Enduro dates for 2010.

8th August 2010

Round 5 Scottish Enduro Championshp

Monaughty Forest, Nr Elgin.

Final results

  Round 1 & 2 of 2009 Scottish Enduro Championship

DATE: 11-12/04/2009

VENUE: Lossiemouth forest, Nr Elgin.

Provisional results.

Round 1 + Round 2

Brian Donalds (No 85 Sportsman) Riders report.

After the long winter break the 2009 Scottish Enduro Championship finally kicked off with GMCC rounds 1 & 2 taking place over the Easter weekend at Lossie Forest. The Lossie Enduro has been the season opener in recent years though last year it was part of the British championship. Traditionally a tough physical event, this year was to be no exception with Kevin Gauld and Barry Hamilton (club chairman/C of C and club secretary) putting in a lot of time and effort in the weeks leading up to the event. Lossie is a working forest and many of the traditional routes have been felled leaving a lot of hard work for the dedicated volunteers. I'm sure all efforts are greatly appreciated by the riders.

This years route ran in reverse direction on both days but still incorporated many of the classic Lossie features: The Dragons Spine was still there and was not in any way diminished by the felling that had taken place all around. The Sea of Stones was bypassed for environmental reasons but the infamous Lossie Dunes of Death were still there and were no less intimidating run in reverse direction. The test loosely followed previous years routes with a few notable exceptions. The test is predominantly sandy, technical and very long and tiring by any standards. As well as the traditional routes and features a few new trails have been cleared which would test the stamina of all classes. Many fallen trees were left across the trails to keep riders alert. As far as I'm concerned there is no such thing as an easy Scottish Enduro. All the courses make their own particular demands on riders skill and stamina but Lossie is unique in its unrelenting nature. The course is generally tight and twisting, littered with stumps to catch out the unwary and above all the whoops whether they be dirt, sand or the rocky variety eat away at the riders stamina forcing errors. The physical exertion steps up another couple of levels on the test and on the dunes and there are few riders who don't look forward to, hopefully brief respite by arriving early at a check. Clever (or cruel) tightening of the check times as the day unfolds for the higher classes is another weapon in the Lossie enduro arsenal with experts in particular having to up the pace substantially to avoid time penalties.

Day 1: The weather forecasts earlier in the week predicted everything from heavy rain to snow showers but on the day we had ideal riding conditions with blue skys, cool temperatures and a light breeze. The many volunteers manning the checks might disagree with the ideal conditions description as it was cold in the shade.

10.30 saw the first experts off on the shortest section of the route which also incorporated the test. Nothing like getting thrown in at the deep end. After the demands of the test there is a brief wait at the check, for those lucky enough to have time, then a short ride before the demands of the first trip across the dunes. A well worn, narrow track leads off the dunes and back in to the forest where a new loop that incorporates a steep, sandy climb has been added. An alternative "chicken run" diversion is included but this quickly cuts up and proves to be more difficult than the hill itself. After a bit of effort the hill is climbed and riders have a brief gentle roll through the trees before we are faced with another few miles of unrelenting whoops, stumps and fallen trees. Most riders have time to spare at the second check and this rest is very welcome. I caught my foot on a stump and Craig Mackay starting a minute or two behind me also complained of a sore foot. Craig completed lap 1 and went on to finish the event and after further investigation was found to have broken his foot and ended up in plaster. Wishing him a quick recovery.
The section to the final check covers a lot of recently felled areas and while some of it is tricky there are a few bits where reasonably quick progress can be made in the tyre tracks left by the forestry machines. The route takes us to the right of the Sea of Stones and thanks to all riders for following instructions and not attempting to ride the stones. Continued access to the forests for our events depends on us all showing a little restraint at sensitive areas. Apparently Lichen growing on the stones doesn't appreciate being ridden on. On towards the now bare Dragons Spine and some nice tight bits in & out the trees before making the final check. A little confusion existed at this check as riders were held here within sight of re-fueling but couldn't fuel up. The reasoning being that there would only ever a few riders fuelling at any one time. Given that fueling areas are usually very busy it did actually make sense to have as few riders as possible fuelling together. I did my second & final lap then went out with a marshal to sweep the course up to the second check. By this time the course had really taken it's toll on me and I was glad to be off the bike. A real hard days riding but very enjoyable.

