The 2nd round of the 2019 ACU Michelin British Enduro Championship slides
into Huntsham, Devon this weekend on the tail end of Storm Gareth.
Danny McCanney dominated the opening round of the BEC series at Bovington
Camp in February on a TM300 before posting 2 podium finishes in the first 2
days of the Italian Championship but at Huntsham Danny will be competing
against the winner in Goia Dei Marsi - the current World Champion - Steve
Alex Snow made a smooth transition from Honda to GasGas to finish 2nd at
Bovington and - after a steady start - Dan Mundell shook up the Sherco to take
3rd. Tom Sagar and Jack Edmondson will be hoping to take less stick -
particularly in the back wheel on the Cross Country test.
With 5 out 7 tests under his belt Aaron Gordon (Sherco 300) was the Best Expert
in Round 1 with Henry Yardley runner up
and Harry Edmondson was 3rd. Richard Tucker in 4th was the Best E3 and Harry
Hillier Rees in 7th was the Best E1/4.
The Clubman class was won by James Palmer on a 125 and Joshua Kirby was
runner up. Ross Kerr finished in 3rd.
Rosie Rowett was the first Clubman Lady rider home with a 12th overall.
Andrew Edwards got off to the best possible start to the season with a win
in the Over 40 class. Vincent Harker was runner up and Andrew Reeves was 3rd. Scotsman Richard Hay
leads the Over 50 class.
The start is arrowed from Cobbacombe Cross EX16 7QJ. Ignore the satnav when
it tells you to turn off the A361 up by the motorway junction. Wait until the
McDonalds turning at Tiverton then follow satnav to the crossroads. If you are
not using satnav, please approach from the same direction as we would like to
keep disruption in the village to a minimum.
Please attend machine examination before signing on then collect your
transponder from Jess Hockly who will require a significant deposit (usually
ACU licence, driving licence or credit card). If you lose or damage the
transponder it is entirely YOUR responsibility to replace it.
Numbers will be supplied. Rear tyre MUST be FIM Enduro and marked as such by
the manufacturer or trials pattern (apart from Twinshock). Any front tyre is
acceptable. Bikes should be fitted with lights (of some sort!).
Pre event bike inspection:
Machine and helmet examination will take place between 1pm and 5pm on Saturday
the 16th March, apart from those already booked for Sunday. You (the rider)
are entirely responsible for the condition and suitability of your machine and
riding kit for the event.
Route and marking:
The route will be marked with orange arrows and various coloured tape. Blue
tape or netting means walking pace only (apart from in the special test). More
information will be provided at signing on regarding arrowing. However, in
case any route marking is damaged by the potentially inclement weather, at no
time should any rider be further than 2 metres from the edge of any grass or
crop field unless otherwise directed. This is essential to protect the future
of the event. This is very obvious and anyone failing to comply will be
excluded from the event. In any woodland areas you may ride up to 2 metres
either side of any single arrow. The lap is approximately 19 miles long and
will include a combination of woodlands, fields, farm tracks and some small
bogs. Many areas of the route have been subject to tree felling in recent
years so there are numerous hazards in the form of stumps, logs and brash.
Please ride with extreme caution at all times and expect the unexpected!
Riders must start their bikes from a dead engine at their allocated start
time. Machines must not be started prior to your official start minute. There
will be no pre start parc ferme, but you will be penalised for being late to
the start or starting your engine before your allocated time.
This must only be carried out in the refuelling/pits area. Please use an
environmental mat when servicing your machine and have a fire extinguisher in
your kit. There is no facility for refuelling/service at either check, but you
may be handed food or goggles etc. by your helpers.
The checks will be identified by two white flags placed on both sides of the
track 200m before the check and 2 yellow flags placed 20m from the control
table. The time given on your time card will be the time at which you pass the
YELLOW flags. There will be an official clock visible at both time checks. A
back up checklist showing all riders arrival times will also be kept.
Penalties will be given to those who arrive late OR early, however a rider can
pass the final time check of the event early without penalty. It is entirely
the rider’s responsibility to ensure that their number has been recorded by
cleaning your plates at the checks, and (politely!) hollering at any passage
Any Championship or Expert rider over 30 minutes late and any other rider over
60 minutes late will be excluded. Lateness can be reduced by clocking in
early, but this will result in a time penalty.
These will be issued at signing on and must be presented at each time control.
They MUST BE HANDED to the official at the check and NOT TAPED to the machine,
for example not on mudguards or on your helmet. It is the rider’s
responsibility to ensure that the card is clean, legible and correctly filled
in to enable an accurate result to be compiled.
There will be a road crossing at which you must stop your engine, dismount and
push your bike. Obey the instructions of the road crossing marshals at all
times. This applies to all riders, road legal or not and is a condition by
which the Police have allowed us to run the event in its current form.
The tests will be timed to the fraction of a second by transponder and will be
marked with both tape and arrows. Riders must stay between the tapes and
follow the arrowed route. It is advisable that all riders (especially
Championship and Expert classes) walk the wooded sections of the tests as
there are a number of slightly shorter, but more difficult options available.
It is your responsibility to make your number visible at the start of every
test and throughout the event. The special tests will each be approximately 10
minutes long and will be ridden on every lap by every class, but will not be
timed on lap one for anyone other than Championship and Expert.
There will be a number of passage controls throughout the lap marked with a
blue flag. They will not be manned every lap, but if a marshal is present it
is your responsibility to ensure your riding number is recorded. If your
number is not recorded you may be excluded from the results.
There will be travelling and fixed marshals in attendance throughout the
event. Their role is to keep the event flowing. It is not their job to assist
riders unless a competitor is injured. If there is a queue of riders who are
stuck, they will assist in clearing the jam, but are not obliged to help
individuals (although they may if you ask nicely!). Marshals are an essential
part of the event and you should comply with their instructions. ANY abuse of
marshals will not be tolerated and the penalty will be exclusion from this and
future events. All the folks who run and marshal this and most events are
volunteers so a cheery “thank you” as you pass will be welcome.
If advantage is gained by outside assistance the penalty will be
Parking will be tight so please double up if possible. Parking will be
available from 8am till 5pm on Saturday and 6.30am on Sunday. Please ensure
your vehicle has an easily accessible and suitable towing eye fitted before
you arrive at the field. Please park as directed by the marshals. Parking on
the access lane is prohibited to ensure easy access for emergency vehicles and
officials. To keep any inconvenience to local residents to a minimum, please
drive carefully and slowly in the lanes and villages as you travel to and from
the event. There will be a one way system in place for anyone travelling
around during the day. Please respect this to minimise disruption in the
The expected number of laps (weather permitting) is Championship –Test
plus 5.5 laps plus 1 test, Expert 4.5 laps plus 1 test, Clubman, Over 40 and
50, 3.5 laps plus 1 test Sportsman – 2.5 laps plus 1 test. Championship
riders will start from 8.30 and the other classes from approximately 9 10am
Tear offs are NOT allowed at any XEC event.
Due to the wet conditions ensure that your towing eye is fitted before arriving at the start