a professional statistician? If not I suggest so before publishing.
  • 12 11
 pay trail builders more than racers if you're expecting to get paid for your hobby you should at least try to provide some sort of value to people other than yourself
  • 17 0
 except the ones that keep building garbage and can't handle constructive feedback
  • 6 0
 Imo Cities and Municipalities should have trail builders on their payroll.
  • 6 3
 please no more pie charts
  • 5 0
 The half pie chart for the countries was painful
  • 3 0
 Unless they are showing actual pie consumption. Elliot Heap might dominate that one.
  • 1 0
 @mi-bike: they have since changed it to a bar chart
  • 4 1
 Blind Enduro racing is the way
  • 1 0
 mass start is enduro godmode
  • 1 1
 EWS needs to dial in a sports betting app, get a few pop actors or other slow moving clowns to promote to bring in some Ching for the federations then… humvees to the top of open practice all day Th, Fr, Sat..
  • 2 1
 Any salary/wage difference between male and female rider? Minimum 32 data points per male/female would be required.
  • 1 0
 Why is top 10 smaller than top 5? Top 10 should be inclusive of top 5. Other wise it's top 6-10.
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 I fully disagree anyone should be funded by government. 1. Racing bikes is a personal choice to go full time competitive 2. Companies want to sell more bikes and should foot the bill accordingly to keep promoting this sport.
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 I guess it depends on if they are representing the country or not. If you are being sent to represent your nation then you should probably get expenses. That said, riding for your country should be an honour.

But anyway, I've always had more respect for amatuer athletes than professionals. How hard is it to just go train all day every day if you love it? Not hard at all. How hard is it to do it and live a normal life? Much harder and deserving of way more respect.
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 @Diarmuidbikes: I agree with your statement for country representation!
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 maybe the course tapers can get a little more creative when taping a course so the locals don't just race of muscle memory.
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 I race every enduro blind. Can't remember a thing on any tracks bar my local(s).
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 That's how you can spot a data nerd - the lab coat.
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 who is the rider from Asia?
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 Noga Karem? (Israel)?
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 WHO is making 500k+?
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 Pedal to the top, or do downhill races. Simples.
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 That is a joke. . . . Enduro racers are NOT paid. . . . .
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