Enduro2 is about living the moment. It’s about sharing that experience on a close & personal level, with your best riding buddy.
Sat 02/07/22 – Mon 04/07/22
THE ORIGINAL TEAM-FORMAT ENDURO
3 Days :: 10,000m+ :: Descent :: 15 Huge Stages
THE ONLY TIME THAT COUNTS IS HAVING A GOOD TIME
Bringing a fresh approach to the well-known ‘regular’ Enduro format, this 3-day ultra-social stage race is quite different to all other Enduro events you’ve seen before, because you’ll ride the whole thing together, as a team.
In a world of big sponsorship deals and huge media attention brought by the E.W.S. and other pro-level events, we felt that the idea of ‘just having fun’ & ‘shredding great trails with your mates’ had been somewhat diluted.
A diverse group of riders from around the world that are all right there with you and participating for the same reasons that you are..
THE BUZZ OF A GOOD RIDE IS BETTER WHEN SHARED
…We wanted to return the focus to camaraderie and friendship, of high fives, of big-hugs, and of stopping mid-stage to help your mate (rather than riding straight over their flailing body as they block your path to a fastest-finish). To us, the solution was obvious, and don’t dismiss it until you have tried it for yourself: Pairs-format Enduro racing is nothing less than revolutionary, and Enduro2 is well on its way to bringing the fun and adrenaline of a weekend of racing, to all those riders out there who might not usually enter a race at all.
..not necessarily to win, but to participate, to enjoy, and to remember
PAIRS-FORMAT BLIND ENDURO RACING
…On each of our epic stages (each one is usually between 5 and 15 minutes long, but some are as long as 30 minutes) you must start together and finish together, and thus you will be right there with your partner throughout each stage. It’s still blind Enduro racing, but you’re very much in-it-together, you’re experiencing all the thrills and fun of the race, and at the same time. All those hilarious race-run near-misses and runs-of-your-life that no-one ever saw? Now your riding buddy is the only one who can judge – and lets face it – this is way more important to most of us than our overall placement at the end of 3 epic days of racing.
MERIBEL, VAL THORENS and the 3 VALLEYS: A NEW DESTINATION for 2022
Let’s lay our cards out right now. This is the biggest news we’ve had at Enduro2 ever since our first event in Les Arcs, back in 2015. Meribel is, in our opinion, possibly the world’s best place to ride a bike…that you’ve probably never heard of (!)
…which fortunately for us mean they permit MTB-access to the 100’s of Km of incredible hiking trails in this vast lift-accessible area – the biggest lift-connected resort in the world. It’s taken 3 years of careful planning with the amazingly enthusiastic & welcoming team, to make this happen. And yes, we are very excited!
A key enabler to maintain Enduro2’s core values of quality, variety, and epic quantity of trail crammed into just 3 days; was agree a special, one-off opening of the Olympe Telecabine lift. With this lift at our disposal, we’re able to access a vertical-km’s worth of singletrack below Meribel resort, all the way to the Spa town of Brides Les Bains at 572m altitude. But, we didn’t stop at that. We’ve also arranged for a special-opening of the Bruyeres II lift in neighbouring Les Menuires (Val Thorens) allowing us lift-accessed terrain to just shy of 2800m Altitude. Combine these two with the Dozen other high-speed lifts that function regularly in summer, and you’ll start to understand why we think the potential for MTB here is truly mind-boggling.
Saturday 2nd to Monday 4th July 2022
Meribel & The 3 Valleys, Savoie, France
15 Huge timed stages, ski-lift assisted liaisons
10,000m+ total descent; (<1200m total ascent).
Varied terrain: man-made bike park to technical Alpine Singletrack
Race between 2752m & 468m Altitude
Technical Difficulty: Experienced riders only (Blue, Red & Black trails)
No mandatory jumps/drops
Very relaxed format
(walking tough sections is totally OK!)
Free Starting Order at Each Stage
No Course Practise – ride 100% on-sight
E-bikes and Regular bikes are equally welcome to join the party. But we also offer (on a limited basis) teams-of-three, and a half-day option for solo riders or for teams who just don’t have a full 3 days to spare.
2022 ENTRY CATEGORIES
MALE PAIR / MIXED PAIR / FEMALE PAIR
E-BIKE (1 OR BOTH RIDERS)
€439 per team
MONDAY 4TH JULY
3 HUGE STAGES / 2000M+ DESCENT
MEAL & AFTER-PARTY
€149 per team
IS IT A RACE, OR JUST A GOOD TIME?
…Every year we have a handful of Pro-rider teams who step up to battle it out for the win. But as organisers, we’re not really focussed on who the podium at the end of the 3 Days, and we hope you aren’t either. After 10,000m+ of superb descent and a full spectrum of emotions along the way (blind racing tends to have that effect, and doing it all with your buddy right there with you only increases that feeling!), we hope you will be more focussed on celebrating with us at the after-party, than scrutinising your performance on every stage to the nearest second.
Our “focus on the fun, not the race” philosophy also applies to our prizes – we don’t award prizes on the podium. All participants have an equal chance of winning one of our many generous prizes, but we chose who wins them in other fun and inclusive ways that you can all enjoy.
