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BACK ON TRACK: CANYON FACTORY ENDURO TEAM STANDS UP IN WINTER PARK

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

This year’s Enduro World Series (EWS) is a real nail biter! After a perfect start at the world series debut in Punta Ala (ITA), a little streak of bad luck prevented the CANYON Factory Enduro Team from standing on the podium. But now the team is back on track: the fourth round of the Enduro World Series was hosted at the Winter Park Resort (USA) during the Colorado Freeride Festival and the CANYON riders managed to secure three top 10 results for the team. Fabien Barel achieved third place, Ines Thoma fourth and Joe Barnes ninth. Only Maxi Dickerhoff had to contend with some falls. The overall results however, tallied up to award the CANYON Factory Enduro Team an excellent second place. CANYON is particularly proud of Ines Thoma: the talented German is currently ranked number 3 in the EWS overall rankings under the “Women’s Individual” category.

Fabien Barel / Foto: philipruopp

The fourth race of the Enduro World Series at Winter Park Resort/ Colorado (USA) was completely different to the previous two races in Val d’Allos and Les 2 Alpes. The track sections were quite diversified and included a collection of the finest single trails from the bike parks well maintained trails. The Enduro race consisted of five stages which took place over four combined racing and training days. However, the two main lifts in the Trestle Bike Park shut down due to heavy thunderstorms on Saturday night, so stage four had to be cancelled. In order to fulfill the EWS regulations, which state that five stages are required, the third stage was split into two separate parts.

Ines Thoma / Foto: philipruopp

Fabien Barel demonstrated consistency and smooth riding through the stages – conserving both his physical strength and his bike for the thrilling final race when he battled with Nico Vouilloz. In spite of a powerful ride and great technical skills, Fabien just missed out on a 2nd place result in the Open Men class. First place went to Jerome Clementz (1st place) who has been in good form all season. Likewise, Joe Barnes demonstrated a durable race, even though unfortunately his favorite stage was cancelled.

Fabien Barel / Foto: philipruopp

Despite good results from the men, collectively the CANYON Factory Enduro Team is very proud of Ines Thoma’s efforts – she showed a powerful performance and achieved a well-deserved fourth place result. Ines’s determination is paying off as she gets closer and closer to her personal goal of a podium finish in the “Women Open” category. Standing between Ines and her desired spot on the podium in Colorado were big names: Tracy Moseley (1st place), Anne Caroline Chausson (2nd place) and Anneke Beerten (3rd place).

After a short break, the CANYON Factory Enduro Team will start in the fifth race of the EWS circuit at Crankworx Whistler in Canada on 11 August. The team will certainly look to draw on their solid experience from Colorado to achieve high rankings at Crankworx Whistler.

Follow our insights and get the latest news about the Canyon Factory Enduro Team road trip through North America.

Victorious all the way. The Canyon Factory Enduro Team at the first stage of the Enduro World Series in Punta Ala

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Fabien Barel did it again! After taking first place at the SRAM-Specialized Enduro Series race in Riva del Garda (ITA) the Frenchman stood for the second time at the top of the podium in Punta Ala (ITA). At the kick-off event of the Enduro World Series the former three-time downhill world champion celebrated a phenomenal triumph. Also, his CANYON Factory Enduro Team co-riders showed a remarkable performance: Scotsman Joe Barnes finished in the top 10 of the overall ranking and the team was second in the team ranking.

Auftakt der Enduro World Series in Punta Ala / Foto: Maxi Dickerhoff

The Enduro fans were looking with high anticipation to the premiere of the Enduro World Series in Punta Ala – and with all action and the level of competition their expectations were definitely met. On a sunny race day over 500 competitors took part, including professionals of the Downhill World Cup and other familiar faces from different mountain bike disciplines.
After his success in Riva del Garda Fabien Barel, racer for the CANYON Factory Enduro Team, showed his former downhill colleagues that he is also well-prepared for uphill climbs. In the end, his solid effort awarded him the full 600 points and a consecutive win.

