After the dust and mud of the the first season of the SixSixOne Gravity Enduro Series has settled it seems that the fledgling format has found its wings and will moving on from a successful first season, with dates being announced for 2012 but locations yet to be confirmed.
The first series went off well, with decent rider turnout despite awful weather plaguing a number of venues. The format proved to be a game of experience as well as fitness and skill, with Rob ‘Box’ Cooksley of Bad Ass Bikes managing to take the overall win from a talented Elite field, despite racing in the Masters category.
In the women’s field, Helen Gaskell dominated from start to finish taking first place in each race she entered, taking the overall women’s title as well as the Elite crown.
The success of the first season and the racing format as a whole seems to be catching the attention of the UCI who, while ditching the 4X format for World Cup races, appear set to pick up the Gravity Enduro format in one way or another for 2013. They’ve been iniviting organisers of current gravity enduro events to contact them with a view to establishing a UCI Enduro Calendar, with races in the form of multi-stage races, day races or mass start races.
We had a quick chat with organiser Steve Parr about how the year went:
“Series went down a storm with the riders who attended, well done to all of them for racing in such shite weather! 2012 is looking good, with some big names moving away from DH into Enduro. Some venues will change, no Kielder for defo, possibly a second in Shropshire and one in the Lakes (TBC). Lots to do over Winter, as well as get myself fit to race a few Enduros…”
“We need more staff on the ground [for 2012], for start marshals, stage take down and marshals. The task is slightly different to a normal DH role, in that stages on Sunday are only live for a couple of hours and Saturday is all about mobility or a roving role, anyone interested in offering help please get in touch by email firstname.lastname@example.org”
The proposed dates for next year are below:
Rd1 – 24th 25th March
Rd2 – 28th 29th April
Rd3 – 26th 27th May
Rd 4 – 4th 5th August
Rd 5 – 1st 2nd September
Check out our video from the second round at Kielder for a taste of last year’s action…
We’re looking forward to another year of racing in what is an excellent format, so get in touch with Steve if you think you can help out – and in the meantime, let us know if you think having the UCI involved with this sport is a good thing…