Enduro? What the heck does that mean?
An enduro race typically consists of 3-5 timed stages which take place on technical, generally descending terrain. These stages are linked by predominantly ascending connecting stages. Due to this eclectic combination of attributes, enduro racing is increasingly recognised as the truest test of the all-round mountain biker.
Enduro combines the excitement of Downhill, the fitness of Cross Country and camaraderie like you’ve never experienced at an event before. The fastest growing mountain bike race discipline in the North America, 90% of the nation’s Super D events switched to Enduro format for 2012. Enduro offers the recreational cyclist a challenging yet fun racing experience while offering serious racers the ultimate test of fitness and technical skill. No longer do you need a purpose built XC or DH race bike, the best tool for the job is the bike most mountain bikers already own, a 5-6inch travel trail bike…and that is why we choose to race Enduro!
So how is the Hot On Your Heels going to work?
This year we would like to emphasize the fact that HOYH is a Social ride with a race component. Riders will NOT be timed from start to finish. There will be timed stages. Ride the trails between the timed sections at your own pace. Meet other awesome women and enjoy the “entertainment” along the way. In the end, it’s all about having a fun day out with other fantastic women and giving back to young girls in Squamish.
What time will it start?
Registration starts at 9am. Wave 1 will start at 9:30am, wave 2 at 10:00am, wave 3 at 10:30am and wave 4 at 11:00am.
Why are we starting in waves?
This will help thin out the group so that there isn’t a line up by the time we get to the single track
Which wave will I be in?
We ask that you self seed for waves. Please check your racer email for instructions on how to self seed for HOYH
Why aren’t you timing start to finish?
The idea behind an enduro is very similar to the way we ride our bikes on any given day. We have time to chat with our friends and have a few laughs on the way to the trail head and then when it’s time to drop in, it’s go time! By not timing the entire course this will give you plenty of time to wait for your friends, cheer them on as they come through the end of a section and to chat about how much fun you’re having! Plus, this should also give you plenty of time to chat up our half naked volunteers on course!
But I’m not a downhiller so why should I race?
First of all, the timed sections are not strictly downhill. There will be plenty of pedaling involved and even some uphill climbing in the timed sections. And second of all, let’s not forget what this is all about, raising money for Go Girls and getting out on your bike with a ton of other amazing women!
What type of protection should I wear?
Helmets are mandatory while on course at all times. Although there will be plenty of descending, we recommend your cross country helmet over a full face as there is plenty of pedaling in between. However, if you want to rock both and switch between the two, that’s cool with us. If you feel more comfortable wearing knee pads and or elbow pads, by all means throw them on, just remember it may be a scorcher of a day so the lighter the pads the better.
Will there be a feed station and water along the route?
Yes, there will be water, energy drinks and yummy snacks along the route as well as at the finish line
Will there by a vegetarian option at dinner?
Can my friend/boyfriend/husband come to the after party?
Currently the after party is for riders and volunteers only as we have a maximum capacity we must stick to. If there is room closer to the date of the party we will be selling after party only tickets. We’ll keep you posted on that
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