The beauty of enduro is that it can happen anywhere, from the glitz and excess of the EWS, to a muddy field with nothing but a stopwatch and a few mates! All that is needed is a bunch of friends with a shared love for riding, competition and good times. Grass roots enduro is spreading around the globe, but until recently was still an unknown format in Dubai, that is until a collective came together to bring the sport to the sun scorched land! Racer Paul Conde talks us through the first Enduro Race in Dubai!
We originally ran the event annually as a Super D over the past 3 years in memory of our friend Dante Torres,
however for this year the format changed into a mini enduro, a first of its kind in Dubai and perhaps the whole UAE (United Arab Emirates).
With 3 timed stages and 3 categories Men’s Masters, Men’s Experts and Ladies open. The race was held in Showka a small village less than an hours drive from Dubai, with a total of 34kms including the transitions.
The course varied from existing fire road, goat trails and mountain bike trails, organized by UAE MTB with the help of UAE Cycling Federation and local bike shops as our major sponsors.
86 participants from the men and 6 ladies from different mountain bike teams battled it out in the inaugural Dante Torres Enduro!
In the end it was Andy Whitaker from team Hot Cogs, who took the men’s masters overall champion title with a time of 38 minutes 55 seconds, followed by Bobby Avila from team Chaindrive with a time of 45 minutes 16 seconds in the mens experts! Michelle Guerin of team Ride Bike Shop/ Giant won the ladies with a time of 53 minutes 56 seconds.
Award ceremonies will be held on March 14th in our annual GTR (Get Together Ride) to cap off the racing season.
Words and photos: Paul Conde
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