What is a sprint enduro?
Picture the sweetest, best flowing grass track you’ve ever ridden combined with some great, wide, fast trails, and you holding it full gas (Euro slang for wide open) for 8-10 minutes around the track trying to do a lap as quick as possible. This is enduro racing, so you’re racing against the clock not head-to-head against other riders.
Okay, that description didn’t make any sense to me, can you try and explain this to me one more time?
Riders will race two “special tests” 4-5 times each, for total of 8-10 tests a day. One special test will be a 3-4 mile “cross test” consisting of nearly 95% grass track and/or motocross track. The other will be an “enduro test” featuring wide, flowing, groomed trails and will be 3-4 miles. Riders will take off in 10-15-second intervals.
How will the race be timed and how will results be calculated?
Every rider will purchase, a Live Laps Transponder that will be placed on the under side of their helmet visor. The transponder will read when the racer crosses the start and the finish to give them a total time for the test, down to the .001 of a second. At the end of the day, the rider with the least amount of time spent and having completed all of the tests will be the winner.
Why would I want to come race this event?
It’s fun! With fun, flowing, fast courses riders of all ability levels will get the chance to hang it out for the entirety of their lap without having to worry about fatigue setting in. No one can race with 100% intensity for a 3-hour hare scramble or even in a 30-minute moto. This is your chance to pin that thing for 8-10 minutes, take a breather and bench race with your buddies, then do it all over again, and again, and again! Also, until 2014, this racing format could only be found on a National level in Europe or Australia, or at the ISDE so this is your chance to check out special test racing without leaving the good old USA!
Sprint RACE FORMAT
- All Full Gas Sprint Enduro events will feature at least two special tests with racers making multiple attempts on each test and the total, cumulative time being used for race results. I.e., the fastest rider wins. There will be no “drops” of special test times, all test scores count. The direction of the special tests may be reversed for the second test of racing.
- Number of Tests: Racers will get to ride at least 6-10 special tests per-day unless weather or another unforeseen circumstance delays the program. If necessary due to inclement weather, the Pro and A riders may run more tests than B/C riders if conditions do not allow less skilled riders to complete the course.
- Race Order Youth Classes will race first, followed by big bikes. We will never have youth and adult racers on the track at the same time.
STAGING AND STARTING PROCEDURES
- Starting Order: Classes will be ordered for each special test going from what we anticipate to be fastest to slowest. For the Youth race, we’ll start with Supermini and work back to the 65s and 50cc’s. For the Adult races the Pro classes will start first and B classes will start last.
- For the first test, Men’s and Women’s Pro classes will start based off of Series points with the 1st place rider starting first, 2nd-place 2nd, etc. Riders not in the series points will draw numbers for the remaining start positions. All remaining tests for the Pro and Women’s Pro classes will start based off of that day’s overall results. The start order for the next round of racing will be determined by the previous event’s overall results.
- For the first two tests all amateur classes will start based off of the order of their assigned class number. After the first two tests all amateur classes will start based off of overall event results.
- Start Procedure: Riders will take off for each special test one-at-a-time, in 10-15 second intervals (as determined by race organizers due to racing conditions); engines will be live and bike in gear. A race official will motion for you to pull up to the starting line and you will watch the digital countdown display at the start. When the countdown clock reaches one you must begin the test.
- All riders must start with both wheels on the starting grate. No rolling starts allowed. A rider will be given one warning for failing to start on the starting grate and any subsequent violations will result in a 10-second penalty.
- Riders must wait a minimum of five-seconds after the rider in front of them before starting. Riders starting before five-seconds or failing to start within the allotted start time interval will be penalized 10 seconds.
- The first rider in each class will be allowed to wait two times the countdown cycle before starting. This is to allow for less chance of a faster rider catching a slower rider from the previous class.
- The pre-staging area before the start shoot is a dead engine zone. It is imperative that riders keep their bikes off in this area as to allow staging officials to easily call riders into staging when riders are re-seeded after the first two tests based off of overall results.
- Be courteous in the staging area! Riders who are caught jumping line or starting out of order will be given a warning, if there is a second offense the rider will be given a 1-minute penalty, a 3rd offense will result in a disqualification from that day’s event.
TIMING AND SCORING
- Full Gas utilizes Live Laps timing and scoring Sticker transponders. Every racer is required to have a Live Laps Account and transponder attached to their Helmet.
- Transponders will be purchased at your first race for $20 and used throughout the year. If lost or damaged a new transponder sticker needs to be purchased for $20.
- Riders will take off in 10-15 second intervals (unless otherwise notified by a race official) sorted by class, their transponder will record their time at the start and at the finish of the special test. Overall and class results will be a cumulative time for all special tests for each event and there will be no drops.
- Riders must be in staging no later than 5-minutes before their class is to take off. An estimated time schedule will be discussed at the mandatory rider’s meeting and class staging row signs will have start times written for each row.
- A rider will be considered “late” to a special test if they arrive to staging more than 1-minute after the last rider in their class has started the special test. A 1-minute penalty can be assessed for being late, with an additional penalty for the total amount of time that passes before the late racer starts the test.
- The Cross Test will be primarily grass track marked with wooden stakes and ribbon on both sides of the course. In some cases, there will be small sections of woods, or motocross track as part of the cross test. In any wooded section of the cross test there will be ribbon on both sides of the trail. Any motocross track sections that the organizer feels could create confusion will be ribboned on both sides but the entirety of a motocross track will not be ribboned. On any section of motocross track riders are required to stay on the motocross track, i.e. no cutting corners or going around obstacles.
- The cross test race course is the space between the wooden stakes and ribbon, riders should respect those boundaries and race in between them. Riders caught purposefully riding through ribbon, or over stakes to gain a time advantage will be given one warning, a second offense will result in a 30-second penalty, 3rd offense will be a 1-minute penalty, and 4th offense will result in a disqualification from that day’s event.
- The cross test will sometimes use a natural barrier such as the edge of a forest as one edge of the track, these sections may not have ribbon. Riders can treat this area as part of the race course but must not bypass any part of the track or break through any ribbon or stakes in the process.
- The Enduro Test will be a primarily wooded race course with a combination of well-defined trail, fire roads, single track trail, and some grass track that will be marked with arrows and ribbon. Portions of the trail that are well-defined may not be ribboned on both sides, but riders must remain within 5-feet of the established trail. On sections of the trail that are ribboned on both sides riders must remain inside the ribbon
- Sprint Enduro racing is not a hare scramble or traditional enduro, there is no 25-foot rule, etc. You must remain on the established trail for the entirety of the event unless in the case of a bottle neck or downed rider where you may go around and re-enter the race course as quickly as possible.
- Riders caught by a course official blatantly cutting the course will be given an immediate penalty of at least 1-minute. Hot lines and shortcuts will not be tolerated.
We understand that mistakes happen and riders will end up off course due to a crash, miscalculation of trail or course, etc. If you get off course, go through ribbon, blow a turn, etc. you must return to the track as close to the point you left as is safely possible. Riders who go off course cannot make up any time advantage or tear down ribbon or stakes to return to the course.