Forest of Dean Enduro – start time & conditions
Anyone doing the FoD event on Sunday (I have signed up for 4 laps in a moment of madness)?
I’m not sure what time the event starts and am driving from London so don’t want to miss the start! The website says 10.30 – anyone able to confirm?
Also anyone know if it is muddy?
WoodyPosted 4 years ago
Rode most of the course today, it’s riding lovely. Ground is soft enough for the tyres to bite (so I wouldn’t run semi slicks for instance) but it’s not wet enough to be muddy. Really quick and grippy at the moment, kinda gutted I won’t be able to make it on Sunday to do a 2 lapper!
Good luck to those doing 4 laps… It’s quite a physically demanding course, you don’t get much respite from the lovely technical terrain that you do on more boring courses, and some of the descents are steeper and more technical than you find on an average Enduro course.
You will enjoy it though!Posted 4 years ago
Freeminers crosses the enduro route, but they don’t really share any sections. Think some of Freeminers is out of action because it’s being extended. Still worth going, you could ride the enduro loop (might be marked out already), do Verderers, bits of Freeminers, try some of the DH sections, there’s tons to do, and that’s without venturing further afield than the Pedalabikeaway areaPosted 4 years ago
Freeminers is out of bounds really, they’re doing a lot of alterations to it that are not yet finished. Had a sneak peak today, looks like it should be good, but not fully rideable yet.
The Enduro course is fully marked out (just follow the yellow paint on the floor, and the occasional marker on a tree). It’s a LOT more fun than mincing about on Verderers, or the Freeminers (as was) anyway, so I’d go and ride it tomorrow if I were you. Quite a few were out practicing it today anyway.
Could always do a loop out to Dowies and back to avoid the hordes also!Posted 4 years ago
Not too muddy then? Ive just put my Trailrakers on for it.
Not been looking at the forecast then? 20 odd degrees all weekend, and no rain… Nothing like giving yourself a massive disadvantage by running a totally unsuitable tyre! Even in the depths of winter, the FoD drains pretty well, and a full mud tyre only makes sense in very few areas. The Enduro course takes in a lot of footy Singletrack, where a larger volume, sticky(er) rubber tyre makes a lot more sense than a narrow mud tyre…
Your choice though! Don’t say I didn’t warn you…Posted 4 years ago
Apologies, was 3 (maybe 4) pints of cider down when I posted that last night! Ooops 😕
Anyway, forecast is maybe a little optimistic given it’s drizzling steadily in South Wales right now, but I’d still expect it to be dry tomorrow with very little standing water or muddy patches. Mud tyres would be more hindrance than help IMO.Posted 4 years ago
kinda gutted I won’t be able to make it on Sunday to do a 2 lapper!
i must have passed your twin then
good course, just technical enough to sort the wheat from the chaff, well sign posted and marshalled, we were in 1st place in the team comp until one of our riders, 1)got a flat 2)broke a spoke 3) broke his chain and lost 35 mins 😳Posted 4 years ago
i must have passed your twin then
Thought I saw you on the side of the course when I was finishing my 2nd lap…
And yes, managed to make it in the end! Came back from South Wales late last night (mate was doing Margam Madness yesterday) as I was desperate to do it.
The start was much better this year, I was in the second group of 2 lapers.
Yeah, start was pretty good I thought. People progressively ramped up the pace over 200-300 metres, rather than all racing each other from the line. I was in the same group brodie, burnt my legs off up the fireroad to try and get a clean run in through the first technical section and it paid off pretty well.
Don’t know where I came, but do know my time. 1:46:18, first lap 53:29 and second 52:49. Quite happy with that, didn’t get held up too much and certainly knew I’d put the effort in by the end.
Properly enjoyed it anyway, and to the guy (Ben I think) in the green shirt on the Trek Fuel EX 29er I spent most of a lap riding with, great stuff! Would be chuffed with that effort if I’d only been riding 6 months as he has!
EDIT: Just seen some of the quick boys lap times… Oh dear! Feel a bit inadequate now… 😕Posted 4 years ago
Gilles – Member
I was 5 min late at the 4 laps start, then I got a stitch trying to catch up which lasted all the laps, then I was starving on laps 4, and yes I do want some sympathy.
This was a great course, great weather and cake (there were a few left, thanks guys).
Yeah I saw you arrive when i was waiting to go off with the two lappers.Posted 4 years ago
Yeah, I enjoyed the start this year. Had the same idea, blew my lungs out up the road then got a fairly stressfree run through the first few singletrack bits.
Didnt hang around to check my time, didnt feel too fast probably a few minutes over an hour a lap. Second lap felt faster.Posted 4 years ago
Yeah y2k was the last main descent, it’s great fun. There’s a great flat-out lead-in to it that I wish they’d include in the Enduro that makes it twice as long too. Enjoyed the race today, second lap spoilt by cramp a little but it eventually loosened off so I could carry on. Top 4 lap time was 2hrs 49, unreal…Posted 4 years ago
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