Forest of Dean October 2017

Haibike Mini Enduro – Forest of Dean. – October 2017

We are back to the Forest of Dean and off piste stages.

Race Day Sunday 15th October 2017.

The Format

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

The format is practice in the morning and race in the afternoon over the stages, there will be nice easy transitions times between stages with no penalties for arriving late.

The stages will be all gravity with no uphills, just blasting down some of the best off piste trails in FoD.

Distance will vary but expect around 10 miles to complete all the stages and the route.
With a morning practice lap and the race you will cover around 20 miles.
The transitions will follow the marked route to keep everyone going in the right direction.

Your are not timed between the stages but you are given a stage start time to try to keep everyone in their categories.

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

Quote from Sean Bacon from the last race “Great fun races the mini’s. Can’t recommend them enough.”


Forest of Dean (FoD), Gloucestershire

The map for the stages will be released on Friday night before the race so it’s a level playing field for everyone come Sunday’s race day.

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.

Entries Open

Who can race? if your 13 or over have a mountain bike and a helmet then you can race, all need to do is click the online entry link.
These races are for new riders to the sport of enduro and also more established racers who want to have fun without the pressure of racing the National Series

The Trailhead Senior Category Series

We are thrilled to have The Trailhead Bicycle Company onboard as a category sponsor supporting the bigger than ever senior category. Trailhead are just as focussed on grass roots racing as we are, the One Industries Mini Enduro is all about getting new riders into the sport, we do this by offering high quality fun races with professional timing in a laid back atmosphere.
There is no pressure of racing an entire series. You can just enter any event and ‘race as you go’.
However ourselves and Trailhead have realised that some people still like racing for an overall position at the end of the series, so Sandy from the Shrewsbury based bike shop is going to also sponsor the overall winner of the senior category as well as offer prizes at each round for the top 3 in seniors.



A new an exciting addition to racing the mini enduro’s the bike must be the legal pedlec bike only.
The E-bikes will do the same course as the normal bike but will a new timed uphill stage just for the ebikes.


There are minimum 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.


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

  • hardtail,
  • short travel,
  • long travel,
  • 29”
  • E-Bikes
  • 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.


  • A helmet (open or full face) 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.

Course Cutting = Disqualification

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


On site there is the cafe at Pedal a bike away with toilets, showers and a bike wash.
Car Parking on site, Please note no overnight parking or camping on site.
Normal car parking fee’s apply for the event due to new forestry rules. (but we have reduced the entry fee to help with the new charges)

Timing – Live to Internet after each stage



A deposit of £100 will be required at registration from a Debit or Credit card and will only be taken if you don’t return your transponder after the race

Registration times 4.00pm to 6.00pm

Registration Opens 8.00am
Registration Closes at 11.00am
You must have sign on and collected your number board by 10.00am to race.

Saturday – Forest open to ride as normal with no marshals or medics on the stages.

Sunday  – Times are subject to change depending on rider numbers and weather conditions

  • 9.00am Practice Stages – Medics and Marshals on all stages
  • 12.15pm Stages are closed for practice
  • 12.30pm Stage 1 Opens – Close 2.30pm (provisional times)
  • 1.00pm Stage 2 Opens – Close 3.00pm (provisional times)
  • 1.30pm Stage 3 Opens – Close 3.30pm (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 or at the start/finish of a stage.**

Start Times
will be posted in Registration on Sunday Morning.

The race order is fastest first:

    1. E-Bikes
    2. Elite
    3. Senior 19-29 The Trailhead Series
    4. Master 30-39
    5. Veteran 40-49
    6. Super Veteran 50+
    7. Open 13 to 18
    8. Hardtail 14+
    9. Women
    10. Elite Women

Over Taking Slower Riders

We all have our own speed of racing some are fitter & faster than 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 than 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 Trails in the Forest of Dean are managed by the Dean Trail Volunteers

DTV is a group of riders from all disciplines working in partnership with the Forestry Commission to develop and maintain the mountain bike trails in the Forest of Dean.

We will making a large donation to the DTV after each race to help them continue to develop and maintain the trails.



or keep upto date with the latest information please use our page or on

We look forward to seeing you all in Forest of Dean

Chris Roberts – 07540 723254

Trade Enquires

Trade stands or demo your range of bikes at the Mini Enduro please get in touch. e-mail for details.

Refunds and Transfers:

If you wish to cancel a booking please note the following cancellation conditions:

  • 29+ days notice: Entry fee minus a £10.00 administration charge per race cancelled. Refunds will be credited back to the card on which you originally paid within 28 days of your notice in writing to
  • 28 days or less, no refund.
  • Transfer requests with 29 days notice are applicable for any remaining events in that year.
  • Transfer requests 28 days or less notice are not applicable.
  • Please note you can not swap your entry with another rider.
  • The race weekend starts from 15:00 on the Friday before therefore the timescales above mean all e-mails must be received by our deadline which is 4 weeks before the 15:00 on the Friday before the race day.
  • The above policies are not dependant on circumstances and are final.

Please email please note we will not deal with any cancellations over the phone, by text or Facebook. Inform us of your full name, category racing and which race we are dealing with.


Force Majeure: If is prevented (directly or indirectly) from performing any of its obligations under the entry agreement by reasons of act of God, strikes, trade disputes, breakdowns, government or political action, interruption of transport, acts of war or terrorism, acts of omissions by a third party for any other reasons whatsoever outside of Mini Enduro ltd control, then Mini Enduro Ltd will be under no liability whatsoever to you and may as its option, cancel the event.

If the event is cancelled we will not be liable for costs of travel fares, hotels, or any other expenses that may be incurred.

It is your responsibility to ensure the race is going ahead before travelling. We will do our best to inform you if the race has to be cancelled but we do not accept liability if we are unable to contact you. We strongly advise that you check before making travel and accommodation arrangements.

If the event is cancelled we are unable to refund or part refund any entry fee, we are also unable to transfer your entry to another event.


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