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Old 01-08-2015, 11:00 AM   #1
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District 36 Enduro racing question

So I am thinking about getting into endure racing. I have never raced before so I will be a C class rider. I have a 2014 crf250L I know not the best bike for this but it is set up well. I am wondering what can I expect on a beginner race? What should I know before I dive into this and what can I do now to help with this kind of racing? Any info you can give me would be great. Please don't say get a new bike!
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Old 01-08-2015, 12:58 PM   #2
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So I am thinking about getting into endure racing. I have never raced before so I will be a C class rider. I have a 2014 crf250L I know not the best bike for this but it is set up well. I am wondering what can I expect on a beginner race? What should I know before I dive into this and what can I do now to help with this kind of racing? Any info you can give me would be great. Please don't say get a new bike!
This is not the place to ask. Not sure if D36 has forum but D37 has giant one. Also ThumperTalk.com
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Old 01-08-2015, 12:59 PM   #3
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Old 01-08-2015, 01:30 PM   #4
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So I am thinking about getting into endure racing. I have never raced before so I will be a C class rider. I have a 2014 crf250L I know not the best bike for this but it is set up well. I am wondering what can I expect on a beginner race? What should I know before I dive into this and what can I do now to help with this kind of racing? Any info you can give me would be great. Please don't say get a new bike!
Technically an Enduro is not a race. It is a time and distance event. If I remember correctly, this was written in the D36 rule book at one time. You have a good bike for an Enduro and being a "C" rider., It will be awhile for you to gain the experience

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Technically an Enduro is not a race. It is a time and distance event. If I remember correctly, this was written in the D36 rule book at one time. You have a good bike for an Enduro and being a "C" rider., It will be awhile for you to gain the experience

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Old 01-08-2015, 01:59 PM   #6
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This is not the place to ask. Not sure if D36 has forum but D37 has giant one. Also ThumperTalk.com
Why not help a guy out?

http://www.dirtrider.net/sera/first.htm

http://www.john-stichnoth.com/EnduroNewbies.html

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=946222

Enduros are fun. Enjoy!
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Old 01-14-2015, 09:58 AM   #8
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This will help

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Old 01-14-2015, 10:43 AM   #9
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So I am thinking about getting into endure racing. I have never raced before so I will be a C class rider. I have a 2014 crf250L I know not the best bike for this but it is set up well. I am wondering what can I expect on a beginner race? What should I know before I dive into this and what can I do now to help with this kind of racing? Any info you can give me would be great. Please don't say get a new bike!
Enduro is fun and always challenging, whether a C rider or an A rider....go for it!!

In dist 36 http://ama-d36.org/enduro/ you can start with a "Family Enduro".

Family enduro: easier terrain, shorter course(60+/-miles), less competitive.

Enduro: harder terrain, longer course(90-120 miles), competitive.

*You need an AMA card and a District 36 card. Get those now.
*Look at some of the previously posted links regarding enduro rules/equipment/strategy.
*Find some cool enduro people: here or http://timekeepersmc.com/ or http://www.polkadotsmc.com/ orhttp://www.richmondramblersmc.org/.
*Join one of the aforementioned enduro clubs....just do it....you will have fun, learn fast, meet cool enduro folk. They will help you out a lot. When you join one of the clubs you will do a great service to all enduro clubs and racers, help further the sport blahblahblah yakkity yak....its worth it go for it!!
*Even if you race just a few times each season its totally worth it to hang with the enduro obsessed...its like going to dirtbiker church....Malcolm Smith is our patron saint!

Here's a little bit of what to do for your first enduro:
*arrive day before...camp out at the start. If not arrive at least 2 hrs before your start time.
*Bike fully prepped and gassed up.
*Take your gas can to staging area sooner than later...."sooner than later" is the theme for racing...all mise en placehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mise_en_place taken care of, sorted, prepped, organized....ahead of time ideally the evening before the event.

Their is a lot more to it....you'll figure it out as you go....people on this board/aforementioned boards and clubs will help you out!
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Old 01-14-2015, 07:16 PM   #10
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^^^^^

Phil nailed some great points above.

I will add a few things: bring electrical tape to tape your row # on your front plate and also your scorecard to your front fender. Meet the guys on your row, introduce yourself! Maybe they have more experience than you. Follow their lead. If you come to a spot on the course where a bunch of people are stopped, it probably means they know something that maybe you don't

Etiquette-wise, it is always appreciated by faster riders when you pull off when you hear a engine rev, yell or whistle from behind ya.

I think if you plan on sticking with it, you'll find learning the old school timekeeping methods first before investing in a computer will give you a greater understanding of and appreciation for timekeeping events.

And have fun, some of the events get you traveling to great riding areas in n. california! And be thankful you didn't ever have to ride the creekbed at the Wild Boar enduro in Clear Creek.
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And be thankful you didn't ever have to ride the creekbed at the Wild Boar enduro in Clear Creek.
Or the Quicksilver National there.
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Old 01-15-2015, 05:23 PM   #12
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Or the Quicksilver National there.

That was an awesome event.
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