The Hope PMBA Enduro series returns in 2020 with 6 rounds.
The events, which have been running since 2013, have always been popular and do sell out quickly.
The philosophy “Enduro for all, with an emphasis on fun” means there is a varied range of events to suit all types of racers. Ages 11+ can compete in the series, with all under 16’s needing a chaperone. From grassroots trail centre stuff at Gisburn, to the techy steep gnar of Graythwaite and everything in-between. This isn’t a series of similar events; its a diverse range of events, each of which with its own style.
The 2020 series looks a lot like the 2019 calendar. The inaugural event at Llangollen was so loved it returns as a 2-day event in 2020 and a round of the BEMBA National Enduro Series (BNES).
Another event making its return in 2020 is the free kids event at Kirroughtree. It was great seeing the balance bike battle between the 2 year olds, and regular kids Downhiller Katy Kaos taking the overall win. There may well be kids’ events at other rounds as well in 2020 starting with Gisburn on Saturday 28th March.
As is tradition, the series opens at Gisburn forest. A great enduro to ease you into the series. Popular with novice racers to experience the enduro format. Expect trail centre stages along with a selection of off piste sections. 1 day event, with a free kids single stage mashup on the Saturday.
After the opening round we hit the big 3 Epic’s, with Llangollen & Lee Quarry/Havok Bike Park getting the “Epic” treatment with all those little extras including on site showers, evening bar, trade stands, massage service & marquee on top of our usual free parking/camping. Any traders wanting stands please email email@example.com
Round 2 has traditionally been the big one, the “Epic” at Graythwaite. Held over 2 days on a private estate with 100% off piste. Its been a favourite venue, with a great race arena and epic Lakeland views. In fact, this round has some of the very best views of the whole series, even some of the best views available in the Lake District. Camping is included within the picturesque grounds of Graythwaite Estate in front of the Manor houses. Expect a spectacular finish arena, with camping, catering, showers, water & marquee with a bottle bar thanks to Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery.
Lee Quarry and Havok Bike Park is always a popular & unique round, drawing racers from all over the country. Returning as round 3 of the series on midsummer’s weekend, the big loop includes a moorland transfer over to the ever-popular stages at Havok Bike Park. Popular with DHers crossing over to Enduro with the stages at Havok and overall one of the most airborne enduros for those that want air, while still being popular with XC crossover racers due to the natural singletrack loop and fully rollable timed sections.
Round 4 is time for One Giant Leap Llangollen, praised as one the leading DH venues in the country. There are some new built sections, enabling 5 stages to be run, and have this round also host BEMBA as a round of the BNES Series. Awesome steep and fast DH trails as well as great camping field, it should be stunning weather to match the stunning scenery. Round 4 is also a round of BNES (BEMBA National Enduro Series), and the full calendar for this series should be announced soon. However expect events to be the absolute best available in the UK calendar.
From Wales to Scotland for Round 5 at Kirroughtree, this is the “family round” with great camping facilities, permanent showers and toilets and a course that’s just pure fun. What the venues lacks in elevation it makes up for in loam & bedrock. A grass roots round that the fastest also enjoy, it has everything an enduro should have and has become an unmissable round of the PMBA Enduro series with many calling it their favourite; the fun level is that high. Often racers will bring the whole family, so in 2019 there was a free kids race with 33 kids aged 2 upwards racing on the Saturday, which will return in 2020. The idyllic camping area and permanent brick shower/toilet block gives a holiday vibe; enhanced by the smells from many BBQ’s in the evening. Late in the year, September is not overly problematic with the midges either – but still come prepared!
Round 6 returns with a firm racer favourite – Grizedale. Having been a stalwart of the series since 2014, it’s a great venue, with big stages and big elevation; technical stages are the norm here; expected to be the toughest of the one day events, priced to include car parking for race day. Off piste trails with rocks and mud make this a good test of bikes and riders alike and with the final having to count for the series overall ensuring the series winner is a deserved champion. This one day event may well run with the mashup format.
**Also note that the series finale, and the Hopetech Women Enduro do not go on sale till April 2020**
The categories for the series are based around the BNES series which fall in line with the EWS. The standardised BEMBA categories of 2019 will be unchanged, but the series will continue to add U15 males, U16 females and a Unisex Hardtail category to the 9 BEMBA ones.
Under 15 (PMBA only)
Under 16 (PMBA Only)
Hardtail (PMBA Only)
Website : www.pmbaenduro.co.uk