- That thar 'Ard Rock Enduro
Will I die if I do it on a short travel hardtail? If it won’t kill me will I suffer too much to enjoy it? Would knee and elbow pads be a wise investment?
And finally – my work schedule might have me away (50/50 chance) at the time, would I be able to give (sell?) the entry to someone else if I can’t make it?Posted 4 years agowhippetboyMember
I did this last year, really well run and a great atmosphere. I did find the course very hard going on your tyres in certain places (as in multiple pinch flats on multiple competitors), so I’d strongly recommend dual ply tyres or going tubeless. As for riding a hard tail, well if you’ve never ridden anything else then go for it, if the option of full suspension is there then I’d go for that – but that’s just down to personnel choice.
The terrain was a combination of grass, moorland track, gravel and rocks (lots of rocks, hence the name!). I’d definitely recommend armour of some sort, I remember riding quite conservatively and that was with knee and shin combo (normally do anyway), elbow pads and a normal helmet. There just always seemed to be some jagged rocks of some shape, size or description there to soften your fall!!
I found the trails different to most stuff I’d ridden before, so it’s a good way of experiencing riding something new.
As for the entries, e-mail the organisers, they’re good with replying to questions.Posted 4 years ago
Thanks Whippet. I’ve only got a hardtail choose from, so I’ll stick with that! Pads are quite a bit cheaper that I expected, never looked into it before, so I’ll definitely get me a set, even if I don’t get to the race.
I live just over in Teesdale, so this will be a grand day or 2 out!Posted 4 years agojimtheladMember
I did it last year on a 150mm hardtail and I was fine. Definitely recommend knee pads at the very least. I managed not to puncture, but I’ll probably stick a dual ply on just to be safe this time.Posted 4 years ago
Last year the stages were around 3 minutes for the fast guys. 4 minutes was about average I think. Stage 1 had a wee bit of up hill/flat and stage 3 had a long fireroad up and downy section at the end. I’m definitely going to get a dropper post for this years.
One of the really good things about the ard rock, is that in between stages, there is also some good riding to be had. Certainly compared to the POC @ GT which only really had fire road and Tarmac in between.
The views along the fremington edge escarpment were cracking.Posted 4 years agodan45aMember
With regards to entires I bought one off here last year and nearly wasn’t aloud to ride, organiser was very cautious and even made me buy another entry on the day but only after waiting for the event to start and all riders had ridden out. I understand why this happened but it was pretty frustrating on my part as had driven up from cardiff.
The route….I tore my rear tyre off on stage 1 as had very sharp rocks, was fun while it’s lasted though, i then had to return to camp to replace my tyre, by the time I got back up the sections were closing, I ended up descending stage 4 which was pretty good/fast little grassy.
Not a great experience for me but that was all down to my entry and bike/tyre issues.
Def check with organiser with regards to entry’s.Posted 4 years ago
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