Information: Datatag National Enduro Championship

Published on: Apr 02 2017 by Kev

Datatag UK National Enduro Championships

Information for Datatag National Enduro Champs.

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. More detailed information will be released Monday 24th April

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.

Please be aware that Graythwaite is a private estate, there is no access outside the event. The stages cannot be practised in advance. Many of the stages we use at Grizedale are "event only" enduro trails and there is no official riding of these normally in the forest - please take note of any signage to this respect.

As always we rely on volunteer marshals to make these events a success, if you know somebody who would be interested please ask them to e-mail We still need  more Marshals for this event, Friday-Sunday.

There are still entries available for this event and others within the Borderline Events on the SportIdent Website here (login required).

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  • Wednesday
  • Stage taping and transition marking, if your riding in Grizedale forest and come across our taping team please slow down. Anyone found in Graythwaite will be penalised.
  • Thursday
  • Stage taping and transition marking, if your riding in Grizedale forest and come across our taping team please slow down. Anyone found in Graythwaite will be penalised.
  • Race village, camping, showers and toilets open from midday.
  • Friday Grizedale stages practice available only
  • Marshal Brief 9.30am
  • Sign on from 10am, Maps available of the course, you can elect to swap to non-champs if you wish
  • Stages open (rolling) 11am-5pm
  • The practice loop is designed to be ridden from the race arena, or from Grizedale Campsite you will not need to shuttle to Grizedale visitor centre. Although shuttling is discouraged it is allowed on public roads. However anyone found on forest roads will be immediately disqualified and receive no refund. Anyone found blocking layby access, or forest access with a parked vehicle will also DQ'd. If you park at Grizedale visitor centre you will be required to pay parking (upto £8/day)
  • 6 stages will be open for practice, stages 3-8 are in Grizedale.
  • Trade expo open, including tech support from Hope Technology & Shimano Displays from Datatag, Orange, KS, Mudhugger, G-Form, Bos, Marin and more
  • Bar 7-9pm, £2/pint of Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery Ale
  • Showers open £1 / shower - thanks to Mudhugger for sponsoring the showers and keeping you clean on and off the trails! Opening times  4 - 8.30pm
  • Kingud  bike wash also available
  • "Surf and Turf" food stalls available all day till late
  • Saturday.
  • Graythwaite stages practice available only.
  • Sign on open 9am-2pm and again from 5pm-6pm
  • Course maps will be available.
  • Stages open 10-4 for practice, stages 1,2,9 & 10 open for practice
    **NOON is the deadline to swap to non-champs - go to sign on**
  • Graythwaite stage practice loop is shorter but tough, including push-ups and even a brief hike-a-bike
  • Trade expo open, including tech support from Hope Technology & Shimano Displays from Datatag, Orange, KS, Bos, Marin and more
  • Bar 7-9pm, £2/pint of Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery Ale
  • Showers open £1 / shower - thanks to Mudhugger for sponsoring the showers and keeping you clean! Opening times 9-11am and 4 - 8.30pm
  • Kingud  bike wash also available
  • "Surf and Turf" food stalls available all day till late
  • Sunday.
  • 07.450 First riders setoff
  • Running Order : Vet Women, Master Women, U21 Women, Open Women. Grand Vet Men, Vet, Master, Junior, Open Men
  • 44km - 10 stages - 7.5 hour loop
  • 5 feed stations, 2 "pay" at Grizedale Campsite and Grizedale visitor centre and 1 free feed station you pass twice with Water from United Utilities and flapjack from PMBA  🙂  and a final water stop after stage 9 - inside the sawmill. Please do not waste this water the tank for the tap is very small and the houses use it too - do not leave it running!
  • Neutral bike service available at Grizedale MTB in the Grizedale visitor centre complex
  • Non-Championship Loop options. After the Championship categories the non-champs, ride-with-mates groups will leave. There are 2 loop options, 35km 8 stages missing stages 5 &6 and a "lite" option of 30km and 7 stages also missing stage 9 (and a tough push-up at the end of the day).
  • All distances and times are approximate and subject to change with weather and ground conditions.
  • "Bail-out and go home shortcuts" will be signposted. Broom-wagon service is limited but available, please report to Grizedale MTB if you are unable to return to Graythwaite by yourself. Any medical issues report to any marshal.
  • Championship groups will be seeded, have firm start times and 20 second gaps.
  • Non-Championship groups will not be seeded, or have firm start times - there will be stage open/close times.
  • Finishers ale for everyone who wants one thanks to Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery
  • Trade Expo open, including tech support from Hope Technology & Shimano Displays from Datatag, Orange, KS, Mudhugger, Bos, Marin and more
  • Bar afternoon till late - £2/pint of Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery Ale
  • Showers open £1 / shower - thanks to Mudhugger for sponsoring the showers and keeping you clean on and off the trails! Opening times 8-10am and 4 - 8.30pm (not 24hr)
  • "Surf and Turf" food stalls available all day till late
  • Kingud  bike wash also available

