WAKi-Leaks Installment 4: Spirit of Enduro

Apr 25, 2014 at 12:15
by Wacek Kipszak  

2013 was a very special year in the history of mountain biking. The Enduro World Series kicked off, a new racing format for the kind of riding most of us do. Get to the top and then have as much fun as possible on the downhill. Chat with riding buddies on the way up, and race with them on the way down. Since the series was announced many people were very confused about what enduro really means; some argued it could be called just "mountain biking" and that enduro is just another term that industry uses to grow a new trend in order to steal our money. We also heard the expression, "the Spirit of Enduro". Chris Ball was using it very often, but just as the term enduro, it was a blurry idea to many people. Nobody knew whether that meant riding with friends, fair play, not cheating, not cutting the course or something else. I was distressed, I needed to find the answer what the Spirit of Enduro means to me.

I decided to contemplate that issue on a long ride, I thought that being out for hours in nature on my beloved bicycle would give me the answer. Every now and then I stopped to meditate. I chose different spots, like under a large tree or at the edge of the cliff but I could not find the answer. Finally I decided to get in touch with the trail and the earth it is set upon, and I sat in a pool of stinky mud. Then amidst the discomfort I came in contact with a higher being. I felt a deep connection with the universe, the sense of perfect now - it was deep yet very vivid. I focused harder and a kind of vision appeared - I saw a figure shining with an inner light, riding a bike, jumping and turning hard on a trail, with the sea in the background. The figure stopped after a while, got off the bike on its ghostly legs and started looking around. Suddenly it pointed its eyes at me - I froze, terrified! I opened my eyes in panic and wanted to stand up, but the vision appeared again. The figure approached me, I started crawling back out of the mud pit, and then it smiled very widely and loudly said, "Bongiorno! Non abbiate paura! - Mi chiamo Antonio! Io sono lo Spirito di Enduro!" He said it in Italian but I understood it perfectly, even though I cannot understand Italian. It was: Hello! My name is Antonio! I am the Spirit of Enduro! - I replied with a shaking voice, "Hello! My name is Wacek, I was just meditating"... "Aaa! English! I can speak English too, but with the accent - understand?" "Yes," I said. He smiled widely again and said. "Very good, bravo! You contemplated the nature of mountain biking, and you found me. Very few really do, but that is alright! Look, I am sorry, I have to go, my wife is going to kick my kulo, I must ritorno subito! Speak to you later! Arrivederci!"

Spirit of Enduro riding in the heart of Gothenburg's trail riding: Änggårsbergen

So a few days later I meditated again and got in contact with him, and we spoke a bit and he was very eager to come and visit me here in Sweden to ride our muddy, rocky trails and drink some coffee. It was a good day riding indeed, he is an incredible rider, very fast and incredibly smoothly. He is very strong as well even though his ghostly flesh looks like the Italian cuisine is treating him well. After a long day of riding I asked him if he would like to give me an interview as I wanted to share. He shone like a second sun and said, "That is an excellent idea, let's do it!" So... here it is my friends, I give you Antonio - The Spirit of Enduro.

1. WAKi: Hello, I feel honoured to talk to you, how do you like our trails here in Sweden?
Spirit of Enduro: No, no, please - I'm honoured myself, I am a spirit I can ride anywhere I want and talk to everyone I want. Sweden is cold and dark now, a lot of mud, my Duccatti bike gets too dirty. I like blond girls and moose.

2. Where do you come from originaly, how did you come into biking.
My mother was Italian and father is French, my job since 17th century was to be a Genius Locci waiting for artists wandering in the woods around Nice, and giving them inspiration. Then one day, 50 years ago, a guy came with a bicycle and I got hooked up on it. These days I spend most of my time between Genova and St.Tropez, nice trails, a lot of sun, beach, frutti di mare, gelato, you know "dolce vita" as tourists call it.

3. What is enduro?
It is what it is. It is something all mountain bikers are doing, but it is not just mountain biking, it is a very deep experience, like making love! A true enduro rider makes love to the trail, no cuts. Enduro is riding in la natura but no fireroad - understand? It is the atmosphere of sharing a ride with your friends, It is not just a racing ok? Very important, not only racing! You have to say it with Italian accent en-DUro!
-Enduro - no no, enDUro, the accent on Du is importante ok? - ok!

