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The fledgling Enduro World Series gained a prominent backer this week—Trek World Racing has committed to attending at least four rounds. Former downhiller Justin Leov will lead the newly formed enduro squad. The Kiwi racer retired from World Cup DH racing at the end of the 2012 season, but sees this new discipline racing as an exciting way to extend his career.
"I'm really looking forward to racing a fresh new discipline, and being able to make it happen around my new career in building, with Trek World Racing providing me with all the support for my racing, is the ideal situation,” the 28-year-old Leov said in a press release. “It's a team that feels like family and I know the product and the staff so well, it's the exact support I'll need to compete at the highest level in enduro."
The Enduro World Series was formed earlier by the promoters of several leading international races. The mostly European tour will initially combine existing races that are part of France’s Enduro Series and Italy’s SuperEnduro series. There will also be a contest in Winter Park, Colorado, and at Crankworx festivals in Whistler, British Columbia, and Les 2 Alpes, France.
The races demand a mix of downhill skills and cross-country fitness, making them accessible to many riders. Because they can be contested on traditional trail bikes with only minor modifications, the events are popular with riders who don’t have, or want to buy, specialized downhill or XC race machines. Leov plans to contest most of the races on a Trek Slash or Remedy, depending on the course and terrain.
Former DH world champion and Trek World Racing member Tracy Moseley has also transitioned to enduro-style events. Her independent team, T-Mo Racing is sponsored by Trek, but there has been no word whether she, or other racers, will join Trek’s enduro squad.