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Duders - 

I'm looking to get some insight on my first Enduro race (planning on PBFR Akeley Enduro at the end of July since it's my 'home turf').  I've never raced before; the only 'club event' i've gone to was the Golden Eagles Theilman ride this spring (had a great time in the rain too).  I'm 35 and have been riding for 3 years...I've only ridden with two other people that have ridden for more than a season or two and have no idea where i stand in terms of speed compared to others.  I'm very much a rookie to racing.  

Any help is appreciated about where to start.  Or, if someone on the message boards has a contact that i could call with all my ??'s 

How do I register / what is required?  

What to expect for a race format?  Am I alone on the course (like a timed deal), Am I racing with other people along side me?  

How long are the races? Is this an .5, 1, 2, 2+ hour race? 

You can see that I have no experience with this.  

Thanks for any help you can give. 

 

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I did some research last night and answered a few of my questions about AMA and D23 membership.  

 

I'm still curious about the enduro format and what to expect.  Again; any insight is appreciated. 

 

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I was pretty similar to you.  Started riding off road in my mid 30s.  Have been racing casually for the past few years now. 

Only you know your skill level and competitiveness.  You might want to try the Sportsman class to start with (aka the "just for fun" class), otherwise likely Vet C.  

You'll get a million different pieces of advice on where to start.  If you're there early enough to have a good choice, I usually judge it based on the weather (is it going to be muddy, dusty, etc) and the course (how easily can I pass/get passed).  My first few races I usually started around the late 20-30something rows.  The later you show up to register, the less choice you have on where you get to start.  Sometimes taking the decision out of your hands makes for a good learning experience.  

You'll have 3, maybe four people on your row.  Each row starts at every minute, so there will be people a minute ahead/behind you, two minutes, etc, etc.  That said, there's usually not that much traffic in the woods for an enduro and you'll spend a fair amount of time on your own.  There will be multiple stages (aka "tests").  Your goal is to be done with each test in the allotted time and get to the next one in order to start on time.  You can be late up to a certain point of houring out, then your day is done.  So long as you don't have any catastrophic crashes or gnarly weather conditions, that probably won't happen.  I think Akeley was my second enduro I ever did and I didn't hour out.  Don't worry too much about time and all that, just focus on riding consistently and don't go 10/10ths right off the start or you'll probably crash - literally and physically.  

Hydrate well in the days leading up to it.  Have a hydropack on for the race.  There will be a gas stop halfway to refill, have your gas can and a small cooler to throw on the gas trailer with gatorade, protein bar/food and a fresh pair of gloves.  

Above all...ask the organizers and other riders questions.  They will be more than happy to help.  

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Keith - 

 

Thank you for all the info; it's very appreciated.  

 

I'm getting more excited about this. 

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@Treesmacker and his son race enduro's. Maybe he will chime in with some advice... Hope you have fun and ride safe. I've never done any racing off-road, but it's been a consideration of mine for several years now. I only have time for casual trail riding right now.

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Enduros are really fun.  They aren't too intense, you're mostly on your own out there.  You get assigned a starting row when you sign up and get a score card to tape on your fender.  You start and ride until you get to the end of the section and there will be people there to mark your fender score card.  There is usually a short transfer section to the next section start area, this is not timed.  It all sounds complicated but it's pretty fool proof.  I didn't know anything my first one and didn't know I was on transfer sections and would race on those but that's OK.  I've never rode Akeley and hope to do the enduro this year.  You'll want to push early on but it's alot of riding so try to Pace yourself and ride smooth and then in later sections you can wick it up if you're feeling good, at least that's how I try to treat it.

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On ‎7‎/‎15‎/‎2017 at 4:44 PM, mx4god said:

@Treesmacker and his son race enduro's. Maybe he will chime in with some advice... Hope you have fun and ride safe. I've never done any racing off-road, but it's been a consideration of mine for several years now. I only have time for casual trail riding right now.

Shoot me a PM.  We will be at the Akeley Enduro.

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2 hours ago, Treesmacker said:

Shoot me a PM.  We will be at the Akeley Enduro.

