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  • Premier Icon DezB
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    Looks fun! So why the hell am I feeling nervous about it?!
    Got no idea how an enduro race works… I guess it’s all going to become clear… hopefully.

    (Best thing: Now it’s on the same weekend I’m moving house. Bugger.)

    timnwild
    Member

    Glad to see it’s hardtail friendly. Looking forward to it. How long for fun category riders to get between stages?

    Ta

    DrP
    Member

    Tim – if you change to sport cat we can race together… Go on….

    DrP

    scottfitz
    Member

    Glad to see it’s hardtail friendly. Looking forward to it. How long for fun category riders to get between stages?

    Yes HT friendly but then again both me and the king race DH on our HT’s πŸ˜‰
    King:
    http://www.rootsandrain.com/photos/473184
    Me:
    http://www.rootsandrain.com/photos/473252
    http://www.rootsandrain.com/photos/473139
    You may well see all thoughts features in the Gravity enduro race πŸ˜‰

    And Fun will have 45mins to complete the stage and get back to the top for the next one.

    scottfitz
    Member

    Under Three weeks to go until the inaugural QECP Gravity Enduro!! Wow that has come up fast, but the trails are nearly complete and are running really well. The trails are definitely a good mix of both ‘gravity’ and ‘enduro’ so you’re going to get a good all round test, which is what it’s all about!
    For those who didn’t manage to get a place in the race, there will be plenty to see for spectators and a good bit of banter always makes for a great race so come down to watch and support.

    Finishing off the tracks with a bit of strimming:

    Last night we test the timing system, radios etc. It all went really

    well. It’s going to be a really fun/hard race.
    Bag packed:

    Martin AKA the king getting ready for some testing:

    Bike ready:

    Ewan & M0rk Going to the top of the hill:

    And holding hands:

    The King & Paul Going to the top of the hill:

    Rups our timing man trying to brake his software:

    Some results from testing:

    Some more info for you:

    There will be a 3 hour morning practice starting at 8.30.

    The race will be 2h 30mins long for Sport and PRO categories and 2h 45mins long for Women, U18 & Fun categories.

    Stages will be 3 to 6 mins long for average rider.

    There is one transition route on it needs to be used in Practice and the race (No short cuts to the top of the hill) that is cheating!

    Helmet must be worn at all time when riding your bike (Including on the Transition)

    There will be no practice on the trail on the Saturday, we will be taping all the trail and finishing bits off (We don’t want to get Run over) The red route at QECP will be fully open so you can get your eye in there if you want.

    You can walk the stages on the Saturday afternoon after we have taped them. (NO Riding them though)

    We will get the results up online ASAP after the race.

    We will release the start times the Wednesday before the race, but if you want to practice all 4 stages I suggest you get here as close to 8.30 as possible.

    Feel free to ask any other Questions.
    Cheers Scott

    scottfitz
    Member

    Tim – if you change to sport cat we can race together… Go on….

    DrP Yep you can hold hands too πŸ˜‰ we don’t judge 😯

    Sport will have 40mins to complete the stage and get back to the top for the next one.

    There is a possibility we might make the transition times longer if it looks like the weather turns but we will make that call before we release the start times.

    Also if anyone wants to ride with their mates send me an email (you must be in the same category) or if you want to swap categories email me too for that.

    DrP
    Member

    Yep you can hold hands too..we don’t judge…

    We need to ‘whoop’, ‘hi five’, and ‘feed off each other’ before ‘dropping in’…. πŸ˜‰

    DrP

    dlr
    Member

    Hi

    When we sign on first thing (whats the earliest time for this?) do we get given our start time so we can work out how long we have to practise etc?

    cheers

    Premier Icon kimbers
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    good work!

    scottfitz
    Member

    Hi

    When we sign on first thing (whats the earliest time for this?) do we get given our start time so we can work out how long we have to practise etc?

    cheers

    Sign on will open at 8.15 and you will start near by.
    Practice will be from 8.30 till 11.30 for all rides. First racer (PRO) will leave the start at the race village at 11.30.

    dlr
    Member

    Brilliant and thanks for all the hard work. Now I just need to get onto CRC as “2-3” weeks for my forks to return from Warranty as told on Monday could be very borderline!

    missnotax
    Member

    I think i’m entered in to this…?!

