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2013 Enduro1/X-Fusion Series, Southern UK

Words from the organisers…

In 2012 we had a great cross section of riders from complete newbies to racing, old DH/XC sweats coming out of retirement along with some of the countries current top riders. The main emphasis is, and always will be, to get those weekend warriors into racing for the first time and for it to be an informal and friendly series that allows you to be competitive if you wish or just have laugh and a good day out riding with your mates, the choice is yours!

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So we will be having four races with three to count towards the series titles.

Race 1: 17th March. Great Wood, Quantock Hills.

An awesome start to the series as this is a stunning area with a great network of trails.

Race 2: 16th June. Forest Of Dean.

We return to the Dean for 2013 as it offers the rider everything in terms of trails and stages and hopefully it will be a bit drier!

Race 3: 15th September. ‘Sprint’ Enduro, Aston Hill.

A bit of a showcase race for Enduro but sorry guys and girls this is a competitive class race only as it will be technical and physically demanding with tight timings. We want to promote this as a race for spectators to come view, cheer and mingle with the racers and see what all the fuss is about. One completion of the course then in for a short break for maintenance and fuel up and then out for another shorter loop. Hopefully we will have some great demo bikes available to try and we are working with the CTC to hopefully bring some fun elements to the day.

Race 4 : 13th October. Swinley Forest (TBC)

Back to Swinley for the grand final. Everyone had a real blast this year and it proved a great area to ride and race and a fitting venue for the final.

We have some great sponsors again this year and more fantastic prizes for the series winners so get the dates in your diary and we look forward to seeing our Enduro regulars along with hopefully, lots of new faces.

Full details can be found on our website – www.enduro1.co.uk

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What is Enduro1?

The format of our Enduro1/X-Fusion series follows similar lines to the motorcycle type enduro but I have made a few changes to make for a better mountain bike format. The idea is for the competitor to tackle the course as if they are undertaking a new trail ride for the first time. The event takes the form of riding a route typically between 25-30km interspersed by timed or marked special stages. We normaly have a 10am start with each competitor setting off in one minute intervals. Your timings will be made available one week before the race and this will give you the time you need to reach the next stage by and the distance. Timed special stages have a downhill bias incorporating climbs and undulating terrain so good all around ability is required. Special stages may not be pre-ridden the same as motorcycle enduro rules but may be walked. This will show your skill as a rider at reading and negotiating new terrain at speed and unlike many of the gravity type enduro events we have included skill stages similar to motorcycle trials to add variety and elements of mountain marathons regarding the need to carry the correct equipment and be self sufficient.

The routes connecting the special stages are also timed but are ridden at an easier pace. The advantages of this new form of racing is it favours the all round rider rather than the XC whippet or the downhill demon and if you are already an XC, Trail or All Mountain rider you do not require a new type of bike as yours is already suited perfectly to this form of event. We had a fantastic turn out for teams in our first year and are keen to get more teams entered for the next series so, if for example, you are a local bike store, group of friends or MTB club then put a team together and lets see who will be the team to beat in 2013! The format is a bit more relaxed than normal X country type events and hopefully will allow you to socialise with fellow competitors or team mates in-between special stages. Beware though, this is called ‘enduro’ because you need to put the miles in and for every downhill Special Stage you will have to climb up again which, mixed with the adrenaline pump from racing the special stages, will ensure you have a good workout and no doubt feel it come Monday morning…. just like for real!

How the series works

The series is spread over four races held across the Southern UK with your top three results to count towards the series championship which will be awarded at the last race of the series. If this is tied then it will be decided on the fastest times from the team chase stages. Entries will be open 60 days before each event.

Prizes will be awarded at the last race of the series so you must be present to receive your prize.

