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Mini Enduro – what is it?

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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.

Gravity Enduro in the Uk has been created and driven by Steve Parr at the National level in the Uk with little or no other races to give riders a stepping stone into Gravity Enduro racing.

The great success of the 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.

We still have few final details to put in place once these are done we will let everyone know either by our www.facebook.com/minienduro page or  www.twitter.com/mini_enduro

The Format

Live timing on all stages.
Three stages all timed live so you have instant results exactly the same has in our mini downhill races.
All three stage times will be added together and fastest cumulative total time will used for the results.

The race order is

  1. Pro-Am
  2. Senior 18-29
  3. Master 30-39
  4. Veteran 40-49
  5. Super Veteran 50+
  6. Open 17 & Under
  7. Hardtail 12+
  8. Women

Overtaking Slower Riders

We all have our speed of racing some are fitter & faster then others which can lead to fast riders catching up slower riders on the 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 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. In the interest of safety each stage has a cut off time. You must reach the TC no later then your start time which you will be advised of with your stage start times.

 

Live Timing

Timing has been a problem at Enduro races across the world, even now there are all sorts of different ways to time Enduro.

In Italy for Super Enduro its just a kitchen clock and 3,2,1 go at the start and then  light beams at the finish, not live but cheap and gives results but does not stop the jump starts etc.,
The Irish use the dibber for timing and a good cheap compromise.
Timing chips have been used for the Uk Gravity Enduro series the last few years which have had issues, so what’s the answer?

The way we will time the race is the same as our downhill races using the lastest Tag Heuer timing equipment we can give live results pretty much anywhere we have timed races from inside multi story car parks to races on the side of a mountains for the 4x Pro Tour and in forests all over the country.

Categories

  • Hardtail 12+
  • 17 & Under
  • 18-29 Senior
  • 30-39 Master
  • 40-49 Veteran
  • 50+ Super Vet
  • Pro-Am

Hardtail Bikes?
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 all race and transition stages.
  • Knee and elbow protectors are advisable.
  • 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.
  • If a rider is spotted cutting a special stage course by a marshal they will be disqualified.

Timing Rules

  • Each rider receives a start time for each stage.
  • In the interest of safety there is a cut off time, you will be advised of this in your stage start times.
  • There will be minimum 30 second time intervals between riders starting a special stage or more depending on the nature of the track.
  • If you stop to help an injured rider you may repeat the stage. You must first check out of the stage, then cycle back up the hill without assistance in this case.
  • If, while passing a slower rider, you cause them to crash or run off the course, you may be disqualified.
  • You may NOT repeat the stage if you suffer a mechanical failure on course.
  • Riders who retire must return to the registration tent as soon as possible and follow the instructions of race marshals.
  • The ranking of each competitor is the total sum of the special stage times, plus any time penalties.
  • In the unlikely event of a tie after 3 stages, the competitor with the fastest final stage time will win, if there is still a tie then we will use the count back rule to decide the final finishing places.
  • The Rules may be changed depending on light and weather conditions.

About the author: chris_roberts

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

2 comments

  1. Nathan says:

    Is there an opportunity to practise the stages before racing them?

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