by Dave Anderson
January 20, 2014
As media sponsor we’re proud to announce that entries are now live for the PMBA Enduro Series 2014.
Dates and locations for the new series of Enduro races have been confirmed. Based in the north of England – with a toe dipped into southern Scotland – the Empire Cycles/PMBA Enduro Series starts in April.
The grassroots fun enduro is being run by Pennine Mountain Bike Association in partnership with Borderline Events Management and the five events are centred at Gisburn Forest, Grizedale, Kirroughtree, with the series final event held over a weekend at Lee Quarry and Cock Hill.
Pitched as a grass roots regional series with an emphasis on entertaining tracks that experienced riders will relish yet the stages will still be able to be handled by first-time racers. Enduro for everyone.
Last September PMBA put on the well-received ‘Escape To Gisburn’ Enduro event in Gisburn Forest. After the success of that event, the organisers decided to commit to try and put on a full series. This commitment has paid off.
There’ll be a whole load of new and one-off courses used for the stages but the relaxed vibe and fun atmosphere of last year’s ‘Escape To Gisburn’ will be much in evidence too. There’ll also still be the flexible start times for stages so you can ride round with your mates.
As well as the traditional PMBA locations of Gisburn Forest, Lee Quarry and Cock Hill, the organisers are putting on an event at Grizedale Forest in Cumbria and another at Kirroughtree in the Scottish Borders.
EMPIRE/PMBA ENDURO SERIES 2014
Rd1. 27th April – Gisburn Forest / Escape Bike Shop “Escape to Gisburn”
Rd2. 18th May – Grizedale Forest / Grizedale Mountain Bikes “Event name TBC”
Rd3. 15th June – Kirroughtree / The Break Pad “Break Out of Kirroughtree”
Rd4. 14th September – Gisburn Forest / Escape Bike Shop “Escape to Gisburn”
The first 4 events are a 1 day format, practice in the morning and then the race lap in the afternoon, ~8-10miles per lap and 3 stages.
Rd5. 4/5th October – Lee Quarry & Cock Hill / Ride-On Bike Shop “Ride On the Pennines”
The final is a 2-day event, 20 mile lap and 5 stages. Practice on the Saturday and then race on the Sunday, the final will be as tough physically and technically as a national level event.
PRIZES AND SPONSORS
Empire Cycles – shown massive support for the series coming onboard as title sponsors and promising 6 of their new-for-2014 MX-6 Evo framesets for the series 1st prizes in the 6 main categories.
Hope Technology – will be providing series prizes and support for the series
KS – dropper posts are a must on any enduro bike and a great tie in with the series.
Ride Slovenia – JT who runs the business is a long-time friend of PMBA. One lucky series entrant will be off to Slovenia for a week with a friend in 2015 for an Enduro Holiday so you don’t have to win a race to win a big prize in this series.
Singletrack Mag – Media sponsors with subscriptions into the prize fund also.
WHO ARE PMBA?
PMBA are a grouping of riders, clubs and volunteer trail building teams from across Lancashire and the North Pennines. They are all volunteers and the thing that brings them together is the belief that putting some effort into digging and diplomacy can make the future of mountain biking even better. www.pmba.org.uk
You can enter now here:
27th April 2014 – Gisburn
Enter Online here: Gisburn Event
18th May 2014 – Grizedale
Enter Online here: Grizedale Event
15th June 2014 – Kirroughtree
Enter Online here: Kirroughtree Event
14th September 2014 – Gisburn
Enter Online here: Gisburn Event
04/05th October 2014 – Lee Quarry / Cockhill
Enter Online here: Lee Quarry / Cockhill