The final breakthrough came in the longest and most technical section. During stage 2, Fabien saw his chance to ride a good time and powered through to come out leading the riders’ field. With a time of 6:37 minutes, he pulled out a solid lead of 13 seconds to his fellow, Jerome Clementz. The lead was enough to secure Fabien’s success for the remaining two stages.

Fabien Barel siegt beim Auftaktrennen der Enduro World Series in Punta Ala / Foto: Maxi Dickerhoff

With Joe Barnes’ ninth place in the overall ranking, the CANYON Factory Enduro Team celebrated another Top 10 victory. In total, their impressive team performance placed them second in the team ranking. The CANYON Factory Enduro Team is proud of their achievements in these early stages. Flo Goral, Team Manager of the CANYON Factory Enduro Team says: “We are all crazy about Fabien’s outstanding debut! Our other riders Joe Barnes, Maxi Dickerhoff, Ines Thoma and Marco Buehler also did a great job. This is exactly the way we want to go. Of course, the team can still learn a lot but that is why we are here! We have a strong team spirit and relaxing together at the beach was also great fun.”

As an “Official Gold Supporter” of the Enduro World Series, CANYON fully backs the newly formed association and is very pleased with the smooth running of the Superenduro race including the live timing during Punta Ala. The bike manufacturer from Koblenz welcomes the professionalization of this mountain bike discipline and is sure that the upcoming races will be eventful and not short of surprises.

Highlight-Clip from Punta Ala

#SuperEnduro2013 – EWS #1 – PRO2 Punta Ala – Highlights from Superenduro TV on Vimeo.

Welcome to Enduro – a perfect start for the Canyon Factory Enduro Team

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Fun, freedom and action: Enduro is mountain biking in its purest form. So it’s no surprise that the newly founded CANYON Factory Enduro Team is keen on starting the season! Last weekend, the French downhill world champion Fabien Barel, the Scottish bike pro Joe Barnes and the top German riders Marco Buehler, Eugen-Maxi Dickerhoff and Ines Thoma started together for the first time – with outstanding results. In the second race of the Specialized-SRAM Enduro Series in Riva del Garda (ITA) Fabien secured first place in the Men’s category and Ines confidently achieved second place in the Women’s category. Furthermore, alongside their individual successes, their achievements have placed the CANYON Factory Enduro Team at the top of the team ranking.

Their brand new video clip introduces the team:

The CANYON Factory Enduro Team has been training hard during the off-season in preparation for the 2013 Enduro World Series. Fabien Barel will lead his German teammates Marco Buehler, Eugen-Maxi Dickerhoff and Ines Thoma, sharing his experience and inspiring them to achieve excellence. We can also expect to see Scotsman Joe Barnes build upon his very competitive Enduro skills. Together with Fabien, the two highly enthused athletes will form an unbeatable duo that will lead the CANYON Factory Enduro Team. Fabien Barel is also an educated engineer and has great technical knowledge and skills; this is of great value to CANYON and the development team looks forward to receiving his input.

Canyon Factory Enduro Teamtreffen in Nizza  / Foto: Markus Greber

The team has high hopes for a successful season. The CANYON Factory Enduro Team manager Flo Goral is confident that the chemistry between the riders will have a positive outcome: “I would like to see the debut of the Enduro World Series reflects the “soul” of the Enduro discipline”, says Flo Goral.
“For our riders, this means full concentration when they are in the saddle, but it is also important to have fun during the race and the social gatherings.”

This approach appears to be conducive for the athletes. So far they have proven their talent and commitment during the intense training and challenging races. However, at the same time they are enjoying the experience and looking forward to the rest of the upcoming season. On the front line is 32-year-old Frenchman Fabien Barel. The former downhill rider has shown great diversity and skill.

He was three times downhill world champion and placed first in his first Enduro race mid-April: In Digne-les-Bains, at the Enduro des Terres Noires race. Moreover, Fabien could not have had a better start to the Specialized-SRAM Enduro Series 2013, finishing first in Riva del Garda. Fabien´s accomplishments are likely to place him as a forerunner in the Enduro World Series.

