Enduro racing is not necessarily based on being the fastest. It’s based on having the best bike, navigating challenging conditions safely. Starts are staggered, so in a way, riders are racing against a schedule.
Riders must ride at a set speed average over varying terrain. They are given penalty points based on being late or early to secret checkpoints along the course. Checkpoint crews know exactly the minute, and sometimes the second, each rider is expected to arrive, and they write it on a score card that is taped to the front fender of each rider.
And if riders arrive early — or late — at a checkpoint along the route, they are docked points.
The rider at the end of the race with the least amount of points is the winner.
As far as the actual bikes themselves, Enduro motorcycles closely resemble motocross bikes.
They sometimes have special features, including oversized gas tanks, engines tuned for reliability and longevity, sump protectors, and more durable (and heavier) components. That, according to a Wikipedia entry on the bikes, helps them handle the tougher courses found in enduro racing.
Some enduro bikes have street-legal features, including headlights and quiet mufflers to enable them to use public roadways. The engine of an enduro bike is usually a single cylinder 2-stroke between 125cc and 360cc, or 4-stroke between 195 and 650cc.
For more information on enduro racing in the area, visit d14enduro.com.
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