Enduro is demanding on riders and bikes in the same way: it requires a unique combination of all-out riding and reliability over long stages, multiple days of racing and ultimately a long season. This second chapter follows the best enduro racers in the world from the iconic Mega Avalanche in Alpe d’Huez to the final race of the Enduro World Series in Finale Ligure, Italy. Here, in addition to Jerome Clementz’s victory in both the race and overall, Curtis Keene, Rene Wildhaber, Anka Martin, Anneke Beerten and many more reflect on the first season of the Enduro World Series and what it means to be an enduro racer today
It has been a good year for the ShapeRideShoot crew. This edit is loads of fun, and has some pretty nifty riding in it too
As the son of a Swiss dairy farmer, René Wildhaber is used to enjoying breathtaking views from alpine peaks. However, not many mountain men have enjoyed the wide horizons of this world-class mountain biker, who has won races on four continents and has done adventure journeys all around the globe.
“A Happy End!” That’s how we could sum up the midsummer fairytale of the 2013 enduro season – given that the season had already ended! Without a doubt, winter is not exactly what a mountain biker desires, but still: it’s a great time! Great to overcome the weaker self and great to look back at all the great adventures of the summer. That’s exactly what we did for this issue: We went for many rides with new bikes and old Klunkers, we retrospectively had a look on the first year of the Enduro World Series and gave a final resume on our long-term test bikes. Biking is exciting – all year round! Have fun reading!
The Trinity presents freeride veteran Richie Schley in a Leo Zuckerman production. Mountain bike storyteller Richie Schley on the present and future of sport documentation.
“There is one thing i beliefe in, its earning your descent” – Richie Schley
In its second year, the GoPro Dirt Diaries is a video contest between six mountain bike athletes. Each rider partners with a videographer to create a 4 to 6-minute video. Teams had seven weeks to prepare their moving image story before each entry was screened in front of a live audience and an expert panel of judges at Whistler’s Olympic Plaza during Crankworx.
“Above the Wall is a video where balance and vertigo are the keywords. Aurélien Fontenoy, the VTT Trial vice-champion in 2012 and 2013 performs amongst the ruins of Mount Jalla and in the woods of the Bastille overlooking Grenoble!”
Kenny Smith, Robbie Bourdon, Thomas Genon, and Yannick Granieri join Semenuk as they resurrect a section from NWD 10 with the help of Intern despite being a bit preoccupied. The dirt in Retallack helps form some of the best single track trails that the boys have ridden.