Canyon Factory Enduro Team in Riva / Foto: Markus Greber

Scottish rider Joe Barnes also has a strong character. The 24-year-old is a member of the unbeatable ‘Dudes of Hazzard’, who already caused a stir in the Enduro scene last year. Furthermore, since 2010 Joe has won the Irish Gravity Enduro Series, the Scottish MacAvalanche twice and placed tenth two times at Megavalanche Alpe d’Huez. In 2013, Joe reached second place in the Men’s category at Specialized-SRAM Enduro Series in Treuchlingen. Like Fabien, before Joe’s Enduro career he had great achievements as a downhill rider and is two-time Scottish downhill champion.

Likewise, top German riders Marco Buehler, Eugen-Maxi Dickerhoff and Ines Thoma are no strangers in the scene. 23-year-old Ines is currently one of the fittest and fastest female riders in Germany and was repeatedly standing on podiums throughout the 2012 season. Among other victories last year, she won the Specialized Enduro Ride in Willingen and the Dakine Trailfox Flims. So far this year, Ines achieved second place in the Women’s category at the second race of the Specialized- SRAM Enduro Series in Riva del Garda.
Eugen-Maxi Dickerhoff has been well-known for years in the gravity field and also works as a journalist. He has achieved high ranked results at the Dakine Trailfox Flims and was consistently placing within the top ten over the last four years.
At only 20 years of age, Marco Buehler is the youngest member of the team. Over the past few years he has demonstrated great commitment and determination. His best result to date is third place at Crema Cycle Short Track in Willingen, 2012.

The first season of the Enduro World Series is still being eagerly awaited and it is not possible to predict which riders will have the edge. But one thing is certain: The CANYON Factory Enduro Team is well prepared and positioned for a successful season!

The perfect match: Fabien Barel hits the trail with the Canyon Factory Enduro Team

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Since the beginning of the year there have been rumors, now it’s official: the French mountain bike hero and three-time downhill world champion Fabien Barel joins the Canyon Factory Enduro Team. Fabien Barel’s commitment is not only from a sporting perspective an excellent decision for Canyon. The Frenchman’s long experience in racing and as an educated engineer will greatly contribute to Canyon’s bike development. The 32-year-old has great technical experience and will be able to give a lot of input to the development team.

Three-time world champion signs with Canyon bikes
Canyon Factory Enduro Teamrider Fabien Barel / Photo: Markus Greber

This year, the Canyon Factory Enduro Team was founded and consists of five team riders. Fabien Barel is the figurehead of the team. That’s why Roman Arnold, CEO of Canyon Bicycles, has a high opinion of Fabien:
“I am happy that Fabien is joining Canyon for the upcoming season. Together we will achieve great things. Fabien has proven in the past that his ideas are trend-setting. But also his character fits well with Canyon’s philosophy.”

It’s for sure that the other team riders Ines Thoma, Marco Bühler and Eugen Maxi Dickerhoff will get the profit of the talented world champion. We can also expect to see Scotsman Joe Barnes build upon his very competitive Enduro skills. Together with Fabien, Joe will form an unbeatable duo that will lead the Canyon Factory Enduro Team. During the Bike Festival Garda Trentino in early May, the new and enthusiastic team will face their first Enduro race while the highlight of the season will be the new Enduro World Series.

For Fabien Barel, this season will be an exciting milestone in his career.
He said: “Debuting in the Enduro World Series with Canyon is ideal for this new challenge. This season will be great for both of us – I can tour with the Canyon Factory Enduro Team and at the same time share my experience to help Canyon going forward in the development of the Gravity sector. I sincerely look forward to the synergy that our mutual passion will drive into MTB.”

Fabien Barel testing his Canyon Strive AL Race / Photo: Markus Greber

Autograph session in Koblenz on April 27th and 28th
Fabien Barel will attend the Canyon Pure Cycling Festival in Koblenz on April 27th and 28th. As part of the Canyon season opener, the three-time world champion will hold an autograph session and meet his fans in person. In addition, there will be a guided Enduro tour with Fabien.

