Scottish Enduro Series
Since conception, the Scottish Enduro Series’ mission has been to find outstanding riding venues and to increase participant’s knowledge of the great riding locations throughout Scotland. In terms of topography and environment, Scotland has a lot to offer and this immediately gives the Scottish Series a competitive edge. The 2020 series will be hosted in Pitfichie, Innerleithen, Dunoon and Fort William, a true national series.
The Scottish Enduro Series has now delivered for a very successful six years, six years of providing some of the UKs best racing at 12 different venues across Scotland and the series continues to go from strength to strength. The Scottish Series strikes the balance between racing and a great day out with friends. For those with greater ambitions in the enduro world, the series is a recognised pathway for riders to learn, develop and thrive in preparation for the step up to the Enduro World Series.
The success of the Scottish Enduro Series has been built on successful positive partnerships across the industry, destinations, land owners and land managers. As well as the enthusiasts and clubs associated with the venues. In 2020, we will continue to work with all stakeholders to ensure the best possible riding experience for all participants.
Throughout 2020 we will continue to work with destinations to ensure that Scottish Enduro participants get the best possible and informed experience of the destination, whilst ensuring that local businesses are afforded the opportunity to maximize the economic impact of the Series.
For those who are riding, we know that its all about the experience. Our job is to find a range and variety of challenges across the series but also across the each of the four event venues. For the 2020 series we are introducing an E Bike category, this category will use the same route as the other categories but will include one technical, predominantly climbing stage.
In 2020 we will continue to use the Sportident Air System at all of the series events and continue to use a format style aligned with the EWS with practice on the Saturday and racing on the Sunday. Please note the Fort William 2020 is a day night enduro and will be a one day format.
Saturday is practice day where registration opens between 0800 and 0830. You choose your start time at sign on (group selection will be made at registration Saturday which enables you ride with your mates) pick up your number board and are then free to practice. Stages are open and medical/safety cover is in place between 1000 and 1600. Please Note Practice is not compulsory in 2020 but is advised to learn the timed stages and check out the features on the trail and give yourself the best chance of a good race result.
The Sunday format is that riders will be set off in groups of up to 12 riders as selected at registration. Riders are requested to make sure they are at the sign on a minimum of 15 minutes prior to their departure time to ensure we can all stick to the schedule of the event when it comes to the race day.
At the Scottish Series we have a fantastic team of Stage Managers and marshals who will look after you whilst out on the course, please be respectful to them as they give up their day to enable you all to go racing. We also have Muddy Medics who cover the event to ensure safety, and provide the very best medical care if required.
We believe that in 2020 we will be providing a balanced mixture of technical, physical and enjoyable stages, with the primary focus on fun and the enjoyment of riding bikes with like minded people at competitive and safe races. That is why many regard the Scottish Series as the UK’s premier enduro series
Scottish Enduro Series Rnd 1 - Pitfichie
Event Date: 11/4/2020 - 12/4/2020
We are delighted to be returning to Pitfichie in 2020, it seem an awful long time since our first vist in 2017, where the following statement apperared in one of the race reports "When announced the POC Scottish Enduro Series venues there was probably a few confused individuals. Firstly thinking, ‘I’ve never heard of Pitfichie’; secondly ‘Where is Pitfichie?’ and probably most of all, ’Are there actually any good trails in the North East of Scotland?"
Well the facts are that this will be the series fourth consecutive visit to Pitfichie, where we have discovered the trails are many and plentiful, varied and awesome, from dry forest paths to carved descents from old SDA days, the open Grampian hill tops are topped off with the wide views of the Vale of Alford and Bennachie.
We will once again be working with local riders and Forestry and Land Scotland to ensure some great riding experiences, riders should expect to find exciting rides (good hard pedals) through the terrific north east countryside on a red-grade trails across granite hill tops, as well as a variety challenging downhill lines carved into Pifichie hill.
We will again be working with the Monymusk community to ensure there is the same great vib for this race.
Race HQ will be in the village hall again for 2020.
Scottish Enduro Series Rnd 2 - Innerleithen
Event Date: 16/5/2020 - 17/5/2020
EWS European Rnd 2
Innerleithen has been a first choice venue since the conception of the Scottish Enduro Series and we are delighted to be returning following an amazing European round in 2019. This will be the third time the Scottish Enduro Series has hosted the EWS European Series and organisers will be building on that experience for the 2020 season. They will once again be work closely with Forestry and Land Scotland along with the local riding community to ensure that you have access to the very best stages that Innerleithen has to offer.
