Empire PMBA Enduro Series “Escape to Gisburn” Report and Results

This weekend saw the first round of the Empire PMBA Enduro Series taking place at Gisburn Forest. Titled ‘Escape to Gisburn’ the course saw a good mix of established trail centre trail, downhill course gnar and some new lines cut through the depths of the forest.

Stage One start

Stage One start

With Stage One starting at Whelpstone Crag and taking in both the Slab and Hully Gully the race began fast and flowy interrupted by a short power climb before dropping into those massive berms.

Hully Gully

Hully Gully

Stage Two named “Huck To Flat” was going to be the most technical of all, jumps and drops were in store for most riders on the top section and then the fresh cut muddy section waiting at the bottom. Freshly cut loam, flat rooty corners and some gnarly drop section’s kept every rider 100% focused all the way down. Even though it was the shortest stage of the day, it was still a physical battering, burning thighs and tight calves had most riders hanging at the bottom, a 10 minute rest and then it was back up to the top for stage three.

Stage three muddiest

Stage three mudfest

Stage Three, deep in the forest and with a ‘somewhat damp’ mid section was a challenge that defeated a few and pushed everyone’s maintaining momentum skills to the max. The mixture of sludge, roots and mini bomb holes making any hope of holding a line beyond the reach of many riders. Lean back, pedal hard and stay off the brakes was the best way to tackle the thick mud, a few dabs were necessary to keep upright on some of the deeper holes out there.

Once out of the woods the rest of the stage was back to trail centre gold, fast and dry with a decent amount of technical challenge to keep riders working all the way to the finish line. Seat down and sprinting hard before the last technical root section pushed every rider to the limit.

Stage Three finish

Stage Three finish

Sadly for some the course proved too much for chains and derailleurs, several riders relying on scooting and gravity to get them to the finish.

Don't think that's repairable

Don’t think that’s repairable

So there you have it the Empire PMBA Enduro round 1 all done and dusted, a fantastic mix of fast trail centre to freshly cut mud sections. The threatened rain held off and a top day of racing kicked off the series. We’re already looking forward to Round two.

Empire Cycles the title sponsor were showing off there MX6-Evo bike, 6 MX6-Evo frames are up for grabs for the series overall winners.

Oosh!!

Oosh!!

We’re also celebrating at ST Towers with a first podium for the Singletrack Dirtbag Enduro Team as our ‘office padowan’ Dan got third in Men Under 18.

Results

Grand Vets

Grand Vets

Grand Vets

1st Howard Stuttard

2nd Nicholas Wilkin

3rd Bill Comer

Vets

Vets

Vets

1st Andrew Mee

2nd Gary Britton

3rd Gerard Birch

Masters

Masters

Masters

1st Oliver McKenna

2nd Richard Guppy

3rd Nigel Pilling

Seniors

Seniors

Seniors

1st Joe Young

2nd Matthew Ineson

3rd Joe Roberts

Women

Womens

Women

1st Emma Knight

2nd Nicole Mallet

3rd Kaylee Swift

Men Under 18

Men Under 18

Men Under 18

1st Scott Wooley

2nd Frazer Clacherty

3rd Dan Bladon

Elite Men

Elite Men

1st Lee Kermode

2nd Joe Flannagan

3rd Ben Whitehead

Full results can be found on the SportIdent website

You can enter future rounds here:

Round Two – 18th May 2014 – Grizedale
Enter Online here: Grizedale Event

Round Three – 15th June 2014 – Kirroughtree
Enter Online here: Kirroughtree Event

Round Four – 14th September 2014 – Gisburn
Enter Online here: Gisburn Event

Round Five – 04/05th October 2014 – Lee Quarry / Cockhill
Enter Online here: Lee Quarry / Cockhill

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