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 Graham 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.

Jonny Walker
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jonny Walker won the Michelin Tough One Extreme Enduro in 2015.Courtesy of KTM Images/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.

Michelin Tough One Extreme Enduro
January 28, 2019
Wales, United Kingdom

The Michelin Tough One Extreme Enduro is the first major extreme race of the year and it takes place in the famous Nantmawr Quarry in Wales. A few years ago, the promoters experimented with a "Hot Lap" format, but last year they went with a more traditional time trial format, which the riders seemed to favor. Last year, Graham Jarvis kicked off his season with a win at the Tough One Extreme Enduro, giving the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider some momentum heading into the season.

Alfredo Gomez
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Alfredo Gomez competes at the Michelin Tough One Extreme Enduro in 2015.Courtesy of Husqvarna Motorcycles/Red Bull Content Pool

For 2019, the Michelin Tough One Extreme Enduro changes format and will be run in “Sprint Enduro” style, basically giving the event a time trial format. The event will see two riders start per minute, on the same track as usual, though slightly shorter than normal. Also new for 2019 will be a special Dash for Cash that will run after the TT. It will feature the top six pro riders.