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A lot of guys that ride mountainbikes came from an off-road motorcyle culture, like myself. How many are familiar with how a motorcycle enduro works? I always thought it would be a great format to apply to XC MTB. Has it been done, and I'm just in the dark?

For those not familiar, in a nutshell:
It resembles the current Ultra races that have become popular.
Intersections, road crossings, and turns are numbered to keep all on course, but the entire course has a defined speed average a rider is judged by.
Secret checkpoints are scattered throughout, and a rider is penalized if he is slower, or faster, than his scheduled time of arrival at any given point.

Basically, it makes you think about what you're doing, rather than just put your head down and hammer. True, the fast guys will do best most of the time, but...if they have a brain fart, and arrive too soon to a check, they get penalized for it. It levels the playing field a bit.

The penalties are minutes lost, and the winner is the finisher with the fewest minutes lost.

Motorcyclists have been doing enduros for years, and there is more to it than what I described, but it can be simplified for MTBers. Required equipment would be a cheap digital watch on the handlebars, and a route sheet taped to the bars.

Great way to combine off-road sections, with road routes, to connect them.

Thinking of maybe trying something on a friendly level, to see if it's doable?

Thoughts????? Be nice. :D
 

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I think PEMBAR is kinda like that. get a map and decide how you want to get there. Gets rowdy when you have folks racing both directions on trail. You have to finish with your teamate.

I am not one for the head down and hammer races, but there are some great underground events out there that I do each year which are not just long but very technical as well. If you build it, they will come.
 

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Hey, I'm going to try and actually make one of these experiments occur, in a couple weeks, October 30.

Anyone feel like riding Lake Hope State Park, near Athens and Chillicothe, Ohio, plan on a "fun run". A moto-type enduro, complete with secret checks, 15-20 miles, off-road. No fees, just something different and unusual. All you need is a digital watch, and your own water, food, gels, etc.

The worst that can happen is you still get to ride your bike?

Monsoon will cancel.

I'll post updates closer to the 30th.
 
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