I'm not disagreeing with you about him being handy on a bike - but having a week's practice, and choosing the lines the course takes does help... when everyone else had just Saturday...
Future of UK Gravity Enduro?
Nuts to full-face helmets, sounds like a full-face handbag might be the key piece of equipment for this sport !
I enjoyed the Dyfi event a lot more than the race at CYB, it was how I expected a gravity enduro to be. Although I was surprised by the climbs in about 2 of the stages
Having only done a practice of stage 1 and 5 I rode 3,4&5 blind like a few people which I talked to. I rode the qualifying with a full face and Sunday with a XC lid.
Looking back a full face should have been mandatory on the stages but would have been impossible on the climbs.
Hope the series for next year goes ahead.
The UK Gravity Enduro series is defo on for 2013, just finalising title sponsor/sponsors, its gonna be great news
Full face helmets will be compulsary on stages, just waiting for clarification on XC lid inbetween stages. This is how its done in Europe, we are sveral years behind on this format, we are playing catch up big time.
Having been out to the Italian Super Enduro, its truly amazing the stages, atmosphere, amount of staff its bloody huge in Europe.
We will be hosting 5 rounds again, round 2 hopefully being part of the UCi World Series, dates are up on website and facebook group.
Website is still all about 2012 Steve, will there be some 2013 details on there soon?
Happy New Year to all
Website has been updated now with dates and venues, please note round 1 & 5 are waiting for confirmation on the venues.
On a another note, British Cycling have not made the wearing of full face helmets mandatory, so we will not be either.
A helmet must be worn at all times and fastened properly, even on transitions, full face is highly recommended.
Full finger gloves are also mandatory and body armour is also highly recommended
But help me out here: No problem leaving riders to choose their helmets, but im lost on how its mandatory for full finger gloves !
Ive never really considered hand protection an issue riding a bike - especially off road. What are they worried about, bramble scratches
You get that with DH events as well- I marshalled an SDA round where one of the entrants had a special exemption for the rules for medical reasons (no idea what that might be!)
So I was curious and asked the BC commissaire, who reckoned it was to reduce the number of walking-wounded injuries... Lots of people when they crash will stick their hands out, and minor injuries soak up marshall/medic time and lead to unneccesary stoppages.
Steve didn't mention it, so, entries open 1st Feb.
I still dont see how gloves stop minor injurys ?
Sound daft to me.
Minor cuts and grazes are easily prevented by wearing something over the skin of a vulnerable area.
Are the entries open yet?
I've clicked on 'Purchase ticket' which takes me to the BC website where I can't find it on the calendar of events.
entries open 1 Feb apparently
Good call on the helmets, give choose back to the rider. I think I will bring both and make a call when i have seen that course.
Also anyone thinking of doing the Mini Enduro at Haldon in Feb?
Gloves are there to prevent minor injuries, as stated by several of you, the helmet choice as Scottfitz has said is "Your call after you have practised the stages".
I will be at the Mini Enduro, this started out as a test event for the timing, but quickly grew, Chris Roberts has taken it on, good luck to him and his team.
So see you all there
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