Are you already curious about Fabien Barel and his Canyon bike? Then watch a brand new video clip. It shows, Fabien Barel talking about his role within the Canyon Factory Enduro Team – including shots from one of his first test rides!

Introducing Canyon Factory Enduro Teamrider Joe Barnes

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Wherever they turn up, there is always something going on. Joe Barnes and the “Dudes of Hazzard” are an unbeatable combo and we therefore got them on board very quickly. Joe as the official rider of the Canyon Factory Enduro Team and his colleagues Liam Moynihan and Fergus Lamb – who are also riding Canyon bikes – will support the team throughout the season. The “Dudes of Hazzard” already caused quite a stir on the enduro scene last season and in 2013 the fun-loving and adventurous Scotsman together with the Canyon Factory Enduro Team in the battle for podium places.

Ladies and Gentlemen, we proudly present Mr. Joe Barnes

Joe Barnes mit seinem Van

Date of birth: 11.06.88
Domicile: Fort Williams (Scotland)

Hi there Joe, where are you hanging out at the moment? Have you done a runner from the good old Scottish winter?

I am at home in Fort William at the moment. You are correct, the Scottish winter is something to run from and I have been away twice this winter already. One week in Tenerife and one week in Mallorca. Both trips were great fun and a good chance to train and get used to my new bike. It feels nice to be home now, though, doing what I like best, building a new trail and having fun riding bikes in the mud.

As a “Dude of Hazzard” you really stick out like a sore thumb on the scene and are always painting the town red. Now you’ve got all these new responsibilities towards the team, how are you going to juggle everything?

It is funny you should say that as we are actually all very reserved people and generally keep ourselves to ourselves. The number one thing is always professionalism at the races as we are all very competitive. The Lurid Van and comedy scooters at races do stand out though! You wouldn’t want to walk to the shop when you could drive the scooter, it’s all about saving energy;) With Canyon also supporting Liam and Ferg from “the Dudes” it should add to the family atmosphere and I think I will fit in well with the Canyon family and new team surroundings.

In May the Enduro World Series gets underway. What are your aims and how do you see your role in the team?

I can’t wait for the first race in Italy. As it is the first year the World Series is being run I hope to take my strong race craft from racing DH and adapt to the new format straight away. I have always ridden as a privateer in the past so riding for a team set up will provide some great benefits to me, with technical support and also the chat brought on by a team atmosphere. I hope that I can take my own style to the team, gel well with my team mates and get some top results.

Enduro is a way of life. That’s obvious when one watches your videos. What’s a race weekend with the “Dudes” really like then?

We get to the venue and spend about an hour driving round in circles deciding the ultimate location to park. Wind direction, south facing, distance to pits and remoteness all to be considered. Then the scooter comes out and we take it in turns driving about, getting to know our surroundings/having fun. On track, we walk and ride everything a lot and always take line choice really seriously, discussing everything later that evening. Once the biking is done the ping pong table comes out and a quick game to relax usually happens. Potatoes for dinner and then a film in the van to finish the day off nicely. Once the race is done we slowly pack up and are always the last to leave. We really enjoy our racing, competition and also the fun to be had when not peddling your heart out.

Joe Barnes in Action auf Mallorca / Foto:Dudes of Hazzard

You’ve already rocked a few trails on your Strive. What do think of the bike so far? What’s the perfect enduro bike in your eyes?

I have been riding my Strive for a good few months now. The first thing I found was how easy it is to jump onto and just ride. Really comfortable angles and linkage. For enduro a light bike is important and I have been planning my race bike this week. I can’t wait to get on my super light rocket ship once it’s built!

Enduro is tough on the body for sure, so how do you keep yourself in shape?

I started working with a trainer last October and things have been going really well. I feel I have got a good balance between effort and rest, gym and road and never forgetting my trusty mountain bike and skills practice.