If you want to drop from Champs, (10 stages, seeded, timed transitions) to non-champs then mention it at SIGN ON, or go back to Sign-On before MIDDAY on SATURDAY.
To allow these changes it means that your SUNDAY START TIMES will not be out until 4/5pm on Friday. At which point you can collect your top-tube sticker with your personalised start times.
Approx Start times
Vet Women 07:40, U21 Women 07:43, Master Women 07:47,  Senior Women 07:54

MEN - G.Vet 8:00am, Vet Men 08:10, Master Men 08:45, U19 Men 09:45, Senior Men 10am

Ride With Mates & U16's - 11am

The loop on Sunday is 44km and over 7 hours. It's essential that you prepare and carry with you adequate supplies for a lap of this duration. We have put water stations out for you but please don't use this as an excuse to not carry a bag with food and water to keep you riding at your best.

Special thanks to the Forestry for help with the stages. We have never-before-raced stages in Grizedale including fresh cut as well as some classics. Graythwaite stages have been worked on and new sections built. The below map we suggest you save to your phone to refer to in training.

Elevation map

Remember if you want Enduro World Series points from this qualifier you MUST join EMBA before the event.

Stage Descriptions.
Stage 1 : Scorpion, 600ft 0.6 Miles
An extended version from last year. Start from the highest point of Graythwaite (take a moment to admire the views) and descend westwards towards Grizedale. No easing you in, this os one of the longest stages. A small traverse on technical terrain early on is one of the few times we have in-stage pedalling, but you'll soon be plunging down rocky chutes and cornering on adverse camber roots. One of the most difficult sections of the course a steep off camber long 180 degree bend drops you out of the upper woods into the fast, grassy all-new lower section.  Flow 2/5  Tech 4/5 Pedal 2/5 Steep 4/5
Stage 2 : Gary the Polar bear, 300ft, 0.3 miles
Team UDH (Upside doon heed) stage makes a return, a short track with lots of flow.  Flow 4/5  Tech 2/5 Pedal 1/5 Steep 2/5
Stage 3 : Satterthwaite DH, 250ft, 0.25 miles
A 20 year old DH track in the woods of Grizedale, with some tweaks to make it more "enduro". Well known fun trail, rooty and rocky.  Flow 3/5 Tech 3/5 Pedal 2/5 Steep 2/5
Stage 4 : Carron Classic, 350ft, 0.5 miles
Starting in the woods this well used trail will have you sliding on exposed and polished roots and struggling for flow, before hitting Grizesdales "Black" for the lower part of the stage. On the black you'll have the option of big air on the many jumps - style it for the crowds!  Flow 3/5  Tech 3/5  Pedal 1/5 Steep 2/5
Stage 5 : The Golden S (Champs only), 600ft, 0.6 miles
Built by PMBA & Sublime Rides back in 2015 but deemed "too extreme" for use at the PMBA series. This trail quickly got a reputation as the best trail in Grizedale. Stunning views of Coniston water and the old man at the top, and after easing you in the trail plunges very steeply earning its other nickname "super steep". In all honesty this steep section will not be raceable by the majority, riding and tripoding down the aim will be to stay on and keep on the tight line. Difficult corners into even steeper chutes will get many a butt clenching and probably result in the few soiled shorts. There is no shame in walking down here! Out of the steep and the second half of the trail is much faster, but a narrow line and adverse camber with sniper roots means its easy to slide out. Our medics on this stage have rope access to give you an idea of the steepness!  Flow 4/5  Tech 5/5  Pedal 1/5 Steep 5/5
Stage 6 : Matchels (Champs only), 300ft, 0.2 miles
The bottom 1/3rd of a much loved stage, rather than have you pedal all the way back to the top we just have a blast down the last fast minute of the usual stage. Finishing lakeside at Coniston Water. Flow 5/5 Tech 2/5 Pedal 1/5 Steep 2/5
Stage 7 : Blind Mice, 650ft, 1 mile
Fresh cut and one of the longest stages, starting near the top of Carron Cragg (like stage 4) we descend all the way to Grizedale MTB. Flow 3/5 Tech 3/5 Pedal 3/5 Steep 2/5
Stage 8 : Deerhunter, 400ft, 0.4 miles
Only ever raced once this short trail takes us back down towards Graythwaite, Rocky and fast after a awkward start. Flow 4/5 Tech 2/5 Pedal 1/5 Steep 2/5
Stage 9 : Sublime Ride, 325ft, 0.3 miles
Voted best trail of the 2016 Graythwaite event its back for the nationals - with improved alternative lines (cluck).  Another stunning view to start, this time of  lake Windermere. A fast start through what will be soon a bracken-covered hillside before the infamous steep S chute (now with secondary line), will you trust yourself to make the catch berm without panicking? Flow 4/5 Tech 3/5 Pedal 2/5 Steep 4/5
Stage 10 : Sadists Surprise, 350ft, 0.6 miles

