Your First Enduro

What is an enduro?
The Victorian Enduro Series is made up of 7 “enduro” races. These races are a time based event, in this series, each event has both a 3 and 6 hour race. What this means for you the rider, is that when the gun goes to start the race, you have 3 or 6 hours for you and your team to complete as many laps as possible in the 3 or 6 hour time frame. In a team situation, this means that while you are riding, your friends are back at the transition area getting ready for their next lap, and while they are out there, you are resting up and getting ready yourself. The rider or team with the most laps after the time has elapsed, wins!

If the physical and mental challenge of competing for 3 or 6 hours on your own appeals, then by all means, enter the solo category. There are categories for solo, pairs, triples (pairs and triples compete in the same category), if there’s a way you want to race, then there’s a good chance there’s a category for you. The main thing is get involved!

The people who run the events are volunteers, and we all started out in the big world or enduro racing not knowing what was going on, so don’t be scared to contact the clubs and ask questions. The club websites will help you too, as will asking your friends who may have done it before.

What do I need?
To compete in any of these events, there are a number of things you must have. The following items are essential to take the start line:

  • MTBA Licence or Day licence. – A day licence will allow you to compete in the event, and cover the insurance element for your participation, as well as cover the event organiser. Day licences can be purchased when entering the event, or alternatively on the day of the event
  • Serviceable Mountain Bike. – These events are mountain bike events, and as such, you will need a mountain bike to compete. We recommend you ensure your bike is in good working order and up to the task before arriving at the race.
  • A helmet. – Without any question, you will not be permitted to enter any of the courses without a helmet, which is in good physical condition. Not only is this a legal requirement, it is also to protect you and the volunteers running these events. Helmets are also required to be worn at any time that you are on your bike at any of these events, even if just rolling up to the toilet.
  • Drink Bottle / Hydration Pack. – Hydration is crucial, you need to ensure you have enough fluid to get you around the course, and also enough to keep you going for the day. Some venues have water available, others don’t, best to cater for your own needs in this regard.