ALL MOUNTAIN ENDURO
Set for 2016 Enduro events? Watch this space for dates & venues! To date Dirtopia has organised 12 Enduro events, the first event was held at Dirtopia MTB Festival, Greyton in December’12 and proved to be a lot of fun. We’d like to bring you more of this great riding and improve the system in the process.
15 May 2016 - Uitkyk, Simonberg Trails
11 & 12 June - Welvanpas Trails
21 August 2016 - Helderberg Trails
13 November 2016 - Simonsberg Trails (Delheim start venue)
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Based on the successful Mavic Trans Provence concept the idea is to bring riding and the results linked to it back to mountain biking and away from the current endurance-only formats. That said, it is not the idea to make the race highly technical as per downhill racing, but simply to focus the competition on the trails component of the sport. And yes, perhaps your skinny tire 29’er carbon hardtail is perhaps not the best choice of bike, although the course will certainly be rideable on it!
At the Dirtopia Enduro, you’ll still be climbing and even be timed on some of these sections. We will make most of the jeeptracks and roads ‘neutral’ or ‘liaison’ sections. You will still be required to ride these. There will be daily shuttle or uplift sections to assist with elevation gain. These lifts are by vehicle and trailer. Therefore, the overall descent of the race will be more than the uphill.
Riders participate as individuals and results are produced on a ‘per day’ and ‘overall basis.
Waterpoints with fruit etc will be placed at strategic points to assist with rider support. The beauty of the format is that you can relax a bit at the stations and catch your breath before tagging into the next Special Stage.
Timing will be managed in real-time with @trailtag and riders will check in and out of the Special stages
This means that riders will enter special stages 1 by 1, so no bunfight to get trail position on the singletrack.
Timing data streams live to the internet and we’ll also display data at the start/finish venue.
ENDURO ROUTE DESCRIPTION
LIAISON = you are riding, not timed
SS = Special Stage, Timed run
SHUTTLE = You jump on the trailer/bakkie.
Images from Dirtopia MTB Enduro 2015 - Wellington