Schnell, Emmett win first Trestle All-Mountain Enduro

Despite hiccups, 165 racers usher in birth of enduro racing in US

After helping to promote the inaugural Trestle All-Mountain Enduro presented by Trek, it was Ross Schnell who took top honours once the dust settled on the five-stage event, along with Kelli Emmett of the Giant Factory Team.

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The racing at Trestle Bike Park in Colorado, left all of the competitors – from pro to the slowest amateur and no matter their background, whether cross-country, downhill or trail riding – grinning ear to ear.

The highlight was the final stage, where the cumulative time from the previous four stages was used to set the start order and times – if the racers were separated by seconds they started with those same seconds in between – for the event’s Super D style finale.

This made for a rapid-fire barrage of starts in a cloud of dust, in which the first rider to the bottom would take both the stage win and the overall. “This race had a chance for everyone, I think,” Mark Weir, Cannondale-Fox-WTB’s all-mountain icon, told BikeRadar. “After that many runs it starts to balance out in terms of fitness and skillset.”

“That was the best last stage I’ve done in a long time,” he added. “It was so much fun to have guys you truly respect because they’re in front of you or they’re right behind you. When it’s an enduro everyone knows that it’s a true bike ride, it’s not a downhill run that you get one chance on – you get many chances to prove yourself. At the end of the day, eve