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Trials + Enduro = Cross Training Enduro

Learning how to ride a dirt bike? Take your enduro technique to the next level with our free cross training enduro vids. Most of the world's best extreme enduro riders are former trials riders who applied trials skills to hard enduro events.

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Enduro training vids

Bike setup, basic cross training skills, and how to ride a dirt bike through to advanced extreme enduro techniques. Please read our disclaimer before using these videos. See the full list of training vids here. 
Bike setup & riding gear playlist
Basic enduro skills playlist 
Intermediate enduro skills playlist 
Advanced enduro skills playlist 

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Become a supporter

Cross Training Enduro supporters get a special weekly vid emailed out.  It's a simple one-off contribution via Paypal here. Getting bored with social isolation? Become a lifetime supporter and get all 330 previous supporter vids too. In Australia? Contact me for AUD rates.

Six months
US$35 but no previous supporter vids
 
One year
US$50 + two months of previous vids

Lifetime supporter
US$100 & all 330 supporter vids since 2015!

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But wait there's more

Into adventure or dual sport riding? Check out our Cross Training Adventure channel. 
Into trials? Check out our Cross Training Trials Techniques channel.  
Can't get enough social media. There's our Cross Training Enduro Facebook page.
And we are part of the Traction eRag network. Sign up for their free off road magazine here

CONTACT FORM

We check emails daily but you can also message us via our Facebook page. Check our video list before asking if we've done a certain topic! We don't give advice about bike choice, riding gear or riding technique. If it ain't in the vids, we don't know. If you are a manufacturer or retailer, sorry we don't accept sponsorship or run ads for anyone. 

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Cross Training Enduro video playlists

We have hundreds of Cross Training Enduro vids now so we've tried to group them in a way that makes it easier to browse them. Here are all our playlists. Please read our disclaimer before using the information in these videos. See the full list of actual training vids here.
Bike setup & riding gear
Basic enduro skills
Intermediate enduro skills
Advanced enduro skills
10 ways to hop over logs
Dirt riding protective gear
How to wheelie series
Philosophical dirt rider series
Motocross to enduro conversion
The rather silly Cross Training Enduro vids
Reviews of dirt bikes & enduro products
Best enduro riders & dirt bike cinema

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More about supporting Cross Training Enduro

A huge thanks to the small number of Cross Training Enduro viewers who make doing full time vids possible! We want the enduro training vids to stay publicly available for all dirt riding brothers and sisters and it's the 0.5% of viewers who become supporters who make this happen. 

Please allow a day or two for me to email you. Links not working? Paypal.Me is for non-commercial transactions so Paypal charges less - but it's not available in all countries yet. Try the normal Paypal log in and send your support to info@crosstrainingenduro.com

Prefer a small regular contribution to Cross Training Enduro? Patreon allows small but regular monthly support over time. Not a good option though! They take a 5% cut, a further 5% for currency conversion THEN charge for each transaction. The supporters vids are usually around 10 to 15 minutes in length. Up to six months later I release a much shorter public version of the same vid. Supporters said they enjoy seeing the highlights again and it's a great way to encourage viewers to become supporters without shouting about it. 

Want to be a Cross Training Enduro supporter? Just click on the Paypal Me links below... If in Australia contact us for AUD rates.

Six months: US$30 (but no previous vids)  
One year: US$50  (and two months of previous vids too)
Lifetime supporter: US$120 (all supporter vids since 2016!)

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Why provide all this free stuff for so little in return?

The short story? I was a social worker for many years. Once I started working part time I started to do lots of volunteer work. I've always believed a key to happiness is to think more of others than yourself to avoid becoming a narcissistic arsehole. Cuts to funding ended my job, and a dedicated group of Youtube viewers pushed me to go full time with the vids. In 2016 around 100 Youtube subscribers generously supported the vids to let me go full time, but it wasn't enough to survive on. I was using my savings to continue, then viewers suggested it was time to set a few videos aside just for supporters, which would encourage more to join in and share the load. So support Cross Training Enduro if you have a high boredome threshold lol. 

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Who the hell is Traction eRag?

