Interview with Enduro champion Curtis Keene

California native and Enduro champion, Curtis Keane was always interested in sports, but he loved riding his bike from as long as he can remember. He spent ten years as a dominant force in downhill mountain biking.  In 2012, he picked up Enduro mountain biking. That year, he took home the overall championships title in the North American Enduro Series. Worldwide, Enduro is still mostly made up of European competitors. Because this life is his dream, Keane got the nickname “American Dream.”

Keane spoke with about his love of cycling, how his home state of California is an inspiration to him and how to Discover LA, how he powers through multiple broken bones and contusions, how he learned that Enduro is right for him and advice on how to live the dream.

Before we learn more about him, what is Enduro?

Enduro is a type of mountain bike racing in which there is a number of timed downhill sections of trail, and a number of uphill transfer stages, which are not timed, but might have time limits to complete. This is a stage-race format where the winner is the rider who accumulates the lowest combined time from the various timed sections. These competitions typically take place over a couple of days, though longer competitions are becoming more popular. This adventure sport is mostly in the USA and Europe.

Now that you’re caught up, here’s our interview with Curtis:

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Michelle Tompkins

Michelle Tompkins is an award-winning media, PR and crisis communications professional with more than ten years experience with coverage in virtually every traditional and new media outlet. She is currently a communications and media strategist and writer, as well as the author of College Prowler: Guidebook for Columbia University. She served as the Media Relations Manager for the Girl Scouts of the USA where she managed all media and talking points, created social media strategy, trained executives and donors and served as the organization’s primary spokesperson, participating in daily interviews with local, regional, and national media outlets. She managed the media for the Let Me Know internet safety and Cyberbullying prevention campaign with Microsoft, as well as Girl Scouts’ centennial Year of the Girl To Get Her There celebration in 2012, which yielded more than 800 million earned media impressions. In addition to her extensive media experience, Michelle worked as a talent agent in Los Angeles, California, as well contracting as a digital content developer and her writing has appeared in newspapers and online. She is passionate about television, theater, classic movies, all things food and in-home entertaining. While she has lived and worked in NYC for more than a decade, she is from suburban Sacramento and gets back there often to watch the San Francisco Giants on TV with her family.