Innerleithen and the Tweed Valley is without argument a “World Class” mountain bike destination. It is a legendary venue with a big reputation with some of Scotland’s' steepest and toughest trails to draw from. Racers at this EWS European Series round are in for a treat, and can expect some unexpected challenges just to raise the heart rate further. 2019 presented a big day consisting of 1800 m of climbing, six tough stages, over 20 minutes of timed racing and a thoroughly enjoyable weekend. Set in an amazing town-based venue, with a variety of stages on both sides of the valley, riders should prepare to be embraced and welcomed to this mountain bike community.
The nearest towns are Peebles (6 miles) and Galashiels (12 miles) which provide additional shopping or visitor opportunities. Glasgow, Edinburgh, Carlisle and Newcastle are within easy commuting distance. If coming from the north from the A7, the B709 from Heriot (14 miles) via Leithen Valley, offers a beautiful journey through rural countryside before gracefully descending (through the golf course!) into the town on its way south via Traquair to Yarrow Valley and St. Mary's Loch (15 miles)
For 2020 the event will be based at Victoria Park. Parking details will be isssed closer to the event.
Please show consideration to local residents when parking in Innerleithen.
Accommodation & Camping
All about Innerleithen
Scottish Enduro Series Rnd 3 - Dunoon
Event Date: 12/9/2020 - 13/9/2020
BNES and EWS Qualifier
Dunoon is a "Can Do Town" and is looking forward to the return of the series in 2020 after a one year gap. Dunoon enjoys showing the world that there are some trail gold hidden in the hills behind the coastal town. Sundays racing will take riders high in the hills behind Dunoon, some may even say you can visit paradise.
We will again be recruiting the services of Coast Coffee to provide the trackside catering (which is amazing), so make sure you have a few pounds in yer pocket.
Dunoon is a town based event and there will be dedicated parking at the North Bay car park.
We urge all drivers to park with care and consideration . Further info Here
Accommodation & Camping
Scottish Enduro series Rnd 4 - Nevis Range - Fort William
Event Date: 17/10/2020 - 17/10/2020
We are delighted that this venue will once again be the final round to what promises to be an amazing series in 2020.
Not only the final round of the 2020 series, it will be the first day/night race that the series has hosted. The race will take a one day format with practice in the morning, racing in the afternoon and evening. On completion its time to party, relax and reflect on another amazing season.
The final round of the Scottish Enduro Series (round 4) will be based Nevis Range, Fort William. The destination is widely heralded as the ‘Outdoor Capital of the UK’ and home of the world renowned World Cup Downhill, in recent years the racing at the Scottish Enduro Series at this venue has been nothing less than scintillating 2018 went higher on the mountain than any race before it, 2019 was once again a classic and a fitting end to the season.
In 2020 riders can again expect big mountain riding experiences, from open hillside to tight and steep forest stages. Using the unique Gondola access opens the race to a variety of stages at Nevis Range, which will give riders a much more three dimensional view of what mountain biking is on offer here, throw in some night time stages and we think this will be a race to remeber.
Working with the local riding community, Forestry and Land Scotland, SNH and other landowners we are sure that this event will be one of the big races of the year.
Non UK Nationals are strongly advised to purchase medical insurance to cover hospital treatment and repatriation !!
- The number of participants in every event will be fixed in advance and will be communicated via this website.
- The Series is open to all riders over the age 14 on the 1st of January 2020.
- You do not need a license to race in the series.
- Please read these rules, ride hard and have fun!
The categories for the series are based around the for the BNES series (Round 3 Dunoon is a BNES Round) which fall in line with the EWS, we believe that our 9 categories are great and go hand in hand with our “Enduro For All” mantra.
Junior 14 - 19 Must be 14 on the 1st of January 2020
Senior Over 21 on the 1st of January 2020
Podium and prizes
Prizes at the Scottish Enduro Series are sponsored by (To be announced shortly)
- Riders who finish in the top three in their category are expected, where possible, to attend the podium presentation.
- Podiums and prize presentation will be as soon as possible after the last rider is finished on race day Sundays.
Bike and personal equipment
- The courses are designed to suit a mid-travel trail bike, not specific xc or dh bikes.
- Riders should use the same frame, fork and wheels during a whole event.
