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I am an intermediate rider who wants to try a race.

In So Cal, I see the posting for the D36 and D37 races. But they seem to be enduros.

What is the difference between an enduro and an hares scramble.

Which is the better race for someone at my level.

I am going to spend a few weeks honing my skils (especially turns) and hopefully look for a first race in Feb or so.

I am not looking to win the race, I just want to be able to finish.

Any advice on how to get started?

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First race , Probably Enduro. Similar to a Rally type event. Timed average. JUst hook up with someone on your row that looks like he knows what he is doing and follow him . Preferably an A or B rider.

You should have a odometer , at least a roll chart and a readable watch that you can read the seconds on.

Dwight

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I'm in the same area and have the same problem as you. The Enduro's look a bit too confusing to me and I doubt I'd have too much fun following another rider for hours. Hare Scrambles are a little more racey as you can go 100% all day long if you would like to. I'm sure I'd like an enduro, but for the moment I'd just rather enjoy going as fast as I can. I'm going to start racing D37 Hare Scrambles ASAP.

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District 37 does all kinds of races. They do different kinds of desert races, they do enduros, and grad prixs. In the summer the clubs have a summer mx series.

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Yes, the enduro's have lots of rules (I think)

What is the difference between an enduro, grand prix, hare and hound, desert scrambles and hare scrambles?

There are many events on the calendar and I wouldn't know what to enter.

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I'm in the same area and have the same problem as you. The Enduro's look a bit too confusing to me and I doubt I'd have too much fun following another rider for hours. Hare Scrambles are a little more racey as you can go 100% all day long if you would like to. I'm sure I'd like an enduro, but for the moment I'd just rather enjoy going as fast as I can. I'm going to start racing D37 Hare Scrambles ASAP.

You wont be following another rider all day long. Infact I doubt you keep the "Other" rider in sight. BUT if you see him stop , so should you. If he is ridding slow. So should you. Once he takes off. It is "KATIE BAR THE DOOR" !

Hare scrambles ususally last aprox. 2 hr. Enduro lasts about 5hr. at varying speeds. AND THEY HAVE RESETS ( Rest stops ).

Go to : http://sera.dirtrider.net/SERAhmFr1.html see Enduro basics on sidebar.

Enduro Basics

Intro

The sport is based on riders attempting to maintain an exact schedule, regardless of the difficult terrain and conditions they may encounter. Checkpoints, where crews will mark the time of each rider arrival, are located along the course. After the race, the score of each rider is calculated. The riders with the lowest number of penalty points are awarded trophies in their respective classes.

Definitions

Key Time -

The scheduled starting time and scheduled time of arrival at each checkpoint for a rider on row OO. (Row Zero)

Free Zone –

Timed checkpoints, including Known Controls, cannot be located closer than 3 ground miles apart. Therefore 3 ground miles before, or 3 ground miles after a timed checkpoint can be considered "Free Zones". Similar Free Zones may apply to Gas Stops, usually with timed checks no closer than 2 miles before, or 3 miles after the Gas stop. A "Free Zone" is a distance on the race course where no checkpoints are possible.

Reset –

A point along the course where the posted Mileage is advanced to some greater number. This gives a rider on schedule a rest period of the period of time it would have taken the rider to ride the mileage advanced.

Free Time –

A point along the course where the Mileage remains fixed while the time is allowed to run. A rider on schedule would wait until the Free Time has run out, then he would proceed down the course. It has an effect very similar to a Reset.

Ground Mileage –

The actual Mileage traveled by a rider, which is the posted Mileage minus any Resets.

Checkpoints

Checkpoints are located along the course where crews will mark the minute, and seconds if an Emergency check, that a rider enters the check. The Key Time and the Mileage for that check should be posted near the flags. The Mileage accuracy for the check location must be within 1 tenth of a mile, while the clocks used at the check must be within 10 seconds of the master Key Clock. The colors of the flags used to mark each check are shown in parenthesis.

Secret – (Red & White) An unknown, timed checkpoint.

Emergency – (Green & White) Same as a Secret check, except the minutes and seconds are recorded.

Known Control – (Yellow) A timed checkpoint whose location is known to all participants.

