DOWNHILL VS ENDURO - Race Report from the RockShox Enduro Challenge 5

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The RockShox Enduro Challenge took place at Mount Buller in Australia’s Snowy Mountains. With both the 2013 and 2014 Enduro World Series Champs Jerome Clementz and Jared Graves in attendance it was set to be an early-season showdown. To make it even more interesting downhill weapons Sam Hill, Mike Jones and Troy Brosnan tried their hand at the Enduro discipline. Mix them up with Australia’s best local national series talent it was a race for the books.

Riders set off just before 9 am with a 4-hour window to complete the 30km route, featureing 6 stages and over 1000m vertical of climbing and descending. Two chair lift rides broke up the suffering. Each stage offered something slightly different, but as a whole the courses featured skinny singletrack and long corners where accuracy was key. Catching a pedal could end a race run, so timing and consistency was necessary for a solid run.

Jared Graves obliterated the Pro field with a 23.28.1 while Troy Brosnan took 2nd with a 24.27.0. Local pinner, Ryan De La Rue, claimed 3rd just 2-seconds off Troy's pace with a 24.29.7.

Enjoy the race report and audio interviews with some of mountain biking's best racers thanks to Tim Bardsley-Smith.

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C50_screen_shot_2015_03_09_at_2.10.12_pm_1425936051 sspomer 2/2/2015 10:37 AM

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Thanks again Vital, winter slideshows make it feel like the season never ends. Watching the strength of DH world cup winners racing enduro events is entertaining as hell and no doubt good for the sport. The level of competition is high and only getting higher. Never a bad thing on the global stage.

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vitalmtb apparently also doesn't cover the women's event, like that other website ;-)

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Due to the nature of photographing Enduro, you can really only chase the top men. If you hang around to wait for the women, then you would probably only get two goes at each and miss the finish. I would have loved to get more women's stuff. The very little I did get gets taken up with other photo commitments. It ate at me so much that I couldn't cover it, but the images just weren't there.