General Information

The first ever Aberdeenshire Enduro series will take place in 2019. This form of competitive mountain biking has become very popular in recent years. Courses are generally 25-30km long with 750-1000m of climbing. Riders are timed in stages that are primarily downhill, with neutral transfer stages in between. 

 

Our one day events have great friendly, atmosphere and attract all levels of rider, from the seriously competitive to competent riders just looking for a great day in the hills.  Entrants need to be a aged 9 years or old, but anyone aged 12 or under will need to be accompanied by an non-racing adult chaperone. We have a range of rider categories, with great prizes on offer from our fantastic sponsors.

This year we will be using the new Air+ timing system from SportIdent. This systems is contactless meaning you will no longer need to dib in/out of stages. Provisional results from the event will be posted as soon as possible after the event.

Registration will be done through SiEntries. Entries to the Aberdeenshire Enduro Series races will cost £48 per adult rider (13 years and older) and £39 (9-12 years old, chaperones are free but do not get a timing chip). On registering you must agree to our rules and must sign a 'Statement of Responsibility' on the day of the event. Online entry closes on the Thursday before each event, entries on the day will be possible if places available. Contact us for more details. Cancellation to any of our events will be available until the online entry system closes, all refunds are subject to a £5 admin charge. 

 

What's an Enduro?

Enduro is a form of mountain bike racing, but you will also hear “enduro” used as an adjective to describe a certain trail, bike, piece of mountain biking equipment or clothing. When used as an adjective, the person is comparing what he/she is talking about to something that you would see or find in an enduro racing event.

Enduro mountain bike racing started out in Europe with influence from car rally racing and motorbike enduro racing. The concept was simple: get yourself to the top of a mountain and race to the bottom time-trial style.

In general, modern enduro races involve anywhere from 4-6 timed stages. The timed portions of the race are mostly downhill but can vary in steepness, length, and difficulty depending on location. Between each stage, there will be untimed “transfer stages” that are mostly uphill.

Enduro combines elements of all racing disciplines from the physical fitness necessary for cross-country racing, the mental stamina necessary for XC-style stage races and the bike-handling skills to navigate technical gravity-fed singletrack.

 

The Course

The Aberdeenshire Enduro Series races take place on a circuit marked with a variable number of mostly uphill transfer stages and mostly downhill timed stages. Riders must complete the timed stages in ascending order, 1 then 2 etc, unless otherwise instructed by the race organiser. The routes we aim for are 25-30km in length with 750-1000m of climb. The actual distance and climb will be sent out in the riders briefing email with a map posted on the Saturday before the event. 

 

All riders must follow the marked transition routes. In the interest of safety there will be a cut off time to complete the whole event. Riders will be notified of this in the race briefing email sent before the event. The course will be marked with signs and tape.  Where a course is double taped you must ride between the tape.  Anything else is placed as a guideline as to the direction of the course.​

 

Riders cannot repeat any stage even if they suffer a mechanical failure on course. Riders are encouraged at all times to ride trails in the way they have been designed to be ridden, blatant disregard to this rule could lead to disqualification.

 

Categories

This year we have 5 main categories:

  • Youths 9-12 sponsored by Cycle Highlands

  • Junior Men 13-17 sponsored by CRC

  • Men 18-39 sponsored by 20Twenty Bike Clinic

  • Senior Men 40+ sponsored by Bennachie Bike Bothy

  • Women sponsored by Bike Remedy


Entrants must be over the age of 9 years old on the day of the event. Anyone aged 13 or over on the date of the event will be able to take part in the full course. Anyone aged between 9-12 will be able to take part in the shorten course which will be 4 stages missing out the most technical stage, course will be a similar length. Youths under the age of 13 will have to ride together in a group and be accompanied by a chaperone. 

Riders who finish in the top three in their category will receive prises kindly donate by our fantastic sponsors at a podium presentation, so we request that you be present for this. This presentation will happen as soon as possible after the last rider has finished the race. 

Youths

  • Each youth rider must have an adult chaperone (and be accompanied to the event by a parent/guardian, even if the latter is not riding).

  • The Rider Disclaimer must be signed by both the parent/guardian on behalf of the youth, as well as the chaperone.