Just the world's dodgiest off road motorcycling magazine so they are a great match for my Cross Training Enduro vids. Heaps of viewers have subscribed to this free shitty online magazine, you can too by joining up here. While we avoid sponsors like the plague, we are keen to network with anyone who is passionate about making the world a slightly better place... so we do stuff with cool mobs like Carpathian Adventures, Vietnam Motorbike Tours, Traction eRag and Cambodia Motorbike Tours

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About Vietnam Motorbike Tours

If you watch our adventure channel you will see a pile of videos we filmed in Vietnam. Why? I have always been fascinated by Vietnam and after backpacking there twice I finally did it on a motorbike - with Vietnam Motorbike Tours. I've got to know the guys there quite well as they do a pile of charitable work not only in Vietnam and Australia, but especially in Cambodia where part profits from the tours go toward providing free houses to the poorest families through Global Village Housing. As part of my volunteer work for Global Village Housing, I do free vids for Vietnam Motorbike Tours. So without further ado, here are some of my favourites, some of which you may spot on the Cross Training Enduro channel too. 

Welcome to Vietnam Motorbike Tours
Join VMT and like-minded riders from around the globe for some truly amazing motorbike adventures in Vietnam. Exploring the very best of the real Vietnam, you will see this wonderful southeast Asian country in all her beauty.

How to ride in Asian traffic
How the tours support families in extreme poverty
Enjoy stunning views and experience the rich culture of Vietnam, all from the seat of a motorbike with Jason Thatcher's tours to adventure riding through towns like Hanoi and Nha Trang! Join Australian motorcycling adventure Jason Thatcher and the dedicated Vietnam Motorbike Tours expert team for a ride like no other to places like Hanoi and Nha Trang. Book now with our licensed VMT agent for a Vietnam Motorbike Tour in Asia.

The bikes we use at Vietnam Motorbike Tours
Food & accommodation while touring Vietnam
For tour dates and info visit our homepage. Riding adventure at its best - Vietnam offers the best road touring in Southeast Asia! As you carve your way through the best country back roads of the Central Highlands and Ho Chi Minh Trail, a Vietnam Motorbike Tour in Asia will prove to you exactly why this is regarded and reviewed as the best road touring in South East Asia! Since 2007, Jason Thatcher and the dedicated team have been showing motorbike riders from around the globe the very best of the real Vietnam.

Beware of scams & imitations when motorbike touring in Vietnam
Riding as a couple with Vietnam Motorbike Tours
Vietnam Motorbike Tours in Asia are designed by expert riders, for riders wanting to see the true culture and beauty of this wonderful southeast Asian country. VMT has been featured in a number of motorcycling magazines including Cycle Torque and Australian Motorcycle News. Jason Thatcher's Vietnam Motorbike Tours in Asia have also been featured heavily on the Australian adventure/lifestyle TV show ‘Blokesworld’.

Rider feedback with Vietnam Motorbike Tours
Vietnam Motorbike Tours: frequently asked questions
VMT riders are the experts and have been running premium quality tours since 2007 for experienced riders seeking the ultimate motorcycling adventures in Vietnam. Vietnam Motorbike Tours headquarters are located in the stunning seaside town of Nha Trang, just a 40 minute flight north of Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. Just google 'vietnam motorbike tour asia' to see more of our vids. VMT booking and planning managers Ben and Renee have been part of of the Vietnam Motorbike Tours team for over nine years, offering expert advice and service.

Riding Vietnam's scenic coast
How Vietnam Motorbike Tours design their routes
VMT tours are designed specifically not to feel like your typical guided bus tour. Search 'vietnam motorbike tour asia' to see more of our information. Great mountain roads and many small remote villages, along with stunning countryside views. In fact, many of our riders consider our VMT tours to be their all time best ride ever! We ride the roads and see the Vietnam sights that mainstream tourism is yet to discover... Sadly this won’t last forever, so join us soon to ensure your opportunity to adventure ride some of the best country back roads in southeast Asia! Vietnam is one of the safest countries in Asia, however, small scams can happen so you still need to aware.

Quality tours with like minded riders across Vietnam
Win a free tour with Vietnam Motorbike Tours
Motorbike riding in Vietnam's far north
Jason Thatcher's Vietnam Motorbike Tours in Asia offer the real deal in top quality motorcycle touring and Asian adventure riding. Our Goldstar tours include outstanding overnight stays and VMT is a proud supporter of local charity programs in Vietnam and especially Global Village Housing in Cambodia. We offer you the freedom to check things out along the way and to move at your own pace, letting you really discover this truly amazing country and its many friendly inhabitants. Trip Co-ordinator and Guide ‘Ben Wah’ is a perfect contact option if you feel like a chat and want to know more about what it’s like to ride Vietnam with towns like Hanoi and Hoi An.

