Enduro -- or as I like to call it, Enduro\u2122 -- is the new race format sweeping the mountain bike scene. Or is it a rehash of the leftover Super D someone forgot in the fridge way too long ago?\r\nIs it the lifestyle racing that mountain bikers can easily grasp as the closest thing to what they were already doing, or just an attempt by \u201cthe industry\u201d to market a new line of bikes, accessories, and anything colored POC Approved Blue? \u00a0I\u2019ve taken my share of cynical jabs ever since it became a "thing." \u00a0I actually participated in the Pisgah Enduro (no \u2122) this past June, risking my partially open mind in a very non-Enduro\u2122 specific helmet. \u00a0Like it, hate it, or having feelings closer to indifference, Enduro\u2122 is here and isn\u2019t likely to go away anytime soon.\r\n\r\nTake away all that comes with Enduro\u2122\u2026 the clothes, helmets, goggles, saddles, grips, hydration packs, bikes, pedals, shoes, and whatever else can be marketed and sold as Enduro\u2122 specific. \u00a0What you are left with is a\u00a0somewhat\u00a0new format of racing.\r\nRiders are individually timed on mostly downhill oriented sections of trail by all manner of timing chips, mats, stopwatches, fingers and toes. \u00a0Each race has multiple but different runs that are combined for a total to determine results. \u00a0Events can be run in a matter of hours or span several days, sort of like an endurance stage race, but with hairy legs, goggles, and knee pads. \u00a0Since most of the timed sections are on descents, racers will either have to use shuttles, ski lifts or pedal power in order to get from one timed to section to another.\r\n\r\nLast year, The Trans-Sylvania Mountain Bike Epic neatly dovetailed an Enduro\u2122 race into their standard format stage race. \u00a0Riders could choose to keep the hammer down all day long, or they could lollygag up the climbs to the timed sections, get their pads and goggles in place, and ride ripshit all the way to the bottom.\r\nOf course, some riders went at the general classification just as hard as they chased the Enduro\u2122 titles all week long\u2026 there\u2019s always going to be overachievers in this world. \u00a0Considering the roughness of the terrain in State College, the rigidity of my carbon fork, and my general status as an underachiever, I did not participate in any of the Enduro\u2122 madness last year.\r\n\r\nExcept for that one day.\r\nLast year, one of the stages was nothing but Enduro\u2122. \u00a0It was a day that started with much leisure and joking around in the parking lot and then a conversational climb up to points much higher in the Rothrock State Forest.\r\nA little bit of nervous standing in line and waiting for my crack at the Green Shoot Trail was followed by a heart thumping, eye tearing, forearm punishing descent -- and then *beep* -- I was on to the next section. \u00a0The rest of the day would follow the same theme, casual riding followed by an intense few minutes of trying to come to terms with gravity being friend or foe. \u00a0I have to admit: It was awesome.\r\nSo this year, there will once again be a stage of nothing but Enduro\u2122. \u00a0If it\u2019s as good as last year, my favorite stage ever (Tussey Mountain) might get taken down a spot. \u00a0Despite my technological descending disadvantage, I might even forgo my underachiever status and swipe my timing chip all week long.\r\nThat\u2019s definitely going in the \u201cmaybe\u201d column since I already have enough trouble remembering to punch the clock when I get to work every day.