What is the Welsh Gravity Enduro Mash Up Series?
Since the first UK Gravity Enduro race back in 2011 the sport of “MTB Enduro” has grown exponentially in popularity. The riders doing MTB Enduro have become more and more focussed on training, results and demands for more technical trails and natural trails has become the norm.
The Welsh Gravity Enduro Mash Up Series goes back to the roots of the first Enduro races like the “Kona Mash Up” “Avalanche Enduro” and thus will be using a mix of all weather trails and trail centre trails that can be ridden 365 days of the year.
Every run you do will be timed with live timing (subject to network) on stages from 10:00-15:00 on race day or 10:30-15:30 depending on the date.
We’ve chosen trails to cater for all riders…some stages will require pedalling others will require skill but all will require a smile.
The stages will primarily be using red trails and red trail centre runs, some black runs and maybe a Freeride or DH section thrown in…
There will also be a Hardtail category and an Ebike category subject to the minimum entry.
Included in your entry fee:
Entry fee £45.50 (+£1.50 admin fee) per round
1 day racing at your own leisure on 3-4 stages within a 5 hour live timed window, do as many runs as you like in any order you like and ride with whoever you like.
Fully marshalled stages with professional timing from Action Sports Timing and medics on site for race day.
Prizes; top 3 in each category.
The categories for Gravity Enduro are as follows:
Age is based on the age you will be by the first of January eg; if you are 13 and turn 14 on the 1st January 2018 you can race the series.
Expert/Elite (18+) ( category will run with a minimum of 3)
Grand Vets (50+)
Expert/Elite Women (18+) ( category will run with a minimum of 3)
Senior Women (19-29)
Master Women (30-39)
Vets Women (40+)
Grand Vets Women (50+)
Ebike ( minimum of 3)
Sign on open from 15:00-16:30 (subject to change, check “latest news” for more info )
All Trails open to the public all day. No marshals or medics on site, please ride within your limits.
All trails are open to the public!!
Sign on open all day from 08-30 onwards (subject to change, check “latest news” for more info )
Practice from as soon as you have your number board fixed on your bike up to 09:45. All 3 stages go live at 10:00-15:00 or 10:30-15:30 depending on time of year
3 special stages with marked transitions in between. Fastest total time of the 3 special stages wins. Transitions are not timed but the stages are open for 5 hours. Ebike stage, either uphill or a mix of downs and ups within the stage, all ebikes to be Pedalec and restricted to 15.5 mph as per EU Regs.
If you have a mechanical or cannot continue, please inform the nearest official as soon as you can.
YOU MUST COMPLETE ALL RUNS ONCE YOU HAVE STARTED, THERE ARE NO RE-RUNS. IF YOU HAVE TO PULL OUT OF A RUN PLEASE INFORM THE START MARSHAL ON THAT STAGE THAT YOU WISH TO HAVE YOUR PREVIOUS TIME REMOVED OTHERWISE YOU WILL NOT GET A CORRECT TIME!
Action Sports Timing will be looking after all the timing for the series. A £100 deposit is required for your Timing Transponder, your card details are kept safe, no money is taken!
Please return your chip as soon as reasonably possible after you have finished.
Here is an EXAMPLE of the final race info:
LIVE TIMING STARTS AT 10:30-15:30
A Field nr Eastridge Woods
SY5 0SG this postcode will take you past the field. PLEASE MAKE SURE THE SAT NAV BRINGS YOU IN FROM HABBERLEY!!!
Follow the Signs from the main road A488
Eastridge google map
- THERE WILL BE WORKERS ON THE STAGES/TRAILS PREPARING THEM FOR THE EVENT.
- IF YOU ARE PRACTISING OR RIDING PLEASE BE AWARE YOU MAY COME ACROSS WORKERS WITH EAR DEFENDERS ON, THEY WILL NOT HEAR YOU
- IF YOU HAVE TO STOP, PLEASE GET OFF THE TRAIL INTO A SAFE PLACE.
