Grab a coffee and watch the action unfold from last weekends Haibike UK Mini Enduro, it was a tough day due to the muddy conditions but it only added to the excitement of race day!
Four loam stages meant that there was plenty of action during the day, staying upright would be a deciding factor. Stage 1
Stage 1 was back to taunt riders again, the trail was a mixture of physical attributes, along with the most awkward right turn in the whole of the Forest of Dean. It was a stage where if done clean, you knew that today was going in the right direction.
The Women's categories were building again, we hope to see more females enter at the next round.Stage 2
Stage two can be described in two halves. The top section was a flat out pedal across the loamy mud that layered the surface, putting the power down was vital throughout the straights. The bottom half of the stage was littered in rooty and slippery switchbacks that could easily catch you out. The key was to go slow in and fast out of every turn, it was very easy to mess up your rhythm and composure in the lower half.
Stage 3 had some interesting ruts at the bottom by the end of the day, it looked like an MX enduro event...But was still great fun to ride.Stage 3
Probably the riders favourite of last weekend, as it had everything a racer wants on an enduro stage. The mixture of pedalling, technical root section and steep chutes made for some exciting line choices and stories at the end of the stage. Add in the layer of slick mud on top of the rolling hillside and you have some of the best action to spectate over Sunday’s race.
Stage 4 had it all, from jumps to steep tech to test even the best of riders.
Y2K is becoming a tradition in the Mini Enduro at the Forest of Dean. Being used multiple times in the past, racers enjoy the mixture of terrain and technical features on this stage. From a jump section straight out of the start gate to a more technical and steeper finish at the bottom. It is definitely one of those trails that you want to lap again. It’s always a challenge and brings adrenaline to every racer, even if they know it well.
We hope you had a great day!
The next Mini Enduro event will be a Night Enduro on the 23rd November...Will you be tempted to race in the dark?
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