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Chilly’s Blog – Endurocross and X Games
Endurocross – Can it save X Games?
I have been a casual observer of X Games for many years. When they added motorsports events, I became an avid observer. The first years of rally cars, supermoto and motocross were pretty darn good. In fact, they really made many of the other events seem rather dull. How many times can you watch the skateboard and bicycle go up and around in the air?
This year’s event seemed to be a low point. Not that it was one big obvious thing, it just sort of lacked much punch and variety. ESPN has really made an effort to promote the franchise players; Travis Pastrana and Shaun White. These two have written the book on what it is to be an extreme athlete. Just the same, the ESPN overexposure of these guys comes at the exclusion of many other great athletes and it is wearing pretty thin. With Travis’ disaster weekend and inevitable move to the grownups table, NASCAR, X Games needs a savior.
By all accounts, Endurocross was the smash hit of the season. No, I am not going to call it by the new corporate moniker” Enduro X”, nor am I going to drink whatever energy drink is in vogue this week. Well of course Endurocross was a hit! We bikers have known that little secret all along. Look at the recipe; lots of talent, riders hungry for exposure, big obstacles and all this in a confined space. It is custom made for television and short attention spans.
The action was furious and the racing easy to follow. It takes no special knowledge to understand what is happening. In some ways, it may be even better if you have no idea who is leading. I was constantly looking for my favorite riders and ended up missing action elsewhere.
I think we all knew there would come a day when freestyle riding would lose its edge. This year’s move to downtown killed the rally car course. In short, the event was spiraling downwards. Who knew that Endurocross, the very last event, would save the X Games? Actually, I think many of us did. It is a great format and I hope that whatever direction it takes, it can continue to entertain and give exposure to some very hard working off roaders.