With just over two weeks to go the stage is looking set for the inaugural Heads of the Valleys Extreme, an event which promises to deliver to the UK a proper Hard Enduro over 2 days of racing. Walters Arena in South Wales, home of the Dawn to Dusk 24 hour Enduro, is the forestry venue choice for Paul Edmondson and Nick Plumb to create a challenging natural hard Enduro.
The event will run over the weekend of December 13 & 14th.
Saturday will be the qualifying day where the riders will be given a fire road based test, similar to Erzberg Rodeos Iron Road prologue. Qualifying will sort out the riders starting position for Sunday's main event.
On Sunday, riders will set off in rows of 25 in to the Welsh forest for 3 two-hour long laps. Despite the lap being so long, spectators will not be cut short and the event will be planned to allow the fans to see plenty of action via the forest's many interlinking roads.
The UK has been crying out for a tough traditional winter Enduro similar to the classic Giles Lalay race and ‘Heads of the Valleys Extreme Enduro’ promises to be 2014's answer to that. This event will kick-start the 2015 ACU Extreme Enduro Championship, coordinated by Fast Eddy Racing, a series which has grown over the past 4 years and puts the UK's and the worlds best extreme riders racing together. The event is open to all riders and Saturday’s qualifying event will also allow rally style bikes compete.
This is definitely an event not to be missed. Entries are still available. Call 01543 370070 for details and to enter.
Parking is free and spectator charges will be £10 for adults, £5 for under 16’s and OAPs with no charge for under 5’s. Race Schedule Saturday 13th December
Signing on from 7.00am
Start order: Pro – Experts – Clubman – Vets – Youth 13-16 – Sportsman
9.00am sighting lap. All riders starting at 30-second intervals
11.00am Timed run 1 (start order)
1.00pm Timed run 2 (fastest to slowest rider from run 1 regardless of class)
NOTE: All riders will quality for Sunday’s event Sunday 14th December
9.00am start. Riders lined up in rows of 25 from Saturdays qualifying (fastest to slowest).
The first rider to complete 3 full laps will be the winner. Once the finish flag is out Fast Eddy will officially close the course. Riders must cross the finish line to be classed as a finisher regardless of laps completed. Lap times will be around 2 hours for an average Clubman rider. Timed with transponders that must be returned after the race or taken back to signing on should a rider DNF.