Something for everyone
The popular northern England (and a bit of Scotland) PMBA enduro series returns for a fourth year and is also hosting the National Enduro Championships too.
Here’s all the dates and locations of 2017 PMBA enduros…
2017 Hope PMBA Enduro Series
- Rd1 – 19th March Gisburn Forest,
- Rd2 – 3/4th June Lee Quarry & Havok bike park (2-day), Bacup
- Rd3 – 2nd July Gnar bike park, Penrith
- Rd4 – 10th September Kirroughtree Forest, Scotland
- Rd5 – 8/9th October 2-day final Grizedale Forest
It’s a series containing five races in total. 2 x two day races and 3 x one day races.
Some are “true grassroots funduros” but others are races that “will be a greater challenge for more experienced racers”. Generally speaking though the common theme is: “No seeding or stage start times, just ride with your mates!”
All PMBA races in 2017 are run under BEMBA guidelines to maximise rider safety and reduce confusion.
Rd1: 19th March Gisburn Forest
“Gisburn Forest in March and a great venue to ease us into the series at the start of the year, 1-day grassroots enduro.”
Rd2: 3/4th June Lee Quarry & Havok bike park (2-day), Bacup
“Lee Quarry and Havok Bike Park, short steep stages and a big loop on bridleways tying the venues together gives this a real adventure feel.”
Rd3: 2nd July Gnar bike park, Penrith
“A completely different style again, with lots of short stages. With so compact a space the atmosphere kicks off and racing the same track multiple times is just another twist in the format.”
Rd4: 10th September Kirroughtree Forest, Scotland
“Kirroughtree and a more traditional format the loam filled woods of South West Scotland will no doubt deliver a great day of racing.”
Rd5: 8/9th October 2-day final Grizedale Forest
“Series final gets pumped to a big two-day event; some of our longest and greatest elevation stages of the series can be found over a variety of steep, technical, rocky, rooty, flowy and fast terrain; which we’ll weave into a suitable course.”
The unique thing about the PMBA enduros is that they’re all a bit different. Not just different locations but different difficulties, different formats and different vibes.
For the series overall your points you can drop your worst score of the first four rounds. The final counts but attendance is not compulsory.
2017 Datatag UK National Enduro Championships
28-30th April (three days), Graythwaite and Grizedale, South Lakes, Cumbria.
PMBA: “We kept being asked to do something bigger, and here it is a National Championships!
“We negotiated race use of the private woodlands of the Graythwaite Estate last year building five fresh cut stages for the Northern Champs and it was brilliant. An awesome setting and demanding stages, this will be the base for the Datatag UK National Enduro Championships.
“Held over three days the epic course does not just use the Graythwaite estate but also delves deep into Grizedale Forest and takes in both Lake Windermere and Coniston Water. With new stages at Grizedale being progressed with the Forestry commission we’ll be able to keep it fresh and with almost free reign on what we can do at Graythwaite there is no doubt this will be an awesome course at an unmissable event.”