- Different bikes can be used for separate events.
- Bikes may be scrutinised before departing to ride the course.
- All bikes must have bar plugs and be in perfect working order.
- The race directors have the right to deny entry to the event if they feel a bike is not of a suitable standard.
- Riders must wear a certified helmet (xc or full face) at all times, including transfer sections. Riders found not wearing a helmet may be disqualified.
- Whilst not mandatory, gloves, knee, elbow and back protection are strongly recommended.
- For safety reasons the it is expected that at a Scottish enduro race that it will be mandatory that ALL riders carry a water/windproof jacket and first aid kit. No rider will be allowed to leave the start line without the mandatory equipment. Any exceptions to the mandatory equipment will be announced at the rider briefing. All riders must attend an event prepared.
Each rider must be self-sufficient during the entire duration of the race Personal responsibility and self-sufficiency are a large part of the spirit of enduro racing and riders are encouraged to carry adequate equipment for operating in mountainous environments. Each rider should remember that they are solely responsible for themselves but are urged to help other competitors on course.
Riders must be prepared to carry sufficient water to last a minimum of 2 hours of racing between water stops. Although water may be available more frequently that this at many events, no rider should assume so and therefore must be prepared to keep themselves hydrated for a minimum of 2 hours of riding.
Each competitor should be completely self-sufficient. It is expected that each rider carries the following items:
Mobile phone. An emergency contact number will be provided at registration.
Basic first aid kit (Minimum: 1 x Dressing Bandage with Pad for heavy bleeding (field dressing); Triangular bandage, Emergency Blanket a selection of plasters and a whistle.)
Wind/Waterproof top. In the case of a medical evacuation it may take time to get all resources to an injured rider and therefore it is essential that individuals have clothing appropriate for Scottish weather conditions.
Bike repair kit (tube, tyre leavers, pump or CO2 canisters, allen keys, chain tool).
Whistle in case you go over a banking, break a leg and no one can see you.
Sufficient food and water to meet your individual energy needs for 2 hours of riding.
Sunscreen and insect repellent depending on the season.
PLEASE NOTE: For 2019 there will be random kit checks on both practice day and race day. Any rider deemed to be ill prepared will be asked to return to race HQ. Once race HQ is satisfied that kit is sufficient then the participant may rejoin the event. Time penalties will be applied on race day.
- PLEASE NOTE.
Any participant at a No Fuss or Scottish Enduro Event who fails a concussion assessment by a qualified medical practitioner, during that event, will be removed from the practice session or the race with immediate effect. Further more the participant will be prohibited from further participation in any No Fuss or Scottish Enduro event until cleared in writing by a doctor to resume such activity. Should a concussion be confirmed by a medical doctor, the athlete is responsible for completing a ‘graduated return to activity’ plan.
During all No fuss and SES events, medical staff may collect preliminary rider injury and illness data, in order to monitor the magnitude of issues that occur. As part of a rider’s participation this will include a rider’s medical data should any rider sustain an injury (or illness) during a No Fuss or SES event.
No rider will not be identifiable at any stage during any collection of this data, and any data collected on a rider will be kept strictly confidential at all times. The information gathered may be used by the No Fuss and SES to help guide and direct future rider health and injury/illness prevention initiatives. A rider does not need to do anything as part of this data collection.
- The course may have narrow sections and exposed rocks, steep climbs and descents and will not suitable for beginners.
- Potholes, rocks, rutted tracks, steep descents, banks etc are all part of what is required to be negotiated by the competitor. When you are in this environment YOU are the person primarily responsible for your own safety. Any hazards outside of those expected will be identified and marked accordingly to ensure your safety.
- It is the duty of each competitor to assist any other competitor who appears to be injured or in difficulty and to possibly alert the race director. Should you stop to help an injured rider you will be granted the option of repeating the stage.
- The Scottish Enduro Series races take place on a circuit marked with a variable number of mostly uphill transfer stages and mostly downhill timed stages. Riders must complete the timed stages in ascending order, 1 then 2 etc, unless otherwise instructed by the race organiser.
- All riders must follow the marked transition routes.
- In the interest of safety there will be a cut off time to complete the whole event. Riders will be notified of this at the race briefing on the morning of the event.
- The course will be marked with signs and tape. Where a course is double taped you must ride between the tape. Anything else is placed as a guideline as to the direction of the course.