    (Assuming that I am) I’m damn nervous…! I’m used to xc races but for some reason this is terrifying me! I don’t quite understand the format either πŸ˜•

    How alarming are the downs then??! Body armour? FF?

    scottfitz
    Member

    dlr – Member
    Brilliant and thanks for all the hard work. Now I just need to get onto CRC as “2-3” weeks for my forks to return from Warranty as told on Monday could be very borderline!

    Give my a shout if there not going to be back on time i will try and sort something out.

    scottfitz
    Member

    I think i’m entered in to this…?!

    Yes you are πŸ˜€

    (Assuming that I am) I’m damn nervous…! I’m used to xc races but for some reason this is terrifying me! I don’t quite understand the format either

    How alarming are the downs then??! Body armour? FF? If you look at the pics we were all in open face helmets, M0rk was on his 29er and no knee pads, ewan had just knee & shin, the rest of just knee.

    Best thing to do is bring as much as you have and make the call for you self in practice.

    missnotax
    Member

    Now that is a very sensible answer 8)

    dlr
    Member

    Cheers, 140mm 29er though so bit rare/odd size. Whole situation is a farce lol, was going to put on my 120mm Manitou Towers as a backup solution whilst my Revelations got sorted but then I crashed my 29HT snapping the frame in the process(!) and despite the forks looking/working ok, I’m not 100% sure the steerer is straight so sent them off to be looked at!

    If the German sites hurry up and get the new Pikes in stock then I might maim the credit card in a rush πŸ˜‰ Might be able to borrow a bike worse but rather be on my own. Guess I could use my 1992 V braked mtb with 60mm forks lol

    scottfitz
    Member

    Guess I could use my 1992 V braked mtb with 60mm forks lol

    good luck 😐

    dlr
    Member

    LOL was a joke πŸ˜€ German sites updated eta on the new Pikes too the 5th, could work if they do actually come in stock πŸ™‚

    Really looking forward to it. Used to only do odd XC race but this year I did the Afan ukg then the recent Enduro1 at the FOD, I really like the format

    Premier Icon DezB
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    Will an email be going out prior to the event?

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    So hang on.. you get 3 hours to ride up at your own pace, and try and set good times on the downhill section, best time counts – is that how it works?

    scottfitz
    Member

    DezB – Member
    Will an email be going out prior to the event?

    Yes but only with a link to info no the website and some parking info. but we will have all the Stage start times, results, links to pics etc…. released on website:
    http://www.qecptrailcollective.co.uk/

    Also if you stay for the prize giving you will be in the prize draw for MTB Hols to Spain info here:
    http://www.qecptrailcollective.co.uk/2013/06/win-a-holiday-for-2-at-pure-mountains/
    We will stick all the race numbers in a bucket and the first one to be pull out win the hols (As long as you still there)

    scottfitz
    Member

    So hang on.. you get 3 hours to ride up at your own pace, and try and set good times on the downhill section, best time counts – is that how it works?

    No you race each of the 4 stage once with a set start time for each stage. The stage all drop about 105meters in elevation and gain about 3 to 7 meters depending on the stage. In practice you can ride the stages as many times as you want in the 3 hours but I would only ride the ones to check out features and lines etc…

    charlesrr
    Member

    So 3 optional hours of practice and then the event starts in which there are 4 timed downhill stages, each with their own allocated start time for each rider, with “not flat out” transitions back to the top for the next timed stage.

    scottfitz
    Member

    So 3 optional hours of practice and then the event starts in which there are 4 timed downhill stages, each with their own allocated start time for each rider, with “not flat out” transitions back to the top for the next timed stage.

    Yes but when you say Downhill stages that not strictly true. Every stage will drop at least 100 meters but they will be short sharp uphill bits and sections with flatish flowy single track.

