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?
When should you expect to register and head out?
We aren’t doing grouped waves this year as we’ve realized that most of you ladies are rule breakers anyway. So what we are doing is having you all self-seed throughout the hours of 8:30am and 10:30am.
How should you self-seed?
Start according to your ability ON THE DESCENT STAGES. Just because you are a fast climber DOES NOT mean you should start at 8:30am. Only register at 8:30am if you will not be holding anyone up on the timed descent stages. Riders wanting to push themselves on the whole course (this means the timed sections!) should choose to come by registration at 8:30am. For those looking to keep the race atmosphere and can get up the mountain at a good pace, come by registration closer to 9am. If you don’t want to work up a sweat too early on, but are still quite confident on the timed stages, come by registration at 9:30am. And for those of you that plan on spending more time chatting with the volunteers than pushing hard on your bike (or if you are just looking to keep it chill), come by registration for 10am. Riders will be sent for the timed stages at 30 second intervals.