Motorbike riding in Vietnam's northwest
Riding Vietnam's spectacular highlands
Ben, better known for his work as a TV host on long-running Australian lifestyle TV show expert ‘Blokesworld,’ is a well-known adventure rider throughout the motorcycling industry, with 40+ years riding experience and an experienced VMT guide. Nha Trang is the perfect place to start your motorbike tour, and places towns like Hanoi and Hue far from the busy traffic of the major cities. Nha Trang is also conveniently located close to the Central Highlands, a must for any rider wanting to see the real Vietnam! Ranking in the top five best tours on earth, Vietnam Motorbike Tours from Hanoi to Saigon has been seen on Australian TV series Blokesworld Aust and Cycle Torque TV.

Feedback from our pillion passengers
Getting lost in Vietnam's highlands: Vietnam Motorbike Tours
Vietnam Motorbike Tours offers quality fully supported tours on a fleet of motorbikes are perfect for touring Vietnam. These motorbikes are fully serviced and maintained through each and every tour of our Vietnam adventure riding routes. Vietnam Motorbike Tours is a dedicated adventure tour company founded by Jason Thatcher, an expert Australian adventure rider. To this day, VMT is still owned and operated by himself and his wife Trang Vu and is a fully registered and licensed motorcycle Tour Operator, specialising in fully supported professional tours throughout Vietnam. Vietnam Motorbike Tours is the licensed motorcycle tour operator the rest are copying.

Riding back into Vietnam's ancient past
Riding into Vietnam's war torn past: Vietnam Motorbike Tours
www.vietnammotorbiketours.com
VMT Facebook page
VMT Youtube channel

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Our disclaimer: read this before using our information!

These Cross Training Enduro vids are not a substitute for proper one-on-one coaching. These training vids only provide general information and you should learn new skills under guidance of a professional coach. You accept the risks involved if you try to use these Cross Training Enduro techniques without professional supervision. You must acknowledge that motorbike riding is an inherently dangerous activity, and that you use these videos at your own risk. You are responsible for ensuring your motorbike is in good working order and appropriate for dirt riding. You are responsible for researching the appropriate safety gear to wear that will lessen your chances of harm. This website and the associated videos make no warranties or representations regarding the content and suitability of this information for any purpose. It is provided "as is" without express or implied warranty. No claim is made as to the accuracy or authenticity of the content. To the maximum extent permitted by law, the authors accept no liability for any direct, indirect or consequential damages resulting from the use of these videos or reliance on the information contained in them. This disclaims all warranties with regard to this information, including all implied warranties or merchantability and fitness. In no event shall Cross Training Enduro Skills and its team members be liable for any special, indirect or consequential damages or any damages whatsoever resulting from loss of use, data or profits, whether in an action of contract, negligence or other tortuous action, rising out of or in connection with the use or performance of this information.

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About Cambodia Motorbike Tours

Been around our Cross Training Enduro channel a while? You will see a pile of videos we filmed in Cambodia. Why? I've got to know the guys at Cambodia Motorbike Tours well as they do a pile of charitable work in Cambodia where part profits from the tours go toward gifting houses to the poorest families through Global Village Housing. As part of my volunteer work for Global Village Housing, I do free vids for Cambodia Motorbike Tours. Here are some of my favourites which you can also spot on the Cross Training Enduro Youtube channel!

Welcome to Cambodia Motorbike Tours
Join CMT and like-minded riders from around the globe for some truly amazing motorbike adventures in Cambodia. Australian Adventurer rider Jason has been leading tours for over 12 years. Jason is regularly out touring or marking new routes keeping the adventure 100%. Jason shares his time volunteering along side Global Village Housing team which as built and gifted 262 homes for the poorest of the poor including two schools. My personal highlights of the tours is the great like minded riders we meet on tour and new friendships formed. Exploring the very best of the real Cambodia, you will see this wonderful southeast Asian country in all her beauty.