How to enter

Entries will be open in the Enduro1 Shop 60 days prior to each race. When entering please use the comments section at the end of the ordering process to tell me if you wish to race alongside a friend who has entered the same class. If entering a team or you have entered for more than one then give your team mates/friends names and in which order you wish to set off. If anyone is sponsored please give your sponsors name as well. For the senior and veteran classes you will need to indicate that you wish to compete in these classes and give your date of birth. Read the team rules for further information regarding ride order. Please ensure you have read all the race info and bring the right equipment with you as stated in the rules as there will be scrutineering.

Results

Results will be posted at the latest on the website by the following Wednesday after each race. The winners results will be worked out at the last race in order for the prize giving to be carried out although the full results will still only be posted at the latest by the following Wednesday. Sorry it has to be done this way but we cannot afford expensive electronic timing without putting the entry cost up which we are not willing to do.

Volunteers

We need volunteers for marshals so if you are local to the venues and would like to help then please contact me. I am offering a free ride for anyone that can provide a marshal but you will need to be local to the venue as it will require a couple of hours training on a day/evening before the race. Any other offers of help are always greatly appreciated.

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Enduro World Series 2013 Dates and Locations

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Dates / Events / Place

Rd1 / 18 & 19 May / SuperEnduro Pro / Punta Ala – Bandite Trail Area (Italy)

Rd2 / 29 & 30 June / Coupe de France Enduro Series / Val d’Allos (France)

Rd3 / 6 & 7 July / Crankworx / Les 2 Alpes (France)

Rd4 / 27 & 28 July / Colorado Freeride Festival / Winter Park (USA)

Rd5 / 10 & 11 August / Crankworx / Whistler (Canada)

Rd6 / 24 & 25 August / Trophée des Nations EMTN / Val d’Isère (France)

Rd7 / 19 & 20 October / SuperEnduro Pro / Finale Ligure (Italy)

More info as and when we get it.

Exciting!

UPDATE: Press Release in full below…

ENDURO WORLD SERIES ANNOUNCES 2013 EVENT SCHEDULE
Events to Take Place in Over Two Continents and Four Countries in the Series’ Inaugural Year

EDINBURGH, UK – December 4, 2012 –The Enduro World Series, in association with the Enduro Mountain Bike Association (EMBA), will offer seven events taking place in Italy, France, Canada and the US between May and October of 2013. Full schedule:

· May 18-19 Superenduro PRO – Punta Ala, Italy
· June 29-30 Enduro Series – Val d’Allos, France
· July 6-7 Crankworx Les 2 Alpes – Les 2 Alpes, France
· July 27-28 Colorado Freeride Festival – Winter Park, United States
· August 10-11 Crankworx Whistler – Whistler, Canada
· August 24-25 Enduro Des Nations – Val d’Isere, France
· October 19-20 Superenduro PRO – Finale Ligure, Italy

“Since the series was announced on November 22, we had a really short time frame to pull together the 2013 Enduro World Series calendar. EMBA has worked incredibly hard to produce a calendar that includes the biggest enduro races in the best locations, on the best trails in the world,” says Chris Ball, managing director of the Enduro World Series. “We’re really excited about our 2013 events and we are proud to embrace the Enduro Des Nations event in France, the birthplace of the sport.”

As an organization, EMBA will not seek exclusive partnership agreements or sponsorship opportunities but to will look for support through individual, team and company membership packages. Industry wide support will be critical for EMBA and will also give everyone a chance to be involved and to show their support for the sport. Information about EMBA membership packages will be available soon.

The Enduro World Series can now be found online at http://www.enduroworldseries.com and registration will be available to athletes in early 2013.

About the Enduro World Series

The Enduro World Series was created in October 2012 with the aim of uniting the world’s mountain bike enduro racing community. The Enduro World Series links the largest mountain bike enduro events in the world and exists as a rider-focused organization to deliver the best racing, most relaxed atmosphere possible. The team behind the Enduro World Series has one goal – to globally develop and progress the discipline of enduro for the riders, the sport and the industry. With the shared experience of Italian Super Enduro, French Enduro Series, Crankworx and World Cup racing, the Enduro World Series will offer international competitions unlike any before it.