4. What do you think of the Enduro World Series, can it change the way we ride and race compared to how the French and Italians have been doing it?
Enduro was big in southern Europe for a long time, but the EWS made it bigger, it makes me happy. It is good that people from all over the world can ride together. It was very relaxed, well organized. I am proud to see people from places like New Zealand or Austraila meeting and smiling to each other.

5. There was a lot of controversy regarding the rules on practice, what do you make of it?
If you practice a little bit then that is very good, because if you ride only blind then it is hard to get into the flow and being in the flow is like making love to a beautiful woman. The riders must decide if they want to shag a sex bomb, a virgin, or train for a month to turn it into sleeping with the old wife your mother chose for you. True mountain bikers are great lovers, they would never have a bad woman in the front and a sponsor from the back - understand?

Custom Duccatti Enduro bike

6. What do you think of penalties on some top riders in EWS - weren't they kind of harsh?
Who am I to decide? Rules are necessary, otherwise you get Italian government, you know? I liked how the penalized riders accepted the decisions - that made me very proud! They behaved like champions. True enduro riders!

7. Do you have a favourite rider?
Yes, Alex Lupato, because he is Italian. I also like the winner of World Enduro - Jerome, because he's French and he can really go "a manetta!" And I like very much Anneke Beerten - very beautiful, and very talented. However, I must say here, I'm sorry ok? I'm sorry, I don't like this Greg, you know? The track is never good for him.

8. I see you have a very special bike that suits your ghostly body, are you a bike-part nerd? Can you tell us a bit about it?
Yes I am a bit of a bike nerd, this one is made for me by Duccatti, and I have a custom Marzocco fork, almost everything is Italian here. Tri Colore on the head tube, that is important. The grips and pedals are very special because they must provide contact with my spiritual entity and this material world. I had to make them myself. What else... integrated Marzocco dropper post, Selle Italia saddle, 140mm of rear travel - I don't need more, ehm, Car-bone wheels, a bit heavy but they look fantastic. A gearbox made for me by Ferrari, very good!

9. What do you think of the industry hyping enduro-specific products?
I don't care, I ride bikes they make for me, as long as they get me home and I am smiling. Geometry is important to me, also the suspension must feel right, I guess it is all in the feel. I don't count numbers I don't listen to theory I rely on my senses. Enduro will always be what it is in the heart of a true mountain biker, no matter what business tries to make out of it.

10. Is there any message you would like to send to all the riders out there?
Ride your bike like you stole it, don't worry if it is carbone, big wheel or small wheel - you can ride enduro on anything, even a Session. Make love to the trail, care for it, don't cut corners - QUE CAZZ...!!!! Scuzi, Sorry I got angry, some Strava idiota made a cut on my favorite switchback in Finale yesterday. Scuzi... So yes please ride your bikes to have fun and look for the flow, not for seconds. A racer looks for seconds when he has found the flow. The flow is important - understand?

Eee...Thank you very much for your time!

My pleasure, I am sorry I have to go, my wife Angellica is calling me.

Thank you for reading
Arguably Yours
Wacek Kipszak

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Disclaimer: This article is meant to be a satire. My very intention with it is to entertain you and eventually provide some food for reflection in case we treat our sport a bit too seriously. I honestly do not wish to insult or harm anyone or any company. Eventual resemblance to persons, names and places might be coincidental.


