The sport of mountain biking is beautiful. Fast paced, physically demanding, and full of rules that separate the different disciplines of riding. But the only true rule is the one that unites all of cycling together: endurance.
To us, XC means everything. It's long training rides and short track races. It's solo fire road climbing or technical downhills with baggy shorts. Wide tires. Narrow tires. Rear suspension, or sometimes no suspension. 150mm or 100mm. Early morning spins and late night rides with lights. If it's about performance mountain biking, it's what we're about.
A few years ago, mountain bike racing was reborn and given a new name: Enduro. This sent a surge throughout the mountain bike community and inspired those who swore they'd never race to tie on a number plate. "New" products were launched, new riders became stars of the sport, and suddenly racing was cool. Again.
Yet for many of us, this was old news and the discipline that made mountain biking great began to get left behind. For us, XC will always be the way to race a bike off road. It's where the sport started and has lead the way for an entire industry. It has pushed the boundaries of bike development, human performance, and two wheeled creativity.
This isn't a debate on which is better. We believe that XC, endurance, DH, and enduro are all great disciplines under the mountain bike umbrella. One isn't better than the other other, and to be an elite rider in one aspect of this sport means one often has to excel in all of them.
Our goal at Rules of Endurance is to bring XC and endurance racing into the spotlight and feature what makes this sport and its athletes great.
We’ll prove that there's nothing wrong with wearing lycra and a jersey, that 4" suspension and hardtails are really fast bikes, and that trails that go up are just as good as ones that go down. And in the process, maybe we'll even add a dropper seat post to our race bikes.
Contrary to the name of this site, there really are no rules. If it's about XC or endurance riding, racing, or even epic trail riding, you'll find it here.
Those who contribute to Rules of Endurance are not registered dietitians, pro mechanics, or doctors. The information shared here is only what we've found works for us, and we'll bring in the experts when necessary. We hope that this site it offers info, entertainment, and insight that changes the opinions of what XC is all about.