What would you be doing if you weren’t a mountain bike pro?
It’s a tricky one as I have always ridden my bike and worked in a bike shop, as that’s all I have wanted to do. I am engineering minded so this was always an option for me, but I think a bit of everything is best. A self employed chief. Film making, handy work and bike mechanic ,with lots of spare time for having fun.

A life without the bike is like…?
Not worth thinking about. Two wheels is the best thing ever.

Thanx!

The Enduro World Series 2013

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

For the first time in 2013, an enduro race series will be held under the auspices of the newly founded Enduro Mountain Bike Association.
The organization and race series was founded in 2012 to unite the international enduro community as well as to further promote the discipline among the riders and the bike industry as a whole.
The Enduro World Series combines the biggest mountain bike enduro events in the world.

Canyon Enduro Road Trip 2012 /  Foto: Markus Greber

It begins with an event on the demanding, but also flowing trails around Punta Ala in Italy against the ideal backdrop of the Mediterranean. The series then moves on to the alpine trails in Val d’Allos in France before making its way overseas to the high-profile events of the international gravity scene such as the Colorado Freeride Festival in the USA and the Crankworx Festival in Whistler/Canada.

The seven events in the World Enduro Series will be staged in four different countries and on two continents.
We can hardly wait to see how our new Canyon Factory Enduro Team will fair on the world’s trails this season. It promises to be an exciting season all round, especially now that all the top riders on the enduro scene will be coming together to do battle in their very own category.

Here are the dates of all this season’s events at a glance.

18.05.2013 – 19.05.2013 | Superenduro PRO – Punta Ala, Italy
29.06.2013 – 30.06.2013 | Enduro World Series – Val d’Allos, France
06.07.2013 – 07.07.2013 | Crankworx Les 2 Alpes – Les 2 Alpes. France
27.07.2013 – 28.07.2013 | Colorado Freeride Festival – Winter Park, USA
10.08.2013 – 11.08.2013 | Crankworx Whistler – Whistler, Canada
24.08.2013 – 25.08.2013 | Enduro Des Nations – Val d’Isere, France
19.10.2013 – 20.10.2013 | Superenduro PRO – Finale Ligure, Italy

Further information on the Enduro World Series is available on the official website or on its own Facebook fan page

Introducing Canyon Factory Enduro Team Lady Rider Ines Thoma

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Spotlight on the Canyon Factory Team rider Ines Thoma. She is currently one of the fastest female German enduro riders. Her list of successes, especially those last season speak for themselves. First place at the Specialized Enduro Ride in Willingen, victory in three stages of the Specialized Enduro Series, first place at the Dakine Trailfox in Flims and the list continues. The tough and fun-loving girl from the Allgäu region in Germany has set herself big targets for this season and we are really looking forward to accompanying her on her continued road to success!

Name: Ines Thoma
Date of Birth: 03.08.1989
Domicile: Wildpoldsried, Germany

100 % Pure Cycling : Ines beim Canyon Enduro Road Trip 2012 / Foto: Markus Greber

Hi Ines,
You are one of the fastest female German enduro riders around and have been taking part in events successfully for several years now. How did you get involved in cycling and did you always want to become a pro rider?

Yes, it’s hard to imagine now that it’s already more than 17 years ago. At the tender age of 5 I took part in ski events and our trainer entered us for an MTB race in the summer. I just got my bike out and started riding around in circles on the grass behind our house (training so-to-speak)) and that’s how it all started…
As a CC rider I always wanted to take part in the Olympic Games. Perhaps that dream will come true in enduro racing.

What are your main aims for your first season in the Canyon Factory Enduro Team? Do you have a favourite event or is there a race that you definitely want to take part in?
First and foremost I want to be as fast as possible and enjoy success with the team. I’m really excited about what awaits us at the Enduro World Series. My favourite event? I can’t say that for sure yet, but the Megavalanche event at Alpe d’Huez and on La Réunion is already underlined on my racing calendar.

