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WHERE TO RIDE: Enduro del Verano

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January 1, 2016
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North America has always been the world’s biggest hotbed of ATV activity. Australia has also been a place where quads are rather numerous. Argentina is now another “A” country we can add to the list where the popularity of ATVs is booming. This was most evident by the number of quads that showed up recently at Argentina’s biggest ATV event.

With so many riders, they have to start in multiple rows. It’s quite a spectacle.
With so many riders, they have to start in multiple rows. It’s quite a spectacle.

The Enduro del Verano is an annual race that has been growing in size and fame over the years. It occurs along the beach of the Atlantic Ocean in the resort town of Villa Gesell, around 200 miles southeast of Buenos Aires.  For the 2015 event, there were over 500 quad riders roosting around and having fun in front of 185,000 cheering spectators. The course starts off in an arena with grandstands, Supercross-style jumps and big berms. It then wanders for six miles across the sand hills, to the ocean and back to the Supercross arena where the riders continue on for more laps.

The adrenaline starts to flow when the riders are in the spectator Supercross arena. There’s nothing like making a pass in front of thousands of screaming fans.
The adrenaline starts to flow when the riders are in the spectator Supercross arena. There’s nothing like making a pass in front of thousands of screaming fans.

The level of riding and competition has become very fierce among Argentina’s quad riders, and the same can be said for the many dirt bike riders who have their own class at the beach race too. We were intrigued by this collection of photos from the Enduro del Verano, and we thought you’d enjoy seeing them too.

This is how everyone knows the big race is about to start.
This is how everyone knows the big race is about to start.
There’s plenty of pageantry and opening ceremonies at the Enduro del Verano. The dream of every Argentinian girl is to be selected as a Yamaha Princess.
There’s plenty of pageantry and opening ceremonies at the Enduro del Verano. The dream of every Argentinian girl is to be selected as a Yamaha Princess.
The course winds around to the beach and back, but it’s very wide, allowing for good racing and plenty of passing.
The course winds around to the beach and back, but it’s very wide, allowing for good racing and plenty of passing.

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