Enduro Cup comes to Canyons | ParkRecord.com

Enduro Cup comes to Canyons

A biker makes his way around a rock during the Moab Enduro Cup race on May 4. Eric Odenthal/Enduro Cup

The 2013 Bell Enduro Cup will host its second out of three races at Canyons Resort on Saturday.

Riders will complete six stages three uphill climbs and three descents. Only the downhill portions of the race will be timed, according to Canyons director of public relations Steve Pastorino.

"You basically win or lose based on how fast you descend," he said. "That doesn’t mean you have all day to get uphill, obviously. But you are only timed on the three descents."

He added that Enduro racing, in its second year at Canyons, is becoming more and more popular.

"It’s a common form of racing in Europe," he said. "It’s sort of the hot new discipline in mountain biking."

With plenty of races and trails for traditional mountain bike races, Pastorino said it’s fun to do something a little different.

"Mountain biking has a number of different iterations and is very popular throughout Utah," he said. "There are hundreds of miles of trails you can ride just in the Park City/Salt Lake area. But this is a little different and it’s fun. I would say anyone with even a little bit of experience can try it."

Registration for the race, as well as two junior clinics, is still open at endurocup.athlete360.com. The cost is $80 for the race and $16 for the clinics.

Pastorino said training for the race will be difficult, because typical Enduro Cup races don’t release course information until right before the race.

"The course is not identical to last year’s," he said. "We’re using more of our terrain and presenting more of a challenge for riders."

He said Canyons is expecting the event to sell out. He added that there will be plenty of places for spectators, who can watch the event for free, to view the riders making their way down the course.

"We have a tremendous diversity of terrain that allows for a challenging environment for riders," he said. "There are also multiple viewpoints for spectators. If you’re a mountain biker, you can come out and ride alongside some pretty impressive names in American mountain biking."

The men’s open race begins at 8:35 a.m., with other age and gender categories to follow.

The final Enduro Cup race will take place in Sundance on Aug. 18.

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