Parking Sunday: In the field, there is limited hard standing car parking on the way in on the right where the Eastridge Woods sign is.
If parking in the field please use the top entry to the field and park facing down the hill, if we have bad weather this will allow you all to roll out of the lower exit.
Camping: If you wish to camp then you can camp in the field.
THERE IS NO WATER ON SITE SO BRING EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR THE WEEKEND.
Portable toilets will be on site from Friday Afternoon
Practice: Stages 1,2 &3 will be marked for Saturday. You are free to ride them but be aware that they are all open to the public. Ride within your limits and respect the Forest code.
Sunday: All 3 stages live timed from 10:30-15:30, you are welcome to ride the stages before this time but you must have your number board on and your transponder fixed to your bike when Live timing has begun. Marshals will be on stage from 10:00-15:45.
Sign on will take place in the sign on tent (Red/white) in the finish field Saturday and Sunday
- Saturday 15:00-17:00
- Sunday from 08:45 onwards
Please bring a deposit of £100 for the timing transponder, either credit/debit card. We do not charge your card it’s just a deposit to make sure all the transponders are handed back in and also so we know you’ve all come back safely.
The Timing Chip has to be fitted to the right fork leg as low as possible and facing back wards.
You will get a number board for each round this year so you will all get a little memento. Cable ties are provided.
Please follow the marked transition all weekend!
3 stages for the 1st round:
Follow the signs to each stage
You can ride them in order which is about 12km for the loop or in any order you like but it rides better as the loop.
1. Stages Powers Stage: Topography
2. The Mountain Bike Chalet Stage: 98 DH
3. Bird Stage: Student Chaps
All stages will be timed from 10:30-15:30 look for the Start boards to signify the start of a timed section and please listen to marshals.
YOU MUST ONLY DO COMPLETE RUNS OF ANY STAGE, NO SECTIONING!!
The Mash Up format relies on you to self seed yourself at the start of each stage, so ask the guys around you what speed rating they are? eg: If you put down 1 and the rider in front is a 4 then swap places. We recommend leaving a 10-20 second gap before setting off after the rider in front has started.
There will be a start line and start clock at every start. Your front Wheel must be ON the start line. The start clock is broken down in to 20 second sections so go on the green!
If you do catch someone on stage then shout “Rider” to forewarn them, then as you come closer shout “Rider Left” or “Rider Right” left or right being the side that YOUwill pass them on, please be patient and don’t forget you’ll get another go as long as the stage is open.
There will be marshals stationed at various points on stages and at the start and finish of all stages with radios, please follow their instructions. If you are asked to stop do so!
If you come across an incident on stage or witness an incident please stop and make sure the rider is safe and that any following riders STOP. Once the situation is safe inform the nearest marshal who will then radio the start marshal and Medics if required.
You have a duty of care to your fellow competitors so please keep an eye out for each other. Any problems please do not hesitate to inform the nearest marshal. I (Charlie) will be in radio contact with everyone all day so if you have any questions or you see something’s wrong, then please ask a marshal to contact me and I’ll do my best to sort anything out asap.
If you start a stage you must finish that stage no pushing back up!
If you have a puncture or mechanical then please leave the track asap and find a safe place to fix it before carrying on and finishing your run.
Stages will finish at the finish board:
Timings: Once you have completed a stage you can look up your time (depending on signal) on your phone through:
There are numerous points all over the hill where there is 3G reception and right at the finish of stage 4.
If you are not bothered with live times then wait till after the race and all your times will be posted up at sign on
Podiums for the top 3 in each category and the overall series category podiums will take place as soon as possible after the stages are closed and the points have been calculated, we’ll aim for 16:30
FOOD: Davey and The Billy Can will be providing food all weekend for you, The Billy Can
Medics: Remote Medical Services will be on site Sunday from 09:00-16:00, they will have a base station in the event arena and a further 4 medics out on the hill on call.
Royal Shrewsbury Hospital
Mytton Oak Road
Above all, Have FUN!
Any questions please ask…
Frequently Asked Questions: