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Ard Moors 21 race info

18-19 September 2021

The Ard Moors Enduro and Sprint take place on Sunday with the opportunity to practice stages 4, 5, 6 and 1 on Saturday as part of a 20km route with 2000 metres of combined climbing and descending. We’ll have live music on Saturday evening, the BBQ will be stoked and the beer pumps primed so you can chill out ready for the big day. Ard Moors will take you on an epic journey of downhill tracks, super-secret trails and classic moorland singletrack, so expect everything from big berms and jumps to rocks, roots and ruts.
We’ve been very fortunate to gain access to private land for the race, which means that we must follow the race instructions very carefully and must not return to ride the trails. Please don’t STRAVA the trails!

Getting to Ard Moors
Use the postcode TS9 7JH to get to Lordstones Country Park. Follow signs for parking and camping and do not use the main entrance.

Camping
Camping is available onsite from 1800 on Friday and you can stay until Monday morning for a fee of £10 per person for up to two nights. This fee includes the use of the additional showers. Please bring the correct amount of change and pay on entry – you will be given a ticket to display. There are showers and toilets on-site that will be made unisex for the full weekend. Please be aware that there may be queues at busy times. Please bring your own bin bags and take your rubbish with you. Security will be patrolling the area at night, but we must stress that it’s your responsibility to look after your kit – we strongly recommend that your bike is locked in your vehicle. The event and venue accept no liability for damaged or lost equipment. Caravans are not permitted due to access issues. Open fires are not permitted on the campsite, and fire extinguishers will be located at the entrance and next to the toilets.
Glamping options may be available at Lordstones country park. Please call 01642 778482 to check availability.

Food and drink
A wide range of food and drink will be available at Lordstones Restaurant, Cafe and Farm shop throughout the weekend. If you’d like to book a table in the restaurant on Friday please call 01642 778482

Updates
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Ard Moors Enduro Time Table

Friday

1800 – 2200 Camping arrivals permitted. Please do not arrive before or after these times
1800 – 2100 Food available from the onsite Restaurant

Saturday
0800 – 1100 Breakfast available
0930 – 1430 Practice registration*
1000 – 1700 Practice session on stages 4, 5, 6 and 1 in this order only for Sprint and Enduro riders
1200 – 2000 BBQ, Hot Food and drinks
1900 – 2100 Music
*Riders must collect a number board from the registration tent and attach it to their bars before riding the practice course

Sunday
0700 – 1100 Breakfast available
0730 – 1115 Enduro Registration (30 minutes before start time)
0730 – 0910 Sprint Registration (30 minutes before start time)
0800 – 1145 Enduro riders set off at allocated times and ride stages 1-6
0800 – 0940 Sprint riders set off at allocated times and ride stages 4,5,6
1150 – 1330 Sprint Riders set off at allocated times to ride stages 1,2
1200 – 1730 Hot Food and drinks
1730 Prize presentation

ENDURO CLASS RIDERS PLEASE CLICK THIS LINK TO FIND YOUR START TIME

SPRINT CLASS RIDERS PLEASE CLICK THIS LINK TO FIND YOUR START TIME

Saturday Practice info
The practice loop consists of stages 4, 5, 6 and 1 and is open from 1000 until 1700. To enter the practice loop you will need to collect a number board from registration. You must only follow the official practice loop and you must be off the course by 1700. Do not take any shortcuts, stop or walk back up stages. Take care and shut all gates behind you – this is very important as the gates separate livestock. Follow the orange arrows to get to stage four. Do not under any circumstances approach the other stages.  The loop is around 20km and will take approximately 3 hours to complete. The tarmac hill climb up to stage one is narrow and busy (for North Yorkshire), so please ride in single file up this hill to allow traffic to pass. By entering the event and voluntarily riding the course you have accepted the Ard Moors Enduro terms and conditions and rules.