I won't be at the Enduro. I was just tagging you since gezongaz (the OP) was asking for advice and I thought you might be able to give him some pointers. Unless that's what you were referring to...

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Ride as hard and fast as you can until you hate dirt biking.  Wait a few days and start planning for your next enduro.  Hope to see you there.  I have number 241 on my bike.

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6 hours ago, mx4god said:

I won't be at the Enduro. I was just tagging you since gezongaz (the OP) was asking for advice and I thought you might be able to give him some pointers. Unless that's what you were referring to...

Sorry   Yes I was directing that to Gezongaz

Here is a link that may help some. Just disregard the "Timekeeping" info not really needed with the "Restart" format.

http://www.midwestenduros.com/About Enduros.htm

Just bring a gas can, camelback, wrist watch and a positive attitude and you will do fine. Since it's your first one just try to finish it!

The Enduro sign-up is here http://www.stompingroundslodge.com/  and the start is just across Hwy 64.

I'm sure more info about the Enduro will be poster soon.

Good Luck and have FUN!!!

 

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Everyone - 

THANK YOU for all the good information.  All of this is very helpful & getting me excited to race.  I'm 90% i'll be there.  I'm sure it's crowded; but I have a Husky TE300 and a usually some kind of camo jersey on.  

Treesmaker - I'll send you a message; thank you for the M W Enduro link...I'll study up. 

-g-

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37 minutes ago, gezongaz said:

usually some kind of camo jersey on.  

 

Huh.  Guess I won't see you then.

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I saw on FB that the campground is full but there should be room for camping at the trailhead a few miles away.  I am not familiar with the area, does anyone know about this?  

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Silent - 

this is where the trailhead is (the link) that is a 1.5 acre (approx.) gravel parking lot with a few primitive camping spots with picnic tables; an outhouse...no running water though.  It's just north of the Stomping  off of blue trail to the west of highway 64.  There are also DNR signs on the main highway showing you where to turn.  

That may be full.  

There are also a few camping sites (really just a few gravel parking areas were i've seen people camping before) along Steamboat forest road which is north of the stomping ground (between the Stomping Ground and the DNR Trailhead).  Turn left on steamboat forest road and keep your eyes open for the parking areas on the south side of the road.  

Or - you can camp out at the public camping spot in the town of Akeley.  I've never been there...but google maps gives it a good review. Check out (this link

 

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So Gezongaz what did you think of your first Enduro??

A few of the transfer section were some of the toughest trail! Ha

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The first 10 minutes after i finished - "Why the hell did i ever do that"

10 minute after that - "planning for the next one"  

I placed 2nd in the Vet B group; i'm happy with that.  I popped my front tire 2/3 way through the 4th section which really threw me off mentally (but probably wouldn't have changed my pace/time too much) it just was all i could think about after it happened.  

I had a AA rider in my group...really put things in perspective for me...I have a long long way to go. 

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Placing 2nd in Vet B for your first Enduro is not "a long long way to go".  haha.  Well done!  I think you may have next to me at the beginning of the last test, there was someone with a flat front (and two more with flat rears right there too).  

Yeah I think it was the second transfer section, that one killed me.  I slowed down...hit some rocks on a mild uphill, lost balance, tipped and got my right leg pinned under the bike facing downhill.  Felt really stupid.  So then I was all "I need to up the pace a little bit so I don't make those stupid mistakes..." And then right after that, came around a corner and got javelined by a log that was kicked into the trail, throwing me over the bars.  Stupid transfer section.  Sucked all the life out of me.  

Fun, dusty race.

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1 hour ago, gezongaz said:

The first 10 minutes after i finished - "Why the hell did i ever do that"

10 minute after that - "planning for the next one"  

I placed 2nd in the Vet B group; i'm happy with that.  I popped my front tire 2/3 way through the 4th section which really threw me off mentally (but probably wouldn't have changed my pace/time too much) it just was all i could think about after it happened.  

I had a AA rider in my group...really put things in perspective for me...I have a long long way to go. 

Well that's a dam good finish for your first Enduro!!

It was nice to meet you also.

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