Last week I snuck over to Duluth to see Jake, race in the first enduro race the COGGS bike group organizes and ride the next morning. The Duluth Enduro series is a six race, midweek series during the summer. Enduro is the new Super D which a mostly downhill race featuring a bit more technical terrain than typical cross country races. There are usually a couple different stages and the combined time from all the stages determines the winner. Having started racing back in the 90's when cross country races were a bit more raw and technical, enduro is hitting high on the interest meter right now. Although the actual racing is short, there isn't so much nervous energy like cross country races and the riding before, during and after makes it a fun outing. Plus country racing for 2 hours max is painful and after 25 years, the motivation to keep doing that isn't there which is more mental than anything.
He will be part of a group of 9 headed to RPI this late summer.
MAP south program, skating and training with college and junior players and more frequent as summer passes, MN pro players which is pretty cool.