Whyte Vallelujah Enduro 2018
Location and dates
Start and finish: Tweed Valley, Scottish Borders. Event start & HQ – The Park Hotel, 2 Innerleithen Road, Peebles, EH45 8BA
Check out the Vallelujah 2018 video.
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Course information. Important!
Due to the repeated heavy snowfalls of the last few weeks, the original race course plans have been amended, substituting lower alternatives for the snowbound upper forest areas where possible.
There are six stages and the course length has been reduced slightly, as has the overall amount of vertical metres to be done. This is also a precaution as there may be snowy sections in the transitions which may be energy-sapping, and also recent conditions mean many riders haven’t been able to get as much pre-race riding/training in normal, so hopefully it all balances out OK.
The good news is the snow is currently disappearing fast, so it may have very little effect on your actual riding this weekend, and while some race stages currently hold some snow patches, we’re confident that by race day this will all have gone.
However, we may move starts down (or up!) from the marked positions dependent on conditions.
If you encounter any concerns on the course, please alert a course official or contact Event Control on 07495 082 086.
Thanks for your understanding!
- Feed Stations are after Stage 2 and before Stage 4 – see map for positions.
- Please note the E3 category riders miss Stage 2 and Stage 4. Due the revised course, the overall course distance is not reduced as much as it was previously, but still saves distance, climbing and technicality over the E1 and E2 riders.
Course distance: approx. 31km
Overall ascent/descent: 1003m
Saturday 24 March:
Race registration (9am – 4pm)
Practice (9am – 5pm)
Sunday 25th March – Race Day
7.30am – 10am: Timing chip collection (and
8.15am and 10am: Event Briefing – mandatory (you must attend one of these briefings)
8.30am – 11.55am: Riders start
9.30am: Feed station 1 opens
10.30am: Feed station 2 opens
5pm: Prize presentations (approx)
A Tweed Valley enduro adventure. The trails used will be kept under wraps until the event, but the stages will provide an awesome day out – and something a wee bit different.
The course will feature a variety of hand cut and natural trails. This event might be a little mellower than the other two races, but will still contain technical riding and a tough physical test. We always aim to set courses which have a lot of flow and leave you wanting to ride it all over again. The overall ethos is to provide a fun race – with adventure, challenge, good times and safety as the key factors.
We’re delighted to announce that Whyte Bikes are our title sponsors for our 2018 Triple Crown enduros.
Check out the 2017 race video!
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.
- 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. There are combined E1 & E2 podium prizes for the top three male and top three female riders in each category.
- 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 enduro 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 the overall podium places as they have completed a shorter course. 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. Age on 31st December 2018
All riders under 16 on race day must have a signed Parental Consent Form. To speed up the registration process this can be downloaded here!
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 (E1) to non-seeded (E2) 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.
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.
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