You are the only girl in the team. Does it matter to you whether you are on the road with boys or girls?
No, not at all. In this regard I’m not difficult at all. It’s highly motivating to be able to ride with fast and friendly people and one can learn a great deal regardless of whether one is male or female.

Portrait Ines Thoma  /Foto: Markus Greber

What demands do you place on your material? What makes a perfect enduro bike in your eyes?
Light, lively, playful and if it looks good, then all the better. Canyon has succeeded in bringing together all these characteristics in the new Strive – bellissimo!

Enduro races demand skillful handling, coordination and above all a whole lot of fitness and stamina. How are you preparing for the season and how do you keep yourself in good shape?

At the moment alongside telemark skiing I also do long-distance skiing and go jogging in order to get fit. When I have finished my final exams at the beginning of April, then I’ll be spending a lot of time on the bike to work on my bike handling skills and put the fine edge on my fitness.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
My house, my car, my boat… hmmm, or rather my hill farm, my convertible, my bike!!
When I think about everything that has happened over the last 5 years, then anything is possible and I’m really looking forward to it!

Welcome to the team! We’re really pleased to have you on board!

Next one please: Introducing Canyon Factory Enduro Teamrider Marco Bühler

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

At the tender age of just 20 Marco Bühler is the youngster in the Canyon Factory Enduro Team. In his relatively short career he has already achieved several successes and we are very happy to be accompanying him on his career path in the enduro pro scene. One thing is certain – we are sure to hear a lot more from this young man this season, because Marco is very highly motivated and just can’t wait to start competing!

Name: Marco Bühler
Date of birth: 10. June 1992
Domicile: Gunzesried / Allgäu, Germany

Portrait Marco Bühler / Foto: Privat

Trek Bike Attack Lenzerheide 2012: 14th place
Milka Wheels of Speed Amateur Willingen 2012: 5th place
Specialized Enduro Series Sammerberg 2012: 13th place
Specialized Enduro Series Kirchberg 2012: 15th place
Specialized Enduro Series 2012: 14th place
Crema Cycle Short Track Willingen 2012: 3rd place
CaiDom Brixen 2011: 9th place

Hi Marco,
Congratulations. We are happy that you are part of the new Canyon Factory Enduro Team.

Just a few years ago enduro was one of the rather more exotic disciplines. This year the first Enduro World Series gets underway and this is great development. How did you get into cycling and above all enduro sport? Do you have a particular role model who inspired you?

Thank you very much. I am really looking forward to the new team and the coming season with the new Enduro World Series.
When I was 15 years old I initially got into mountain biking through my dad. Therefore, at the start I didn’t have the fitness and experience in competitive cross country events, which most of my rivals have. My first race proper was the Trek Bike Attack in the Lenzerheide region, which is still one of the highlights in my racing season. In the following season I began riding events for the Mountain Heroes and then became involved in enduro sport.
One of my greatest role models is Rene Wildhaber, one of the fastest riders in enduro sport. However, this isn’t the only reason I admire him. I also think he is a very interesting personality. He is very down-to-earth and also lives and breathes for the sport and the mountains. Mario Thoma is also another of my role models. He was my former team manager on the Mountain Heroes squad and a very good friend. Mario was himself a very successful downhill racer in the past.

You already know Canyon bikes from your time with the Mountain Heroes. Tell us a little about your experiences with the team bike Strive.

For me the Strive is the perfect bike for almost every type of racing. It is a great bike for fast pedaling, suppresses squat and is a great climber as well. On the downhill the rider will appreciate the true strengths of the Strive. The somewhat shorter wheel base and the lower bottom bracket combine to make the bike lively, agile and the rider feels at home in any type of terrain. Whether you’re riding at extremely high speeds or in blocked terrain, the Strive is top notch.

Voller Einsatz beim Dakine Trailfox 2012

2013 will be your first season as a pro rider. What are you looking forward to most and what are your major aims for the season?
“The term pro sounds strange to me, because for me my role models or riders I look up to are the pros.
Most of all I’m looking forward to the new team, my new teammates and above all to riding races again. This year I’ll be concentrating on the German Enduro Series and a few other races as well, including events that are part of the World Series. For me the most important thing is to improve my results and performances and to continue enjoy riding my bike. ”

How are you preparing for the start of the season?