  • 148 10
 I gotta say, waki, I used to think that you were a total idiot troll. However, it didn't take too long trawling around PB to come to appreciate your comments and admittedly unique sense of humor. Now, I rather look forward to reading your articles. Here's hoping that this one makes it to the front page too Salute
  • 22 5
 +2 if possible
  • 8 1
 Anneke Beerten - very beautiful, and very talented. Whenever there's Enduro ladies.
  • 6 0
 If hes right Onion Bikes could be the next big thing in enduro :O www.onionbikes.com/?file=no-welding-system
  • 5 0
 Doing a pre ride bolt check to make sure everything is tight could take a while with those onion bikes!!!
...............PS: Is that Ed Masters in the 1st drawing??...................
  • 15 7
 digthehills - that is sort of a coincidence as I haven't seen his vid when I was drawing this two months ago. I think the originator of a weird facial hair in MTB is Mark Weir, at least that was my inspiration. But yes it may as well be Ed Masters Big Grin
  • 8 0
 you're transcending, waki. you can converse thru meditation. I've met briefly(and thankfully) the spirits of enduro, dh, bmx, skate & moto but only after summoning thru EMTs.
  • 15 1
 You see that is our problem fullbug, we are blinded by two wheels - why didn't we transcend to meet the Spirit of naked feminine beauty? I say it this way because as a teenager I tried to meet The Spirit of Porn and it was a filthy old man... had to use a diaper for three months after the summoning, which didn't turn out the way I imagined
  • 1 0
 understand blinded by wheels for sure. spirits may or may not become agitated when not enough or too much offering are presented at their altars. good stuff, waki. carry on, sir.
  • 7 0
 I never thought WAKI was a troll. His comments always seemed pretty well thought-out and on-the-money for the most part. I could never figure out why the guy had so many neg reps.
  • 4 0
 TheR - but I am proud of being a troll. Few years ago I realized that I am a mental wanker, a troll, but then I thought that I am not alone. So I decided to be the best one!!! I just have to be careful because I live in Sweden and their bational TV gas just released a new reality show called: Trolljägarna" - Troll hunters! A guy walks around and visits the worst online trolls. I am affraid a few blokes from my town would like to see me in it...
  • 2 0
 waki, my opinion on you has changed greatly. you're actually a gifted satirist and artist and you're amazing at pointing out how ridiculous our sport can be. for that, i thank you
  • 1 0
 WAKI- abito in Italia....lo trovato veramente divertente, complimenti. sei un buon uomo..I too am searching for the spirit of enduro here in Italy Wink ..ciao
  • 28 0
 Eddy Masters take on enduro www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNWxNh7ur3Q
  • 11 6
 Hahaha, oh I laughed... I haven't seen that one before. Hats off - it takes lots of intelligence to create such vid, hahahah. You have to be at least a bit smart in order to catch so many stupidities and cliches. And he is a top DH rider - I love people who can treat themselves less seriously, distance themselves. I just wonder why no one ever made such thing for downhill racing before. I haven't seen much of such BS in Enduro but in DH... just watch that one, and then go to DirtMag site and listen to the interview with Needles... nothing to Needles because such stuff becomes it's own genre.
  • 3 0
 The Eddy Masters video is GOLD!
  • 1 0
 First time I've seen that! Masterful treatment of the riding genre.
  • 1 0
 That is absolute gold
  • 7 1
 enDUro... By thw way I have some doubts in your mental sanity..... But keep it that way I love reading your blogs, just MTB specific comedy
  • 2 0
 Now it's enduro specific comedy.
  • 7 0
 "A racer looks for seconds when he has found the flow. The flow is important - understand?"

Amen brother.
  • 7 3
 " A racer looks for seconds when he has found the flow."

tHANK YOU wAKI. i AM GONNA BE MULLING THAT ONE OVER ALL DAY...OH bugger I had caps lock on. oops. can't be arsed to fix it now.
  • 7 4
 Yes I gave it a lot of thought! A LOT! This is serious man! Just work towards your goals man and remember: 10k hours!
  • 3 0
 Dude I have yet to read that (once it's not 3am here), but you sure can draw! I like that style :O
  • 3 0
 I do agree about the theory that mountain bikers are great lovers. Nevertheless, if one is a great lover he should actually be a great lover the first night as well. Analogy (no pun here please!): a great mountain biker will find the flow on his first run, hence no to trainings! This would really separate the great lovers from the boys Wink
  • 6 1
 I'll tell him what you said when/if I meet him again. However you may also access him if you meditate with spirit of enduro in mind. He is open to all of us who want to connect with him. One tip though, if you do connect - whatever happens, do not mention Strava...
  • 3 0
 Great drawings, Waki.. I like how you even got the tread pattern on the Ducati oriented for low rolling resistance and good braking. Good technical drawings and good character stuff. well done, mate! I was a toy designer for 15 years, I think you'd do well at that. Your style is fun and funky, and that's what they need to make fun toys, but you also get the technical details right. most 'illustrators' don't get that part.
  • 2 0
 Hehehe thanks man. I wanted to be a form designer, my uncle who was an architect was beating me to it. But I thought that being an architect is a better paid job - how wrong I was hehe, too late! Big Grin I've spent my childhoid drawing aeroplanes, it was driving my parents nuts. I used to be terrible at math and they used to take turns to sit with me and do the homework with me. They were so stubborn to teach me maths, but as soon as they left the room, even to get a glass of water, I was drawing something. So usualy when my father was back after one minute he didn't find a finished formula on the paper but a small spitfire or mustang in the corner hehe Smile
  • 1 0
 Right on. My mom was an architect, so I too had some design background growing up... I thought to make things I needed to be an Engineer.. then I discovered Industrial design. You're naturally talented there. My sketches always sucked, but the concepts were viable. seems you have good artistic ability along with good mechanical sense. Those two traits are hard to find in one person. most people are at one end of the spectrum or the other, having both makes you highly valuable. it's never too late.
  • 3 0
 Top drawer Waki - many thanks!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyzK6e6py9A - In case anyone is struggling to find that sweet spot Wink
  • 4 0
 Waki never disappoints !!! Great write up, yet again! ;-)
  • 3 0
 This may be the first article I have opened and read before reading the comments. It was much better than the comments!
  • 3 0
 Rules are necessary, otherwise you get Italian government, you know? ... Awesome, thanks for that lough!!!
  • 1 0
 Waki. You're originally from Mauritania??? How did THAT happen? I've been there, but only the airfield. Not the most inviting place but I'm sure the people there love their country.
  • 1 0
 No no, I just chose it randomly, born in Poland, living in Sweden
  • 1 0
 Aha. Gotcha.
  • 3 0
 Nice touch on the trellis frame.
  • 2 0
 come east then Waki, here it is so dusty & Sunny, not dark or muddy Big Grin

