Enduro,short for endurance is in my opinion the truest dicipline  of mountainbike racing. It puts to test both the riders´ and the bikes endurance. Many feel that it is not physically demanding to ride a bike down a moderately steep slope but take in mind that the trail is very technical and you ride it at break neck speed and 13 times and you will find it challenging. Oh yeah,and there are 4 stages that you ride 3 or four times. You can practice your own endurance but your bike is a different game. It has to stay in one piece the entire race,it can´t be a bomb-proof downhill bike nore a feather-light XC-bike so finding the balance is the key. This has struck me the past two races that has ended up in technical abortion,that was the case again in Alhovuori.