The final stage, all the way back to the race arena. The most pedally stage and saved till last to test your fitness after over 7 hours on the bike. Pedal at the start before a long rocky section, back on the pedals as you climb onto a ridge before opening out across the grass to the "Surprise" a 10M tall "wall", other stage have steep sections but they go down, this goes up! No choice but to dismount and push/carry up it! Sure some people will not like it but its the same for everyone, at the top and now the final descent to the race arena. On the pedals for speed and just one last feature, and its the #KSDrop visible from most of the race arena and campsite the jump is atop of a little hillock, 3 options to suit all there is a rollable option as well as the huge feature. The crowd go wild as you sprint to the final finish beacon, get your times and collect a Kirkby Lonsdale Ale!  Flow 3/5 Tech 2/5 Pedal 3/5 Steep 1/5



 Expecting aching legs after the practice days? Want to have the most prepared body for the race?

We have Trailside Sports Therapy on site at Graythwaite.
· Sports Massage
· Muscle Activation
· Assisted Stretching
· Taping
· Injury Prevention
Trailside Prices:
30 Minutes £35
45 Minutes £45
60 Minutes £60
Booking Options:
 On the day, as soon as possible on arrival back to the site or in the morning:
 Call up before: 07724526092 or Email:
Check out online:
Ideally in cash as it is easier to manage but there will be an option of online payment for people who need or would much prefer to use cards! (Internet connection allowing - its not great at Graythwaite)

Can you finish 66th ?


Who will be 66th?

 Stage 10 and the popular #KSDrop feature into the finish has been rebuilt for the event, and this year its a monster!  Dont worry through, there are 3 options: Huge for the show-boaters, the mid sized one will be just as fast and we expect this one to be the most popular option; a 3rd drop, with rollable off-ramp is also available for a small detour. Right into the race village this will be a key spectator place, but who will risk the big drop for the crowds at the end of a 7 hour 10 stage race day? Remember to tag your photos #KSdrop on instagram for a chance to win some KS Goodies!


Now go grab some Style and remember #HuckingIsEnduro

Please take some time to read through the full content, there is a lot of information but it will give you all the information you need.