Prize Categories
1st, 2nd & 3rd in each category.
Male Junior 16-17 (Sprint Only)
Male Senior U30
Male Masters U40
Male Veterans U50
Male Grand Veterans 50+ (Enduro only)
Female Senior U30
Female Masters U40
Female Veterans 40+
Female Ebike (Prizes in Enduro only)
Male Ebike (Prizes in Enduro only)

Registration
Please bring ID and register at your allocated time, which is 30 minutes before your start time. Attach your number board to your handlebars so that it is clearly visible and do not cut or bend it. Attach your chip to your right wrist.

Riding the Ard Moors Enduro

Enduro class
The Ard Moors course is marked with purple arrows that you must follow at all times. Please remember that you’ll be riding the course in a different order to the practice loop so approach stage one first and follow the signs from there. You can take it easy when transiting between stages as these sections are not timed. When you arrive at a stage, the starter will give you a maximum of 20 seconds between riders, but you can go sooner if you like, or ride with your mates. If you’re looking for a good result then try not to hang around too long otherwise you’ll get bunched up with other riders. Slower riders please give way to faster riders that need to overtake on stages. Faster riders please be cautious when overtaking and shout ‘rider’ when approaching. Only overtake when you have a clear line of vision and it is safe to do so. When you finish a stage, please make sure you’re clear of the finish area by at least 50 metres. Please close all gates that you pass through on transitions, be respectful of everyone you encounter, and ride in single file when on the road. The water stop is 16km into the route. We’ll be enforcing a cut off time of 5 hours for safety reasons, so it’s essential that you crack on as it’s a tough old route! Please remember to look after yourself and ride responsibly and within your limits at all times. Ard Moors is not a groomed trail centre, it takes place on high and remote hill sides. Many of the trails are completely natural and weather conditions can make them much harder to ride. The trails contain very steep sections, jumps, drops, rocks and roots, that all require a high level of skill to ride.

Sprint class 
You’ll start off by riding stages 4, 5, and 6, then you’ll return to base for a break. You’ll then head out to ride stages 1 and 2 at your second start time.  You can take it easy when transiting between stages as these sections are not timed. When you arrive at a stage, the starter will give you a maximum of 20 seconds between riders, but you can go sooner if you like, or ride with your mates. If you’re looking for a good result then try not to hang around too long otherwise you’ll get bunched up with other riders. Slower riders please give way to faster riders that need to overtake on stages. Faster riders please be cautious when overtaking and shout ‘rider’ when approaching. Only overtake when you have a clear line of vision and it is safe to do so. When you finish a stage, please make sure you’re clear of the finish area by at least 50 metres. Please close all gates that you pass through on transitions, be respectful of everyone you encounter, and ride in single file when on the road. Please remember to look after yourself and ride responsibly and within your limits at all times. Ard Moors is not a groomed trail centre, it takes place on high and remote hillsides. Many of the trails are completely natural and weather conditions can make them much harder to ride. The trails contain very steep sections, jumps, drops, rocks and roots, that all require a high level of skill to ride.

Event Rules
https://ardrock.co.uk/ard-moors-event-rules/

Timing
The Ard Moors Enduro event is timed using an ‘Air’ timing chip system which starts and stops automatically when you pass the timing beacons. Note that you shouldn’t sprint through the start beacon as it may not register your time. Please don’t hang around close to the start and finishes as you may set the timing beacon off more than once. You’ll be timed onour accumulative time will give you your result. To start your chip, make sure you scan out at the start flag and return your chip to get a result when you return to the event village. Failure to hand in a chip will result in a £60 fee. If you withdraw from the course you must return your chip for safety reasons. It is your responsibility to make sure your chip beeps and flashes at the start so that you know it is on.

Stage marking
Stages are marked with flags and tape. Two red flags next to each other are a gate that you must ride through. You must ride through the gates and between the tape at all times. Anyone caught taking shortcuts will be disqualified. Features that require extra caution are marked with yellow flags. Orange flags mark drops and features that are not rollable. Please remember trail conditions may change, so read the trail and only ride features that you are confident with.

