The UCI recently published a revision to its Rule Book, and has for the first time included Enduro as a discipline. The rules proposed for Enduro are very close to the rules already in effect for the Enduro World Series (which in turn were essentially based on the rules applied to the various national Enduro series that were already in place in several countries - most notably the French Enduro Series and Superenduro series in Italy).

To summarize: an Enduro race is a defined as a race that includes several liaison stages and timed stages. The times achieved in all timed stage will be accumulated to a total time. An Enduro course comprises varied off-road terrain. The track should include a mixture of narrow and wide, slow and fast paths and tracks over a mixture of off-road surfaces. Each timed stage must be predominately descending but small pedaling or uphill sections are acceptable. Liaison stages can include either mechanical uplift (e.g. chairlift), pedal powered climbs or a mixture of both. The emphasis of the track must be on rider enjoyment, technical and physical ability.

As per existing EWS rules, particular emphasis is placed on the equipment used:

"Only one frame, one front and rear suspension unit (fork/rear shock) and one pair ofwheels can be used by a competitor during a competition. Frame, suspension and wheels will be individually marked by the officials before the start of the race and checked at the finish. Broken parts can eventually be replaced upon approval with a 5min penalty."

Course cutting is certainly frowned upon:

"Enduro courses must be clearly marked using a combination of arrows, gates and traditional course tape. Extra care must be taken by the organiser to make sure that the course is clearly marked and no shortcuts are possible."

To prevent the spirit of Enduro running wild, riders can help monitor each other for sporting and fair conduct:

"The president of the commissaries’ panel can consider a rule violation that has not been witnessed by a race official if it has been reported by at least two riders who are part of two different teams (e.g. rider getting assistance outside technical assistance zone, rider cutting course)."

Whilst the rules themselves are not particularly interesting nor innovative, the fact that there now ARE rules is. On the one hand, it will allow organizers to have their Enduro races sanctioned and thus avoid any possible conflicts that might otherwise have fallen under the infamous UCI Rule 1.2.019. On the other hand, many argue that Enduro does not need the UCI to sanction it, in light of the success of the inaugural Enduro World Series season.

What do you think? Is this a good step in the right direction and a place at the big table for Enduro, or is it too little, too late for the UCI to now get involved?

Jerome Clementz, 2013 Enduro World Champion. Photo by Jeremie Reuiller

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  • Bryan Andrada

    11/28/2013 8:51 AM

    Mountain Biking needs to get back to it's roots.

  • der_geistmx

    11/15/2013 5:34 PM

    UCI should stay away.

  • #6

    11/14/2013 12:11 PM

    The fact UCI have included enduro in its rules means that National governing bodies have something to refer to when they have this type of event to deal with. It means that at least the riders will get a fair hearing if there is a conflict, rather than a "kangaroo court-genuine spirit of the discipline rider looses out to organisers favourite wins" situation

  • Maverickdh005

    11/14/2013 12:57 PM

    Maybe with PM gone and the new Presidente things maybe on the change and improve, but words are one thing lets see some action and the right action that benefits MTB community and then maybe cut the UCI some slack until then, Im open but very wary of them and they're roadie ways! But you raise a good point just utopia is usually twisted into something we all lest expect and people hide behind rules regulations and emails!

  • Maverickdh005

    11/14/2013 9:06 AM

    Its a good step but I see no good reason for the UCI to,be involved in Enduro, they have too much already that they cant manage sufficiently in mtb to a high quality standard, Enduro and other MTB disciplines require, but its good they have recognised Enduro,... EWS stay as you are you are awesome don't fuck this up please!

  • Scott_Townes

    11/13/2013 8:50 PM

    oh god no... "like the Holocaust... NEVER AGAIN!" - Ari Gold.

    If only he ran the UCI.

  • jhanro

    11/13/2013 8:36 PM

    I hope it's a step in the right direction for Enduro. It is an awesome mtb racing format, and it would seem like big-time, formal recognition is a good thing for racers/sponsors/making a living. I think the pressing question now is if or how the infamous Rule 1.2.019 will be enforced. If the UCI is sanctioning races, will UCI Enduro racers be able to race non-sanctioned races?...of which there will probably be many awesome ones. One of the great things about the format is that grass-roots events are popping up all over the place and most tracks are awesome in their own way, it's just great trail bike racing.

  • general lee

    11/13/2013 7:46 PM

    I'm giving the UCI a break now that it's under new management. obviously a change in culture won't happen overnight, but replacing the old guard was certainly a positive first step. As for UCI being involved in Enduro it does mean they are at least paying attention to what is popular rather than trying to invent doomed-to-fail disciplines like XC eliminator. Personally I'd love to see guys like Graves and Clementz have the chance to wear a rainbow jersey, but that only comes with the blessing of the UCI.

  • Big Bird

    11/13/2013 5:00 PM

    It seems to me that this is a good thing. With the UCI planning to enforce their delayed rule about pros not doing any non sanctioned races next year, this allows the EWS to be UCI sanctioned so that pros can do World Cups as well as EWS races.

  • macaroni

    11/13/2013 4:02 PM

    I thought the UCI had new hope with mcquid out. I guess i was wrong.

  • thinkdrastic

    11/14/2013 4:21 AM

    What exactly have they done wrong here? Would you rather they completely ignored enduro racing?

  • macaroni

    11/14/2013 11:42 AM

    why yes i do.

  • jerryhazard

    11/13/2013 3:23 PM

    What does EWS, BME, or the other successful Enduro races gain by UCI involvement? They all seemed to go off pretty well last season, they all got great press, lots of photos and created quite the buzz, all while the UCI ignored it.

