Ard Moors Enduro 2017 Final info
Enduro class final info
16-17 September 2017
A 40km Enduro loop with five timed special stages starting from Lordstones Country Park.
The Ard Moors Enduro takes place on Sunday with the opportunity to practice stages 4, 5 and 1 on Saturday as part of a 20km route with 2000 metres of combined climbing and descending. On Saturday evening, country music legends Big Red and the Grinners will be entertaining, the BBQ will be stoked and the beer pumps primed so you can chill out ready for the big day. Ard Moors will take you on an epic journey of downhill tracks, super secret trails and classic moorland singletrack, so expect everything from big berms and bumps to rocks, roots and ruts.
We’ve been very fortunate to gain access and support from one of Britain’s top sporting estates, which means all riders must respect the rules and follow the race instructions very carefully and must not return to ride the trails.
Ard Moors Enduro Time Table
1800 – 2200 Camping arrivals permitted. Please do not arrive before or after these times
1800 – 2100 Food available from the Restaurant
0800 – 1100 Breakfast available
1000 – 1430 Practice registration*
1030 – 1700 Practice session on stages 4,5 and 1 in this order only for Sprint and Enduro riders
1200 – 2000 BBQ, Hot Food and drinks
1900 – 2100 Live music with Big Red and the Grinners
*Riders must collect a number board from the registration tent and attach it to their bars before riding the practice course
0700 – 1100 Breakfast available
0730 – 1115 Enduro Registration (30 minutes before start time)
0730 – 0910 Sprint Registration (30 minutes before start time)
0800 – 1145 Enduro riders set off at allocated time and ride stages 1-5
0800 – 0940 Sprint riders set off at allocated time and ride stages 4,5
1150 – 1330 Sprint Riders set off at allocated time to ride stages 1,2
1200 – 1730 BBQ, Hot Food and drinks
1730 Prize presentation
Winners: 1st, 2nd & 3rd in each category.
Male Junior 16&17 (please notify registration if you are a junior)
Male Senior U30
Male Masters U40
Male Veterans U50
Male Grand Veterans 50+
Female Senior U30
Female Masters U40
Female Veterans U40+
The practice loop which consists of stages 4, 5, and 1 is open from 1030 until 1700. To enter the practice loop you will need to collect a number board from registration. By entering the event and voluntarily riding the course you have accepted the Ard Moors Enduro terms and conditions, rules and the event waiver of liability. You must only follow the official practice loop and you must be off the course by 1700. Do not take any shortcuts, stop or walk back up stages. Take care and shut all gates behind you – this is very important as the gates separate livestock. Follow the orange signs and the route on the map and do not under any circumstances approach the other stages as we have been notified that the land is being used for shooting on Saturday. The loop is approximately 20km and will take approximately 3 hours to complete. The tarmac hill climb is narrow and busy (for North Yorkshire), so please ride in single file up this hill to allow traffic to pass.
Please bring Valid ID (driver’s license or passport) and register at your allocated time, which is 30 minutes before your start time. Attach your number board to your handlebars so that it is clearly visible and do not cut or bend it. Attach your chip to your right wrist.
Riding the Ard Moors Enduro
The Ard Moors course is marked with black arrows that you must follow at all times. Please remember that you’ll be riding the course in a different order to the practice loop so approach stage one first and follow the signs. You can take it easy when transiting between stages as these sections are not timed. When you arrive at a stage, the starter will give you a maximum of 20 seconds between riders, but you can go sooner if you like or ride with your mates. If you’re looking for a good result then try not to hang around too long otherwise you’ll get bunched up with other riders. Slower riders please give way to faster riders wanting to overtake on stages. Faster riders please be cautious when overtaking and shout ‘rider’ when approaching. Only overtake when you have a clear line of vision and it is safe to do so. When you finish a stage, please make sure you’re clear of the finish area by at least 50 metres. Please close all gates that you pass through on transitions, be respectful of everyone you encounter, and ride in single file only on the road. The water stop is at the Buck Pub in Chop Gate which is approximately 1/3rd of the way round so you can take plenty of water on early to make sure you’re hydrated. We’ll be enforcing a cut off time of 5 hours for safety reasons, so it’s essential that you crack on as it’s a tough old route! Please remember to look after yourself and ride responsibly and within your limits at all times, Ard Moors is not a groomed trail centre, it contains very steep sections of trail, rocks and roots that require a high level of competence to ride.
The Ard Moors Enduro event is timed using an ‘Air’ timing chip system which starts and stops when you pass the timing beacon. Note that you shouldn’t sprint through the start beacon as it may not register your time. Please don’t hang around at the start and finishes as you may set the timing beacon off more than once. You will be timed on stages 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 and your accumulative time will give you your result. To start your chip, make sure you scan out at the start flag and return your chip to get a result when you return to the event village. Failure to hand in a chip will result in a £60 fee. If you withdraw from the course you must return your chip for safety reasons.
Stages are marked with red arrows and tape. Two red arrows next to each other constitute as a gate that you must ride through. You must ride to the arrows and between the tape at all times. Anyone caught taking short cuts will be disqualified. Caution signs will be present in areas where you must take extreme care and blue arrows will make easier options around the main line.
Countryside code – Around the course you’ll cross open countryside and approach numerous closed gates (not on timed stages), it’s vitally important for public relations that you CLOSE these behind you. We’ve been very fortunate to gain access to private farmland, so please respect this rule.
Overtaking – Please do not endanger any other riders you are over taking by being reckless. Shout ‘rider’ as you are approaching to give the rider in front chance to move and only overtake if it is completely safe to do so. Conversely, riders in front need to move over if it’s appropriate to do so and let faster riders pass!
Public roads – Please be aware that you will be riding on public roads in places. You must obey the Highway Code at all times. Please respect other road users and ride in single file where traffic is present.
Course – Riders caught cutting the course, going under or around tapes or signage or riding off the marked trail in any other way will be immediately disqualified. Altering the course, moving flags or tape in any way will also lead to disqualification. All riders must complete the entire course in order, under their own power and without any mechanical or vehicular assistance.
Litter – Do not drop any litter anywhere on the course. This includes energy gel packets, water bottles and banana skins!
Equipment – It’s the individual’s responsibility to take everything they need to complete the full lap. You must wear a fully certified and serviceable mountain bike helmet at all times and be riding a bike that is fit for purpose. Essential equipment includes; ID card, tools and spares, fitted bar end plugs, sufficient food and water and appropriate clothing for changeable weather conditions.
If you have any problems please alert your nearest marshal who will assist you and call first aid if needed. You have declared that you are fit and well already, but if you know of any medical information that the medics will need to know, please ensure you write in on the back of your number board in pen.
Use the postcode TS9 7JH to get to Lordstones Country Park. Follow signs for parking and camping and do not use the main entrance.
Camping is available onsite from 1800 on Friday and you can stay until Monday morning for a fee of £5 per person per night. Please bring the correct amount of change and pay on entry – you will be given a ticket to display. Some of the camping area is a bit bumpy so bring extra pillows just incase you can’t find a perfectly flat spot. There are showers and toilets on site that will be made unisex for the full weekend. Please bring your own bin bags and take your rubbish with you. Security will be patrolling the area at night, but we must stress that it’s your responsibility to look after your kit – we strongly recommend that your bike is locked in your vehicle. The event and venue accept no liability for damaged or lost equipment. Caravans are not permitted due to national park restrictions. Open fires are not permitted on the campsite, and fire extinguishers will be located at the entrance, and next to the toilets.
Food and drink
Food and Drink will be available at Lordstones Restaurant, Cafe and Farm shop throughout the weekend.