Rider Instructions, Rules and Safety Briefing
Here is the rider and spectator information, we are aware there is a lot of information but please read it thoroughly, and know what you need to do and what rules to follow. More information will be added as we approach the event.
Danger ! Racing mountain bikes is a dangerous sport. You should ensure you’re familiar with the warning signs, stages should not be hit at race speed until you are comfortable with your ability on each stage.
As always we rely on volunteer marshals to make these events a success, if you know somebody who would be interested please ask them to fill in the form on this page, we aren’t too bad but will always take more – please get it touch.
Round Sponsor is Cycle Factory
Rossendale Borough Council
Lancashire County Council
AG Aggregates / Fairhurst stone
Facit Quarry Limited
Wellbrow Fell Pony Stud
Lord of the Manor of Rochdale
Dirt Trax Ltd
And a couple of windfarms, plus about half dozen farmers land we pass through on rights-of-way that MTBs are allowed on anyway!
What to expect?
We have mixed it up a little for this year, dropping the “Motomoors” stage and configuring an extra stage at Havok. The 22 mile lap uses footpaths, bridleways and moorland to access 3 venues, Lee Quarry, Facit and Havok Bike Park. With the first and last stages in Lee Quarry.
Saturday allows open practice, with the option to uplift to avoid the big moorland transition. You are reminded there there is NO PARKING at Havok, or on “Carr Road”. We don’t have a specified uplift suggestion or car park, and whichever route you take please be considerate to traffic flow and local’s. We have never had a major issue or complaint raised to the council, but if there ever was it could very easily mean we cant run this loop again. A CX race near our Facit stage was cancelled due to parking issues; so please bear that in mind.
The map below is correct, as it stands, we may need to change it but it seems we have sorted this short cut in time for the event.
Stage 1 – SINGLETRACK DH
A classic lee quarry timed stage from the Singletrack weekender events, sections spliced together from the “Flag” to the bottom form the longest descent possible.
Stage 2 – JANDURO
Another classic, the enduro stage built by Jan (and many others); features a rolling benchcut start that the brave can get airborne on, a mid stage punchy climb (run!); before a flowy wooded finish.
Stage 3 – BEASTED
Over to Havok for the longest stage, right from the top; but not going where you might expect!
Stage 4 – HAVOKARADABRA
More track shuffling for this one, but the rest is secret for now
Stage 5 – RIDE FREE
So with this stage we even managed to wind our way round the silly-big features in the Freeride park without using any of them; some impressive backgrounds for pictures maybe?
Stage 6 – LEE ENDURO
When we needed a second line down lee quarry there was one main issue, the steep bank section – how would we bridge the gap between the 2 sections of the Quarry? We built “Hecklers Chute” where you can see some close up action, and even a little fear, a great place to spectate with a view over the lower half of the stage, as riders send the bike park tables and berms on the way to the finish.
We do not have a mobile van for this event, however there is a cafe/butty shop across the road from HQ and a whole town of shops including Morrisons just a half mile away.
Race Arena and Technical support.
We are fortunate to have great support for you at the event, please support our sponsors as they support your event.
Sixth Element – Product Display & Advice; Team pit area
Orange Bikes – Pro-pit area
Sport Ident – Timing and results screens
Vittoria – Tyres and sealant display/offers
Parking, camping and race arena
We have again worked in conjunction with the local council to have a race HQ over 2 adjacent venues. Weekend parking, van or tent can use Stubbylee Park; we’ll have some portable loo’s there and remember there is an awesome pump track in the park.
Sign on and day parking will be in Futures park.
Click the map to enlarge.
DialledinUK will be there snapping away for the Official race report and free photo album, but they also very much appreciate the support from Rootsandrain purchases. It’s what makes it possible for that team to show up and snap away!! They’ll be doing pics from £5 and full album sets of individual riders for £14 (best value by a mile) sets can be anything from 5 photos to 20+ photos, please try and support our little collective working to give you a great range of shots. Please do remember that these are for personal use, if your sponsors want to use them for commercial use (social post sharing is fine with photographer credit) then please get them to contact us.
DialledinUK is comprised of
Their space on roots and rain can be accessed here
Every entry is also a raffle ticket!
At the end of the series we have a raffle, for the 2 BIGGEST prizes of the year. We have a week’s holiday, with most meals at Ride Slovenia for two people; and a £3000 voucher for Orange Bikes to spend/put towards on whatever bike you want. Every entry is a raffle ticket!
KS – Style it up
Our instagram competition returns, grab some style in front of the photographers on our KS feature and post on Instagram with the hashtag #KSdrop we’ll regram some and one lucky instagrammer will win a prize!
Russell Spirit of Enduro Award
Every event the organisers, marshals, sign on staff and riders witness or hear about outstanding acts of resilience, bravery, kind heartedness and fellowship in the race community. So the “Spirit of Enduro Award” was born. So if you witness the spirit of enduro in someone, be they a rider, event staff, spectator or anyone else just fill in a form (in the sign on tent) to nominate them and we’ll present it to worthy winner.
