NEW FORMAT FOR 2019
Start time: 9:00am till 12:00pm
Length: 5 miles
Race Type: Multi Lap Extreme
Saturday will be open for riders to practice on some of the course before the main race the day after, Saturday will also be open for riders that don't want to enter the main race on Sunday, but of course if they do decide to race then can just pay the balance after there practice.
Start time: PM Race 12:30pm till 14:00pm AM Race 14:30pm till 16:00pm
Length: 1 miles
Race Type: 1 Lap Extreme
Each Qualifying race will be followed by a 2 lap SHOOT OUT of the 5 fastest in each race.
Sunday Morning Race
Start time: 9:00am till 11:00am
Length: 9.5 miles
Race Type: Multi Lap, 2 laps or 2 Hours
On Sunday morning at 9.00am riders will be set off in rows of 25 depending on there Qualifying position the day before, The top 5 will get the best gate pick on the first row the rest of the riders will enter there rows as a first come first line up. The track length will be 10 miles approx, with a race duration of 2hrs or 2 laps depending what comes first for each rider. The race will be challenging, yet designed to be enjoyable the morning race will be a little shorter and a little easier to help make it more flowing and ride-able). BUT it is still Extreme.
The flag will come out on the 2 hour mark which should be 11:00am, for riders that are still out on track there finish location and time will be reverted back to the previous check point (e.g 1 lap, checkpoint 2) before the race duration finished. There will be 3 checkpoints (situated at the beginning of each extreme section) where riders will be stopped each lap to determine the lap they are on. Once the race has finished, riders will then be held at the checkpoint and escorted back to the finish by a chief marshal).
Every rider that at least makes it to the first check point will be awarded a finishers medal, with Trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd overall.
Gold: 2 complete Laps
Silver: 1 Complete Lap
Bronze: Any Check points completed
Riders results will be defined by the number of laps and checkpoints completed to give your overall result. e.g lap 1, checkpoint 2 in time order.
The morning race will be easier than the afternoon race and slightly shorter *but also allowing you when finished to watch the afternoon race*
Sunday Afternoon Race
Start time: 12:00pm till 3:00pm
Length: 10 miles
Race Type: Multi Lap, 3 laps or 3 Hours
On Sunday morning at 12.00am riders will be set off in rows of 25 depending on there Qualifying position the day before, The top 5 will get the best gate pick on the first row the rest of the riders will enter there rows as a first come first line up.. The track length will be 10 miles approx, with a race duration of 3hrs or 3 laps depending what comes first for each rider. The track will be challenging yet designed to be enjoyable and won't give riders much of a chance to catch their breath. For any rider brave enough to attempt a 3rd lap will be met with the 3 x 'No Help Zones'. Which are designed to make the rider fight for GOLD.
The flag will come out on the 3 hour mark which should be 3:00pm, for riders that are still out on track there finish location and time will be reverted back to the previous check point (e.g 2 laps, checkpoint 2) before the race duration finished. There will be 3 checkpoints (situated at the beginning of each extreme section) where riders will be stopped each lap to determine the lap they are on. Once the race has finished, riders will then be held at the checkpoint and escorted back to the finish by a chief marshal.
Every rider that completes at least one lap will be awarded with a finishers medal, with Trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd overall, and of course the overall winner of the afternoon race walks away with the "GRAND" prize
Gold: 3 complete Laps
Silver: 2 Complete Laps
Bronze: 1 Complete Lap
Riders results will be defined on the number of laps and checkpoints completed to give your overall result. e.g lap 2, checkpoint 2 in time order.
Please Note: All timings and adjustments to are at the discretion of the Race Officials and Clerk of the Course.
Despite the lap being so long, spectators will have plenty of opportunities to view the action via the forest's many interlinking roads, or jumping on our FREE minibus service.
NO HELP ZONES - Afternoon race Only
For any rider brave enough to attempt a 3rd lap will be met with the 3 x 'No Help Zones'. Which are designed to make the rider fight for there GOLD. Upon arrival of these sections, the rider will be sent onto a different route and join onto the existing track.
2015 was the first time we introduced the “No Help Zone” and it very quickly appeared to become a crowd favourite, yet, was a real struggle for all riders, with many of the riders having to help one another through the section. Even 4 time World Enduro Champion David Knight was seen with his helmet off, dragging his bike to the summit.
For 2017 we added 2 more sections which proved to be just as popular for rider and spectators alike. The organisers have confirmed that the 3 “No Help Zone” will yet again be included in this year's event!
Riders on the same lap are the only ones allowed to help each other at the No Help Zones.
If a rider is seen to be getting outside assistance from spectators, riders from other laps, or pit crew members, this will result in having the 3rd lap disqualified.*
*(The disqualification will be issued by the clerk of the course, marshals or race officials, who will be monitoring the “no help zone” (Race Official's decisions are final)
For the Sunday main race, there will be 3 checkpoints throughout the lap. You will need to STOP at each checkpoint in order for your number to be recorded. At the 2 or 3 hour mark (dependant on whether it is the morning or afternoon race), we will close the Checkpoints and no rider will be allowed to commence forward from there. Your time and location will revert back to the last checkpoint to determine your overall position. SO TO BE CLEAR ( If you have pushed hard to get to a checkpoint but arrive and its closed because its past the time unfortunately your time will get revered back to the last one)
SCORING & PITS
Scoring will be undertaken after the Pits and will be recorded one rider at a time. Scoring will be walking speed ONLY, failure to comply will result in you being disqualified. There will be the 3 checkpoints on the main lap and you WILL HAVE TO STOP in order for your number to be recorded.
You will be provided a pre-cut race number when you sign on, which must be placed on the front number board only. (there is no need to purchase race numbers)
We allow Any Bike & Any Tyre to accommodate all riders.
Scrutineering will be open from 8:30am-1:30pm on Saturday & 7:30am-11:00am on Sunday, positioned on the way to the start line. Your bike must pass scrutineering in order to compete the in the event, so please make sure your bike is in a safe, working condition. Discretion will be undertaken by the key scrutineering officer.
Each rider will receive a wrist band and their race number.
NB. Wristbands must be kept for both days to show you have entered. If you lose your wristband you MUST report to registration to ensure you can ride on Sunday. We reserve the right to refuse entry if you do not have proof of who you are. Driving licence or utility bill with your details will be required to ascertain your identity. Race officials decisions are final.
All outstanding monies will need to be paid in full prior to racing on the day you have registered for.
Please Note: We can only accept cash due to location.
WINNERS & PRESENTATIONS
As soon as the race finishes on Sunday Afternoon, we will have a presentation ceremony for the top 3 riders overall in each race. Presentation to be held near the Pits. Here you will be able to see who is crowned the 'King or Queen of the Valleys'.
The overall winner in the Afternoon Race will receive a cheque for £1000, a commemorative plaque and be crowned 'King or Queen of the Valleys'. Second, and third place will each receive a commemorative plaque.
First, second, and third place in the Morning Race will each receive a commemorative plaque only.
NB. Presentations will take place 3.30/4:00pm for both races.*
*All times are subject to change dependant on weather and race conditions.