Rider Instructions

Rider Instructions

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NEW RACE FORMAT

Saturday Qualifying

(Open from 10.00am til 2.00pm). Saturday will be the qualifying day for all riders. Riders will get to ride both the Speed and Extreme test three times (once as a practice and twice timed). Rider times from both the Speed and Extreme will be added together and this will determine the start position for Sundays main race. (Riders with the quickest overall time will start on the front row). (The fastest 5 riders with the quickest overall time for the morning and afternoon race will get first gate pick).

Speed Test

Riders will have the option to start on either the speed or extreme test, riders can swap and change as and when they feel like. Riders will be timed on a fireroad based test, similar to Erzbergrodeo Iron Road prologue. The track length will be around 7-10 miles long and will take riders 10-13 minutes to complete. (The track will start and end on the MX Track). The Terrain will be based on fast fireroads and sweeping singletracks sections. On certain parts of the track, riders can hit speeds of over 90MPH... Both times will be combined with the extreme test to make a qualifying time.

If a rider is unable to complete all the required qualifying tests (Due to mechanical or rider issues...) the slowest test time from a rider in that ability class will be the riders given test time.

Extreme Test

Riders will have the option to start on either the speed or extreme test, riders can swap and change as and when they feel like. The Extreme Prologue is designed to challenge all riders in the style of the indoor enduro. Both times will be combined with the speed test to make a qualifying time. The track will take 2-4 minutes to complete and will consist of natural terrain and some man-made ride-able obstacles. (The track will start and end on the MX track). The first time will be a practice and lap 2 and 3 will be your combined timed.

If a rider is unable to complete all the required qualifying tests (Due to mechanical or rider issues..) the slowest test time from a rider in that ability class will be the riders given test time.

Riders who just want to enter the Sunday main race can do so, but will have to start at the back row (due to not having no qualification time)

Sunday Morning Race

Start time: 9:00pm
Duration: 2hrs
Length: 15 miles
Race Type: H&H

On Sunday morning at 9.00am riders will be set off in rows of 25 (dependent on their qualification times calculated from Saturday's tests) the faster 5 riders from yesterdays qualifying will get gate pick (these riders must be on ready to line up 5 minutes before the rest of the field) The track length will be 15 miles, with a race duration of 2hrs. The race will be challenging, yet designed to be enjoyable (The 3 extreme sections by the 'No help Zones' will be shortened and possibly omitted to make the track more flowing and ride-able).

The finish:

The flag will come out for the 1st person to complete 2 full laps in the morning race. Failing that, if they don't make the next checkpoint or finish in the allotted time their final position will be reverted back to the previous (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 completes at least one lap will be awarded a finishers medal, with prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd overall.

Riders results will be defined by the number of laps and checkpoints completed to give your overall result. eg. lap 1, checkpoint 2

The morning race will be easier than the afternoon race and slightly shorter for the following classes:

  • Vets B
  • Clubman B
  • Sportsman

Riders completing their race in the morning will have the opportunity to watch the Pros in afternoon.

Please Note: Any rider who wishes to race on Sunday only, without having undertaken the Saturday qualifier, will commence the race at the back the pack.

Sunday Afternoon Race

Start time: 12:00pm
Duration: 3hrs
Length: 15 miles
Race Type: H&H

On Sunday starting at 12:00pm riders will be set off in rows of 25 (dependent on their qualification times calculated from Saturday's tests) the faster 5 riders from yesterdays qualifying will get gate pick (these riders must be on ready to line up 5 minutes before the rest of the field) The track will be challenging, yet designed 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 x3 'No Help Zones'. Which are designed to make the rider fight for the finishers flag.

The Finish:

The flag will come out for the 1st person to complete 3 full laps in the afternoon race. Failing that, if they don't make the next checkpoint or finish in the allotted time their final position will be reverted back to the previous checkpoint (e.g 2 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 completes at least one lap will be awarded with a finishers medal, with prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd overall.

Riders results will be defined on the number of laps and checkpoints completed to give your overall result. eg. lap 2, checkpoint 2

The afternoon race will be for the following classes:

  • Pro
  • Expert
  • Vets A
  • Clubman A

Please Note: Any rider who wishes to race on Sunday only, without having undertaken the Saturday qualifier, will commence the race at the back the pack.

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.

Every rider that completes at least one lap will be awarded a finishers medal (Gold, Silver or Bronze to denote the number of laps completed), and those completing the race in the first three positions will be awarded trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places respectively.

The finisher’s medal will be graded by a number of full laps completed.

Gold: 3 Laps
Silver: 2 Laps
Bronze: 1 Lap
Riders results will be defined by the number of laps and checkpoints completed to give their overall result.

Please Note: All timings and adjustments to are at the discretion of the Race Officials and Clerk of the Course.

 

NO HELP ZONES - Afternoon race Only

For any rider brave enough to attempt a 3rd lap will be met with the x3 'No Help Zones'. Which are designed to make the rider fight for the finishers flag. 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 x2 more sections which proved to be just as popular for rider and spectators alike. The organisers have confirmed that the x3 “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)

CHECKPOINTS
For the Sunday main race, there will be between 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 be recorded to determine your overall position. If you manage to get past a checkpoint when they begin closing, your final time will be taken from this checkpoint and not the one you are still riding towards.

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 being disqualified. There will be the x3 checkpoints on the main lap and you WILL HAVE TO STOP in order for your number to be recorded.

RACE NUMBERS
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. However, the same bike that qualifies on Saturday MUST be the same bike racing on Sunday.

SCRUTINEERING

Scrutineering will be open from 8:00am-9:30am, 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.

WRISTBANDS

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.

Please make sure your bike is fully fuelled and you are also fed and ready as the qualifying session will run straight through without a break.

ENTRY FEE

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 AM & PM, we will have a presentation ceremony for the top 3 riders overall in each race. Presentation to be held near the Scoring / 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 at 11.30pm for the morning race and 3.30pm for the afternoon race.*

*All times are subject to change dependant on weather and race conditions.

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