YOUR ENTRY INCLUDES
Restaurant-Quality Lunches (Day 1 & Day 2).
(We take a break to enjoy a full lunch each day)
3-Day Lift Pass
Free Camper-van & Car Parking all weekend
On-Site Mechanic Service
Professional Timing System with live results.
First Aid and Professional Mountain Rescue Team
Unlimited access to download all our Pro Photos
Entry to End-of-Race After-Party
Detailed info in our FAQ section
MORE THAN JUST A NUMBER BOARD
..but all crammed into a 3-day weekend. In addition to what we truly believe are some of the best trails you’ll find in the Alps, there’s a big focus on superb catering every day, detailed logistics and communication, and a non-stop party atmosphere the whole weekend – all included in your entry fee.
(Read more about trailAddiction Guided MTB Tours Here…)
GOOD FOOD IS IMPORTANT
Restaurant-Quality Meals are included in your entry fee. The event is organised such that there’s plenty of time to take a break for lunch and enjoy some food and cold drinks, before continuing the action.
Optional Rider accommodation in individual serviced apartments or shared with other teams. Join the Party off the mountains well as on it, and enjoy spending your weekend with other Enduro2 riders from all over Europe. More Info
- More than 70% of our 300 participants will travel from outside of France to join us in our weekend-long party. We usually have more than 12 different nationalities (and nearly as many languages) represented, so our primary-language is English, with French obviously used in equal measure. More than half of our riders have already raced at least one Enduro2, before.
- The majority of our entrants are aged 30 to 55 years old, keen, passionate amateur riders who spend most of the year working a stressful day job and juggling family and other responsibilities.
- We’ll usually have a few EWS and Pro-Sponsored riders, but always many more who have never even raced any Enduro race before. We’re proud to say, we have a lot of female riders too…with more and more every year (ladies, you rock!)
- We know you just want to cram as much good riding as you can, into as short as time as possible…but you still need to survive the race and be back in work, next week!
- Most* of our riders want to enjoy the social experience more than they want to take the racing-element too seriously, and to enjoy discovering a new riding area for the first time. Or, if you’ve ridden here before, to let us show you more than a few “special trails” that you didn’t even know about!
*About 20%* of you are there to ride hard and to aim for the podium, and we’re certainly down with that, too!
The majority of our entrants are aged 30 to 55 years old, keen, passionate amateur riders who spend most of the year working a stressful day job and juggling family and other responsibilities…
…Enduro2 is their time to party!
WHAT RIDERS SAY ABOUT ENDURO2
The first Enduro2 was in Les Arcs in 2015, and at the time was amongst the first-ever pairs-format Enduro events in the world. Since then, we’ve grown into a Global Series and we’re always looking for the next ideal location to host our event.
ENDURO2 Registration Process
- All teams must enter together via one application per team.
Entry fee is payable in full immediately by credit/debit card.
After entry, you must arrange for a medical certification from your medical practitioner (GP) or a self-certification, which is legally required to race in France. A valid UCI Race License is also acceptable.
- Ensure that you have full accident and rescue / medical / travel insurance in place for the event.
- Please check our cancellation policy in the More Info section.
- No-Risk COVID-Related Cancellation Policy – full refund available
Event Schedule 2022
16h00 – 20h00 Registration* & Welcome Drinks at Race Party HQ (Jack’s Bar, Meribel)
Check-In to Enduro2 Rider Accommodation (optional)
Build & Check Bikes – Visit On-Site Mechanic Support if Needed
Agree your Game-Plan with your Ride Buddy
Practise Your High-Fives
*Virtual Check-in via Email is possible for late arrivals
8h30-10h30 First Departure Ski Lift / Shuttles
9h00-12h30 Stages 1-3
12h00-13h30 Optional Lunchtime Bonus Stage (non-competitive)
12h30-14h00 Break for Lunch – Brides Les Bains
13h00-16h30 Stages 4-6
`15h30-17h30 Finish Day 1 – Drinks, Food and Music at Party HQ (Jack’s Bar, Meribel Centre)
Sunday 3rd July – Day 2 – [4130m D-, 450m D+]
8h30-10h30 First Departure
9h00-12h30 Stages 7-9
13h00-17h00 Stages 10-12
17h30 Finish Day 1 – Drinks, Food & Music
16h00 – 21h00 Meribel Season launch party – Live music
Sunday 4th July – Day 3 – [2370m D-, 260m D+]
8h30-10h00 First Departure (Team Event)
10h00-11h00 First Departures (One-Day and Solo Event)
9h00-12h30 Stages 13-15
11h30-14h30 Race Finish
15h00 Podium & Prizes
15H30 Enduro2 BBQ & AFTER-PARTY
14h30-22h00 (Live Music, DJ, Food & Drinks, Party Games, Spot Prizes, Good times).
The Enduro2 Global Series is managed, promoted and sold by trailAddiction Ltd, 7010 Nelson, NZ. Registration Fees are payable to trailAddiction Ltd.
Enduro2 (Meribel) is organised by The Association Dig/Eat/Ride/Meet (W731006444), with commercial assistance from Mountain Sports International SAS.