What is Enduro?
Enduro is best described as similar
to a car rally on motorcycles but over mostly rough terrain. Enduro riding takes
several forms with the
original format being time card enduros and then more recently Hare and
Hounds/Cross Country versions of the sport and also Extreme enduros and Sprint
enduros. Riders can take
part from the age of 16 in
Time Card Enduros and younger riders are eligible
for other Enduro
type events which are held throughout the UK.
There are several different types of enduro. The original format is
the traditional time card enduro: an event in which a course is
set out over a minimum of ten
miles, but usually much longer, and sub-divided
into time controls. Each rider is given a set time to
ride between the start and time
control A, a set time to
ride between A and B, then from B to C and so on, with time penalties incurred for any minutes lost for arriving at each control
either early and late. Special tests are used, frequently motocross style
or cross-country in which the rider is
timed to the nearest thousandth of second, the totals of which are
added to any time penalties given at the time controls. The rider with the lowest combined
time is the winner.
Hare and Hounds/Cross Country enduros
are short course events in which the aim is to
complete as many laps as possible
in a set time, usually two or three hours, with the extra time taken to
complete the same number of laps as the fastest rider deciding the finishing order.
Extreme enduros are the same
as hare and hounds but on more arduous courses and, finally, Sprint enduros are a succession of special tests, with the combined times
deciding the result.
Is it easy
to take up enduro?
who enter enduros will have some form of off-road experience either
as a trials
or motocross rider, though many road riders
off-road experience take part with some degree
Is there a class for me?
Generally speaking there are various ability classes catered for:
the most popular being Sportsman, Clubman, Expert
and Championship, frequently with a Veterans
(usually over 40) category within each class.
Some events include a Ladies class.
There is a minimum age limit of 16 years applicable to Time Card
enduros with younger riders being eligible for other Enduro type
Enduro is a good value for Money
- Riding in enduros is a good way to have extended
time on a bike as most time card enduros last
up to five or six hours whilst even the shortest hare and hounds events mean
are riding for at least two