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Winter Park hosts biggest enduro mountain bike race in U.S. history

WINTER PARK, CO. - July 26: Evan Turpen controls the bike during the first stage of First international Enduro World Cup Championship ever in U.S. at Winter Park. Winter Park, Colorado. July 26, 2013. Enduro mountain biking - high speed downhill racing. (Photo By Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post)

WINTER PARK, CO. - July 26: Evan Turpen controls the bike during the first stage of First international Enduro World Cup Championship ever in U.S. at Winter Park. Winter Park, Colorado. July 26, 2013. Enduro mountain biking - high speed downhill racing. (Photo By Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post)

WINTER PARK — Enduro mountain bike racing is a world of contrasts.

The heaviest hitters in mountain biking — read: world champion Euros — line up with local aspirants. Cross country riders ditch the Lycra for body armor and full-face helmets. Downhill riders pant and heave through finish lines after sustained pedaling.

“It’s such a cool mix to see the fittest gravity guys mixing it up with cross country guys who are good trail riders,” said Boulder’s Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski, a longtime national champion cross country rider who this year dedicated himself to the nascent but exploding enduro race scene.

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