    Pro points standings is a good point, but what if there is no UCI Enduro standings, because there are no UCI enduro races? Will EWS standings be the new "standard"? Could that be a good thing? Enduro seems to have a solid driving force behind it, with the chance of defining its path from within, could that be a good thing too?

    How do the other Enduro promoters feel about it - that would be a good feature here.

  • enrico650

    11/13/2013 3:05 PM

    If the UCI gets involved , big companies will influence the sport .
    Not Good!

  • N'Duro

    11/14/2013 1:03 AM

    I don't think that's the issue, as big brands already have their hands in the EWS. There's a board composed of riders and industry guys (I can only remember of a SRAM guy being in it but I think they are 3, just like the number of riders who are Moseley, Clementz and Keen).
    For me the problem is more the competition that may happen between UCI and EWS that will suck fr the riders as they will at some point have to decide which race series they ride. It's like it's been some years ago in the snowboarding world. Riders are not the winners. That's not good.

  • erik saunders

    11/13/2013 2:53 PM

    do you really think the UCI keeps Mtb down?! that's silly. Mtb is as up or down as people want it to be. Don't forget the lesson you were supposed to learn from the last episode of "Lost". IT'S NOT ABOUT THE DETAILS OF THE STORY, IT'S ABOUT THE PEOPLE AND THEIR CONNECTION TO EACH OTHER. It's the people that make Mtb what it is, not the UCI and surrounding drama.

    It's inevitable that the UCI sanctions Enduro, and I think in the long run it will benefit the elite level of racing, as well as bring in new money to the sport in Europe (where sanctioning by governing bodies can unlock government funding and resources from the federations).

    As a race promoter, and sponsor of the California Enduro Series I don't see doing anything different for the moment, so for grass roots riders and racing there should be no change. If USAC can get ppl to see the value in buying a license and getting sanctions for events then maybe we look at it. But only if it's accepted by the riders first.

    At the elite level, as soon as there are world UCI Enduro rankings I would think about sanctioning the pro class so that our riders could gain points and increase value to their sponsors. If they had point requirements to start top races then I would definitely sanction the pro class at my own race to help the riders in our series gain access to the best races. But this all remains to be seen, and for the moment this means nothing to our commitment to developing a race series that is fun, accessible, and focuses on the grassroots.

    Mtb race scene is what it is because of the people involved. Enduro is going well for the moment because of the people who are getting excited and acting on that excitement. I don't see anyone I know quitting because the UCI sanction exists now. I won't quit even if they could compel me (somehow) to sanction with USAC. That's not got anything to do with me or why i want to create events for people.

  • prestondh

    11/13/2013 3:27 PM

    Dude, this is a comment section NOT a novel section. Chill out and don't take the internet so seriously

  • erik saunders

    11/13/2013 3:36 PM

    but dude... that WAS my comment... it wasnt THAT long...

  • Daniel Dunn Photo

    11/13/2013 1:30 PM

    I think this is the UCI's attempt to force the various series to become UCI sanctioned, as the UCI will attempt to prevent various downhill and x-country riders from doing 'enduro' events. The big names like Minnaar, Peat, Nino Schurter, Josh Bryceland, and Jared Graves for that matter. Graves was primarily an EWS rider this year, but don't forget, he was 3rd at DH World Champs. The UCI will play hardball with these types of riders.

  • Scott_Townes

    11/13/2013 8:57 PM

    just wait for a rule stating that they cannot compete in non-UCI events of any UCI sanctioned discipline.. oops, might have given them an idea.

    UCI is a beast from the deepest pits of hell, a succubus. The UCI latched onto it's initial host road biking and has made the biological jump to mountain biking. First it almost killed off the sport entirely by destroying XC but thankfully, it was revived, somewhat. DH is in stage 3 of UCItus. It will soon follow the same fate as XC. Why does the UCI succubus drain the life force out of these two-wheeled events? To stay alive by feeding it's main host, road biking. In order to save MTBing, we must destroy road biking! TAKE THE BEAST OFF AT ITS HEAD!

  • prestondh

    11/13/2013 12:54 PM

    the UCI can go to hell, always screwing mountain biking, and now they want to jump on the enduro bandwagon pfffft get a life

  • sideshow

    11/13/2013 11:43 AM

    New UCI management is a step in the right direction, but I dont see why the EWS needs UCI approval for anything. This just gives other organizers a chance to try their had at Enduro (other than the EWS folks) bc UCI insurance and such takes care of a big piece of the equation. A good forward motion though.

    NOTE: I wrote that^ without reading the write up (classic internet user comment). Then I read the write up and realized I said nearly the same thing as iceman in the last paragraph. So, it looks like we are all on the same page.

  • gotdurt

    11/13/2013 11:24 AM

    No. Part of the appeal of enduro is the grass roots, sanction-free nature of it. UCI needs to mind their own business.

  • Reality Check

    11/13/2013 10:04 PM

    But all of the appeal is that it is a way for washed up, aging DH riders to cling to the glory and the spotlight for just a few more years until their legs give out, as well as a chance for bike companies to hype new, boring products as "enduro specific".

  • Reality Check

    11/13/2013 11:07 AM

    Is this a joke?

  • the.vault

    11/13/2013 11:05 AM

    There were some pretty big changes at the UCI in the last year. Mcquaid was voted out and it seems like Hein Verbuggen was told to beat it. The UCI had some bigger problems than not dealing with enduro. The new president is from England. I think he played a big part in getting the Fort William World Cup going. He has even talked about going to some of MTB world cups and being stoked.
    I think there is some leadership at the UCI which sees and acknowledge grass roots growth and how it evolves the sport and makes it stronger.

  • ridesmoothbro

    11/13/2013 10:41 AM

    Keep em out. UCI, who focuses more on road, (which is fine) has kept mountain biking down for a long time now. I hope EWS doesn't cave and join forces.

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