Why EWC reckon enduro racing is for you

“I've heard about these Enduros. Are they good for me?"

 

We’re glad you have asked, and we know you fear them so we’re going to steal four minutes from your day to tell you why you don't need to be fear this excruciatingly fun discipline of mountain biking.

Number one: Enduro racing can help all cross country and marathon riders get faster. Looking back at how many riders some the Enduro Western Cape (EWC) team overtook on the descents during 2018 Wines2Whales, it became clear that most of the field could increase their speed significantly down all the key hills. With some simple exposure to more descending, riders could easily increase their confidence, brake less, hop over rock gardens and gain minutes on their competition.

 

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Photo credit: Ewald Sadie.

 

Number two: Trail bikes (the suggested enduro bike of choice) may be better suited to your overall riding style. Given that we're not in the Alps or Rockies, the latest enduro bike would just be overkill for most riders in South Africa. The latest round of trail bikes are so good at climbing and descending that they can be used at marathons and XCO events. Some members of the EWC team have switched their bikes for 2019 and opted for significantly less travel and chosen a bike more suited to all-around mountain biking. The key factors that make a more competent trail bike are wide handlebars, dropper seat-posts and a touch slacker head tube angle. We’re saying it now so that it can be heard in the public realm. Most SA riders choose a bike more suited to fast XCO racing, but if 50% of the field were to select a more trail-oriented bike, they'd have significantly more fun at races and actually ride better.

 

Number three: The trails where enduros are held are riding wonderfully. Tygerberg MTB Club has continued its fantastic maintenance to its trail network and has extended their reach to Greyton. This merely means that we have an abundance of safe, fun trails to ride ourselves silly on each and every weekend. Even the City Bowl has some technical, quick post-work riding for those who reside in town. Try to keep to single track on your MTB. It helps with skill development. And go away riding for the weekend. The Cedarberg, Grootvadersbosch and The Garden Route Trail Park and fantastic fun family riding weekends away.

 

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Photo credit: Ewald Sadie.

 

The enduro season is now underway, with the Dirtopia enduros kicking of the first half of the year - they are the perfect introduction to the discipline. After this, the EWC Enduros commence and this is when the ante up’s a couple of notches or 10. The EWC won't have a lite category this year, so all newcomers and riders wanting to get up to speed, start at the Dirtopia races to familiarise yourself with the very relaxed and fun style of riding. The EWC races are on the 9th June, 21st July and 6th October 2019

 

Also, remember that enduros are spectator friendly. If you thought the downs at a cross country race where exciting to watch then your family and friends need to watch you descend a stage at any of the EWC events this year. The team will be working on better spectator areas at critical points ensuring maximum visuals of the action!

 

In summary, enduros are fun days out and very different style of mountain biking most MTBers will enjoy immensely. The value added by its skill’s development will improve riders overall capability and quite simply, we live in province perfect for Enduro and trail riding.

 

This public service announcement brought to you by Rupert and the EWC Team. If you're enduro-curious, give us a shout and we'll help you have the most fun since the velocipede!




12 Comments

Meezo, Mar 04 2019 07:15

Whoop whoop!

Grease_Monkey, Mar 04 2019 10:39

Preach! Enduro for the win! Can't wait for the EWC races this year.

Headshot, Mar 05 2019 06:56

Shhhhh! More entrants means longer wait times :-)

Benetton, Mar 05 2019 09:40

Nice one Rupert! 

 

May you Daniel, Harry, Jacques and the rest of the crew go from strength to strength in the fantastic job you are doing with EWC at the moment...

iRide, Mar 05 2019 09:44

Shhhhh! More entrants means longer wait times :-)

We'll stagger batch start times to try avoid this and have a new (easy!) entry system which will make it easier to manage

Jewbacca, Mar 05 2019 10:31

I would like to do one or 2 of the EWC races, but do I need ski goggles and knee pads? Also, Will the guy in these photo's be there? He looks like he gives great hugs

Simon123, Mar 05 2019 10:37

Rupert looking hot in those pics. 

RvonT, Mar 05 2019 10:46

I would like to do one or 2 of the EWC races, but do I need ski goggles and knee pads? Also, Will the guy in these photo's be there? He looks like he gives great hugs

He will and he'll give you a hug and maybe a kiss. No ski goggles required however a set of pads is important. 

Headshot, Mar 05 2019 12:47

He will and he'll give you a hug and maybe a kiss. No ski goggles required however a set of pads is important. 

Sounds like maybe a full face helmet and visor might be needed...

Headshot, Mar 05 2019 12:48

Where is race 1 of the EWC going to be. Need to get some early practice in :-)

Jewbacca, Mar 05 2019 01:10

He will and he'll give you a hug and maybe a kiss. No ski goggles required however a set of pads is important. 

I look forward to that... We can share a can of pilchards.........

TAAHIRWP, Mar 07 2019 01:18

Anyone have the Enduro events Calender mapped out for 2019?