Richie Rude is one of America’s most decorated MTB enduro riders and the first man to win back-to-back championship titles on the Enduro World Series.
Richie Rude grew up in Redding, Connecticut and was riding a BMX bike and a mountain bike on the dirt trails around his house by the age of seven. By 12 he had already competed in his first downhill mountain bike race. He also played football, baseball and ran track, but Richie was most at home on the seat of his mountain bike.
He turned pro at 15 and graduated from high school while juggling a competition schedule that had him travelling around the world to compete in mountain bike races. In 2013, at age 18, he won the Junior Men’s Downhill World Championship title. Soon after, Richie switched his focus to enduro racing – a growing mountain bike discipline that involves timed stages throughout a mountainous course.
He debuted on the Enduro World Series in 2014, grabbing a second place in a Colorado race during his rookie season. A member of the Yeti/Fox Factory Team since he was 17, Richie returned to the Enduro World Series in 2015 and claimed the overall title after winning three stops on the global tour. He followed that up with another overall victory (and four series wins) in 2016, becoming the first man to win back-to-back championship titles on the Enduro World Series.
In the years that followed Richie continued to regularly appear on the podium at World Series events, including several victories, and is now recognised as one of America's most decorated enduro riders.