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Enduro Night Race at Forest of Dean 7-2-2015

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This first Night Enduro race will take place at Forest of Dean on Saturday 7th February 2015.

Ride the stages during the day then race them when it gets dark. Loads of people now have lights for their bikes from cheap lights to the exotic and super expensive mega lights.

Racing in the dark is real fun experience the race is for proficient mountain bikers who are use to riding off road at night.

Forest of Dean 

The map for the stages will be released before the race so you can pre ride all the stages in the day light. We understand that not everyone is as fit as a butchers dog so the stages will be open to ride on Friday night and also Saturday day time to allow the not so fit to have nice easy ride round all the stages.

The loop will start from Peddle a Bike way Cafe, the transition times have been set so everyone can make it round in under 2 hours which should be about perfect for most people lights and gets you back in plenty of time for a hot food and drink at the Cafe before the podium presentations.

Podiums – Top 3 in each Category

Prizes

  • Custom Made Trophies
  • Mud Hugger front mud guard for winners of each category.

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MudHugger have very kindly sponsored winner of each category with Front MudHugger for the winners.

Category Sponsors

Hardtail – Gloworm Lights

Ladies – DHaRCO

Junior – MRP

Senior – Trailhead Shop

Master – Trail42

Super Veteran- Vee Tire Co

E-bike – Raceco

 

The Stages

The 3 stages are for mountain bikers who are used to physically demanding routes.
We have carefully also chosen two great new stages along with one of our favorite stages to give you a good test of bike handling skill in the dark, these take it away from the mud and the more demanding descents of previous mini enduro races held at FoD.

You will have plenty of time to practice these during the day on Saturday or even on Friday night if you want to get out and test your lights in the dark.

Location

How to get there: Take the B4226 Coleford – Cinderford road and at the crossroads with the B4234, turn north and follow the signs to the Cycle Centre.

FoD is close to the M4 River Severn Crossing at Chepstow. The nearest towns or villages are Coleford, Monmouth, Ross-On-Wye, Cinderford, and A48 Lydney.
Easily accessible from M4/48, M5, M50, A40 and A49. Mainline trains via Newport or Gloucester. We are situated on the B4234 New Road.
OS Grid Reference: SO 624 114
Post Code for Sat Nav is GL16 7EH but check the map as this may put you in the centre of Coleford or at the cottages down the road.

The Format
The Night Enduro’s will take place over one day and will be of a shorter distance to the Uk Gravity Enduro’s to allow riders to practice the the 3 stages before the start of the race later after dark.
Distance will vary but expect around 14 miles to complete the 3 stages and the route.
With a practice lap and the race you will cover around 30 miles.
The transitions are not timed so no penalties for being late and will follow the marked 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.

Race Entries.
Who can race?
Racing in the dark is real fun experance the race is for proficient mountain bikers with a skill level who can ride challenging features of FoD in the dark.

Entry is open now click here to enter.

New Ride with a group of mates or in a team.

If you want to ride together in group of friends or in a team just fill in the box with your Group/team name on the online entry form and we will group you together so you start all the stages together. (You race results will still be for the category you entered).

Categories

  • Hardtail 15+ – Gloworm Lights
  • E-bike – Raceco
  • Junior 15-18 – MRP
  • Senior 19-29 – Trailhead
  • Master 30-39 – Trial42
  • Veteran 40-49 – Crank Bothers
  • Super Veteran 50+ – Vee Tire
  • Ladies – DHaRCO
  • Pro-Am

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.

E-Bikes or Pedelcs

Pedal Assist Bicycles are great for the less active riders to race on, they get there own category to race against each other.

All bikes used to compete within the ebike class shall comply with the current EU directive and abide by the rules in force, they are as follows (but not limited too)

1, A motor rating of no greater than 250watts motor rated output.

2, An assisted maximum speed limited to 15.5mph. (25kmh)

Full Details of Pedelecs on http://www.pedelecs.co.uk/electric-bike-guides/uk-electric-bike-law/

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”
  • e-bike

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

  • An Open or Full Face helmet must be worn during all race and transition stages.
  • Lights
  • 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.

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

Saturday 7th February 2015 – Stages open to ride.
Registration
Registration times 11.00am to 4.30pm
You must have sign on and collected your number board by 4.30pm to race.
Times are subject to change depending on rider numbers and weather conditions
10.00am Stages marked out and open to ride to all riders

Medics and Marshals on all Stages.
6.00pm Stage 1 Opens – Close 7.30pm (provisional times)
6.30pm Stage 2 Opens – Close 8.00pm (provisional times)
7.00pm Stage 3 Opens – Close 8.30pm (provisional times)
**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.**

Start Times
will be posted in Registration on Saturday Afternoon.
The race order is fastest first:

  • Groups
  • Women
  • Hardtail
  • Junior 15-18
  • Super Vets
  • Veteran
  • Master
  • Senior
  • Pro-Am
  • E-Bikes

Timing

Active Transponders will be used for this race which will need to be attached to your bike.
The race will use Tag Heuer Professional timing equipment for the back up on each stage.

With the new transponder system we will give you live and instant results from all the stages at the finish.
This mean’s a serious investment in extra new equipment but we want to give you the rider the best experience possible.

Categories
Hardtail 15+
17 & Under
18-29
30-39
40-49
50+
Pro-Am

The race is limited and race entry will close when the race is full. Please enter now to get your place or miss out on racing the Mini Enduro.

Entries will go live on Tuesday 13th January 2015.

About the author: chris_roberts

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