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Ard Rock Enduro 2017

The ‘Ard Rock Enduro takes place on 100% natural, rock-strewn and rough terrain on private tracks only rideable in the event. There’s zero trail centre kitty litter or man-made berms in ‘Ard Rock, just ancient trails and paths with more flowing, steep and technical riding under your wheels than you can shake a stick at. The entire route will be purpose marked for the event and offers a ‘once only’ opportunity to hit up some unique natural rocky zones. But be warned, the ‘Ard Rock stages contain a mixture of flat out fast gullies, off road tracks, steep rocky chutes and technical single tracks that demand a good level of skill and fitness…

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Saturday’s Ard Rock Enduro is for all you riders who really care about beating your mates, and posting the fastest times. It’s much bigger and different to your average Enduro, but by spacing you out we’ll give you the best chance, setting each rider off separately or in your own groups.

EVENT FORMAT

The ‘Ard Rock Enduro will take place on Saturday with the opportunity to practice a limited course on Friday, meaning you’ll be racing an exciting mix of known and unknown stages. If you’re in a team or a group of mates, enter a group code when registering so we can do our best to make sure you all set off together.

Start times and final information will be sent to all riders three weeks before the event. Transitions are flexible so you can ride with your mates and you can expect to be out on the course anywhere from 4 hours plus, covering around 2500 meters of combined climbing and descending. Riders will set off from the event village in waves of 20 every 5 minutes. A cut off time of 5 hours 30 minutes will be enforced for safety and timing reasons.

The presentation will take place on Saturday night followed by live music, and there’ll be some extra descents mapped so you can enjoy another day riding amazing trails on Sunday.

Stage Previews


Timetable

Thursday
1900 – Camping arrivals permitted
2300 – Gates close

Friday
1000 – Festival area open including food, drink, demos and pump track
1000 – 1630 Practice registration for Sprint and Enduro Riders*
1000 – 1730 Practice for Sprint and Enduro Riders
1500 – 1830 Live acoustic music from Biz Deaton and additional artists
1845 – Enduro and Sprint event briefing
1900 – 2100 Big Red and The Grinners live on the Main stage
2300 – Festival area and gates close

*Enduro and Sprint riders must collect number boards from registration before entering the course

Saturday
0700 – Gates open
0900 – Festival area open (breakfast from 7am)
0715 – 1110 Registration for Enduro riders*
0745 – 1140 Enduro riders set off (last rider expected back at 1730)
1115 – 1300 Registration for Sprint riders*
1145 – 1330 Sprint riders set off (last rider expected back at 1730)
1330 – 1845 Live acoustic music on the main stage
1900 – Prize Presentation, Charity raffle, Sport and Intro event brief
1945 – 2015 Maxxis Pump Track Championships
2015 – 2230 Friday Street live on the main stage
2300 – Festival area and gates close

*Register 30 minutes before your start time. Make sure you know your number.

Sunday
0700 – Gates open
0900 – Festival area open (breakfast from 7am)
0715 – 1055 Registration for Sport event riders*
0715 – 0820 Registration for Intro riders*
0745 – 1125 Sport riders set off (last rider expected back at 1730)
0745 – 0850 Intro riders set off (last rider expected back at 1430)
1730 – 1800 Presentation
1830 – Festival area closed

*Register 30 minutes before your start time. Make sure you know your number.

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ADDITIONAL INFO

Getting here
Use the postcode DL11 6AW to get to the event site then follow signs for parking and camping. Please check the latest traffic and road work information to avoid delays, you know how us Brits love a good traffic jam! If you’re camping please use entrances 1 or 2 and if you’re parking only please use entrance 3 or 4. Please see this site map for further info

Camping
Camping is available onsite from 1800 on Thursday 3th August and you can stay until Monday morning for a fee of £5 per person per night. Please bring the correct amount as change will be limited and pay when entering the event village where you will be given a ticket that you must display on your car dashboard. The camping fields have hot showers that take new £1 coins and toilets. There will be skips at the event that you can dump your rubbish in before you leave, please bring your own bin bags. Day and night security will be in place at the event, but we must stress that it’s your responsibility to look after your kit and Ard Rock accepts no liability for damaged or lost equipment. BBQ’s and open fires are strictly not permitted on the campsite, and fire extinguishers will be located at the entrance, in the main marquee and the toilets.
Please bring your tickets to the gate.

Spectators
Spectators are welcome, but it’s worth noting that it’s a big old loop and parking is not permitted anywhere on course. We recommend walking up Fremington Edge to stage one which is a good 20 minute walk uphill, or watching some of stage six later in the day. Please don’t use vehicles to get up to spectator points as there will be nowhere to park and you will become a hazard. Spectators must stay off the race stages and must take care on public roads and byways.

Food and drink
A wide variety of food and drink will be available all weekend from the food stands and Dales Bike Centre which is next to the event village. Offerings include the following and more; Porridge, flapjack, cakes, crepes, tea, coffee, burgers, sausages, pulled pork, burritos, roast chicken, salad, full english breakfasts, pizza, paella, curry, sandwiches, baked potatoes, alcoholic beverages, soft drinks and energy bars. Food will be available from 10am to 10pm on Friday and from 7am to 10pm on Saturday and 7am to 6pm on Sunday.

Other useful info
Mobile phone signal is poor and can get worse when more people are trying to use the network, EE is best but service is still limited.
Payments to food vendors and stands are made in cash due to limited internet services and the remote location so please make sure you are prepared. The only way to obtain money whilst at the event is in the Reeth Village post office which is 5 minutes from the event site, but please be warned that this closes at midday on Saturday.

Expo and demos
2017 Exhibitors include Santa Cruz, Stif Cycles, Zerode Bikes, Maxxis Tyres, CamelBak, Ard Rock merchandise, Mountain Biking UK magazine, Hope Technology, Exposure Lights, USE Components, Transporterland, SRAM, Shimano, Fiveten, Identiti Bikes, Fox Suspension, Nicoli Geometron, Cotic Cycles (Demos), Clif bar, Nuun Hydration, Crankbrothers, Ergon, Polygon Bikes, O’Neal, Marin (Demos), RWD Brakes, Ohlins Suspension, DMR Bikes (demos), Pivot (demos), Julbo, Stans No Tubes, Nukeproof (Demos), Scott Bikes (Demos), Dirtwash and Weldtite, Bliss Protection, DT Swiss, Stanton Bikes, Specialized Bicycles (Demos), Haibike (Ebike Demos), Lapiere (Ebike Demos), Evil Bikes (Demos), Fibrax, Islabike kids bikes (Demos), Fox Clothing, Enve, Intense, Troy Lee, Fenwicks, Sweet Protection, OD Designs, Orange bikes, Whyte Bikes.
Technical support for all riders is provided by SRAM who will be present in their World Cup support truck, and Shimano who will have a full race support set up.
Demo bikes and bookings will be available from individual stands from Friday onwards. You must bring valid ID and a bank card to loan a demo bike. A special demo loop will be marked out.

Maxxis Pump Track Championships
The Maxxis pump track Championships will take place on Saturday night at the Ard Rock Enduro Festival. Riders will have the opportunity to qualify for the final by riding 5 laps as fast as they can during the open pump track sessions on Friday and Saturday. The fastest 8 riders on the leaderboard will then go head to head in a knockout competition on a circular track to find the Maxxis pump track Champion!
Kids’ and adults’ bikes will be available all weekend for free use on the pump track or timed sessions.
More info here http://www.ardrockenduro.co.uk/maxxis-pump-track-championships-ard-rock/

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