Most of you have probably heard of Enduro racing before. Over the last few years, it has become increasingly more popular, especially with the backing from Red Bull. But a little-known FIM series you may not have heard about is called EnduroGP World Championships.

EnduroGP is like taking a rally stage and riding on a dirt bike, tackling everything from mud to snow. It’s also a stage race much like in rally racing, where everyone competes from point A to point B. Admittedly it is no Erzburg Rodeo or Red Bull romantics it is still an impressive format filled with great technical racing.

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The 2017 season just started with the first round being held in Lake Päijänne, Finland. Although its rapidly warming up here in the states, in Finland there is still ice and snow on the ground, something that the racers didn’t even bat an eyelash at. Running studded snow tires the riders brave the unique elements to complete a lap of Lake Päijänne in southern Finland.

The race is a two-day event that covers over 800km total. Riders often spend more than 10 hours a day in the saddle. That equates to an average speed of around 40KM an hour through the absolutely brutal terrain. The race itself is one of Finlands oldest continuously organized sporting events, going back over 90 years to 1927.

“The great Finnish adventure” is just the first stop of the EnduroGP calendar, setting an exciting tone for the entire season. The season will race through Europe, England, and South America completing a total of nine rounds throughout the year. If that doesn’t sound exciting enough just check out these highlight videos from the first round in Finland and see for yourself. We are all in for a treat.