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Haldon Forest Mini Enduro Race Feb 2013

Mini Enduro – Haldon Forest, Devon

Mini Enduro is the new fun exciting way to race Enduro on a mountain bike. Its aimed at new riders to the sport to give it a go and we also have the Pro am category for the more established racers.

There are 3 live timed stages in each race with transfers in between, these transfers are not timed and do not count for the overall standing.

The great success of our Mini Downhill races is to bring new riders into racing downhill and we want to recreate this with Mini Enduro, So if you have never raced an Enduro before or just want a bit of fun racing Enduro away from the pressure of Uk Gravity Enduro series, perfect come and try a Mini Enduro.

The first ever Mini Enduro will take place on Sunday 10th February 2013 the location will be released very soon.

One Industries will title sponsor the Mini Enduro races and will now be know has the

One Industries Mini Enduro“ so you can expect some great prizes on the podium for the top 3 in each category.

 

Race Date

Sunday 10th February 2013

Location

Haldon Forest Visitor Centre – Devon.
Bullers Hill, Kennford, Exeter, EX6 7XR

Very simple to get to its just 5 minutes past Exeter on the M5.

From the North: There are 4 main roads that lead to the A38 to Plymouth which has the exit sign to“Haldon Forest”
M5 Southbound (becomes the A38)
A377 (from Barnstaple, which joins the A30)
A30 (from Okehampton, joins the A38)
A379 (from Countess Wear and joins the A38 at Kennford)

From the South: There are 2 main roads from the South:
A380 (from Torquay)
A38 (from Plymouth/Cornwall)
From the A380 northbound you will find an exit sign to “Haldon Forest & Exeter racecourse”

The Format

The Mini Enduro’s will take place over one day and will be of a shorter distance to allow riders to practice the the 3 stages before the start of the race later in the day.

Distance will vary but expect around 15 to 20 miles to complete the 3 stages and the route.
With a morning practice lap and the race you will cover around 30 to 40 miles.
The transitions will follow the blue route to keep everyone going in the right direction.

All three stage times will be added together to produce the overall results for each category.

Start Times
will be posted in Registration on Sunday Morning.

Registration
Saturday 9th February 2013
Registration times 10.00am to 12am and 4.00pm to 6.00pm

Sunday 10th February
Registration Opens 8.00am
Registration Closes at 11.00am
You must have sign on and collected your number board by 11.00am to race.

Saturday 9th February 2013– Forest and stages open to ride as normal.

Sunday 10th February 2013Times are subject to change depending on rider numbers and weather conditions

  • 9.00am    Practice Stages – Medics and Marshals on all stages
  • 12.00pm  Practice finish all stages close
  • 12.30pm  Stage 1 Opens – Close 3.00pm
  • 1.00pm    Stage 2 Opens – Close 3.30pm
  • 1.30pm    Stage 3 Opens – Close 4.00pm

**The organisers reserve the right to change this schedule if they feel necessary. If this happens riders will be kept fully informed by PA announcements.**

The race order is fastest first:

    1. Pro-Am
    2. Senior 18-29
    3. Master 30-39
    4. Veteran 40-49
    5. Super Veteran 50+
    6. Open 13 to 17
    7. Hardtail 13+
    8. Women

Timing –

Tag Heuer Timing in action at Llangolen Downhill race 2011

The race is timed the same way as our downhill races using the lastest Tag Heuer Professional timing equipment, each stage will be timed down to 1/1000 second.

Categories

  • Hardtail 13+
  • 17 & Under
  • 18-29
  • 30-39
  • 40-49
  • 50+
  • Pro-Am

Hardtail?

Some say there is not much disadvantage to racing on a hardtail to a full suspension bike so why do a category for them?

We see this has ride what you have type of racing if you have an all mountain bike that’s great if you have hardtail XC bike or a do it all hardtail then this is way for you start racing on it and chance to stand on the podium in your category.

Pro-Am?

This category is for the more experienced racers to have some fun racing and get some practice in for the Uk Gravity Enduro Series.

For Example if your in the at least the top 10 of your category Junior, Senior, Master, Vets in the Uk Gravity Enduro Series you should race Pro-Am so you can test yourself against other quick riders and rider a different group of riders which will spice things up and hopefully make it more fun racing a Mini Enduro.

Rules

There are 3 stages in each event, with transfers in between these transfers are not timed and do not count for the overall standing. Special stages close at a specified time, to ensure the event finishes on time. Riders will be notified at registration on the morning of the event

Time Controls are used check riders in ready for the stage start time.

 

Bikes

An all mountain bike is ideal for these races but any mountain bike is allowed

  • hardtail,
  • short travel,
  • long travel,
  • 29”
  • a downhill bike but not recommended with the riding in-between transfer stages.
  • Only one Bicycle can be used during an event, including any transition stages.
  • Competitors must start and finish the competition on the same frame, fork and wheels.

 

Equipment

  • A helmet conforming to technical regulation 8.6.1 must be worn during the race and transition between stages.
  • You can wear an open face helmet for racing but we would like to recommend a full face helmet.
  • Knee and elbow protectors are recommend.
  • All Competitors must be self sufficient and prepared for a varying climate as well as any basic mechanical repairs.
  • Consideration should be given to the nature of the course and the length of time the event may take to complete.
  • This course is marked with signs and with some sections that are taped if a specific line should be taken on the stage.
  • If a competitor leaves the trail/course, they must re-enter at the same point and must restore the tape as they found it.

Course Cutting = Disqualification
If a rider is spotted cutting a special stage course by a marshal they will be disqualified.

Overtaking – Catching Slower Riders

Over Taking Slower Riders

We all have our own speed of racing some are fitter & faster then others which can lead to faster  riders catching up slower riders on a stage.

If a faster rider is behind you on a special stage, be polite and allow them to pass. If you are the faster rider, be patient and give lots of warning and clear directions as to what side you will pass. For example; shout left, if you intend to pass on the left hand side of the rider in front.

If you over take a slower rider on the stage then you can continue in front of the slower rider for the start of the next stage. This will stop the faster rider always catching the same rider again in the next stage.

Time Controls (TC)

At the start of each stage there will be a time control.  You must reach the TC no later then your start time which you will you be advised of with your stage start times. In the interest of safety each stage has a cut off time when the stage is closed. Riders arriving after the stage has closed will not be allowed to start and must return to the finish area.

 

The Entries for the first One Industries Mini Enduro are now open on the British Cycling website.

Questions? or keep upto date with the latest information please use our www.facebook.com/minienduro page or on www.twitter.com/mini_enduro

We look forward to seeing you all in February.

Chris Roberts – 07540 723254
Head Honcho Nakedracing.

About the author: chris_roberts

Head Honcho of Nakedracing, International Race Organiser and i ride a bike.

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