Day 2: Blue skys and warmer temperatures greeted us on Sunday morning. After the toil of Saturdays event many riders weren't quite as full of life though there were a few fresh faces that hadn't ridden on Saturday. Any first event enthusiasm had been replaced with the reality of the prospect of another real tough day on an ever more difficult course. A few riders decided that they'd had enough and didn't make the start. The higher temperatures, fatigue from day 1 and the deteriorating course made day 2 a real slog and from early on I decided to use the generous sportsman times and enjoy the ride. Over the 2 days I rode fairly well (for me) on the test but had at least one minor fall each time which screwed up any possibility of a result. I had one big tumble on a log that I'd been clearing effortlessly all weekend and a few silly stalls but finished the day relatively unscathed.

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(Derek Little pictured above at the start of the test)


A small crowd gathered to greet the experts as they raced to make their final check. First man through was Murray Thomson with Derek Little a few seconds later, both on time. Frazer Norrie looked fresh as he completed his second event in the top class.

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(Fraser Norrie above blasting away towards the shore.)

 As the remaining experts came in we eagerly awaited the arrival of Morgan Rosell the Swedish rider who came to Scotland to ride our enduros. The crowd, included his father, friend and girlfriend cheered him as he made it home a few minutes late having ridden a large part of the event minus his rear brake caliper. Barry presented Morgan with an engraved trophy and a bottle of Whiskey for his efforts. I think Morgan was surprised by how tough the course was but he put up a great performance over both days and it was great to have him ride our event. Hopefully we'll see him at Pathhead.

Lossie is always tough but I can think of no better way to start the Scottish Enduro season than 2 back to back rounds at this small forest in Moray.

As always its hard to pay tribute to all the people involved in preparing and running the events on the day but Kevin Gauld and Barry Hamilton have been out doing most of the hard work over many weeks. Les & Willie as always are there before and during the event. In addition to the physical side there is mountains of paperwork and form filling that must be done. This in itself is a mammoth task. No Grampian Enduro would be complete without mentioning John Little and Gilbert Rae. Many thanks to all who gave up their Easter weekend to scrutineer, sign on, man the checks, the test and marshal such a large course. Colette, Frances, Karen & Gudge at check 3 (so close to the sunshine but not quite), Rae, Tricia & Craig at the start of the test and all the other helpers whose names I don't know a very big thankyou.

Now less than a fortnight to Pathhead and another long weekend!

Ricky Mair above in great form as always and taking a win on the sunday

, nice to see him back at Enduro.

The 2nd round of the Metzeler British Enduro Championship took place at Lossiemouth this weekend in a return to wintery conditions. Championship leader Tom Sagar was still recovering from the heavy fall that put him out of last weekend WEC round in Sweden & in such a closely contested competition Paul Edmondson was primed to take the first day. Tom was the runner up. Daryl Bolter was 3rd & Greg Evans was 4th. Greg won the first test of the day but lost time on the last test when he crashed & he got sand blocking his fuel pipe. Greg won the first test on the second day but his chain snapped & he dropped 20 minutes to end a weekend of cruel weather & cruel fortune. Tom won day 2 from Paul with Simon Wakely taking 3rd.

MORE DETAILS WILL FOLLOW SHORTLY.


The Metzeler British Enduro Championship is returning to Elgin in Scotland, during the Easter weekend on the 22nd & 23rd of March.

 The inclusion of this Scottish round transforms this championship into a truly British championship. The dates enable competitors to travel to and from Elgin over the holiday weekend. The route to Elgin includes a beautiful drive through the Scottish highlands including the whisky trail passing many of Scotland’s finest distilleries.

