PMBA 2017 Series and Dates Are Out!

The PMBA organisation are arguably the regional enduro series organisers. Their Hope-sponsored series has sat right beneath the Scottish, Welsh and British Enduro Series as a step up to the national races.

Their team have big plans for 2017, they are always listening and gathering feedback so believe they have a selection of events that enduroists will love.pmba-enduro-series-2017

Datatag UK National Enduro Championships.

datatag-enduro-promo-2We kept being asked to do something bigger, and here it is a National Championships! We negotiated race use of the private woodlands of the Graythwaite Estate last year building 5 fresh cut stages for the Northern Champs and it was brilliant.

An awesome setting and demanding stages, this will be the base for the Datatag UK National Enduro Championships. Held over 3 days the epic course does not just use the Graythwaite estate but also delves deep into Grizedale Forest and takes in both Lake Windermere and Coniston Water.

With new stages at Grizedale being progressed with the Forestry commission we’ll be able to keep it fresh and with almost free reign on what we can do at Graythwaite there is no doubt this will be an awesome course at an unmissable event.


Early in the season to fit in with the European EWS events its also a qualifier event for the 2018 EWS season. Format of the event has taken inspiration from a number of EWS events. Friday will see the Grizedale stages open for practice, while Saturday will be for practicing the closer Graythwaite stages. Sunday is race day, with a course around 55km lap and upto 10 stages to crown our champions.

Whomever claims the titles on offer here will deserve them. No need to worry about work on the Monday its a bank holiday so you can enjoy our £2/pint ale on Sunday after the race, cheer the winners on the podium and whatever else we think we can squeeze in to the evening’s celebrations.

Toilets, bike wash, showers, tech support, as well as catering and an expo of your favourite brands onsite.

Championship Categories
Men – U19, Senior, Master, Veteran & Grand Veteran
Women – U21, Senior(19+), Master & Veteran

Shorter course Non-Championship Categories will also be available, you’ll even be able to swap between until nearer the event if you change your preference.

Male U21 results will be compiled for EMBA for EWS qualification status, this will be a virtual category only.

£75 including parking and camping for the duration.

How good is Graythwaite? Watch the edit from this years event here.

The first half the available entries open Monday 28th November at Midday.

Hope/PMBA Enduro Series.

2017-enduro-promo-dates5 rounds at 5 venues, the series is back for a 4th year. With so many good events on in 2016 it was great to be the riders choice, the most popular series in the country. We’ll be delivering fun in bucketloads again for 2017, in a series that shows the versatility of the enduro format.

Events which are true grass roots funduros but also rounds that will be a greater challenge for our more experienced racers. All run under BEMBA guidelines to maximise rider safety and reduce confusion with a common core rulebook. No seeding or stage start times, just ride with your mates!

Starting off, as it tradition, with Gisburn forest in March and a great venue to ease us into the series at the start of the year, 1 day grassroots enduro.

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Its then June before round 2 and a 2-day event at Lee Quarry and Havok Bike Park, short steep stages and a big loop on bridleways tieing the venues together gives this a real adventure feel.

July see’s the return of Gnar bike park for round 3, a completely different style again, with lots of short stages. With so compact a space the atmosphere kicks off and racing the same track multiple times is just another twist in the format.

After our summer break, and also after midge season, we get to the ever popular Kirroughtree for our September event. Back to a more traditional format the loam filled woods of South West Scotland will no doubt deliver a great day of racing. Facilities are great, location is beautiful and as its generally a longer journey for most of our regulars many bring the family, this round has developed a great family feel to it over the last few years. We are even looking at doing something for the kids on Saturday so watch for further information.

October sees the series final gets pumped to a big 2-day event; Grizedale has some fantastic riding and is a favourite among riders, with 2 days we can really go to town at this high-elevation venue. Some of our longest and greatest elevation stages of the series can be found over a variety of steep, technical, rocky, rooty, flowy and fast terrain; which we’ll weave into a suitable course.

For the series overall your points you can drop your worst score of the first 4 rounds. The final counts but attendance is not compulsory.

Great news for the ladies, we will be running 3 womens categories after many requests. U21 Women, Senior Women(19+) and Vet Women.(40+) this gives overlap so that fast young shredders, or more mature pinners can ride in the main senior women category if they prefer.

Mens’ categories remain as Under 19’s, Senior, Master, Veteran, Grand Veteran, while the Hardtail category is unisex.

Lite categories with shorter courses will also be available for men and women. Lite course details will be given around a week before in the racers email but may change on the day of the event, this allows us to review weather and stage conditions, transition times and select the best option. Just tell us at the finish if you did the lite rather than full, we dont need to know in advance giving you great flexibility.

The 3 x one day events will be £43.50. Lee Quarry & Havok Bike park weekender will be £55 including parking and camping. The Grizedale final weekender will be £60 including parking.

The first half the available entries open Monday 28th November at Midday.

PMBA Day/Night Enduros.


To keep you entertained through the winter we have 2 special events, based on the successful event back in January. Our Day/Night format maximises the fun that can be had on a short winters day, morning practice and an afternoon race lap are performed in daylight and as the sun goes down we dish out your free bowl of chilli before carrying on racing with a second race lap on the same stages – but only if you want to. Podiums for day, night and combined so plenty of chance at a prize too is your fast enough.

The first of these later this month at Gisburn forest will be 100% trail centre and technically very easy, an ideal first enduro. Ages 11+ can compete but 11-13 will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult on the transitions, it can be another racer or non-racer who takes them round the lap. Thanks to Escape Bike Shop for sponsoring the event.

Grizedale will be more technically challenging and we’ll be using off piste stages, and a great way to welcome in 2017.

Both events will be £46.50, include supper, Grizedale will also include parking and back to our normal 14+ age categories.

To enter for for more information go to our website. Entries are open right now.

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