    If you look at updade 1 http://singletrackworld.com/forum/topic/qecp-gravity-enduro-update
    the last pic shows a profile of one of the stages (You can see the small up)

    Premier Icon 40mpg
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    Only one question –

    How far from the toilets to the start? 😯

    scottfitz
    Member

    40mpg – Member
    Only one question –

    How far from the toilets to the start? Do bears sht in the wood?

    At race village which you pass on the transition stage.

    bikebouy
    Member

    After all the use I’ve given the trails this year, I shall be there to support the Rad/Gnarr/to the Maxx type chaps. πŸ˜†

    scottfitz
    Member

    We Need some marshals for the race, If you are anyone you know is up for it. if you have first aid training to that would be a bonus. You will be need from 8 till 4 and we will pay you Β£10 and buy you Lunch.
    Contact me at scott@qecptrailcollective.co.uk

    Also if you are racing or coming along to watch we will have a tea, coffee and cake stand with all the money going to the trail building. If you like to bake or know someone that does feel free to donate a cake or two.

    We will also have the donation box in the sign on tent, again all the money goes back in to the trails.

    missnotax
    Member

    My cake baking is probably better than my enduro racing – if I bake a really good cake, will that excuse me for a really rubbish performance on the trails…?!! πŸ˜†

    scottfitz
    Member

    My cake baking is probably better than my enduro racing – if I bake a really good cake, will that excuse me for a really rubbish performance on the trails…?!!

    No, 7 ladies I’m expecting to see you on the podium πŸ˜‰
    & at the moment you are setting off 3rd, so you will have 2 in from of you to overtake!!

    missnotax
    Member

    DAMMIT – 3rd??! 😯

    Better get myself to QE for some practice then!! πŸ˜†

    Premier Icon gary
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    Time bonuses for baking? πŸ™‚

    scottfitz
    Member

    Time bonuses for baking?

    Or a podium for Best Cake 8)

    gp
    Member

    Do you start each stage in the same position/order as the first ? Or does that change depending on the last stage time? Or would that just be really hard to organise!? I’m obviously worried about being incredibly fast (cough – slow) and getting stuck (in the way) behind (of) other riders πŸ™‚

    bartimaeus
    Member

    Better get myself to QE for some practice then!!

    Another detour on Sunday then…?

    scottfitz
    Member

    Do you start each stage in the same position/order as the first ? Or does that change depending on the last stage time? Or would that just be really hard to organise!? I’m obviously worried about being incredibly fast (cough – slow) and getting stuck (in the way) behind (of) other riders

    Yeah that would make it to complicated. For this year we will keep the timing as simple as possible. The idea of the self seeding was to get people racing around people of a similar level. If we do a series next year we can seed people a bit better from this event and the first rounds.

    edoverheels
    Member

    I am hoping to be racing on 21st but have not really been to QECP except when passing through on the SDW.
    Thinking of heading up there tonight to have a look. Are the tracks to be used around to have a look at or is it strictly out of bounds until official practice etc?
    Will go anyway and have a look at the red run and all your hard work.
    Cheers
    Eddie

    scottfitz
    Member

    edoverheels – Member
    I am hoping to be racing on 21st but have not really been to QECP except when passing through on the SDW.
    Thinking of heading up there tonight to have a look. Are the tracks to be used around to have a look at or is it strictly out of bounds until official practice etc?
    Will go anyway and have a look at the red run and all your hard work.
    Cheers
    Eddie

    Its running great up there at the moment so have fun πŸ™‚

    You will not find any of the enduro trail unless you know where to look (none of them are near the red or blue trail)The only day we really don’t want people to ride the trail is sat 20th because we will be taping them and don’t want to get run over. No one apart from me and a couple of the collective know all 4 stages and how they will be taped out.

    The red trail will give you a good idea of what to expect, Roots, chalk, smaill drops, jumps, berms, Steep Climbs!! etc…

    We are riding over Kingly Vale/Stoughton tonight, shame if we were at QECP you could of tag along.

    dantsw13
    Member

    Scott – I’m having work issues on race day and may not make it. I have several friends who want to take my place – is this possible?

    scottfitz
    Member

    dantsw13 – Member
    Scott – I’m having work issues on race day and may not make it. I have several friends who want to take my place – is this possible?

    YGM, hopefully you can make it next year.

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