Endurocross connects with dirtbiking roots

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Andrew DeLong wins first-ever national enduro race; photo by Shan Moore, Dirt Rider magazine.

While extreme endurance competitions like the Ironman triathlons have been gaining popularity in running circles, the moto world has seen a significant rise in a longevity sport of its own: Enduro racing. The gnarly cousin of motocross, which uses the manmade indoor courses many of us see in the X Games and Gravity Games, Enduro racing combines the riding skills of moto sports with the fickleness of Mother Nature, holding races on tracks that emulate steep hills, twisting river valleys, and gravel pits to determine who can race the fastest while balancing natural variables. In many ways the sport connects back to the roots of dirtbike riding, before tracks were perfectly manicured and set in sold-out arenas. Though many upper-level Enduro races are held in stadiums nowadays, the sport is still raw and unpredictable, with conditions changing on the fly, allowing for riders to be both calculated and creative on courses that bear little resemblance to one another.

A lot of Enduro racing still takes place outdoors, however. Last weekend the Concho National Enduro rolled through Blackwater, Texas—the third stop of the Rekluse AMA National Enduro Series. On a firm and rocky trail, FAR Husqvarna rider Andrew DeLong claimed his first ever Enduro win, beating out the four-time national Enduro champion Russell Bobbit. The series has 10 stops, with an overall champion being crowned after the Oklahoma City stop race on October 20.

For more on DeLong’s win, head on over to Dirt Rider magazine.