POC Scottish Enduro Series Round 3
Dunoon 17th and 18th of June
Not long to go now until Round 3 of POC Scottish Enduro Series is upon us. As always, thanks for entering the race and supporting the series. We couldn't do it without you! You can check the points standing for the first two rounds here.
We mentioned in the June newsletter that seldom has there been so much excitement about one race, stage preperations are going well and will be ready to race for the weekend. For those of you who raced at Dunoon in 2016 you will remember the warm welcome we received form the people of Dunoon. For 2017, the business community have really got behind the event and have been working with Cowal Mountain Bike Club and the Scottish Enduro Series to ensure that this year is going to be next level.
Richie Mcfadden of Cowal Car Components said "After two generations of motocross racing we are extremely excited and pleased that another form of two wheeled racing is coming to the area. After seeing the success of last years event and the seeing the enthusiasm of the mountain bike competitors we are eager to get on board with the enduro and give our support. Good luck to to everyone"
Cowal Car Components along with the ECO Health Food Store are working with us to ensure that the prologue stage in the town center is going to be a stage to remember. Thanks must also go to the great folk at Fynewood for supplying timber and assisting in building some rather attractive new features. The already iconic prologue stage will see riders riding in their category groups, with category series leader running last to add to the intensity, this is going to be one hell of an exciting start to round 3. (Fynewood will have a display at registration)
There is pretty close racing (points table) in all the categories in 2017 and as we approach the season mid-point there is still everything to play for. The stages in Dunoon embrace a variety of different terrains on the hills behind the town, providing riders with some of the most spectacular vistas Scotland has to offer, for 2017 we will be introducing some never raced stages as well as mix of the trails used in 2016.
If you are racing enduro in June it will be best to be in Dunoon! Watch last years video
The Venue and race headquarters will be on the main pier in Dunoon. We think you will agree that this is one of the most amazing race HQs that we visit. It is also the finish line for Stage 1 the mighty prologue.
How to get to Dunoon
Dunoon lies towards the southern end of the A815 road. At its northernmost point, near Cairndow, this road joins the A83 and provides access to the town by road from the East Loch Lomond / Glasgow and from the North Inverary / Oban and from the West Campbeltown.
There are two ferry operators who provide services from Gourock to Dunoon. Local company Western Ferries carries motor vehicles and foot passengers between McInroy's Point and Hunters Quay, while David MacBrayne Ltd subsidiary, Argyll Ferries, runs the public service route between Gourock Pier to Dunoon Breakwater. Argylle Ferries is a foot passenger-only service.
NB You can visit Western Ferries website here for Timetable, Fares, Tickets etc You need to book your Western ferry tickets (half the price) prior to boarding, you can do this online or at the Co –Op, heading out of Greenock town centre – on the left, heading towards Gourock (if coming from Glasgow) OR Paul’s Food and Wine, Shore St Gourock, next to William Hill bookmakers, on the left.
At Gourock Pier, an Abellio ScotRail train service provides access to the National Rail Network via the Inverclyde Line at Glasgow Central.
Camping and Parking
The event parking and camping will be in the West Bay Car Park where there is good hard standing for vehicles. Camping is free and there will be toilets on site. As always, be considerate with the space you use, listen to any parking chiefs and be nice to your neebor’s!
ALSO - PLEASE, PLEASE TAKE ALL YOUR LITTER HOME WITH YOU. THIS INCLUDES WHILST OUT ON THE COURSE - NO GEL/FOOD WRAPPERS SHOULD BE CHUCKED. LETS LEAVE DUNOON TIDY, PLEASE.
We are delighted the the Conductors Arms will be present Friday and Saturday night at the camping and parking area.
Registration - Registration will open at 8:00am on Saturday morning and is on the pier. As always, you will choose your start time at this point. You may sign on for friends who can't make it to Saturday registration, riders will be set of in groups of ten, every five mins. Please note that registration will close at 1600. Your race category has also been allocated a start time for the prolouge (stage one) on Saturday Evening as follows.
1900 Short Course Participants
1905 Hardtail Category
1910 Male Vet
1940 Male Grand Vet
2035 Super Grand Vets
2040 Junior Male
2120 Fvet, Fem Sen, F U22
2130 Senior Male
Stage one will be open for foot inspection from 1700, you will also need to collect you timing chip between 1600 and 1830 If you are unable to collect your chip between these times you must notify us in advance. If you are unable to ride stage one on Saturday evening, you will be awarded the slowest time in your category plus 5 seconds.
On completion of stage one return to registration to get you chip switched off, it will be switched on prior to your departure on Sunday morning, (please do not arrive at stage two with your chip not having being activated)
Practice - Practice will start at 10am on Saturday morning. Please be aware there will be NO Marshals or Medics before 10am. Marshals and Medic will finish for the day at 4pm prompt. There should be no riding after this time.
Packed Lunches are available for purchase from the Corner Shop in Dunoon, please note you can place an order via facebook here. Alternativley you can call Louise on 07794507825. Packed lunches are £5 for 2017, you will pass the Corner Shop on transition to the stages.
There is plenty parking in and around Dunoon, please be aware there is no access to FCS ground with non event vehicles.
Sunday Race Day - Please arrive at the registration area around 30 minutes before your start time to collect and activate your timing chip. People with imminent start times will be given priority.
Start Times - The race will start at 8.30am with the Elites leaving last at 1130 approx. Please DO NOT leave the Peir before your start time.
Stage one raced Saturday
Stage 2 opens 0900
Stage 3 opens 0930
Stage 4 opens 1000
Stage 5 opens 1030
Stage 6 opens 1100
Race Order - You must complete stages in order, i.e 1,2,3 etc.
Hydration and Nutrition – This round is going to be a big day out on the bike – the event begins and finishes on the pier. There are no food stations on the course, there will however be hot drinks and food available for sale on the hill and you will pass by this facility on each transition, you may want to put some cash in your pocket. Coast Coffee will be providing this service and we are sure many of the 20-16 competitors will not have forgotten this tuck shop of distinction. Coast Coffee will be open at race HQ from early both days
Safety - Medic cover will be provided by Muddy Medics. We also expect that you will be prepared to protect yourself in the case of an injury, whilst waiting for the medics to get to you. This preparation must include a warm layer to put on, or an emergency blanket - if you or one of your friends does get hurt, it is vital that you can be comfortable and warm whilst waiting. You should also carry your mobile phone on you, should you need to contact someone. The emergency number to call is Spook on 07771 532370 - save that number now to your phone. You should also have a small first aid kit (think some plasters and a bandage as a minimum) and a whistle.
PLEASE NOTE THAT WE DO EXPECT ALL RIDERS TO BE CARRYING A BAG WITH THESE FEW ESSENTIALS INSIDE. IF YOU’RE NOT WEARING A BAG WE WILL BE ASKING TO SEE HOW YOU ARE CARRYING THESE ESSENTIAL ITEMS ON YOU.
Courses - Full = approx. 32km 6 stages
Lite = approx. 27km 5 stages
Prizegiving and Points Table - Podiums for all categories will be held once everyone is back safely and the results are totted up. This should be approximately 4pm/4.30pm-ish.
The points table will be updated after the results from this round are finalised. Remember, we need your SI Number to add you to the points table.
Marshals – Thank you very much to Cowal Mounatin Bike for providing marshal cover for this event.
I think that is everything folks. If I have missed anything, or you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Finally for the best Fish and Chips on the West Coast you need to visit Anselmos
Last Min accomadation needs? Contact Steven Girvan on 07577-952-246 or [email protected]
See you in Dunoon