PMBA Day/Night Enduro – Grizedale 7th Jan – Rider Briefing

Published on: Jan 04 2017 by Kev

Here is the rider and spectator information, we are aware there is a lot of information but please do not use this as an excuse for not reading it thoroughly, and knowing what you need to do and what rules to follow.

Entries on the day are available - just tun up!


The format is simple, and maximises winter fun in the short daylight.
9am - Marshal briefing
9.30 - sign on opens
10am – Midday, Practice the stages
12.30 -3pm , Race the stages
2.30 – 5pm – Enjoy your FREE hot supper
4.15pm – Day podiums
5pm Dark – optional night stages, get your lights and race the stages again
7.30pm - Overall podiums

Danger !  Racing mountain bikes is a dangerous sport.  You should assure you're familiar with the warning signs and a tracks should not be hit at race speed until you are comfortable with your ability on each stage.


You will have 3 stages, we will not be announcing them in advance.

Getting there
We are using the main Grizedale car park, hard surfaced and parking is included in your entry fee.
Directions on the FC Grizedale page here   or here  - basics are Postcode: LA22 0QJ      Grid reference: SD331944

General Information 

The event sponsors are Grizedale MTB and Velo Cycles Ulverston. We also thank our series sponsors Hope Technology Ltd, Datatag ID Limited &  Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery for their contributions to the prize pile.

With 3-person podiums for day, and combined that's a whole load of prizes we have for you lot. Male age cats for  Junior, Senior, Master, Veteran and Grand Vet. As well as elite male, unisex hardtail and 1 womens category we are very grateful to our sponsors for the efforts towards the prize pile!

We have a simple course planned for you, 6 miles based on the same hillside overlooking the visitor centre.

(No) Feed station!
Sorry, at this round we cannot provide a feed/water station, so please make sure you carry a pack with enough food and drink to get you round the lap. The cafe will be open for the duration of the event for hot drinks and food, and we have lined up a hot supper for you after the day stages and before the night stages.

We are off piste so you can guess that sections will have sharp stones, however we arent on the gnarliest trails. I wouldn't risk less than a Snakeskin / Exo sidewall and always worth going beefier on the rear.

The cafe will be catering as usual.

There are no specific armour rules for this event. Only that a helmet is compulsory. Full face helmet is advised. Knee pads & gloves are strongly advised. We cant advise strongly enough that knee pads, gloves & long sleeves should really be worn. We expect some riders to use full faces helmets on the stages but remind you that unless you are walking with your bike a helmet is 100% compulsory to be worn at all times, correctly fastened

You can find information on the event format in the "notes" section of our Facebook page

Organisation: Borderline Events.

Race Director: Mike Marsden email: mobile: 07921 453033

It’s important you have a read of all the info here – It will answer almost any question you could possibly have, there is a lot here but please take the time to look through it….. for starters just a few points that are very very important

Fires – Fires are not permitted anywhere at Grizedale.
If you lose or damage your transponder you have to pay for it – The cost is £50.00
Parking is FREE  in the main car park (hardstanding)
Go Pro’s / Cameras – These are only permitted in practice and not in race runs – if you turn up at the start you will have to remove it prior to setting off. Bike mounting only as per UCI guidelines
Follow the instructions given by the parking marshals during the weekend
Race lap: The exact start times will be confirmed/selected on the weekend. You will set off in groups of 12 every 5 mins.
You MUST report to the set off point close to sign-on to get your transponder switched on otherwise you will get no times for the stages
And finally remember – this is a fun weekend, be relaxed and about enjoying riding your bikes!

Sign on: Available Saturday from 9.30am
There are two stages of sign on – Number boards and timing chips. In order to set off for Official practice you must have your number board on.
In order to get a timed run you must then sign on and collect your dibber – this can be done anytime from 8.30am – 1pm. This will only be switched on as your starting group leaves at its allotted time - If you don't come back to sign-on at your allocated start time and get your transponder switched on you will not get any times.

Women will be all in 1 category (Podium of 3-5 depending on numbers)
Men will be in age groups (Podiums of 3)
Junior (Under 19), Senior (19-29), Master (30-39), Veteran (40-49), Grand Vet (50+) &  Elite (all)
Unisex category - Hardtail

Race lap: The exact start times will be allocated/selected when you sign-on, first start time 12.30, last start time 14:00. 12 slots per 5 minute interval.
Pro/Elite must select the final group.
Hoping for a podium? Pick a time after 1:00pm.
Expect to be at the back? Pick an early start please.
We are flexible to an extent on swapping groups for the odd person - come ask if you want to change your start time to ride with a group you have met, but you must get your transponder turned on before you start your race lap otherwise you wont get a time on the stages.