It is important for me in winter to take my mind of cycling for a while, so I do a lot of cross country skiing, training in the gym or in the indoor climbing centre. In the middle of February I’m back on the bike and off to Sospel in France for the training camp. At the start of April the first races get underway in France.

What do you do when you’re not riding your bike?

That’s a tough question. In winter my biggest passion is the snow and skiing. I’m currently in the process of becoming a state certified Ski Instructor. In the summer I would like to do some more climbing and touring in the mountains since the mountains mean everything to me. I’m also currently studying business administration at the University of Applied Sciences in Kempten.

Thank you for your time and have a great start into the new season!

Canyon Factory Enduro Teamrider Maxi Dickerhoff

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Introducing Maxi Dickerhoff

Name: Eugen-Maximilian Dickerhoff
Domicile: Altenstadt (Oberbayern) / Königsbrunn (Augsburg)
Date of birth: 19.06.1988
MTB since: 2002
Racing since: 2004

Portrait Maxi Dickerhoff / Foto: Manuel Sulzer

Hi Maxi. We are pleased to welcome you to the Canyon Factory Enduro Team.

Tell us a little bit about yourself. How did you get into cycling? What fascinates you about this sport?

Hi all. Many of you probably know me already as an integral part of the MTB News.de editorial office [IBC] therefore it won’t be news to some of you that I have been an enthusiastic race rider for ages. I discovered MTB sport when I was able to observe the then reigning Swiss Downhill Champion Claudio Caluori during his downhill training in the Graubündner Scuol when I was on my annual summer kayak holiday with my family in 2002. The speed, the extremes and above all Claudio’s bike handling captured me to such an extent that just a few days later I myself tried to ride the easy section of the course. The fun and the fascination have stayed with me until this day.

You have been successful in the gravity scene for years now, above all in downhill. Now you are starting off in the enduro scene. What do you want to achieve in your first season with the Canyon Factory Enduro Team? How do you see your chances at the first Enduro World Series?

My downhill background has always been of use to me in enduro events. 80% of the timed sections take place on downhill routes and are, depending on the series, not all that easy. Anyone who can fly down the course in true downhill style already has a really strong hand. My aim is therefore to position myself right at the front, above all in demanding downhill focused events in order to collect important points for the overall classification in the newly founded Enduro World Series. With Tibor as Team Manager and my teammate Ines, Marco and Joe we are really well positioned to be up right there in the mix in the overall rankings at the World Series.

As an editor at MTB-News.de [IBC] you are literally at the source of information and always up to date as far as the latest trends are concerned. What do you make of the development in the enduro scene over the last few years and where do you think the sport is ultimately heading?

The popularity, which enduro racing is currently enjoying, is massive. I don’t know of any other discipline in the sport which has received such a lot of hype in recent times as enduro racing has. In every country enduro series are emerging – all of them are based on a fundamental format similar to that of car rally sport with various rounds and interim stages although there are often major differences in the interpretation of the regulations. These differences within a single discipline did not exist in the past in bike sport and this is exactly the reason why enduro appeals to so many different mountain bikers and unites riders from all kinds of disciplines.
The fact that enduro is one of the few MTB trends that is swooping across to North America from Europe and not the other way round as is normally the case in the MTB industry demonstrates that the discipline has a real future. Therefore, there is still plenty that awaits us in the future. I only hope that the attractive diversity of enduro sport remains for a very long time to come.

Standbild Video / Film: Benni Klose

You’ve been riding your new enduro full suspension Strive for some time now. What was your initial impression? What makes a perfect enduro bike in your eyes?

The first impression was, as expected, very positive. I can now determine in advance and with a great deal of accuracy with the help of detailed geometry data whether a bike is suitable for me or not. I set great store by a long main frame, a short rear triangle, a high front end and a low bottom bracket. The Strive had all these features combined, and I knew this because I had already studied the bike very closely in advance. My first ride out on the bike confirmed all my expectations.
Unfortunately the weather over the last few weeks here in the foothills of the Alps hasn’t exactly played into our hands – the mix between rain, snow and cold hasn’t made rides out on my new Strive particularly inviting, which is why I can’t yet provide you with any more accurate and entertaining feedback on the bike. But at the end of February we finally make our way south where I’ll be able to really saddle up and have mega fun!

Have a look at the first test rides on the Strive AL (filmed by Benni Klose)

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Fitness, a good clean riding style, power and concentration – enduro places considerable demands on the rider. How do you prepare for the season and keep yourself fit?

As I’ve already mentioned, the God of weather Petrus seems to be very moody at the moment. The changeable weather makes it difficult to pursue a consistent training program outdoors. As far as the snow permits, I try to do as much cross country skiing as possible. When there isn’t much snow, I plod my way through the slush and mud and this training is then polished off with the usual hours I spend in the gym and indoor climbing centre.

Where can one see you when you’re not out training on your bike?

Well now, you won’t get that many opportunities! Anyone involved in bike sport whether it’s a hobby or job, won’t really have time for anything else. I would like, however, in the near future to get myself a motocross bike to clear my head and take my mind off cycling for just a while. And if I’m doing something that’s totally unconnected with bike sport, then you’ll find me with a camera in my hand, because photography is something that really does help me get away from it all.

Thank you for your time Maxi! We wish you a very successful start into the season.
We can’t wait!

Lifestyle, action, fun – Enduro

Friday, February 1st, 2013

The race is on. You hit the pedals and start spinning that crank. You bomb up the short, stiff climb with ever increasing speed. When you reach the top, you take a short, deep breath, search for your line and forge ahead again. Your aim is to get down the trail as quickly as possible. You fly into the tight corners, leaving your rival in your wake. Your heart is pounding and one adrenalin kick follows another. There is nothing save you, your bike and this hellish descent.
Fun, action and freedom. This is mountain biking in its purest form – Pure Cycling at its very best. This is enduro!

Strive for the podium

There’s hardly a magazine that’s not writing about it; there’s hardly a manufacturer that doesn’t offer special bikes or clothes for it. Since last season enduro has been the talk of the town. In 2013 even the first Enduro World Series celebrates its premiere. But what exactly is it that’s hidden behind the term enduro?

What exactly is Enduro?
The term has its origin in motor cross and is derived from the English word endurance. In mountain biking, however, the term enduro is far more than just another word for a discipline.
In short, you just can’t put the term enduro into the confines of a box and rightly so. There is simply no de facto standard since enduro is a mix between the cross-country and downhill disciplines – an exciting variation of short climbs and technically demanding super-fast descents. The racing in various events is also extremely diverse. There are events with individual starts, mass starts and in some events times are recorded over the entire course or even just on the downhill sections. Nearly everything is possible.

Impression

A thirst for adventure,
the openness to experience something new, stamina, fighting spirit and above all the love of cycling is what makes enduro special. Riders from increasing numbers of other disciplines are converting to the enduro scene. Regardless of whether they come from 4cross, downhill or cross-country – enduro is open to everyone. However, anyone who really wants to succeed must work damn hard. This sport demands quite a lot of the rider, who ideally should have strength, stamina, a tidy riding style, versatility and concentration.

Canyon Factory Enduro Team
Over the next few days we will be introducing you to our new team riders. Who are we talking about? We are talking about the Scottish bike pro Joe Barnes, the German top riders Ines Thoma, Marco Bühler and Maxi Dickerhoff. Then we have….. Yes, you’ll have to wait just a little while longer to find out who else is in the team…..
The bike they’ll be using in 2013 is the enduro bike Strive Race. Their mission is to achieve top results!
You can look forward to interesting interviews, cool photos and above all a great season with the Canyon Factory Enduro Team as well as some exciting racing and great victories to boot!