Hot on the heels of news about our new mountain bike signing – Mondraker – we’re buzzed to announce we’re joining the illustrious list of sponsors for Red Kite Events’ 2015 mid-Wales enduros.
The Mondraker Enduro Series is the brainchild of Red Kite head honcho and top shredder Neil Delafield.
He quietly tested the water with a couple of low-profile enduros last season after several successful years running long-distance XC mountain bike events and road sportives.
Leaping in feet first for 2015, Red Kite Events are now laying on five enduros at various venues around mid-Wales, including one right on our doorstep in the grounds of Clyro’s Baskerville Hall hotel.
And their efforts have caught the attention of major sponsors, including Mondraker, Muc-Off, Continental Tyres, High 5, and Trail 42.
The third round of the series will also double up at the Welsh National Enduro Championships.
Adding Mondraker bikes to our roster made signing up as co-sponsors to Red Kite’s enduro series a no-brainer.
It means we’ll be at every event, with hire bikes galore, plus Mondraker demo bikes available to be put to the test in races.
We’ll also be on hand with a stock of last-minute clothing and spares – tyres, tubes and control cables – and we’ll be providing some emergency spannering if you need help getting your ride race-ready.
The Mondraker Enduro Series kicks off in just five weeks’ time at Coed Trallwm MTB centre near Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys, on March 21-22nd.
For April 18-19 it moves to Nant-yr-Arian trail centre, Aberystwyth.
The Crychan and Irfon Forests near Llanwrtyd host the third round – and the Welsh National Enduro Championships – on 23-24th May.
After a couple of months’ break, the series returns to Coed Trallwm on 22-23rd August.
Finally – home turf for us – Clyro’s Baskerville Hall Hotel hosts round five on 24-25th October.
Entry for each event is limited to just 350 riders and costs £50 for two days or £35 for just one. Note that the Welsh National champs round is a two-day only event.
Every race will feature an electronic pro timing system accurate to within a thousandth of a second, plus feed stations, tech back up, and first aid.
And unlike other enduro races, there is no requirement for personal injury insurance or the need to wear a full face helmet. Insurance cover can add almost £100 on to the cost of your race season – a cost that be avoided by riding the Mondraker Enduro Series!
Anyone who’s taken part in a Red Kite mountain bike event will know they have a reputation for being tough and testing, with Neil’s background racing downhill playing into route design.
He’s told us to expect the enduro courses to be tight, woodsy and technical!
If you’re interested in booking a Mondraker demo ride, or hiring a bike for race day, get in touch on 01497 822419 or via [email protected].
In the meantime, get your race face on with Drover Cycles’ sponsored rider Lewis Day’s top tips for enduro racing success here.