For more information, you can find the Enduro World Series at www.enduroworldseries.com or to join in the conversation on Facebook, go to www.facebook.com/EnduroWorldSeries.

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Nicolas Lau Wins 18th Megavalanche in La Réunion

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Press Release…

Nicolas Lau won the 18th Megavalanche in La Réunion. After the Qualifying in 2nd position behind last year’s winner Rémy Absalon the CUBE Action Team rider left all other competitors in his wake.

With his new CUBE Stereo Super HPC he achieved the best time of 42min 42sec for the 20km long Downhill-Enduro trail to win the title after placing 2nd at the Megavalanche in Alpe d’Huez 2012.

CUBE Action Team rider Gusti Wildhaber achieved the 7th best time in Qualifying. Due to a crash at the start of the race he couldn’t hold this position.

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2013 Enduro VTT Des Hautes Vosges, June, France

Not a whole lot of info just yet but the essentials are as follows…

2013 Enduro des Hautes Vosges will be held the first weekend of June 1st-2nd 2013.

Official website.

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Report on the 2012 Specialized Enduro Series powered by SRAM

The organisers write…

“As the first season of the Specialized Enduro Series powered by SRAM has been rounded off, it’s time for the first summary. One thing is crystal clear: The next season is going to start under the unchanged sponsorship of Specialized, SRAM and iXS.

“Late in 2011, the announcement of the Enduro Series 2012 for the German speaking world not only triggered great interested but also high expectations. Back in 2011 Enduro races had already been well established in other European countries whereas the format was relatively new in Germany. As a result it was vital for the first season to find a common denominator for Enduro races.

“It had to be clearly defined what the races should be like in all the different regions. Although a straightforward definition was fixed rather quickly, the debut in Winterberg was not without complications. Riders quickly learned that they had to have more stamina compared to races such as the Enduro Challenge at the iXS Dirt Masters Festival (2010 and 2011).

“It is worth noting that the concept of Enduro races has evolved by the cooperation of participants, organizers and sponsors. Looking back, not only the atmosphere was relaxed at all venues, also the races themselves were well-balanced despite the differing terrain. Whether you take races in the Alps (e.g. in Kirchberg) or the ones in the Central German Uplands (e.g. Treuchtlingen), riders were presented with similar conditions.

“It was clear from the outset that one could not expect a totally uniform race series, but the way is paved for a longterm commitment. The preparations are in full swing and new venues will be hosts for the next season. Unfortunately, Winterberg is not an option anymore, but it played an important role in bringing the series forward.

“The last season saw 972 participants. Subtracting those who competed in more than one race, 758 different participants from 16 countries are left. Among them were internationally renowned riders such as Jerome Clementz (FRA – Cannondale), Ralf Näf (SUI – Multivan Merida Biking Team), René Wildhaber (SUI – Trek), Marco Fidalgo (POR – Team Berg Cycles) and Nicolas Lau (FRA – Cube Action Team). These figures underpin how popular the series is. For next year we expect even more riders who want to experience competitiveness in an easy-going atmosphere.

“As always feel free to go to enduroseries.net and facebook.com/enduroseries.net for more information. Here, the dates and venues for next season will be shown.”

Photos: Treuchtlingen © Thomas Dietze

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Giant 2W Gravity Enduro 2013, February, Rotorua, New Zealand

The Giant 2W Gravity Enduro is an event for everyone from the novice to the elite athlete, young to old. It draws in the riders who seek to have fun and hone their skills on flowing downhill trails. The beauty of the event is that it can be won by anyone from weekend social recreational warrior, to solo cross-country machine, or mad downhill rider. Skills, fitness and tactics play an equal role in the execution of each ‘Race Stage’ timed run over the course of the event to decide who will be crowned Gravity Enduro champions.

