Hard enduros and extreme off-road racing have gained in popularity over the past few years, and many of the top factory teams have switched their efforts from the traditional World Enduro format to the many hard enduro races that have cropped up around the world. In fact, Graham Jarvis, the king of extreme racing, will be focusing exclusively on hard enduros in 2019.

In 2018, Cody Webb, Mario Roman, Wade Young, and Jarvis stood out as the top extreme off-roaders on the planet, as the four riders combined to win the majority of the extreme racing events last year. The 2019 season should see more of the same, as the extreme calendar kicks off in late January.

Taddy Blazusiak
Taddy Blazusiak is making a comeback in 2019 after retiring in 2016. Look for the KTM rider to do well at Extreme XL Lagares.Courtesy of Future7Media/Red Bull Content Pool

Most of us don't have the means to travel to these events to watch them firsthand, but you can keep up with all the extreme racing action in 2019 right here at dirtrider.com, as we bring you coverage from each round.

Extreme XL Lagares
May 10–12, 2019

Colton Haaker
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Colton Haaker races the EnduroCross portion of the course at the 2018 Extreme XL Lagares.Courtesy of Future7Media/Red Bull Content Pool

The Extreme XL Lagares bills itself as the hardest extreme race on the calendar as it mixes EnduroCross with urban and hard enduro for three days of intense action. The event is based in the north of Portugal and the competition begins Friday night with an EnduroCross race. The event moves to the streets on Saturday, with the course running through very urban areas. Finally, on Sunday the race gets technical with the hard enduro portion held in slippery, rocky riverbeds and tight trees for some very spectacular action. Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Billy Bolt won the event last year, and according to the promoters, “only the strongest will be up to the test.”