Rider Briefing – Hopetech Women Enduro

Published on: Oct 02 2017 by Kev

Information for Hopetech women grassroots enduro.

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 information will be added as we approach the event. Info is also available on the Hopetech Women website

There are still entries available for this event on the SportIdent Website here (login required).

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.

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 check the PMBA Enduro facebook page, we have posted a request here

We are now able to allow Go-Pros in race runs! But only mounted as per UCI rules, bike or peak, no helmet mounted cams or body mounted camera's

Young Riders!

As organisers we have a duty of care to look after all our racers. Any racer that is under 16 years of age on the first day of the event must ride/race accompanied by an adult (Min age 18) support racer/rider. If the support rider does not wish to obtain an entry and race we will issue a blank board with ‘support rider’ and for this there is no charge – In this instance there will be no timings given and no transponder issued. The support rider/racer must accompany the youth rider for the duration of the event.

Litter :
Please be clean and dispose of litter correctly.

Trade Expo:
The event has attracted a good number of brands to show you their wares, including Juliana, Ohlins, Pace, TLD, Alpkit, Clif, Fi'zi:k & Flare


What to expect?
3 trail centre stages over a 10 mile loop, with around 1000 feet of elevation. We are aware that a high proportion of the entrants have not raced before - don't worry, we have designed this event with you in mind.

Setup day - stages are open to the public outside events, if your on any of the ones that are please be aware of our course marking team on the course


Stages will be taped for practice, you MUST sign on before practicing. Stages will have medic cover and be marshalled, you can only ride the stages with a valid number board. Select your start group for your afternoon race lap at sign on, we advise slower riders take earlier groups, and faster riders the later groups.  10 riders leave every 5 mins.
Parking is not included in the entry fee, but is only £3/day, our marshals maybe on hand to collect your cash as you enter the forest

08.00 - marshal brief
08.30 - sign on opens
09.00 - stages open
11.45 - stages close for practice
12.15 - First riders leave for race lap
12.00 - final group leaves for race lap
1630 - Prize Presentations

You MUST sign on before racing, and collect your timing chip.

Racers please use the main car park, marshals and expo please use the fire road by the hub.

Car Parks - on forest map

Results will be posted shortly after the event

The Venue: Gisburn Forest Hub - BB7 4TS
Organisation:  SMK for PMBA Enduro www.pmba.org.uk/enduro

Race Director: Kev Duckworth email: pmbaenduroseries@gmail.com mobile: 07979 911337

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. 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 £3 for the day on hard standing
Go Pro’s / Cameras – permitted in practice and NOW ALSO PERMITTED in race runs . Bike or Peak 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. Competitors will set off between 12.15 and 2pm, 10 riders every 5 minutes.
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.
And finally remember – this is a fun event, be relaxed and about enjoying riding your bikes!

RMS 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. Multiple 4 Wheel Drive Vehicles 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.

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 follow marshal instructions, stay out of the taped zone and not to stand in crash area's

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 & Rach or Chief Marshal Phil) 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. There are narrow roads and you may be required to stop and reverse if 2 vehicles meet going opposite directions. We may need to use fire roads to park, please follow marshal instructions and take extra care on unsurfaced roads.

Toilets  : Permanent facilities are available.

Litter: Please take your litter home with you. Please if you can check around your car before leaving. 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 5-10 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.

Tyre Choice
The trails are all trail centre surfaced trails so no need for heavy DH tyres; but dont blame me if you puncture

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.

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

A more complete set of rules is listed here

SMK & 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 Rach, as well as other members of the team will be around on Saturday  so feel free to ask any questions.


Kev Duckworth – Event Organiser
Rachael Walker – Event Promoter



12 Comments to “Rider Briefing – Hopetech Women Enduro”

  1. Jenny says:

    Hi there
    I’m looking forward to the event next weekend! The link to the rules doesn’t work https://www.facebook.com/notes/pmba-enduro-series/rules-in-brief-updated-for-2016/ – I’m a newbie and have never done an event before so would be good to read through them if you can point me in the right direction or fix the link?

    • Kev says:

      Hi Jenny,
      Well done on being the 1 person this year to actual follow the link through to the sporting rules, and find it doesnt work, nobody else has noticed all year. If you have read the briefing that thoroughly you should be ready for your first event so dont worry.

      The link should point here https://www.facebook.com/pg/PMBAEnduroSeries/notes/
      Rules are the bottom of this page, and copied below

      The emphasis of the event is fun, but we do need some rules.
      The event will be run under core rules and age categories from BEMBA – http://www.bemba.org.uk
      We will provide approximate start times but encourage you to ride with your mates and have fun.
      We encourage you to assist other riders with mechanical issues.
      We will give penalties if somebody abuses either of the above points, if you try to gain a competitive advantage with our relaxed start times or attempt to use a domestique. If in doubt ask.
      We advise you carry with you a basic tool kit including a spare tube (even if tubeless), a suitable amount of food and fluid is also advised.
      Round points will be as per BC Regional A.
      5 rounds to count, 4 plus the final. All rounds to have the same points.
      Your bike should be suitable for the event, in good working order and be a human powered mountain bike.
      Helmets must be worn at all times, even on transitions. You can use a XC or full face or both. If you are walking you may remove your helmet but if your riding, even on a transition, up a hill in 30 degree heat you MUST be wearing it and have the straps done up.
      We advise gloves, knee pads and a back protector as additional protection.
      We strongly advise the use of a full face helmet.
      Please respect the commissars & organisers decisions.
      You are responsible for your own timing transponder – and passing the transponder boxes as instructed – roll through start, very close to the box and fly through the finish within the taped area. If you stay within the tapes the transponder will be in range.
      A lost transponder will cost you £50

  2. Katie Barker says:


    My other half is coming with me to the race and hoping to ride while I’m racing (not the race course), is the rest of the trail centre open to the public on Sat?



  3. Leanne Macdonald says:

    Are we allowed to know what the 3 stages are before the event?


    • Kev says:

      I saw a note on the Gisburn Forest Facebook page that said “Home baked, Whelpstone and the Hope Line would be closed for the event” Read into that what you want 😉

  4. Antony Wood says:

    Hi Kev

    Just checking through details as my wife has entered and hadn’t realised that under 16’s could enter. We’ve a daughter who competes in Borders and Scottish Cycling Mini DH’s and SXC rounds who is under 16 and would love the event. Looks like we’ve missed the boat on Si entries though, I’m presuming there’s no way of getting a late entry for her? Cheers Antony

  5. Alice McNeil says:

    Looking forward to the event, just trying to sort logistics of getting there…Is camping (van) allowed at the site the night before? Cheers, Alice

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