The Giant 2W Gravity Enduro is one of the final events in the 10 day long Rotorua Bike Festival. The Giant 2W Gravity Enduro will start and finish under a big gantry right in the heart of Rotorua (in the middle of Eat Street adjacent to the Village Green and Lakefront). Riders will roll out in groups of five every 15 seconds. Journeying out and back via a marked off-road route around beautiful scenic trails on Rotorua’s lake edge and through the Sulphur point geothermal wonderland; riders will reach and experience the renowned Whakarewarewa Forest containing a network of arguably the best purpose built mountain bike trails in the world.

Provided with a map, inside the forest riders select their own route to complete a number of ‘Race Stage’ electronically timed runs of 10-20min duration on specific linked trails.

On what are commonly known as untimed ‘Touring Stages’, riders may cycle, push their bikes or catch shuttle bus transport to the top of hills where the Race Stage starts are located.

There will be a ‘Feed Station’ and ‘Technical Zone’ located in the heart of the forest at the bottom of two of the Race Stages for competitors to purchase great coffee from the Flying Espresso; wholesome home baking from the Mistress of Cakes; fine beautiful hot food from Deejay’s Gourmet Griller, plus get assistance with any mechanical repairs required. So be sure to take some cash with you!

But keep an eye on your watch because you have a set time to complete the Race Stages and return back to the finish in town before you begin to accumulate a time penalty.

Entry numbers are limited to 600.

Make Up A Team: Friends, family and workmates are encouraged to put together all male/female or mixed social teams of five riders to do the event together for the opportunity to rank as a group and vie for team performance prizes. All team riders individual results will be accumulated to give the teams overall result. Riders will be able to submit their teams by completing a “My Giant 2W Gravity Enduro Team” form and dropping it in the ‘Team Registration Box’ at the Race Pack Pick-up and Late Registration. Team submissions will close at 9:00am on Sunday 17th February 2013. No late submissions will be accepted. Mixed teams must have two members of the opposite sex.

Online entries close 11:59 pm Thursday 14th February 2013 or when maximum entry numbers have been reached (whichever occurs first).

Visit the official website.

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2013 Enduro World Series Rumours Confirmed

Official statement from the bods in charge…

The Enduro World Series will take place in 2013, thanks to the efforts of Chris Ball, formerly of the UCI, and the unified event organizing powers of the Enduro Series (Coupe de France), SuperEnduro and Crankworx. As a seven-stop tour taking place over the course of the entire 2013 mountain bike season, including the Enduro des Nations, the Enduro World Series aims to build a lasting event series for riders, teams and the mountain bike industry.

“I’ve heard the demand for this type of series for quite some time. Along with SuperEnduro, the Enduro Series and Crankworx, we want to develop the sport of Enduro mountain bike racing so it can grow as a sustainable worldwide discipline,” says Chris Ball, managing director of the Enduro World Series. “The execution of this tour for 2013 has been of the utmost importance to the organizing teams at Crankworx, the Enduro Series and SuperEnduro. We aim for its existence under our collective umbrella to cater to the needs of athletes, the mountain biking public and the bike industry.”

While the racing calendar for 2013 will be released on Tuesday, December 4, the Enduro World Series will be the official global race series of the newly formed Enduro Mountain Bike Association. Made up of a board of directors including Chris Ball, Fred Glo of the Enduro Series, Enrico Guala of the SuperEnduro Series and Darren Kinnaird of Crankworx Events Inc., the Enduro Mountain Bike Association will look to support from the riders, teams and industry.

More information regarding supporter and membership packages will be released soon, including the launch of the Enduro Mountain Bike Association website.

About the Enduro World Series

The Enduro World Series was created in October 2012 with the aim of uniting the world’s mountain bike enduro racing community. The Enduro World Series links the largest mountain bike enduro events in the world with the best trails possible and exists to deliver the best racing, most relaxed atmosphere and rider-focused organization possible. The team behind the Enduro World Series has one goal – to globally develop and progress the discipline of enduro for the riders, the sport and the industry. With the shared experience of Italian Super Enduro, French Enduro Series, Crankworx and World Cup racing, the Enduro World Series will offer international competitions unlike any before it.

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