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Behind The Scenes – Lead Belt National Enduro

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By Gary Walton

It’s no secret that our growing coverage of the national enduro series stems from a personal love of off-road motorcycle racing and the fact that we like to sneak away and compete in a few of the rounds during the snowmobile off-season. I equate the NEPG to being the working man’s national series; one event per month, minimal cost to field and maintain a competitive bike and the chance to line up on the same row as the best riders in the world. All while getting to see the country from behind the windshield, often times on the back roads of Americana where time still moves at comfortable pace. At least until 9:00 AM on Sunday morning.

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The weekend opened with an 11 mile bicycle ride through St. Joe State Park, which contained the entire course layout.

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Several trail crossings offered a rare chance to catch a peak at the course, including Test #5 where the likes of Nick Fahringer and Steward Baylor evaluate the waterfall section of trail.

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About the only requirement to compete in a national enduro is having a spark arrestor and meeting a modest decibal level. Tech inspection decals displaying the round number are a badge of pride.

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KTM and Husqvarna are by far the biggest players in off-road and they send an army and arsenal to each round to support their two pro riders, as well as anyone on their brand who may need to replace a part or help with last minute technical advice.

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We could show you an uber cool prototype bar mount under that Pro Taper pad but we would have to kill you and never be allowed to shoot photos under the tent again.

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While the big rigs stay planted at the start area, most of the factory teams have vans locked and loaded for each of the remote checkpoints where tires, brakes, goggles and gas get replenished on demand.

Complicated time-keeping is a thing of the past at national enduros. A digital watch and a few notes on the start times and checkpoints are the only thing necessary.

Complicated time-keeping is a thing of the past at national enduros. A digital watch and a few notes on the start times and checkpoints are the only thing necessary.

A few spare sets of goggles, gloves and Kate's Real Food Bars make up our pit box. At this particular race, three of the six checkpoints left from the main parking lot making it easy for the privateer to gas and go.

A few spare sets of goggles, gloves and Kate’s Real Food Bars make up our pit box. At this particular race, three of the six checkpoints left from the main parking lot making it easy for the privateer to gas and go.

With one round remaining in the season, we're hoping to make the trip to Tulsa at the end of October, before the snocross pre-season hits full speed.

With one round remaining in the season, we’re hoping to make the trip to Tulsa at the end of October, before the snocross pre-season hits full speed.