Enduro X at X Games
Kyle Redmond (5) dodges bodies and bikes over giant rocks to take the lead early in the first-ever Enduro X competition at an X Games in 2011. Enduro X challenges all aspects of riding a motorcycle, and even mastering riding skills often isn't enough to win because of the random nature of the obstacles.
Mike Brown navigates a log after making it safely through the boulder section of the Enduro X course at X Games L.A. last year. "Everything through the course changes. You lose your concentration just for a second in those sections and it can hit you quick," says Brown.
Best Isn't Always First
Taddy Blazusiak, seen as one of the best riders in the world, isn't guaranteed a podium spot at X Games Austin because of the random nature of Enduro X. Here, Blazusiak blasts through a puddle the size of a small pond on his way to a gold medal at X Games Foz do Iguau last year.
Leader of the Pack
Mike Brown leads Enduro X at X Games L.A. in 2012. However, at any point during the race, a wheel could get stuck or a rock could throw the rider off the track. Making turns on rocks is no easy task.
Colten Haaker pushes through a puddle framed by a giant log in the Enduro X finals at X Games Los Angeles 2012. Haaker finished second in his first competition of 2014, and is one to watch at X Games Austin next month. Haaker has two firewood sections in his backyard for practice.
Taddy Blazusiak raced his way back to the top of the Men's Enduro X podium at X Games Los Angeles. Blazusiak won gold earlier this year at X Games Foz do Iguaçu, earned bronze at X Games Munich and finished fourth at X Games Barcelona.
Follow the Leader?
Wally Palmer briefly led the pack at X Games Los Angeles in 2011, but it's tough to tell who is winning thanks to the chaotic rocky turn on the Enduro X course.
Mind the Gap
Ryan Sandoval had a little trouble keeping his wheels turning at X Games Munich last summer. When a wheel gets wedged in between rocks, bad things can happen.