April 03 2020 Friday at 02:01 PM

Keep Those Cameras Dry! - Deus Temple Enduro

Forget beaches, bars, and inexpensive eating, Bali’s Enduro scene is where it’s at! Just a hop skip and a jump from the Deus Temple in Canggu, Enduro culture is alive and well. During a recent stint on the island, Temple Ratters Dustin Humphrey, Steve Titus, Matt Cuddihy and Harrison Roach checked in with Bali Dirt Bikes to see what the fuss was all about. Their guides took the boys through a maze of extremely technical single tracks in what might be referred to as Enduro’s equivalent of black diamond skiing. Needless to say, the intense ride left them beaten and battered. The open throttle, second gear hillclimbs sent riders flying off their seats on three out of every four approaches. The guide’s fun, in pushing the boys to their limits, was apparent in their giggles, but they were always there to lend a hand when needed. Following the hillclimbs, came similarly treacherous descents. Tyres caked in mud slid off and between the trees, handlebars hit them, the boys again went down. It was only in the short stretches of rice paddy riding that they were able to catch their breath, and this was only in between fits of reminiscent laughter. A river stage washed the caked mud from the knobby tyres but unfortunately, the slime covered rocks rendered them ineffective. None of us made it through the water without being submerged. Luckily though, we had anticipated the soaked situation and handed our cameras to the guides, who stayed dry. For that, we thank you! For without them you’d not have the pleasure of the spectacle.