NEW RACE FORMAT
(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).
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.
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 rideable obstacles. ( The track will start and end on the MX track). Riders are only allowed to ride three times. 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.
Sunday Morning Race
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) for a 2 hr race. The track length will be between 13-15 miles. The race will be challenging, yet designed to be flowing and will have 3-5 extreme sections (which will bypass the 'No help Zones' sections). The finish flag will come out for the overall leader of the morning race.
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 checkpoint e.g 1 lap, checkpoint 2. There will be 3-5 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).
Riders who just want to enter the main race can do so, but will have to start at the back row (due to not having no qualification time)
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 1, checkpoint 2
The morning race will be easier than the afternoon race and slightly shorter for the following classes:
- Vets B
- Clubman B
Riders completing their race in the morning will have the opportunity to watch the Pros in afternoon.
Sunday Afternoon Race
On Sunday afternoon at 1 pm, riders will set off in rows of 25 (dependent on their qualification times calculated from Saturday's rides) for a 3hr race duration or 3 laps (whichever comes first). The track length will be between 13 and 15 miles. The race will be a 'hare and hounds' style event. The track will be challenging, yet designed not to be very flowing and won't give riders much of a chance to catch their breath. There will be between 3 to 5 key spectator sections. On the 3rd lap, there will be a 'No Help Zone'.
The afternoon race will be for the following classes:
- Vets A
- Clubman A
Despite the lap being so long (13-15miles), spectators will have plenty of opportunities to view the action via the forest's many interlinking roads.
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.
Your overall position will be defined by how many laps and checkpoints you have completed. (I.E. lap 2, checkpoint 1) Every rider that completes at least one lap will receive a finishers medal.
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: Any rider entering for racing on Sunday only, without having undertaken the Saturday qualifier, will commence the race at the back the pack.
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
Any rider who is brave enough to attempt the 3rd and final lap will be presented with three “NO HELP ZONES”. At the checkpoint, before the 3rd lap challenge, the rider will be sent onto a different route and join onto the existing track.
The 3rd lap on the 2015 event proved that the “No Help Zone” 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 2018, the organiser Nick Plumb has confirmed that the “No Help Zone” which proved to be tough for the riders and a great spectacle for the spectating public will be included yet again! Building on from the success from 2015, Nick has decided to add 2 more “No Help Zones” making the riders on their 3rd lap dig deep for that gold finishers medal.
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 between 3 and 5 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.
Riders wishing to refuel or take a break before completing their lap can do so, as the Pits will be placed just before the Finishing Line. However, it will be the responsibility of the rider to come out of the pits and over the finishing line to record the lap they have just undertaken. This allows for the Pits to act as a 'Holding Pen' prior to the end of the race.
If your bike breaks down on the course or runs out of fuel, you MUST remain on the course and make your way to the nearest checkpoint. Please take your bike with you and be aware of riders coming from behind.
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.
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.
Scoring will be undertaken after the Pits and will be recorded one at a time through the chicane, near the Finishing Line. There will also be between 3 and 5 checkpoints on the main lap and you WILL HAVE TO STOP in order for your number to be recorded.
Each checkpoint will close at the 2hr mark (morning race) or the 3hr mark (afternoon race). Riders will not be allowed to continue after this time. Both their time and location will be recorded to determine their overall position. If you pass a checkpoint before the end of the race and continue onto the next checkpoint, and then the race ends at the allotted time, your time and position will be taken from the checkpoint you passed and not the one you are still heading to.Once the Chequered Flags are out at the Finishing Line and Checkpoints, you will not be able to commence any further. Your race will be over.
Likewise, once the Chequered Flags are out at the Finishing Line and Checkpoints, you will not be able to commence any further. Your race will be over.
Provision of Race Stickers
Your registration fee includes the provision of you bike number, licence for riding and a recording your times. When you sign in at Registration (at the Main Entrance) we will supply you with one race sticker for you to apply to your bike's front number plate.
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.
Stickers must be prominently displayed. This is crucial for your timings to be recorded effectively.
Next you will need to make your way to the Start Line to have your bike checked (scrutineering). Once it has been passed you can progress to the start-line.
Your Race Number can be found in the sidebar to the right or by clicking the following links:
ADULT RACE NUMBERS (available after 5th Jan 2018)
Please Note: No bike will be allowed to race until Registration and Scrutineering have been completed. No stickers, no race. This is to ensure safety for you and fellow riders.
WINNERS & PRESENTATIONS
As soon as the race finishes on Sunday we will compile the top three winners for the main prizes in a presentation ceremony, 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.
Winners in the morning race will receive commemorative plaques only.
All riders finishing at least one lap will pick up a bronze medal, two laps finishers will receive a silver medal and all riders finishing three laps will receive a gold medal.
Remaining riders that complete checkpoints only will also receive a commemorative coaster.
NB. Presentations will take place at 12.30pm for the morning race and 4.30pm for the afternoon race.*
*All times are subject to change dependant on weather and race conditions.