Real good read. Like it.
  • 3 0
 But they told me here that if I move out to Stockholm I wouldn't understand anything, I'd have to learn Swedish again
  • 1 0
 Norrköping is better than Stockholmo Big Grin . Norrköping is east, Stockholm is sum else. Welcome to "Norrpan" Big Grin

Isaberg should be real good too (South of Jönköping i think)
  • 3 0
 The spirit of enduro told me to travel more, or was it more travel?
  • 2 0
 ''Ride your bike like you stole it..'' - I will remember this comment for the rest of my life. Thanks! Wink
  • 3 0
 And sweat like a gypsy with a mortgage...
  • 1 0
 Spank it like your ginger step child.
  • 2 0
 enduro is fun!! and for everyone
  • 2 0
 You have taking ayuasca with that meditating ;-)
  • 1 0
 Nice arty work & wonder where the Duccatti engine went?
Also thither those mag wheels will catch on?
  • 8 6
 Sincere apologies but I find this irritating
  • 2 0
 What kind of drug he uses to write this kind of sh*t... the worst is that PB looks to like it. Maybe lack of news?
  • 2 0
 an article with good pictures and great writing. kudos!
  • 2 0
 somehow, i know that "It is not just a racing" is not a typo.
  • 1 0
 Ducati EnDUro bike with Ferrari gear box.....Want. May there be many more Waki episodes. He is the king of sarcasm.
  • 3 2
 what an absolute load of crap ( yes ill probs get negative props... but there we go )
  • 1 0
 Ducati did roll out a proto dh bike late last year Wink
  • 2 0
 holy shit this is the best ever.
  • 2 0
 Oh no, I will never get that italian accent out of my head! Razz
  • 1 1
 I was actualy going to ask my Italian friend Umberto to do an audio file, but he didn't have time Smile
  • 1 0
 Wouldn't mind a part two of this. For a joke, this was a nice read. It put riding in prospective.
  • 1 0
 Waki your real love is for moto! Why you right about bikes?
  • 1 3
 Yes, if you haven't ridden a moto, you will never be good on a mountain bike.
  • 1 0
 Ducatti bike... patetic... go moto somewhere and do your braaap far from a mtb website.
You mean you cant ride a moto if you never rode a bike? Thats shure
  • 1 0
 Caricatures remind me of Rad Rick form BMX action
  • 1 0
 BMX Plus!
  • 1 0
 too much head crashes!!! ...for that it s genius!!!
  • 1 0
 ебав я це ендуро
  • 1 0
 Ram air facial hair!
  • 1 0
  • 3 4
 Top shelf Waki! Keep the blogs flowing.
  • 2 4
 Enduro is not for fun. It's serious!
  • 5 1
 Yep, it's seriously fun!
  • 1 3
 Sweet as Waki, keep on keeping up with the Spirit if EnDUro, yeah boi....
  • 1 4
 Waki you're famous!
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