FAQ & HELP
What Class to Ride in?
If your age is under 30, your choice of class is limited to your bike displacement and/or 4 Stroke. If age is 30 or over, you may choose a bike displacement class, or Vet C or Sportsman. Sportsman class does not receive C Division points for yearly standings, which could be important if you feel you can race with the top C riders for Overall C year end standings. If your age is 40 or over, you can ride all previous mentioned classes, or Senior C. Likewise with 50 and over eligible for Super Senior class, and 60 and over Super 60 class. Not to mention we have a 70+ class! There are also Ladies and 16 & Under classes.
What is a Rider Minute?
This is your assigned start time. Most events begin at 8:00, with first riders out at 8:01. If you draw a Rider Minute of 53 for instance, you will take off from the start line in morning at 8:53. Typically there are 3-5 riders per minute.
What is a Restart Format Enduro?
These type of races take the question out of when you need to go your fastest. A wristwatch is recommended, but usually not necessary. The Restart race is broken into test sections followed by transfer sections. Transfer sections with get you from one test section to another. A typical Restart Format race may be similar to the following description: Show up to start line 10 minutes or so earlier than your scheduled departure time. If the first section is a test section, you will go as fast as you can until the end of that section. At the end of the test section you will come to a check station that will write the time on your fender mounted scorecard. After your time is recorded, you will ride at a brisk pace through the transfer section that will take you to start of next test section. Normally if you didn’t have too many problems in the test and transfer sections, you will now have some free time to grab a drink, Powerbar before the next test section starts.
What is a Timekeeper Format Enduro?
This is the classic enduro format. Timekeeping equipment is not mandatory for beginning riders. Often the best approach is to not worry about the timekeeping, just ride the event staying with the other riders on your assigned start time. More than likely, at least 1 rider on assigned start time will have timekeeping equipment, and you can just key on them. Of course it may also be helpful to read up on timekeeping information on the RMEC website before the event as well.
What is a Test Section?
A section of the race course that is timed for scoring. This is where you go as fast as you can. The speed average through a Test Section is set high enough so the fastest AA riders will be behind schedule and will be late arriving at Check Station.
What is a Transfer Section?
A section of the race course that links Test Sections together. The speed average through a Transfer Section is typically a brisk trail riding pace.
What's the difference between a long and a short course?
The Short Course is also known as the C Division Course. Long Course is for the A & B riders.
Why should I pre-enter?
Pre-Entry for races is encouraged. Not only is it cheaper for the racer, but it also gives the Promoter a good idea of the amount of trophies needed based on number of entrants.
What should I bring to an Enduro?
If camping, bring normal camping gear. Always be prepared for rain, whether camping or racing. Determine from race entry or contacting Promoter before event how many different gas cans you will need to bring for race. Some races have all gas stops at the same site, others will have gas stops in different locations and you will need a can for each.
When should I plan to arrive?
Most racers arrive at race site early to mid-afternoon on Saturday. Arrival decision factors are Sign In times, camping or not, check bike jetting, etc.
What happens at sign-in?
At Sign In, you will receive your riders packet. Packet will include scorecard, and route sheet that describes the race course, and other misc the promoter may include. Also, there is usually a Keytime clock displayed which has the official time. Adjust your wristwatch to Keytime so you will know when to go to start line, as well as various times during race if so desired. There may also be a map provided for support crew to travel to and from Gas Stops during the race.
What do I do with my number and scorecard?
Some events will provide your assigned minute numbers, others require you bring your own. You can pick up a package of 3” letters/numbers in the mailbox areas of most department stores that will work great. Attach your numbers on front number plate, and on sides if so instructed during Sign In. Attach your scorecard to front fender by duct taping around edges, taking care not to tape over any sections that will be written on by check station personnel.
What happens at the Riders Meeting?
Now is when excitement really starts to build! The Riders Meeting is held in morning on Sunday, and will give out important information about course, gas stops, start location, and answer questions. If it hasn’t been addressed yet, the location of gas stops or trailers for gas cans will be revealed. Label your gas can with your rider number, and perhaps a unique identifier of some sort that will allow you to spot it amongst other cans.
When should I get to the Start?
Once you know where the start line is, you can determine time you need to leave your pit area. You should plan on arriving at starting line at least 10 minutes before your scheduled start. While you are waiting for your minute to come up, you can see how the start is handled. Watch how the starter counts down, and the racers leave the line only once he says Go. Racers leaving early will be penalized. Do not pin it off starting line, the people working the race will not appreciate being roosted!Essentially, you will queue up behind the minute in front of you. So, for example, if you are on minute 53, you will be right behind the minute 52 riders. This is the same procedure you will follow during every Test Section Start if in Restart Format.
What happens at check stations?
When approaching Check Station workers, approach at a safely controlled speed. The workers at the Check Station will write your score on your scorecard, and then you can proceed through the check. As in the start, do not roost workers when leaving the Check Station!
What happens at Gas Stops?
Gas Stops are dead engine areas. Turn off bike while entering and only restart when clear of designated Gas Stop area. Gas cans are arranged by the last digit of your number. So a rider on minute 53 should find his can in the area posted as “3”. It’s a good idea to clear the Gas Stop designated area upon gassing completion, to allow others room. Unless you have had problems with the course leading to Gas Stop, you should have plenty of time to gas bike, grab something to eat, etc. Time available is typically listed on the route sheet picked up at Sign In.
What do I do when I finish?
After finishing race, turn in scorecard before going back to pits. This allows for faster event scoring, so everyone can get on the road sooner. Always turn in scorecard even if you Did Not Finish(DNF). The promoter tries to account for all racers, and missing scorecards may result in wasted time searching for you on the course after all riders have gone through.