The start of a new season in the Enduro World Series is always a joyous occasion. For Curtis Keene, it’s a chance to put all the pieces together and get back to winning. But the road to victory is fraught with uncertain and unfavourable conditions.
A rider can control their training, they can control their bike set-up – but try as they might, a racer cannot control the clock. Race # 8 of the Enduro World Series in Zona Zero, Spain once again reminds us of how competitive the sport of mountain bike Enduro has become.
With minuscule amounts of time separating the riders from either a podium position or being an “also-ran”, the racers are forced to put aside the weather, the crashes and the abuse of their machines to push as hard as they can to make the clock stop.
Every Race is a story. The transfers, the perfect lines, the mechanicals and the crashes are a part of every racer’s tale.
In this episode of On Track with Curtis Keene we explore 3 different stories from what is consistently one of the toughest (and paradoxically most liked) races in the Enduro World Series: Whistler, British Columbia, Canada.
Follow Curtis as he struggles with injury to make the starting line. We track BC transplant Josh Carlson as he puts together a dream run of stages at his “home race” and we follow young gun Richie Rude who has apparently decided that concepts of age and experience don’t actually count for anything at all.
This Episode deals with the passion and the risks involved with racing mountain bikes. It is dedicated to Will Olson, race plate number 139 at Stop #5 of the Enduro World Series, who unexpectedly passed away on August 1st 2015 while racing.
The athletes, the event organising committee, the volunteers, and the spectators, came into Colorado with excitement but left Crested Butte with heavy hearts.
This Episode is dedicated to Will. Ride in Peace.
Wild weather, slippery courses and the continued search for speed and fitness are all on the menu as Curtis and the rest of the athletes of the Enduro World Series travel to Scotland.
Riding a bike in difficult conditions like these is one thing, but racing a bike in the mud and the cold is something else completely different.
As Curtis continues to search for the pieces of the puzzle he’ll need to get back into the Top 15, one of the EWS’s main contenders sees his season crushed due to injury. Aggressive racing, harsh Weather and a new Series leader will all emerge from the woods of Peebles.
They called it “Crankzilla”: the longest, toughest, hottest and some would say most technically demanding race of the Enduro World Series this season. 60 KM of riding, 2500 Meters of elevation gain and more than 7 hours of riding through five stages that would test amateurs and Pros both physically and technically.
After a sea on of close calls and almosts, Curtis is finally able to put it all together and have the right race on the right day.
Watch Curtis as he take one step further his overall season goal of making the top 10 during this 6th stop of the Enduro World Series.