Observation – (White) An unknown, un-timed checkpoint where no time penalty is recorded.

Scoring

After the race, penalty points are computed based on the rider’s variance from a perfect schedule.

All checks -

EARLY: More than 15 minutes – disqualified from that point.

LATE: More than 60 minutes and 59 seconds – disqualified from that point.

Secret -

EARLY: 2 points for the first minute, plus 5 points for each additional minute

LATE: 1 point for each minute.

Emergency -

The major points are computed like a Secret check, with Tie-breakers points placed after the major points.

Tie-breaker points are the total number of seconds from the 30 second point of the rider’s due minute.

Known -

EARLY: Zero points for early up to 15 minutes, 2 points for each minute for an early departure.

LATE: 1 point for each minute.

Possible Chart

To ease course layout and scoring, timed checks can only be located where a whole tenth of a mile falls on a whole minute. Below is the time and distance between possible checkpoints at each speed average from 1 to 99 MPH.

MPH MILES MINUTES MPH MILES MINUTES MPH MILES MIN.

1 .1 6 34 1.7 3 67 6.7 6

2 .1 3 35 3.5 6 68 3.4 3

3 .1 2 36 .6 1 69 2.3 2

4 .2 3 37 3.7 6 70 3.5 3

5 .5 6 38 1.9 3 71 7.1 6

6 .1 1 39 1.3 2 72 1.2 1

7 .7 6 40 2.0 3 73 7.3 6

8 .4 3 41 4.1 6 74 3.7 3

9 .3 2 42 .7 1 75 2.5 2

10 .5 3 43 4.3 6 76 3.8 3

11 1.1 6 44 2.2 3 77 7.7 6

12 .2 1 45 1.5 2 78 1.3 1

13 1.3 6 46 2.3 3 79 7.9 6

14 .7 3 47 4.7 6 80 4.0 3

15 .5 2 48 .8 1 81 2.7 2

16 .8 3 49 4.9 6 82 4.1 3

17 1.7 6 50 2.5 3 83 8.3 6

18 .3 1 51 1.7 2 84 1.4 1

19 1.9 6 52 2.6 3 85 8.5 6

20 1.0 3 53 5.3 6 86 4.3 3

21 .7 2 54 .9 1 87 2.9 2

22 1.1 3 55 5.5 6 88 4.4 3

23 2.3 6 56 2.8 3 89 8.9 6

24 .4 1 57 1.9 2 90 1.5 1

25 2.5 6 58 2.9 3 91 9.1 6

26 1.3 3 59 5.9 6 92 4.6 3

27 .9 2 60 1.0 1 93 3.1 2

28 1.4 3 61 6.1 6 94 4.7 3

29 2.9 6 62 3.1 3 95 9.5 6

30 .5 1 63 2.1 2 96 1.6 1

31 3.1 6 64 3.2 3 97 9.7 6

32 1.6 3 65 6.5 6 98 4.9 3

33 1.1 2 66 1.1 1 99 3.3 2

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Wow! I never knew it was quite that involve. Before I thought I was incapable of performing such timekeeping. Now I'm pretty sure I can't. I might try it someday, but only if I have and experienced partner helping me out. Thanks Dwight!

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Enduro is a hell of a lot of fun. Not nearly as hard as it seems on the time keeping. You will spend most of your time riding your arse off anyway.

Dwight

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I rode my first grand prix about a month ago after riding only for a couple of years (and only maybe once a month at that) and it was so much fun! They have classes that will fit your skill level wether it be noob (like me) or expert (like Dwight). It's nice because everyone is going the same direction and if you get stuck, there's usually help nearby. There were a couple of times I pulled over to the side to take a breather and everyone that passed asked if I was ok.

I was very hesitant at first to enter a race when I'm still learning so much but after that experience, I wholeheartedlly recommend it for beginners!

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If you decide to do an enduro, just sign up on a minute with someone who knows what there doing. Just stay with them and you will do fine.

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District37Ama.org I belong to the Jackrabbits and will be out Sunday Jan. 22nd for the DMC HAre & Hound. Guest pit with a club, thats the safest way to get into it. If you have questions fire away on the messageboard. Kids events usually on Saturday. You need a AMA card and competition card for your class. Welcome

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