It doesn't say anything about downhill being required, so this could open the door for flat or low-elevation Enduros. They would still be need to require features that utilize technical ability, but those could be built structures on flat ground.
"4.1: Structure - All Special Stages must follow a predominantly descending route and focus on testing the rider's technical skills. Special exceptions can be made for prologue stages. Enduro racing is about best use of the trails and terrain available. Rider experience and enjoyment should be the focus for any course setter. It is expected that, in order to achieve the best riding on the best trails possible, some climbs will feature within Special Stages."
How much descending?
What I'm worried about is XC races being labelled as Enduro events, and showing up with my 160mm trail bike while guys with carbon SS bikes take the podium.
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