Jungle Kings tour day 1
Jungle Kings tour day 2
Enjoy stunning views and experience the rich culture of Cambodia, all from the seat of a motorbike with Jason Thatcher's tours to adventure riding around this amazing country. Join Australian motorcycling adventure Jason Thatcher and the Cambodia Motorbike Tours expert team for a ride like no other. Join us on this incredible adventure as we explore the most remote jungle trails of Cambodia - the Kingdom of Wonder. From remote villages to jungle wilderness areas and wild river crossings. Cambodia MotorBike Tours "Tough Guy Tour" is designed specifically for the experienced rider seeking the ultimate real-deal motorbiking adventure holiday! Book now with our licensed CMT agent.

How your ride with Cambodia Motorbike Tours changes lives
Tim Coleman & Chris Perry supported by Cambodia Motorbike Tours
Cambodia MotorBike Tours provide good old fashioned in house booking service, making planning and booking a breeze. Send us a message via our inquiry page along with your details and will be in contact.

Jungle Kings tour day 3
Jungle Kings tour day 4
Cambodia Motorbike Tours in Asia are designed by expert riders, for riders wanting to see the true culture and beauty of this wonderful southeast Asian country. Our Private Tour option is completely flexible around YOU! Cambodia Motorbike Tours is completely flexible to your needs; allowing you to set custom dates, preferences, skill levels and destinations! We can offer you a Suggested Itineraries, or customise one of our tried and tested Tours. With our experience and awesome support team we can help you plan the ultimate adventure ride that you and your mates will not ever forget!Whatever you need from your trip just let us know and we will guide you in the right direction!

Win a free tour with Cambodia Motorbike Tours
Feedback from Emma about Cambodia Motorbike Tours
CMT riders are the experts and have been running premium quality tours for experienced riders seeking the ultimate motorcycling adventures in Cambodia. Cambodia Motorbike Tours know that gathering riders can be like herding cats (and that’s never fun…) so CMT have injected some fun into the challenge! By reaching 12+ Riders you can even earn a free tour voucher! This voucher can be given to the hard working Rider that organised the tour, or it could be used as a split discount amongst all of your group. It could even be given as a prize in your club, or auctioned off to support funding!

Jungle Kings tour day 5
Jungle Kings tour day 6
Cambodia Motorbike Tours are designed specifically not to feel like your typical guided tour. Search 'cambodia motorbike tour asia' to see more of our information. Great mountain tracks and many small remote villages, along with countryside views. Many of our riders consider our CMT tours to be their best ride ever! We ride the roads and see the Cambodian sights that mainstream tourism is yet to discover. Cambodia is one of the safest countries in Asia, however, small scams can happen so you still need to aware.

Jungle Kings tour day 7
Jungle Kings tour day 8
www.cambodiamotorbiketours.com
CMT Facebook page
CMT Youtube channel

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What is trials riding (or moto trials)?

"You can pick up tricks on an enduro bike pretty quickly if you’ve done trials because the skills are there. With my trials background, I never had to practice tricks on an enduro bike" - Graham Jarvis

A quick look at the world's best endurocross and extreme enduro riders is like the Who's who of former trials champions - Graham Jarvis, Chris Birch, Taddy Blazusiak, David Knight, Andreas Lettenbichler and Dougie Lampkin all swapped to hard enduros after winning trials events. Cross training enduro is applying trials techniques to dirt riding and events like endurocross and extreme enduro. So what is trials riding exactly?

The emphasis in trials (and cross training) is not on speed but balance, traction, throttle/clutch control and advanced riding techniques - this has many benefits for dirt riding on enduro bikes. Trials riding (also called moto-trials or observed trials) uses incredibly light bikes to negotiate a marked course without putting their foot down, stalling or going outside of the marked course.

The vast majority of trials techniques have a direct application to dirt riding and enduro competitions, hence the growing popularity of cross training. Trials can be every bit as challenging as dirt riding or motocross, but with other advantages:
- minimal fuel used and engines, chains, sprockets and tyres last for ages
- There is a much lower injury rate compared to other types of competition
- the grades cater for all age groups and levels of experience
- the stop/start nature of the riding makes it a very social sport
- the skills learned pay dividends for all other forms of riding.

Buying a trials bike? Click here for a detailed guide. Choose from the classic classes, twin-shocks, or mono-shock trials bikes from 1985 on which have become lighter and more capable every year. There is a growing market for electric trials bikes as riders can practice in their back yard! And get better a Cross Training Enduro too. 

Do you have to ride competitively? No. Some riders don't like the idea of competing but still join a trials club and just ride socially. However, trials competitions are very social relaxed events particularly in the lower grades. You will find other riders very supportive and encouraging and you will really on be competing against the terrain, not the other riders.

