Cycling Ireland announced today that they’ll officially ‘adopt’ Enduro mountain biking as a discipline, and include it in their rules.
Whilst this might sound fairly underwhelming, it’s actually a bit of a big deal.
Mountain bike formats (downhill, 4X, enduro etc) can happily exist without their national cycling body’s support, as enduro does here in the UK at the moment. But – the sanction of the national body allows for an official national champs, the credibility of being ‘official’ and for a set of proper rules that all race organisers can follow. It also allows nice things like series points or a national series. That makes races more consistent, more professional and most likely safer and better organised. In turn that (hopefully!) means more investment in the sport, more riders, more growth.
Good job to Cycling Ireland for taking a grown up, progressive view on enduro. Here’s hoping it might give British Cycling a nudge to sit up and take note …