Richie Rude bar drags a turn in South Wales.

Credit: Steve Behr

We ride with enduro champ Richie Rude at BikePark Wales – GoPro video

What's it like to follow a world champion rider down the trails at BikePark Wales? We tried to stay on Richie Rude's back wheel on this top-to-bottom run…

Richie Rude isn’t just the current Enduro World Series champion. He’s also one of the fastest, fittest and strongest mountain bikers ever.

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When we heard he was coming over to the UK, we decided to throw down the gauntlet in a series of challenges that included uphill sprinting, downhill racing, a high jump and whip-off, arm wrestling and beer drinking. (We might not have much hope on most of those, but we were pretty confident on the last one at least!)

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You can see how we got on in issue 345 of MBUK, which is on sale now. In the meantime, check out our head cam video of the day, when Staff Writer Ed tried to hang onto Richie’s back wheel on a top-to-bottom run down BikePark Wales, including one of the newest additions to its trail network – Surfin’ Bird.