Do you need to be a good rider? No, trials competitions cater for riders of all abilities. In Australia Introductory (or Intro) is the easiest grade with easy turns and very small obstacles like banks or small logs being typical. Clubman is the next grade with tighter turns and slightly larger obstacles including turns on hills, small logs and rougher ground. C grade has tight turns and larger obstacles and may require some skills like hopping the front wheel. B grade riders need to hop both wheels in order to line up for obstacles, and are often required to do floater turns. The obstacles become much larger, and the turns tighter. A grade riders need to be able to splat onto large obstacles after completing tight turns requiring hopping. And be great Cross Training Enduro riders too. 

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And finally more about cross training enduro

Our vids feature dirt riding tips from Graham Jarvis, Ruben Chadwick, Tim Coleman, Chris Birch and other top enduro riders on cross training - a blend of trials and enduro techniques. The rise of extreme enduro, endurocross and hard enduro events has led to cross training - trials skills applied to dirt riding on enduro bikes. 

So cross training is the application of trials-based skills to dirt riding, and it's got solid backing from the world's top riders. Graham Jarvis says "Going fast is the easy bit. It’s going slowly that will help you develop control. Simple riding exercises which are actually difficult to perform can give you a lot of control".

Taddy Blazusiak says, "Want to be faster off-road? Slow down! Try to be as calculated, calm and precise as possible". Jonny Walker, Alfredo Gomez and Manny Lettenbichler are all highly skilled trials riders now on enduro bikes who agree. 

In a recent interview, Graham Jarvis said his riding tips for becoming a better rider were:
- learn trials
- go slow
- master the clutch
- develop balance
- build your confidence in the key techniques.

Initially, cross training enduro skills slow you right down (even to a stand still!) so that you can relearn key dirt riding skills then gradually build up your speed again. We'll start by looking at how the principles of trials riding can make such a big difference to your dirt riding, with riding tips from from the best enduro riders out there. 

TRACTION & DIRT BIKE SKILLS
Losing traction is a cardinal sin in trials riding, and riders go to extreme lengths to ensure their tires don't slip. Wheel spin and slides look great but in most cases mean you losing control of the bike to some extent. The top extreme enduro riders will only lose traction deliberately for certain techniques, such as locking up the rear brake to line themselves up into a tight turn. Maintaining traction is a critical skill in cross training.

BODY POSITION & WEIGHTING
Watching top trials riders like Graham Jarvis, Alfredo Gomez or Manny Lettenbichler is like poetry in motion - from a standing start they can flip their bikes in mid air through 180 degrees, or climb a six foot vertical wall. A key part of moves like this is the use of body positioning and 'weighting' - choosing when to exert pressure on the pegs and when to 'de-weight' or lift the bike up. Cross training means you will almost always be standing on the pegs and learning how to use your body weight and positioning to maximum effect.

BALANCE
Everything in tough gnarly terrain is trying to throw you off balance, so balancing lays a strong foundation for enduro skills. Trials riders can balance at a stand still for as long as they like. Cross training has a strong focus on being able to balance on your enduro bike, even at a stand still - this is a handy skill when you have minimal run up to your next obstacle. Balance also means you can spend more time standing on the pegs in tough terrain instead of sitting down, so you will have far more control of your bike.

CLUTCH & THROTTLE CONTROL
Most trials techniques involve precise use of the clutch, such as feathering the clutch for traction control up hills or dropping the clutch to launch the bike into the air as Jonny Walker and Graham Jarvis can do on enduro bikes and trials bikes. Cross training applies the same principles to enduro bike - you'll be amazed at the difference it makes in terms of traction and advanced techniques such as jumping up vertical rock faces or massive logs.

GET INTO TRIALS RIDING
Like almost every top extreme enduro rider, Graham Jarvis came into the sport from an expert level trials background. "You can pick up tricks on an enduro bike pretty quickly if you’ve done trials because the skills are there", according to Graham. "With my trials background, I never had to practice tricks on an enduro bike."

Not surprisingly, trials skills are most easily learnt on a trials bike due to their light weight and size. Cross training techniques are much easier to learn on a trials bike first, then transfer the skill to your enduro bike. If you are serious about learning advanced riding techniques, it is definitely worth thinking about getting a trials bike and joining a local club.