Red Flags / Yellow flags & Whistles: During practice Red and Yellow flags will be in use – The yellow flag means slow right down, There may be a rider on course or perhaps on the floor but out of the way. Red Flag means STOP This means what it says – There will be an incident ahead and someone’s safety is at risk if you continue. If this happens during your race run you should make your way back to the start of the stage and go again – When you arrive back at the finish you will notify the chief timer that you had a re-run and they will calculate your time. Racing: Only red flags will be used in racing – If you are red flagged during racing, you should wait until you are given permission to continue by the Marshal, and then continue safely to the bottom and speak with the marshal who will let you know what you need to do.

Rider Etiquette: During practice and race you may come up on or be caught by another rider: Every rider must act in a polite safe manner at all times and permit any faster rider to overtake without obstructing

Track walk: It’s advised that you walk/inspect the trickier parts of the stages before riding – There are many features and vafried terrain sections. Watch out for our 2/3 arrow caution/extreme caution signs to warn you of even trickier bits. If you see a Extreme caution sign there will be an easier rollable line which could be a separate taped line or within the main tapes.


Transitions: It’s compulsory to follow the marked transitions, please obey marshals instructions. While we are a little flexible in practice to allow you to session stages / sections you are not able to follow certain routes as these clash with traffic on the stage. On your race lap you must follow the exact routes or face a penalty (2mins to DQ)

Whistles: Every time a rider passes a Marshal they will blow his/her whistle. This lets people around know that there is a rider about and it also lets you know that in the instance of hearing a second whistle as you pass then there is someone right behind you.

Spectators : Spectators are instructed to please follow marshals requests. The Black is probably the best for spectators, other stages do not offer safe access.

Photographers: A spectator with a camera is not a photographer, actual professional or amateur photographers who can show PLI can get a special wristband and have access all area's.

Respect the officials and helpers & Follow instructions given: Anyone found to be swearing or giving abuse to any of our Event Staff whether that be Marshals, Timers, Helpers, Medics etc will be asked to leave the event. If you have a problem whether you’re racing or perhaps your son or daughter then come and talk to any of the core team. (Kev, Mike or Dunc) or any marshal. Those that know us always find we are reasonable and willing to listen and will help or advise the best we can.

Careful driving to event: Please be advised that when driving to the venue to be cautious while driving. Some of the roads from around Gisburn are particularly tight and twisty and I’d like you all to arrive safely. Again in the evening please take your time leaving the venue.

Medical: Full Medical Cover will be provided, both on each stage and from an identifiable Base Station in the event Arena. A 4 Wheel Drive Vehicle will be on hand if needed.

PA System: A full Public Announcement Facility will be on site with announcements throughout the day. A Notice Board will be also on display in the Race Office/Rider Registration area for displaying information regarding the event.

Toilets: There are permanent flush toilets on site.

Litter: Please take your litter home with you. Please if you can check around your car before leaving as sheep will be back in the field on Monday. Litter includes goggle tear offs, inner tubes and gel wrappers - all these cannot be disposed of onto the floor, even during a race stage.

Race Timing: You will be issued with a timing chip at sign on. You will be 100% responsible for assuring that your transponder stays with you failure to do so will result in your time not being recorded. You will be able to set off anywhere from 5 seconds to 30 seconds behind the rider in front – For example, in your group of mates riding round get into order fastest first and you can set off 5-10 seconds after each other.

Health & Safety: Anyone wearing headphones whilst riding on course (with a bike) will be disqualified – No second chances. You have been warned! Helmets worn correctly at all times whilst between the tape.

No pushing back up the track during practice or racing, no walking the course during race runs – The stages are marked on the map. Absolutely no travelling in the wrong direction on the stages at any time. The arrows will lead you too the next stage, or if you wish to session a stage in practice you may.

BAR END PLUGS MUST BE FITTED - You will not be allowed to enter the course without them

You will see a number of the rules and regulations require you do to certain things at certain times – Failure to adhere to these rules could result in you having to ride back to the car park, go back down the field or be disqualified – I’ve tried to make it simple and straight forward for everyone.

You must follow the marked transitions, short cutting means a 2min penalty or DQ'd. No outside assistance is allowed and no racers riding as domestiques.

A more complete set of rules is listed here

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Race Shirt Offer
Along with our series sponsors ONeal we are offering a series race shirt. £35 and on sale at the race village.

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Available in Red, Green or Blue. Sizes Small to 2XL **NOW £30**

Borderline Events reserves the right to modify or cancel the event if circumstances beyond the control of the organiser should arise. This includes cancellation of event due to extreme weather, acts of God, violence, civil disobedience and war.
If the event is cancelled we will not be liable for costs of travel fares, hotels, or any other expenses that may be incurred.
It is your responsibility to ensure the race is going ahead before travelling. We will do our best to inform you if the race has to be cancelled but we do not accept liability if we are unable to contact you. We strongly advise that you check before making travel and accommodation arrangements.

If the event is cancelled we are unable to refund or part refund any entry fee. We are also unable to transfer your entry to another event.
See you all at the weekend – Kev and Mike, as well as other members of the team will be around on Saturday and Sunday so feel free to ask any questions.


Mike Marsden – Event Organiser
Kev Duckworth – PMBA Enduro Promoter

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