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The popular northern England (and a bit of Scotland) PMBA enduro series returns for a fifth year and also hosting another Hopetech Women event in October.

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Here’s all the dates and locations of 2018 PMBA enduros…

2018 Hope PMBA Enduro Series

  • Rd1 – 4th March Gisburn Forest
  • Rd2 -15th April, Grizedale Forest
  • Rd3 – 5/6th May, Graythwaite 2 Day Epic
  • Rd4 – 9th September, Kirroughtree
  • Rd5 – 6/7th October, Lee Quarry & Havok Bike Park
  • Hopetech Women Special Event – 14th October, Gisburn Forest

It’s a series containing five races in total. 2 x two day races and 3 x one day races. Previous venue Gnar Bike Park takes a break for 2018 and Graythwaite is being bumped up to two day affair.

Entries for the first three rounds will be on sale this month (December 2017). The others will open up mid-April 2018.

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 2018 are run under BEMBA guidelines to maximise rider safety and reduce confusion.

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Rd1: 4th 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: 15th April Grizedale Forest

“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.”

Rd3: 5/6th May, Graythwaite 2 Day Epic

The location of last year’s UK National Enduro Championships. “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.”

Rd4: 9th 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: 6/7th 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.”

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.

Hopetech Women Special Event

14th October, Gisburn Forest. More info about this when we get it. Stay tuned!