Event Name: Datatag National Enduro Championships

Sponsors are: Datatag SecurityHope Technology, Orange Mountain Bikes, Sixth Element, O'Neal, KS Dropper Seatposts, Go Ape, Lazer Helmets, Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery, Mudhugger, Saxx Underwear United Utilities & Kingud

The Venue: Graythwaite Hall,  LA12 8BA
Graythwaite Hall, Graythwaite, Ulverston LA12 8BA

Organisation: SMK for PMBA Enduro  & Borderline Events

Race Director: Kev Duckworth email:  mobile: 07979911337
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 Graythwaite or Grizedale. BBQ's must be above ground.
  • If you lose or damage your transponder you have to pay for it – The cost is £50.00
  • Parking is free
  • Camping for Caravans, Campervans and tents is on the parkland in front of Graythwaite Manor, south of the #KSdrop and stage 10 finish.
    Race arena, sign on, start/finish & trade stands and team pits will be at the Northern end of the parkland
  • 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. Non Champs competitors will set off in groups of 12 every 5 mins after the championship riders.
  • You MUST report to the set off point close to sign-on at your designated time to get your transponder switched on otherwise you will get no times for the stages, you will also receive a briefing before your race lap. Feel free to ask questions.
  • We will not confirm nor deny that Mike will be doing the rider briefing in briefs to highlight the comfort of the Saxx Underwear.
  • And finally remember – this is a fun weekend, be relaxed and about enjoying riding your bikes!

How to get there - LA12 8BA
Graythwaite Hall, Graythwaite, Ulverston LA12 8BA
From the M6 take the A590 to Newby Bridge then take the small road through Lakeside to Graythwaite.

We have had the (normally locked closed) south gates opened for the event - this allows better, straighter access to the race village. beware its 1 car wide and there could be the very occasional vehicle going the other way. **BEWARE SPEEDBUMPS**

Look for the Datatag banner on the entrance
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Surf and Turf will be onsite all weekend.

Remote Medical Services will be providing cover over practice and race day.  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.

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 varied 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 on your race lap, please obey marshals instructions. Bail-out-and-g0-home options will be signposted

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 advised to congregate on Stages 4 and 10.

Photographers: A spectator with a camera is not a photographer, actual professional or amateur photographers who can show PLI & attend a safety briefing can get a special wristband and have access almost 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 on behalf of your son or daughter then come and talk to any of the core team. (Organisers Kev & Mike or Chief Marshal 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 this area of the lakes are particularly tight and twisty and I’d like you all to arrive safely.  Again  please take your time leaving the venue.

Information & Course Map . Additional or updated information may be on display in the Rider Registration area along with a course map. A Public Announcement Facility may also be used to make announcements throughout the day.

Toilets: There are portaloo's located at several area's around the race village. Showers are also available as is a water stand for camping water.

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 on Sunday monring.  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 20 seconds behind the rider in front or as instructed by the marshal.

Armour: 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

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. 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 you may need to consult the trail map for a suitable route.

There are certainly some rocky stages, but also some loamy stages. Kev says he'd run heavy sidewalled tyres close to DH spec, something with good side knobbles for the off camber sections.

Statement on riding Saturday:  Grizedale FC have kindly let us run this event over a busy bank holiday weekend, there is no practice available at Grizedale on Saturday. We'll have spotters out as well as trail fairy's and if you are caught on the stages you will be DQ'd.  At least 1 stage uses or crosses walking trails it is vital that we have marshals in position for saftey before its safe to ride.

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 on your race lap, short cutting means a 2min penalty or DQ'd.

No outside assistance is allowed and no racers riding as domestiques. Tech support is provided.

A more complete set of rules is listed here

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 would endeavour to reschedule if possible. Please be aware that we may be unable to refund or part refund any entry fee. We are also may be 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 – Series Promoter

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6 Comments to “Information: Datatag National Enduro Championship”

  1. James Martin says:

    Good morning,

    Will the transitions between stages be within an allocated time?

    • Kev says:

      yes for champs, transitions have roughly 10-15 mins extra time built in. Each stage has set start times for the champs, non-champs doesnt.

      • richard morgan says:

        how tight is the timing & can start times be adjusted to ride with friends? interested in doing the full 10 stages. if you take too long to transition is it a dq?

        • Kev says:

          You should have 10 mins extra per transfer.
          No, your locked to seeded order, and set start times – this is the national champs!
          If you miss your start time less than 5 mins = 30 secs, over 5 mins = 5mins. Maximum penalty for the day 5mins

  2. Hi guys
    I have friends that want to come camp, help with logistics and spectate for the weekend. Can they camp with the riders in the camping area? Are dogs allowed?

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