- If a Rider exits the timed stage course, he/she must re-enter at the same point and, if altered, restore the tape as he/she found it.
- Riders cannot repeat any stage even if they suffer a mechanical failure on course.
- Practice is only allowed the day before the race, once the course details are released. Any rider found on a marked trail before this may not be allowed to take part in the event. The race director reserves the right to disqualify any rider ricing the stages outwith the 1000 until 1600 practice times on Saturday.
- Riders are encouraged at all times to ride trails in the way they have been designed to be ridden, blatant disregard to this rule could lead to disqualification.
Riders should and should not
- Riders should not leave any rubbish along the route. ALL food wrappers, drink bottles, tubes etc must please be carried to the finish line and not discarded anywhere along the route. Anyone seen discarding rubbish will be disqualified and will not receive a time or position as applicable (take memories or photos, but leave only tyre marks).
- Riders should not modify race number plates.
- Competitors should read the pre-race course briefing notes supplied at registration.
- Competitors should obey instructions from Marshals at all times. They are there for everyone’s safety and enjoyment.
- Any Rider withdrawing from the event should notify the race office as soon as possible,and hand back their timing chip.
- Every competitor should adapt his/her speed and his/her behaviour to his/her personal abilities, his/her equipment and to the general conditions the event is raced in.
- Each Rider authorises the use of any images or videos taken during the event he/she may be appearing in.
- Registration for all events will open as directed on this website.
- Entry to Scottish Enduro Series races cost £62 per round. (Please note it is likely there will be additional charge for Round 6 to cover uplift costs.)
- On registering, each Rider agrees to the rules of the event.
- All riders MUST sign the Statement of Responsibility .
- Entry for each event closes one week prior to the event, if not full before then.
- Entries are non-refundable less than four weeks from the event. It is also not possible to transfer entries to any other events, next year’s event, or a different Rider. All refunds are subject to a £7 admin charge
- Registration and payment will be made online.
- For the registration the Rider will have to inform an on-line form concerning his names, first names, age, gender and address.
- The registration will be validated only after the payment of the fees on the registration website.
- Details of the course will not be made known before the event.
The location of the First Aid Base at race headquarters.
Provisional results will be posted as soon as possible after the event. Any queries must be expressed by e mail by 12noon on the Monday following the event.
- Timing will be conducted by No Fuss Events using a SportIdent Air system.
- All categories will choose their start times on Saturday. Choose who you want to ride with and what time you want to get up! Only Elite riders will be allocated start times and overall course times.
- After leaving the event village Riders can start each timed stage as soon as they reach the start line. There are no start times or running order, but there will be minimum 20 second time intervals between each Rider starting a timed stage.
- You are responsible for your timing chip !! Please look after these - lost or broken timing chips will cost you £60 to replace.
Responsibilities of Riders
- The Scottish Enduro Series organisers shall not be held liable in any way for any loss, damage or accidents that may occur during any of the events. Riders are aware that cycling is potentially dangerous.
- Penalties and complaints:
- No external assistance is permitted on the track, assistance is only allowed in the pits area. Assistance outside the pits area will incur in a time penalty.
- If a Rider catches up with a slower Rider on course, he/she should let the faster Rider past as quickly as possible. Failure to do so will result in a 30 second penalty. The faster Rider should give lots of warning and clear directions as to which side they will pass on. Aggressive or impatient behavior from the faster Rider may also result in a 30 second time penalty. Play fair.
- Any complaints about the race should be done formally to the race office within 15 minutes of the end of the Rider’s race.
- Any complaints about the results should be done formally to the race office within 24hrs of result's publication.
- Any dangerous or disrespectful behaviour against other racers, marshals, nature, trails or spectators will lead to a time penalty depending of the level of the fault. Race director can also decide to disqualify the Rider.
- The timed stages are counted to establish the ranking. Winner of the event will be the rider with the lowest overall time to complete all the stages.
- In the event of a tie, the rider with the fastest time on the final stage of the event will be the winner.
- A scratch ranking and by category ranking will be established.
- Points will be assigned for each event as according to the Points Table.
- Overall ranking will be based on the 4 best results from the 6 races of the series.
- In the case of an overall points tie in any category, positions for those with equal overall points will be based on who has the best position in any event of the series. If there is still a tie, then the positions are based on who has the second best event and so on.
- To be eligible for an overall series trophy all riders must have completed at least 4 events.