Check out last years event video
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Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
Setup days – Lee Quarry is open as normal, if you are here early please be aware of our course marking team on stages and slow down for their safety. Havok is closed.
Race arena opens, camping available.
Portable loo’s arrive
09.00 Marshal brief @ Lee Quarry, stages 1,2 & 6
09.30 Sign on Opens (number boards only)
10.00 Stages 1,2 & 6 open
10.00 Marshal brief @ Havok, stages 3,4 & 5
10.30 Havok stages open, stages 3,4 & 5
16.00 All Stages close for practice
08.30 marshal brief @ Lee Quarry, stages 1,2 & 6
08.30 Sign On opens (timing chip collection)
09.00 1st group of riders depart HQ – 12 every 5 minutes
09.10 Stages 1 opens
10.00 Marshal brief @ Havok, stages 3,4 & 5
10.30 Havok stages open, stages 3,4 & 5
11.00 Last racers leave (Elite Group)
12.00 Stage 1 closes, stage 6 opens
12.30 first racers back
16.00 Final racers back, results and series standings calculated
16.30 podiums and series podiums, big raffle draw!
17.00 done and dusted
Sponsors are: Hope Technology, Datatag Security, Orange Mountain Bikes, Sixth Element, Box Components, Vittoria Tyres, KS Dropper Seatposts, Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery, Mudhugger, Saxx Underwear & Ride Slovenia.
Lee Quarry, Futures Park, Bacup, OL13 0DM
Organisation: SMK for PMBA Enduro
Race Director: Kev Duckworth email: firstname.lastname@example.org mobile: 07979 911337
Chief Marshal: Karen Long
Medics : Remote Medical Services – http://www.remotemedicalservices.co.uk/
Remote Medical Services will be providing cover over the event. Full Medical Cover will be provided. Multiple Vehicles will be on hand if needed
As per all PMBA Enduro events, we will be using the awesome SI Air+ contactless timing system, the preferred system of the Enduro World Series.
Information and Instructions
It’s important you have a read of all the info here – It will answer almost any question you could possibly have, there is a lot here but please take the time to look through it…..
Fires – Fires are not permitted.
If you lose or damage your transponder you have to pay for it – The cost is £50.00
Parking is FREE for the whole weekend with FREE camping, Friday-Sunday.
Camping for Caravans, Campervans & Tents – FREE
Follow the instructions given by the parking marshals during the weekend
Race lap: The exact start times will be confirmed/selected on the weekend. Competitors will set off in groups of 12 every 5 mins.
You MUST report to the set off point close to sign-on at your designated time to get your transponder switched on otherwise you will get no times for the stages, you will also receive a briefing before your race lap. Feel free to ask questions.
We will not confirm nor deny that Kev will be doing the rider briefing in briefs to highlight the comfort of the Saxx Underwear. (Graythwaite was a one-off)
Red Flags / Yellow flags & Whistles: During practice Red and Yellow flags will be in use – The yellow flag means slow right down, There may be a rider on course or perhaps on the floor but out of the way. Red Flag means STOP This means what it says – There will be an incident ahead and someone’s safety is at risk if you continue. If this happens during your race run you should make your way back to the start of the stage and go again – When you arrive back at the finish you will notify the chief timer that you had a re-run and they will calculate your time.
Racing: Only red flags will be used in racing – If you are red flagged during racing, you should wait until you are given permission to continue by the Marshal, and then continue safely to the bottom and speak with the marshal who will let you know what you need to do.
Rider Etiquette: During practice and race you may come up on or be caught by another rider: Every rider must act in a polite safe manner at all times and permit any faster rider to overtake without obstructing. A reminder that all racers are roving marshals, if you see a rider needing attention you must shout to the next marshal and check with the finish marshal that your message was heard.
Track walk: It’s advised that you walk/inspect the trickier parts of the stages before riding – There are many features and varied terrain sections. Watch out for our 2/3 arrow caution/extreme caution signs to warn you of even trickier bits. If you see a Extreme caution sign there will be an easier rollable line which could be a separate taped line or within the main tapes.
Rules for Under 16 Riders
As organisers we have a duty of care to look after all our racers. Any racer that is under 16 years of age on the first day of the event must ride/race accompanied by an adult (Min age 18) support racer/rider. If the support rider does not wish to obtain an entry and race we will issue a wristband with ‘support rider’ and for this there is no charge – In this instance there will be no timings given and no transponder issued. The support rider/racer must accompany the youth rider for the duration of the event.
All PMBA Enduro events are available for ages 11+, however we strongly advise that parents entering children under 16 contact us beforehand, so we can advise you of what the event might entail and give you the information you need to make an informed judgement on the suitability of the event for your child.
Men : U14, U16, U19, Senior, Master/30+, Vet/40+, Grand Vet/50+ & Elite
Women : U16, U21, Senior/Open , Vet/40+
Unisex : Hardtail (additional category)
Ages are taken as age on 31st December 2018.