Mr John Little

Following on from the tremendously successful event in 2006 the Grampian Motor Cycle Club, including ex Scotland ISDE team manager Johnny Little, have extended the course to include three venues and a new parking facility. The parking generated the most complaints in 2006 and this has been resolved with a hard standing car park on loan from the ministry of defence.

Lossiemouth Forest.

The course will include timed stages through two forests and a motocross special test at Woodside Motocross track on the outskirts of Elgin. The special test in Lossie forest that included a blast along the edge of the dunes, beside the beach, will return by popular demand. The routes through the woods were established for the two very enjoyable Scottish Enduro Championships, held in the same forests, endorsed by British Enduro regulars Derek Little and Richard Hay. Johnny Little has always run the event on the basis that if a rider has taken the trouble to travel all the way to the north east of Scotland he would like them to enjoy themselves. The Lossie forest is similar to the Diss John Banks Enduro and Monaughty forest is similar again with hard rock underneath that provides good grip regardless of the weather. On one occasion the bikes did not require cleaning as the sand did not stick to the bikes. There are several reports and photographs from previous events available to view on Scottish Enduros Website.

David Knight.

In 2006 overall winner David Knight described this event as one of the best Enduros he had ever ridden. The atmosphere at the final motocross was electric and video footage of David and Euan McConnell clashing, knocking each other off in the motocross test can still be viewed at the GMCC website. Ricky Mair was on outstanding form in 2006 and he is hoping his motocross calendar will have a gap that will allow him to participate.

   

Euan McConnell,Jake Stapleton,Ricky Mair and Richard Hay at Woodside.

Regulations are available from www.scottishenduros.co.uk and www.enduronews.com entries have been filling up fast with 140 received in the first five days. The entry limit has been raised to 350 allowing for a large sportsman class, do not delay, send away your entry now, you will not be disappointed. Your bike will have to be road legal as the forests are only connected by public roads. There are several excellent Hotels and bed and breakfast facilities in the area, a list is provided with the regulations.

2008

NEWS BELOW IS FROM 2007

Monaughty Enduro is the next Grampian MCC hosted enduro which takes place on the 5th of Agust at Monaughty forest Nr Elgin.

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Work has now begun in the forest in preperation for this forthcoming round and there will be more than a few changes to the course everyone has come to know over the last couple of years but as always we are sure if you attend this event you will go away having thouroughly enjoyed yourself.

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Monaughty Parc Ferme 2005.

The first Grampian hosted enduro this year is the now well established Lossie baja on the 25th of March which kicks off the 2007 Scottish Enduro Championship.

Well we certainly got the weather for it, too hot perhaps for some riders which is amazing as we had blizzard conditions in the forest on Monday and Tuesaday. Great to see so many riders this year and we hope you all get home safely and that we'll see you again at Monaughty forest in August. Best of luck to all riders for the rest of the season..

Here's Brian Donalds,(Below), thoughts on the event.

With 160 plus entries and a favourable weather forecast the GMCC Lossie Enduro looked to have the makings of a really good start to the Scottish Enduro Championship.

All times were brought forward by 1/2 hour because of the large entry so the first experts were away at 10.00. Riders were started at 3 per minute rather the usual 2 to accommodate the large numbers and to try and separate the different classes as far as possible, particularly on the test. The course was around 20 miles and my start was at 10.34. A lot of familiar faces at signing on plus many new faces not quite sure what to expect. A welcome sight, particularly for the many women there, was the portaloos. It may sound trivial but they do help to make the events a bit more enjoyable as most of the women aren't quite as keen as us to slink off to the nearest bush, toilet roll in hand.

Lossie was my first ever enduro 2 years ago and really was a baptism of fire. Nothing I had ever done before could have prepared me for the sand dunes and while I was looking forward to the event this time round I was more than a little apprehensive about the "dunes of death". A lot of felling has taken place in the forest since the course was last used at last years British round and Kevin and the crew has put in a lot of time and effort to get the course ready.

