There were a number of reports of riders course cutting yesterday. Those of you that were doing it, know who you are and know that you cheated and know that your results don’t really count for much.
If you come to a bottle neck in the woods you have to wait, or you can help riders that are stuck. You don’t just take it upon yourself to take a short cut out of the woods and ride around the edge in the farmers crop fields! That is how we lose venues. We now have to do our best to placate the landowner.
It is not the job of the marshals to manhandle your bike and set you on your way again when you come off or get stuck. A lot of us do, but it is up to you wherever possible to get yourself out of whatever predicament you have got yourself into.
If the rider in front of you decides to cut the course it doesn’t mean it’s ok for you to just follow and do it as well.
We can’t have marshals everywhere and when there are 20 plus riders all covered in mud firing past a marshal he can’t take everyones numbers down to report the culprits. If we see it, you will be disqualified from the event you are in and quite possibly future events.
There are many days of work that go into building a track and when riders take it upon themselves to cut bits out because they are difficult, or to gain a few seconds in a field, it makes it all a bit pointless. Bits of any track are going to be difficult it’s enduro! If that’s how some riders want to ride then maybe just stick to riding practice days. There is little point in racing if you are not going to ride the track?
It is frustrating for us and more frustrating to the majority of riders who are following the rules.
If you are looking at your result thinking how well you’ve done and you know you were course cutting then that result counts for nothing, you are just kidding yourself. The majority of riders do respect the course and don’t course cut, but judging by the tyre tracks and reports from various riders today, there was too much went on yesterday.
If you are racing and you see course cutting, let a marshal know the riders number, he can then radio that through to control. If we get two or more independent reports of the same number we will then talk to the rider concerned and disqualify him.
In the kids race there was not one inside corner taken down and not one tyre track off the marked course. If the kids can manage it why can’t the adults?
Photos from Dark Fairy Photography – HERE
Great day, good entry, and very little riding on the crops this time. Cheers guys for sticking to the track, it makes our lives so much easier and ensures we get to continue using the venue.
First round of the championship done and dusted.
What a great day, Ashcombe never disappoints.
Very well done to all who rode today at one of our most gruelling venues of the year. Hats off to all those that finished the Ironman class!
Many thanks to our fantastic team of marshals, medics, signing on and caterers for making it all happen.
Track times were on form as always, providing results within minutes of the finish.
Photos from Bob Ward, and race report here in next day or two.
Here are the results of the 2016 Core Enduro Championship. Results are calculated on the best 3 out of the 4 rounds. The winner from each class will receive a Michelin 140/80/18 rear tyre, courtesy of Protyre in Exeter.
In addition there are trophies for the top three in each class. Trophies and tyres can be collected at our next event at Crediton Raceway on 6 Novemeber.
And thanks to all that took part in the championship. Dates and venues for 2017 championship are still being finalised, and will be here soon.
We are running a four round championship that starts with the Ashcombe Ironman in February, then moves on to an Enduro Sprint in March, an Enduro X in May, and then ends with Ashcombe Hare & Hounds in June. The points format is as follows:-
1st – 20 points, 2nd -17 points, 3rd – 15 points, 4th -13 points, 5th -11 points, 6th – 10 points, 7th -9 points, 8th – 8 points, 9th – 7 points, 10th – 6 points, 11th – 5 points, 12th – 4 points
13th – 3 points, 14th – 2 points, 15th – 1 point
Three out of the four rounds count towards the final championship positions, meaning riders can choose to miss a round or just drop their lowest score if they compete in all 4 events.
5 February 2017 – Ashcombe Ironman. Results
2 October – Twin Oaks 2 1/2 hour Hare & Hounds. Results
31 July – Ashcombe Rnd 5 SW Enduro Championship. Results
19 June – Huntsham Rnd 4 SW Enduro Championship. Results
22 May 2016 – Bratton Court. Results
20 March 2016 – Lurley Enduro Sprint. Results
Results from all of our past events are available from the track times website. Enter site and then select Core from the club list. www.tracktimes.co.uk[/vc_column_text]