Whyte British Enduro Championship 2018
The British Enduro Mountain Bike Association’s National Championship Race
The headline event of Tweedlove 2018, and the crucial UK enduro race of 2018
Location and dates
Event Start & HQ: Peebles, Scottish Borders.
Friday 8th & Saturday 9th June: Race registration and unmarshalled practice
Sunday 10th June: Race day!
Enduro is the biggest discipline in UK mountain bike racing, and is still growing. It’s way more popular than downhill or cross country, and is the focus of a huge amount of bike industry investment and development.
Enduro is also top of the tree for MTB race entries, making the British Championship the most important race in UK mountain biking, so it’s likely to be the hotly contested.
We believe that one of the most important things about enduro is its inclusivity, and this holds true even in an event this big. It will be a tough race, but if you’re into it you can still be part of the big British Champs Enduro family at TweedLove. We’ve extended the race categories to potentially include more riders than ever.
Race Categories and Rider Groups
Depending on how you want to enjoy your race day, you can choose to be seeded or not…
Rider Group E1
All riders are seeded, and given start times for every stage of the race. Some will find transition times between stages a wee bit challenging. You must complete all the race stages, and stick to the stage start schedule you’re given at registration. There are time penalties if you’re late for your start slot.
Choose this if you’re fast and if you want to minimise the chances of running into slower riders but be aware you might not be able to spend race day riding with your mates.
You must be in the E1 category to podium in the main British Champs categories (NB. for age 14-15 riders, see below).
- Under 21
Rider Group E2
Riders are not seeded, so you can ride with your buddies as long as you register together at event HQ and so get the same start waves. You are still given guide times to start each stage, and there’s an overall course completion time – penalties apply if you don’t make it. There’s more chance of being before or after a rider who is considerably faster or slower than you, but with less stress on the transition times, it’s a more sociable choice for many. You have to complete the entire Championship course, but you can’t be a British Champion or on the champs’ podium as an E2 rider, as you won’t have completed the same transition time challenges as the E1 riders. There are separate E2 podium prizes for the top three male and top three female riders in the E2 group.
- Under 21
Rider Group E3
This rider group means tackling a slightly shorter version of the course – at least one stage less than the full version. It’s aimed at riders concerned about the fitness challenge of the entire Championship course, and for the 14-15 age group riders.
E3Y is the rider group for 14-15 year olds. All 14-15 year old riders will automatically be entered into this group, the British Championship race for this age group.
E3A is an adult group for the shorter course, with no preset start times. Riders are not elegible for podium places. This group also allows a parent or other adult to ride with an E3Y rider should they choose to.
If less than three entrants in any race category, we reserve the right to combine categories.
The course will feature race stages including Caberston, Traquair and Glentress (TBC) Forests in the Tweed Valley. There are two available days of practice and one race day. The race course will be a technical, endurance and stamina challenge as should be expected from the UK’s top level enduro race. The course and event will start and finish in the buzzing, international-level event village and expo will be in central Peebles.
- Race is on Sunday
- Course practice is on Friday and Saturday.
- Expo Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Please note format may change.
You must choose your Rider Group in advance! DO YOU WANT TO BE SEEDED (E1), OR RIDE WITHOUT STRICT TRANSITION TIMES AND/OR RIDE THE COURSE WITH MATES (E2)?
Limited places in this race mean it may not be possible to change from seeded to non-seeded after you’ve entered, so please confirm what you want to do in advance. Thanks.
More info: All riders can choose if they want to be seeded for each of the races or, alternatively, they can choose a start time at event registration so they can ride with their mates all the way round the course. Seeded riders have pre-set start times for every stage of the race and face penalties if they miss their start times. Being seeded means you will have much less chance of encountering traffic while on the race course, with no uncertain queuing at stage starts.
The race will use the SportIdent Air Timing system.
*If you own a SPORTident Air Timing / Active Timing Card and would like to use it in any of the three TweedLove Triple Crown Enduros this year, please complete this form. If you use your own Timing Card, you will be reimbursed £3.60 – you will only receive this discount if you complete the form at least 3 weeks prior to the event you wish to use it in.
As well as being the stand-alone British Enduro Championships event, this race forms one part of TweedLove’s Triple Crown enduro series. The Triple Crown is the UK’s most popular enduro series, with three races set in different parts of the Tweed Valley – the UK’s premier enduro area with dozens of trails in a variety of forest areas. All finishers will qualify for points towards the Triple Crown title.
The Triple Crown – Ride all three enduros
The three best quality enduro races in the UK? We think so!
Riders completing all three rounds are eligible for the Triple Crown title. The Triple Crown title will be awarded to the overall fastest male and female, regardless of category, across all three races.
Check out the 2017 triple crown race video!
Want to get involved in other ways?
Join us as a volunteer drop us a line for more info and we’ll be in touch! It’s a lot of fun (honest) and you’ll have Bike Valley’s eternal thanks!