The relatively young sport of enduro racing has attracted some of mountain biking’s best athletes and become highly competitive – quickly. American athlete Curtis Keene was ranked 12th in last year’s Enduro World Series. For him, that’s not good enough. This year, he says, he wants to be the guy sipping champagne. This video – from Red Bull TV – beautifully and thoroughly illustrates what it takes to hang, compete, and win in this grueling sport that athletes say is no safer than world cup downhill racing.

Look for new episodes every other Thursday from Red Bull TV as they follow Keene’s season at Enduro World Series events around the globe.