  • The chaperone can only look after a maximum of two youth riders.

  • The chaperone will ride behind the youth participant and be available to take care of any issues with the youth eg bike problems, injuries or withdrawals for any reason.

  • The entire group (youth riders plus chaperone) will set off one hour before the main group and will ride a shorten course.

  • The group must ride each stage together (with usual separation between riders), once all have arrived a stage with any other riders waiting will have to give way to let youth group through and wait until they have all completed a stage.

 
 

The Rules

DoonThaBrae Events organisers shall not be held liable in any way for any loss, damage or accidents that may occur during the event. Riders are aware that cycling is potentially dangerous.

General:

  • Riders should not leave any rubbish along the route. ALL food wrappers, drink bottles, tubes etc must please be carried to the finish line and not discarded anywhere along the route. Anyone seen discarding rubbish will be disqualified and will not receive a time or position as applicable (take memories or photos, but leave only tyre marks).

  • Riders should not modify race number plates.

  • Competitors should read the pre-race course briefing notes supplied at registration and sent in the briefing email.

  • Competitors should obey instructions from Marshals at all times. They are there for everyone’s safety and enjoyment.

  • Any Rider withdrawing from the event should notify the race office as soon as possible,and hand back their timing chip.

  • Every competitor should adapt his/her speed and his/her behaviour to his/her personal abilities, his/her equipment and to the general conditions the event is raced in.

Rider equipment:

  • Riders must wear a certified helmet (xc or full face) at all times, including transfer sections. Riders found not wearing a helmet may be disqualified.

  • Gloves and knee, elbow and back protection are strongly recommended.

  • Bikes must be in good working order with firm brakes and good pad condition; mandatory bar plugs; headset and suspension in good working order.

  • Each competitor must be completely self-sufficient. There will be no guarantee that food or water out on the course; food and drink is available in the event village.

 

Course:

  • Riders must ride responsibly, taking care of other forest users and vehicles.

  • Any dangerous or disrespectful behaviour against other racers, marshals, nature, trails or spectators will lead to a time penalty depending of the level of the fault. Race director can also decide to disqualify the Rider.

  • The course will be marked with signs and tape. Where a course is double taped (both sides of the trail line) Riders must ride between the tape.  Anything else is placed as a guideline as to the direction of the course.

  • Any Rider caught riding out with transition (signed trails) will be disqualified immediately.

  • If a Rider exits the timed stage course, he/she must re-enter at the same point and, if altered, restore the tape as he/she found it.

  • It is the Rider’s responsibility to ensure a correct roll in and out from the timed stages. Please ensure you are totally certain of how the timing dibber works BEFORE you set off. Missed/early dibs may not be able to be rectified. 

Rider Etiquette:

  • Riders must follow marshal instructions at all times (and may be disqualified for not doing so).

  • Riders will be set off at 30 secs intervals on Race Day. Please let faster riders past. If you are the faster rider give a clear shout “RIDER” that you are approaching.  If you are the slower rider, please move to the side allowing a clear line for the passing rider.

  • If you come across an injured rider, please stop to help them if necessary, once another rider approaches signal and seek the nearest marshal if necessary.

  • Youth Riders will be given priority over other competitors and will be asked to ride the downhill section one after the other with the youth rider(s). 

 

Ranking/Points:

  • The timed stages are counted to establish the ranking. Winner of the event will be the rider with the lowest overall time to complete all the stages.

  • In the event of a tie, the rider with the fastest time on the final stage of the event will be the winner.

  • Points will be assigned for each event as according to the Points Table.

  • Overall ranking will be based on the all 3 events.

  • In the case of an overall points tie in any category, positions for those with equal overall points will be based on who has the best position in any event of the series. If there is still a tie, then the positions are based on who has the second best event and so on.

Complaints:

  • Any complaints about the race should be done formally to the race office within 15 minutes of the end of the Rider’s race.

  • Any complaints about the results should be done formally to the race office within 24hrs of result's publication.

Photography/Videography

  • By entering and by your presence here, you consent to be photographed, filmed and/or otherwise recorded. Your entry constitutes your consent to such photography, filming and/or recording and to any use, in any and all media.

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