Bell Wasatch Enduro

I didn’t know what to expect as I boarded the Cabriolet on Saturday morning, making my way up to the village to work the Bell Wasatch Enduro. The race itself, featuring the Enduro format, sounded too good to be true. Six total stages: Three climbing and three descending. The three descending stages are timed. The climbing stages, while not timed, have a cut off. Sounds easy enough, right? Maybe. But if you think that you’re probably forgetting that to be competitive, speeds upwards of 35 mph are required on the downhill. You’re probably forgetting that over the course of a six hour race, the winning times are usually in the 20-30 minute range. Every line choice, pedal stroke, and touch of the brake has an impact. You’re also probably forgetting that while you are going downhill, “racing” a bike is much different than “riding” a bike. It’s physically tiring. It’s mentally taxing. It’s about details and focus.

Photo Credit: Joe Johnson

You might also think that it’s about having the “right” bike, kind of like when you were younger and thought new basketball shoes could make you jump higher. But after watching the Enduro, I realized that this isn’t the case at all. From hardtails to downhill bikes, the only thing more impressive than the mix of bikes that hit the trails was the variety of people on those bikes. And that, folks, is the beauty of Enduro. It’s not about the bike. It’s about the person on the bike.

Those people that I’m talking about, the nearly 200 riders, are the ones who made the Bell Wasatch Enduro a memorable event. They came. They rode. They conquered the course. And then they drank beers and told stories that may or may not be true. Here’s a look at some of the action.

Photo Credit: Joe Johnson

Photo Credit: Joe Johnson

Photo Credit: Joe Johnson

Photo Credit: Joe Johnson

Photo Credit: Joe Johnson

Photo Credit: Joe Johnson

Photo Credit: Joe Johnson

Photo Credit: Joe Johnson

Photo Credit: Joe Johnson

Photo Credit: Joe Johnson

Photo Credit: Joe Johnson

Photo Credit: Joe Johnson

 

Looking for more photos? You can find the goods on the Canyons Bike Park Facebook page.

Looking for results? Check the Bell Wasatch Enduro Facebook page.

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