At a first glance, the dunes aside, Lossie would appear to be a relatively straight forward event as the bulk of it takes place in relatively flat forest. There are no major bogs to speak of and the going is mainly well drained and dry. For me there is no such thing as an easy Scottish Enduro and now having twice completed Lossie I would rank it as one of the hardest on the Scottish circuit. The course is unrelenting, a non stop series of whoops, roots and stumps, fallen trees and in places some really tight technical sections that really do require full concentration. After all that, in the later part of the lap there are the dunes which just about finish me off. Just as you think things are easing, you are thrown into the test which is more whoops, loose stones and even more of the killer sand. For the less than competent, i.e...me, the dunes are an enduro nightmare and if all events had sections like this I think I'd be looking for another pastime. Where other events can be brutal in places there are usually sections where you can recover, like a 1/2 mile section of fire road or a long grassy field. The Lossie course offers no respite at all and grinds me down to the point where I lose concentration and make stupid mistakes and crash. The crashing/recovery process adds to the fatigue and I'm then on the downward spiral. In the later stages when concentration and strength are fading and you don't think it can get any tougher the times between checks are cruelly tightened.

Anyway here's a brief account of my effort:

I set off at a reasonable pace and within the first 2 minutes nearly took a tumble on a stump but managed to recover, passed a couple of riders and got to the first check with around 14 minutes to spare. I set off on 2nd section, still maintaining a good pace and enjoying my first full enduro since Lumsden last October. As the trees thinned I knew that the dreaded Lossie sand dunes weren’t far away. I struggled through the dunes, crashing a couple of times, but got to the check with plenty of time in hand. Then onto the test where true to form I crashed again. As the first test wasn't timed I wasn't too concerned and I finished the lap with time in hand.

My 2nd lap went much the same as the first with a slight improvement in my riding in the sand though I once again lost it on the test.

I started the third lap and got to the first check with time to spare. The next section was where it all went pear shaped for me. I made a real mess of some fallen branches that I had tackled easily on the 1st couple of laps and went down quite hard. I got the bike upright and started and once again fell off on the same pile of sticks. I probably lost around 3 minutes here but more importantly put in a lot of energy into getting the bike out of a tangle of branches twice. I knew I had to try and save something for the dunes but was aware that time was slipping and no matter what my test times were I really couldn’t afford a late check. I crossed the fire road from a well spaced conifer section into a tight birch wood section and clipped a tree with my left hand and handlebar. I then hit the tree with my hip and landed with my leg under the bike. I was pinned down and in serious pain. A following rider stopped and picked the bike off of me. I didn't even get his number but if he reads this post I would like to thank him. While I was recovering a load of following riders passed and I knew that my chances of finishing without penalties were slipping. I got to the check 4 minutes late. I struggled through the test and handed in my timecard with time to spare.

I was pleased that I finished but disappointed (though not surprised) at my performance on the dunes. The loss of concentration that led to my crashes on the last lap was no doubt down to exhaustion brought on by the unrelenting nature of this course. Losing 4 minutes on the going and truly dismal performances on the test means that any hopes that I had of a decent result are gone.

"If enduros were easy everyone would be doing them". That's a comment that we've all heard and I do take some satisfaction from finishing what really was a hard event.

I believe there were a few first timers who DNF, I hope that it hasn't put you off.....keep coming back!

Once again GMCC have pulled off a great event and once again it's down to the people who put in the effort and work that make it happen. Many thanks to all the officials and marshals who were up at the crack of dawn on a Sunday morning for giving their time so that we could all have fun in the woods. Also thanks to the first aiders who patched me up at the end and thanks again to the guy who picked the bike off me after my crash.

Sitting in front of the computer, stiff and bruised with a little finger swollen larger than my thumb I find myself wondering when the regs will be out for the next 2 rounds at Pathhead Laughing Laughing


Thanks Brian for your input and thank Colette very much from me for helping Caroline at the check

Most importantly many thanks as Brian says to all the workers from all over that make sure you have these events to attend.

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Video above from Lossie 05

  

NEWS BELOW IS FROM 2006

Monaughty Enduro report

Went well and I certainly had a good day Laughing

Firstly many thanks to the people who put in the time and effort in the preparation of the course and manned the checks etc.. on the day.

