Pics: Joolze Dymond
With the summer season well and truly upon us the next instalment for all you hardened enduro fans is the TORQ in your Sleep 12 hour. Starting at 12 noon on Sunday 30 August and finishing promptly at midnight, this user-friendly enduro gives you a whole night of sleep to recover from all the riding fun. And there’s the bonus of the Bank Holiday too, so no rushing off to work!
If you rode last year you know roughly what to expect, apart from all the tweaks to keep you on your toes. You’ll be experiencing a typical Gorrick course, full of swoopy fun around an eight mile course that skirts Minley Manor, taking in the infamous ‘Bridge to Somewhere’. We have it on great authority that the ‘Puddle of Doom’ is missing from the list of attraction this year – the organisers figure that with the weather we’ve had so far riders will be glad to get a dry race! Couple all that singletrack heaven with some recuperating fire roads, and ending each lap with an epic downhill blast to the finish and you have 12 hours of biking delight! We are also happy to inform you that the army is on its hols, so we won’t be experiencing any unnecessary explosions, unless of course you overdose on energy products!
Title sponsors Torq will be on hand offering nutritional advice and free Torq goodies for each rider as well as the Torq Power Station energy drink zone where you can fill up and refresh throughout the event. Lumicycle will be on site too offering a sneak preview of all their latest lighting gadgets, as well as bringing a whole host of lights for hire and manning the charging station to keep your lights topped up.
On-site facilities include free camping from 2pm Saturday to 2pm Monday, showers, toilets, drinking water, hot and cold food from Saturday evening through to the early hours of Monday morning and a separate Solo pit/camping area. Joolze Dymond will be lurking in the bushes ready to capture your finest moments and the massage team will be on hand to help you recover. Last but not least Ben, The BikeWash man will be on hand to dust off your bikes!
The venue opens from 2pm on Saturday when the course will be available for pre-riding. Registration will be open on Sunday from 8am to 10.30am for race number collection, with a rider briefing at 11am.
The closing date for entries is 22 August, and it really is a closing date – there’ll be no entries available on the day. Your options are Solo, Pairs, or Teams of 3 or 4. Get your entries in now as categories are filling up fast! Visit www.gorrick.com for online entries.