BEMBA have announced a tentative six-round British National Enduro Series schedule kicking off in the Lakes in May.
Six rounds with two heading to Scotland, England and Wales, make up the current 2021 British National Enduro Series schedule, but with the caveat that COVID could pull the rug out from under any of these events.
Should they go ahead, you can expect the usual mix of regional series rounds within the national series event, alongside Enduro World Series qualifiers and National Championships.
Read the full BEMBA press release below.
Usually in March we would be just weeks away from the first of the British National Enduro Series events, starting the summer season but these are not normal times and as such we are tentatively launching our 2021 British National Enduro Series.
We have 4 rounds scheduled with 2 more extras we hope to confirm, or cancel, in June. Many, many thanks to the racers over the past year for their understanding of the troubles the pandemic has brought onto event planning.
With the BNES series covering England, Scotland and Wales we are awaiting 3 lots of advice and “rules of engagement” on how the events will look. We can at least announce our plans, if not exactly how the events will need to run under any COVID secure guidelines. Especially for round 1 in Step 3 of English unlocking while we are sure the restrictions could be similar to 2020 summer events.
Graythwaite : PMBA 28/29th May 2021.
Tweed Valley : Tweedlove 17/18th July.
Minehead : Southern Enduro 24/25th July. Also the BEMBA National Championships.. Entries open late March/Early April.
Llangollen : PMBA 14/15th August 2021. Also a EWS Qualifier event. Entries open Sat 1st May 9am
While all events are TBC till they actually happen in this COVID era, rounds 5 & 6 are most definitely TBC and have not yet achieved basic permissions to run. Sometime in June these 2 events will be confirmed as part of the BNES or dropped. We are expecting “test” events at English forest locations during May. The events still may happen even if dropped by BNES in June, but we feel racers need to know if the 3 tightly-packed events in July/August are on or not at this point in the racing year.
Round 5 – Scottish Enduro Series ~ September Date and location TBC
With the nation’s forests still too busy for events there are many missing enduros from BEMBA’s full year program of grassroots upwards enduros. BEMBA is run by a selection of enduro organisers from all parts of the British Isles, but the current climate makes organising events even tougher than normal. However there are still events happening up and down the country mainly on private land while councils and forestry organisations are not yet ready to host events, we have still been able to form a series from the biggest of those. We aim for 2 Scottish, 2 Welsh and 2 English rounds for each year, and hope we can deliver than in 2021.
“The Epic” at Graythwaite, is the ideal series opener, straight into racing hard, steep and technical stages. This private venue and walled estate provides the ideal isolated venue for these COVID times, as PMBA Enduro proved last year with the biggest cycling event of the year running COVID secure. Graythwaite has been hosting large enduro events since 2016, including the inaugural national enduro champs back in 2017, a venue with pedigree and some stunning views of the English Lake District.
Saturday and Sunday of the late May Bank Holiday, we’ll hopefully be allowed a little socialising after the event on the Sunday night, and postpone the travelling home till Monday. An open air bar flowing the awesome Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery Ales in the marquee and some fun after the event?
National events like these, require “Step 3” on the government roadmap which is due 17th May, just 12 days before the event scheduled for 29/30th May, However with the event so close to the “Step 3” date required we are taking no chances and have sorted an alternate date to cope with a delay to this unlocking. 19/20th June is the backup date, allowing for a month of delay to Step 3.
It’s an unusual year when you have to announce 2 possible dates for an event but we hope racers will back this stance and understand if we don’t have timing, medics, marshals, toilets and catering booked for June now we may not be able to arrange a new date if there is a last minute change. We have booked both dates to be sure and allow for racers to plan for both eventualities.
Next in line is Vallelujah, one of the premium enduro venues in the UK, the Tweed Valley was made world famous by its run of early EWS event. Before the EWS makes its return to the valley in October, Tweedlove have a trio of events to serve up. Vallelujah was originally round 1 of the series, and scheduled for March but now is scheduled for July and round 2 of the BNES series. With so many world-class stages available this is surely going to be a fantastic event.
Our third offering for the 2021 season is also the big one, the standalone National Champs. Who will get to wear the national champion’s jersey for the next year? The Southern Enduro team did such a great round of the BNES in 2019 they were unanimously voted to host the national champs last year and have kept that honour for 2021 with no national racing last year.
The fourth round is in Wales, at one of the nations premier DH venues of Llangollen. Having hosted just 1 enduro so far, it was such a success that PMBA Enduro have enlarged the event to bring it up to BNES and EWS Qualifier standards. Fast, DH-inspired stages await racers here, an event which could be the season finale too.
For up-to-date info on the BEMBA British National Enduro Series, keep your eyes on their Facebook page.