Riding etiquette
Countryside code – Around the course you’ll cross open countryside and approach numerous closed gates (not on timed stages), it’s vitally important for public relations that you CLOSE these behind you. We’ve been very fortunate to gain access to private farmland, so please respect this rule.
Overtaking – Please do not endanger any other riders you are over taking by being reckless. Shout ‘rider’ as you are approaching to give the rider in front chance to move and only overtake if it is completely safe to do so. Conversely, riders in front need to move over if it’s appropriate to do so and let faster riders pass!
Public roads – Please be aware that you will be riding on public roads in places. You must obey the Highway Code at all times. Please respect other road users and ride in single file where traffic is present.
Course – Riders caught cutting the course, going under or around tapes or signage or riding off the marked trail in any other way will be immediately disqualified. Altering the course, moving flags or tape in any way will also lead to disqualification. All riders must complete the entire course in order, under their own power and without any mechanical or vehicular assistance.
Litter – Do not drop any litter anywhere on the course. This includes energy gel packets, water bottles and banana skins!
Equipment – It’s the individual’s responsibility to take everything they need to complete the full lap. You must wear a fully certified and serviceable mountain bike helmet at all times and be riding a bike that is fit for purpose, checked and in full working order. Essential equipment includes; ID card, tools and spares, fitted bar end plugs, sufficient food and water and appropriate clothing for changeable weather conditions. Recommended equipment includes knee and elbow pads and a backpack with in built back protection.
Medical issues – If you have any problems please alert your nearest marshal who will assist you and call first aid if needed. You have declared that you are fit and well already, but if you know of any medical information that the medics will need to know, please ensure you write it on the back of your number board in pen.

Water
Lordstones Country Park is situated high above sea level in a remote location. The water supply is spring fed, which means that supply can be unreliable when demand is especially high. We have installed additional pumps and bowsers especially for the event. However, we recommend that you bring your own drinking water, just incase.

Bike Wash
Queues may form, so please bring your own equipment if you want to wash your bike quickly. Do not use chemicals on the grass areas.

Ard Moors 2021 Acceptance of risk 

1 Compliance. It is the sole responsibility of the Participant to comply at all times during the Event with all applicable laws, byelaws and regulations of the United Kingdom, including without limitation, all speed regulations, road traffic laws and laws relating to the possession or use of alcohol, drugs or other prohibited substances.

2 The Participant acknowledges and understands that mountain biking is a hazardous activity and accepts that participation in an event such as the Event is potentially dangerous and that there are numerous risks associated with participation. Such risks and dangers include, but are not limited to: traffic accidents, collisions with pedestrians or vehicles, other drivers, and/or fixed or moving objects and the negligence of other road users. Further, the Participant fully understands and accepts that his participation in the Event may result in serious bodily injury and/or death to yourself or others. The Participant further acknowledges and accepts that the route of the Event require cycling on public roadways and technical mountain bike terrain. Further, the Participant accepts that participation in the Event will result in strenuous physical exertion as participants will be required to be active for very long periods of time, including the risk of being active through inclement weather and/or very hot weather.

3 The Participant enters the Event voluntarily and with full knowledge and understanding of the risks associated with participation in the Event, the Participant is strongly advised to take every reasonable precaution.

4 The Participant declares that he/she voluntarily enters the Event with full knowledge and understanding of the risks associated with participation in the Event.

5. Insurance – The Participant acknowledges and understands that it is his/her personal responsibility to arrange personal accident insurance cover for the Event if the Participant wishes to be covered by personal accident insurance.

Medical
The event is physically demanding. You should therefore be fit enough and in good enough health to participate. If you have any medical condition which could be adversely affected by exercise, particularly a heart condition or have any doubt about your health, please consult a doctor to gain approval to participate.
By entering you confirm that, to the best of your knowledge, your general state of fitness is good and you take full responsibility for yourself. You must update the medical team at the event if you have any special conditions or allergies. Please write your special medical conditions clearly on the back of your number board.