Go Pro’s / Action Cameras – We have been able to allow 1 new position for helmet cams this year, in race or practice. That is a factory fitted helmet mount. However we have clarified the rules on peak mounting, this must only be on top of the peak, not below. Please be aware it will be the start marshals call, if they are not sure you will be asked to remove it. If you are, please do not argue, they are doing their job; as always abuse of our marshals will not be tolerated. Stick on mounts may be fitted to your helmet, but not used, however we do advise against using stick on mounts to your helmet at all.
Please remember these are for your safety. Start marshal discretion is final on these rules, if they don’t like a “legal” mount for any reason please respect their judgement. These are in line with current UCI recommendations.
Bike Mounts – below cockpit level
On top of Peak
Manufacturer fitted helmet mount
Stick on mounts on the main helmet structure (peak only)
Modified factory mounts
Complex mounts including gimbles, extensions, and rotating mounts
Transitions: It’s compulsory to follow the marked transitions on your race lap, please obey marshals instructions.
Whistles: Every time a rider passes a Marshal they will blow his/her whistle. This lets people around know that there is a rider about and it also lets you know that in the instance of hearing a second whistle as you pass then there is someone right behind you.
If you see an injured rider: Please acknowledge you have seen them and continue to the next marshal to report the incident. If your race run is effected you are authorised to have a re-run
Spectators : Spectators are advised to follow marshal instructions, stay out of the taped zone and not to stand in crash area’s. Please be aware of safety signs erected close to the track.
Photographers: A spectator with a camera is not a photographer, actual professional or amateur photographers who can show PLI & attend a safety briefing can get a special wristband and have access almost all area’s. Please note that events such as round 2 at Grizedale also require permission sought from the FC themselves also, with risk assessment – you can contact John at Grizedale for details of this.
Respect the officials and helpers & Follow instructions given: Anyone found to be swearing or giving abuse to any of our Event Staff whether that be Marshals, Timers, Helpers, Medics etc will be asked to leave the event. If you have a problem whether you’re racing or perhaps on behalf of your son or daughter then come and talk to any of the core team. (Organiser Kev or Chief Marshal Karen) or any stage manager or marshal.
Those that know us always find we are reasonable and willing to listen and will help or advise the best we can.
Careful driving to event: Please be advised that when driving to the venue to be cautious while driving.
Toilets : portable facilities are available
Litter: Please take your litter home with you. Please if you can check around your car before leaving. Litter includes goggle tear offs, inner tubes and gel wrappers – all these cannot be disposed of onto the floor, even during a race stage.
Race Timing: You will be issued with a timing chip on Sunday morning. You will be 100% responsible for assuring that your transponder stays with you failure to do so will result in your time not being recorded. You will be able to set off 5-30 seconds behind the rider in front or as instructed by the marshal.
Armour: There are no specific armour rules for this event. Only that a helmet is compulsory. Full face helmet is advised. Knee pads & gloves are strongly advised. We cant advise strongly enough that knee pads, gloves & long sleeves should really be worn. We expect some riders to use full faces helmets on the stages but remind you that unless you are walking with your bike a helmet is 100% compulsory to be worn at all times, correctly fastened
Health & Safety: Anyone wearing headphones whilst riding on course (with a bike) will be disqualified – No second chances. You have been warned! Helmets worn correctly at all times whilst between the tape. No pushing back up the track during practice or racing, no walking the course during race runs. Absolutely no travelling in the wrong direction on the stages at any time. The arrows will lead you too the next stage, or if you wish to session a stage you may need to consult the trail map for a suitable route.
BAR END PLUGS MUST BE FITTED – You will not be allowed to enter the course without them
Self Sufficiency : No outside assistance is allowed and no racers riding as domestiques. However helping a fellow competitor is actively encouraged, just not one team member carrying a huge backpack of spares while others race without.
You will see a number of the rules and regulations require you do to certain things at certain times – Failure to adhere to these rules could result in you having to ride back to the car park, go back down the field or be disqualified – I’ve tried to make it simple and straight forward for everyone.
SMK/PMBA Enduro reserves the right to modify or cancel the event if circumstances beyond the control of the organiser should arise. This includes cancellation of event due to extreme weather, acts of God, violence, civil disobedience and war.
If the event is cancelled we will not be liable for costs of travel fares, hotels, or any other expenses that may be incurred.
It is your responsibility to ensure the race is going ahead before travelling. We will do our best to inform you if the race has to be cancelled but we do not accept liability if we are unable to contact you. We strongly advise that you check before making travel and accommodation arrangements.
If the event is cancelled we would endeavour to reschedule if possible. Please be aware that we may be unable to refund or part refund any entry fee. We are also may be unable to transfer your entry to another event.
See you all at the event; Kev as well as other members of the team will be around on Saturday and Sunday so feel free to ask any questions.
Kev Duckworth – Series Promoter