Today, bicycle component manufacturer Enve presents the first episode of its reality TV show, The mountain bike challenge.
Broadcast on Youtube, the show is the bike version of Survivor meets Fantastic race meets I’m a celebrity… Get me out of here!
Five competitors were tasked with building the ultimate ATB – All Terrain Bicycle – before tackling what is billed as ‘the world’s toughest ATB route ever imagined’, courtesy of the host of the show and “alternative cycling mogul” Ronnie Ronmance aka “Ultraromance. “
“The mountain bike challenge It’s about reintroducing the ATB, the varied configuration options, the terrain that can be tackled and, of course, finding the breaking point of the competitors,” says Enve.
“A good mountain bike would have a diverse mix of mountain and road bike parts, with drop bar or flat bar options, a wide gear range, and tire sizes that rival any mountain bike on the market. the market. There is also a pilot mindset that makes the difference. The off-road cyclist would choose adventure, problem-solving, and life-affirming experiences over speed every time.
At the end of last summer, an open call for applications was launched for five challengers to participate in the The mountain bike challenge.
As part of the entry, participants were challenged to build their vision of an all-mountain bike capable of conquering “the world’s toughest ATB route ever imagined”, complete a personality quiz ATB and describe why they needed this challenge. Traits such as speed, racing history, and appearance would all be overlooked. Instead, at the heart of each competitor’s selection is their deep sense of adventure and love of cyclo-overlanding.
The five chosen candidates were asked to travel to Albany, New York on September 17, 2021. From there they would be taken to a “secret, remote and incredibly rugged location somewhere in North America” or, in reality, Vermont .
To create their ‘ultimate mountain bike’, each competitor received a base Enve ATB kit, Crust Bombora ATB Edition frame, Ultradynamico ATB tires and SRAM ATB groupset.
From there, the competitor could spec the bike to their own preferences and course anticipations. Drop or flat bars, nimble 650b or regular 700c wheels, knobby or slick tires, flat or automatic pedals, etc. Whatever their wishes, the cheated bikes would be waiting for them to their exact specifications in Burlington on September 17th.
Equipment bags, nutritions and tools, however, were their own responsibility and part of the challenge.
Once in Vermont, the five contestants received their tricked ATBs and were taken to a secret, remote location somewhere to complete the challenge.
Details of ‘the world’s toughest ATB route ever imagined’ are scarce but, according to the trailer, it involved 71 miles of rugged terrain with 12,110ft of elevation gain – to be completed in 14 hours.
The show also promises challenges of all kinds: physical, emotional and mechanical, including: haunted train tunnels, fickle weather, broken brakes, broken chains, bike rides, river crossings, rope bridges, orienteering, tree climbing and more. In short, a real off-road adventure race.
With no support on the course, competitors were on their own when it came to orienting themselves, feeding themselves and repairing mechanics.
The prize for anyone who completes the challenge within the time limit? To bring home their ultimate ATB build, with some bragging rights of course.
There will be three episodes in total, with the first dropping on Thursday, April 28. The second episode will be released on Tuesday, May 3, and the finale will drop on Tuesday, May 10.