Kirroughtree R4 – Rider Briefing

NewsPosted on 21st August 2018

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 really need MORE MARSHALS so please get it touch.

Round Sponsor is Breakpad Bike Shop

Break Pad Bike Shop


Parking, camping and race arena

We have a great arena setup here, with camping, sign on & parking  all in the picturesque grounds of Kirroughtree Visitor Centre with its bike shop and cafe,  please follow the signage to the designated parking/camping area. Camping is £5 for the weekend, as is parking on our field, or £3 for the day.  Showers on site will be £2, these are permanent facilities like the toilets which are available 24 hours/day

With all our events we strongly advise you to wear knee pads, and carry a pack with extra layers, dry gloves and some food and fluid. 

Entry’s, Results & Series standings
Entry list is HERE
Series standing will be available on this LINK
The results link for R4  will be HERE

What to expect?
Mix of off piste stages and some trail centre section, not the most elevation but a chunk of loam and a lot of fun. We have new sections too, as well as classics – 12 miles, 1900ft elevation for the lap.

5 Stages

The map below is 95% correct, we are using the alternate (new) ending to S2, which is the one without the red underneath, and a couple of small tweaks to the transitions 3-4 and 4-5 but will be all signed.

Stage 1 – BRUNTIS
A classic stage that has been the final one before, but with a new middle section of bermy trail centre.

Stage 2 – DOON HILL
Another classic, and a new ending for more speed and elevation!

Stage 3 – SYDS DELL
Awesome black trail centre with protruding bedrock for the top half (Hissing Syd), a fast grassy gully in the middle and a red trail sprint at the end (Rivendell).

Starting on Doon Hill by S2 but going the other way, then a fire road sprint to “Elsie’s Drop” to take you down onto the regular trail centre for a sprint finish.

Stage 5 – SNAP CHAT
Your favourite stage of last year returns to round up the day, steep, off piste with some jump/drop options too. We have the KS Drop’s on this stage, we couldnt choose which drop to be the KS Drop so we have treated you to 2 of them for this round!

Kirroughtree map

Tyre Choice

We of course suggest the awesome Vittoria tyres, with superb TNT & APF sidewalls as well as grippy rubber compounds in a 4C construction, with graphene.
Graphene logo4C Logo

With plenty of off piste sections we advise a MARTELLO rear, and up front with a MOTA.  Although if the heatwave returns maybe a Martello all round or even a Morsa rear could be a winner!

Vittoria Mota

Vittoria Mota

Vittoria Martello

Vittoria Martello

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
Breakpad Bike Shop – Spares, Shower & bike wash tokens
The Cafe at Kirroughtree – Cafe


Official Photography

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

Jerry Tatton  JWDT Photography
Carol Solomon, Adam Sherratt and Jerry Tatton are DialledinUK

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!
KS Drop

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

Weekend Timetable

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday

Setup days – Forest 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.


Race arena opens, camping available.
Showers will be open 10am-5pm £2/shower.
Permanent flush Toilets available 24/7  (Gents/Womens only open with bike shop & showers, Disabled open 24/7 for use by all)

The event is a one day event, the forest will be open as normal on Saturday.



06:41 Sunrise

0815 marshal brief

0830 Sign On opens (timing chip collection)

0915 Stages open for practice

1230 Racers leave on the race lap

1400 Last racers leave

1415 first racers back

1630 last racers back

1645 Final results

1700 podiums

1730 done and dusted

1951 Sunset


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.

The Venue:
Kirroughtree Visitors Centre, DG8 7BE Newton Stewart

**Do not follow Sat Nav in the final few miles. Go along the A75 to “Palnure” where you will see a massive brown sign to the forest, then follow the signs, not your Sat Nav. Only the signed route gives you access ***

Postcode: DG8 7BE

Organisation:  SMK for PMBA Enduro

Race Director: Kev Duckworth email: mobile: 07979 911337
Chief Marshal: Karen Long
Medics : EFAR Scotland –

EFAR Scotland will be providing cover over the event. Full Medical Cover will be provided. Multiple Vehicles will be on hand if needed

Nearest A&E

Waverley Medical Centre (Stranraer)


NHS Dumfries & Galloway  (24 Hr)


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 £3/day or £5 for the whole long weekend with camping, Friday-Monday.

Camping for Caravans, Campervans & Tents – £5 for the whole long weekend, Friday-Monday.

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 10 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.

Extreme Caution



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

Body Mounts
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. There are narrow roads and you may be required to stop and reverse if 2 vehicles meet going opposite directions. Parking will be on grass

Toilets & Showers  : facilities are available, showers will be open at set times – 10am-5pm or longer if the bike shop is open- £2/shower

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