No one wants to be the bearer of bad news, but after a confusing start to the 2016 enduro season, the UK Enduro Series
has pulled the plug on its 2016 series after only completing three of its seven rounds.
This is shocking news for the race scene and a terrible blow for the organisers, not least because they now have the mammoth task of reimbursing entrants...The announcement from UK Enduro's Facebook page earlier today:With deep regret we have to announce that the UK Enduro Series is stopping. There will not be any more rounds.
If you need to contact us please do so through the website and refunds will be looked into over the coming weeks.
We have to go through a process of finalising the series.
It could be argued that from the outset, two competing national series was never going to work. With the UK Enduro Series and the British Enduro Series, riders were faced to choose between the two series, which for all intents and purposes, looked very similar, at least on paper. On the one hand, the increased choice posed by two national race series was amazing, but the reality was that it only diluted the field and increased confusion towards this burgeoning race format. And while the storm may have beaten the UK Enduro Series into submission, Si Paton's British Enduro Series is weathering it...Si Paton, Event Director of the Cannondale British Enduro Series, announcement regarding the closure of the UK Enduro Series:"It is with great regret we hear the news today that UK Enduro is to close its doors. Competition is always good as it offers a choice for the riders to choose between the competing organisers. Those organisers then strive forward to deliver the best service and experience at their events possible, all for the benefit of the riders and the sport of enduro.
The only downside to this is the two national level series competing for riders. This means entries have been diluted, putting a financial strain as you can imagine on both organisers. The British Enduro Series - The BES will continue throughout 2016 with thanks to the generous sponsors that support the series. As well as being in a unique position to pull resources from its sister company the British Downhill Series - The BDS.
We have spoken at length today with Neil Delafield of UK Enduro and offered him our full support and assistance at this difficult time. We would also, therefore, like to offer our support and assistance to riders who have entered any upcoming UK Enduro Events even though we have no affiliation with that company. Therefore as a gesture of goodwill, the BES would like to offer those riders a free entry to round 4 of the Cannondale BES at Eastridge on the 13th and 14th of August.
The format will be three different stages each day with practice in the morning and race on the afternoon with transition times no more than 30 minutes long for the average rider. Race support for all riders from Shimano, SRAM, Hope Technology and Crankbrothers. Bike Wash, Air Hoses, and Lube Station all courtesy of GT85. Live timing on all stages with podiums 5 minutes after the last rider down"
- Si Paton.
So what's next? We've reached out to Neil and the team at the UK Enduro Series, but as you can imagine, they have a lot to deal with right now working their way through a mountain of emails, so we'll have to be patient and wait for the official word. On the plus side, Si Paton has extended one hell of an invitation and one that you'd be crazy to turn down.
To take advantage of this opportunity please forward a copy of your Eventbrite receipt to any upcoming rounds as proof of purchase to firstname.lastname@example.org by 18:00 on Monday the 18th of July 2016.
For more info: british-enduro-series.com/rd4-eastridge/