The enduro season is now well under way, with both the Merida marathon and Premier series kicking off over the last two weekends. This weekend is the turn of the Specialized EnduroPLUS, now in its fifth year but for the first time not at Trentham Park. Redevelopments at Trentham have meant a late venue change to Catton Park, so it’s still in Staffordshire. EnduroPLUS offers a full weekend of racing (if you’re up to it), with “classic” XC, night time trial and of course the six-hour main event.
On Saturday choose from a one, two or three lap XC race with entry fees starting at a very reasonable £7.50. As the sun fades, the lights will come on for the Nocturnal Time Trial, a one-lap sprint with riders setting of at two-minute intervals. This should promise some close racing on the finishing straight. Lupine has signed up as sponsor and is putting up £1,700-worth of top-notch lighting gear as prizes for the top three men and women.
Then it’s the main event on Sunday, with pairs or solos completing as many laps as they can in six hours. W’ll be there, riding the nocturnal time trial (Speak for yourself 😉 – Mike) and soloing on Sunday. After last weekend’s muddied Newnham Park, our fingers and toes are crossed for some good weather this week to dry out the course, and a splash of sunshine over the weekend would be welcome. Apparently there are still some entries available, so don’t worry if you haven’t got yours in yet.
We’re also planning to grab a quick chat with legendary Specialized rider Ned Overend, who’ll be around for the weekend. Got any questions for one of the most prolific winners mountain biking has ever seen? Stick ’em in the forum and we’ll ask them on your behalf (within reason…).