Rocks, roots, stumps, boggy bits, fast bits, slow bits, old bits, new bits all added up to another cracker of an event from GMCC Cool

Having been up in the forest for a couple of hours a fortnight before with Kevin & Les I was a bit apprehensive about their plans for a new muddy, downhill section through the trees Rolling Eyes .
Nothing like being thrown in at the deep end as the new bit was less than a minute from the start. The downhill section was spot on and was straight down rather than the zig-zag that was spoken about. It was slippy but no great problem even for a serial crasher like me.

Next was a fast gentle climb up a grassy track then on towards Barry, Dean & others manning a check.....nice to see friendly faces out on the course Wink Straight after the check was a nice boggy bit which true to form I had my first dismount of the day.
(was feeling a bit too clean..I ride better with a helmet full of peaty mud Laughing )
 Before I knew it I was riding up the rocky gully that was part of the test last year. I tried to pass a stalled rider and ended up pear shaped...off number 2 Rolling Eyes Fell off again on the test ...... anybody else get caught out with these predatory stumps?....they move....honest !!!!Wink
I arrived at 1st timecheck with around 12 minutes to spare having ridden the last couple of miles a bit more steadily.
The second section that took us back to the start was a bit shorter and by now I was riding a bit more confidently.
The times got tighter as the laps went by but I managed to make them OK and was really enjoying the course.
The very last section had a generous time allowance which was very welcome as ten minutes into it I really started to get weary and it was nice to have a little breathing space. Got stuck in a pile of wood and fell off on the test and probably lost around a minute but made it to the end with time to spare.

I was really pleased to have finished event again and as far as I am concerned the times were spot on as was the whole event.

Thanks again to all at GMCC for such a great enduro Wink
 
Report courtesy of : Brian Donald #97 

Glengap Enduro News

ROUND 3 SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP ENDURO
THE BUS BOYS FAE NAIRN,,,,,,,WOT A MOTLEY CREW,,,,,,,,GLENGAP JUNE 2006
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT
HUGHIE = PIT CREW
ALLAN DAVIDSON = 7TH IN THE OVER 40'S CLASS
MITCH = SUPPORT CREW
CAMERON DAVIDSON = RETIRED AFTER 2 LAPS, MECH BREAKDOWN
RICHARD FINNIE (TUFTY) = 9TH IN THE SPORTSMAN CLASS
KEITH WESCOTT (SCOOT) = 18TH IN THE SPORTSMAN CLASS
 
THIS EVENT RUN BY THE MELVILLE MCC WAS A TOUGH ONE.
TIGHT TIMES AND A TOUGH COURSE,
ALLAN DID WELL WITH CONSISTANT TIMES 2 SECURE HIS SEVENTH PLACE.
TUFTY HUNG IN THERE FOR A TOP TEN FINISH UNDER VERY TESTING CONDITIONS, SCOOT'S SPECIAL TEST TIMES WERE NOT FAR BEHIND TUFTY, BUT LOST OUT ON OVERALL LAP TIMES IN THE TOUGH GOING, DROPPING HIM DOWN TO 18TH.
 
WELL DONE LADS, NOW GET IN SOME TRAINING BEFORE YOUR NEXT CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND AT SELKIRK, A TWO DAY EVENT 22ND AND 23RD OF JULY,
 
ALL THE BEST
 
DODE FRASER ( THE C GROUP WHOLESHOT KID)
 

BEC Round 2

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Woodside whispers

LAST UPDATED 23/04/06

Attention : Final points with corrections 22/04/06.

Day 1 Results      Day 2 Results      Overall

 
Knighters thoughts on the event

Knighter untouchable in Scotland

 Reigning FIM Enduro 3 World Champion David Knight continued his unbeaten run of results in ’06 by adding victory at the second round of the British Enduro Championship, the Grampian MCC organised Lossiemouth Enduro staged in Scotland. Placing comfortably ahead of Paul Edmondson and Jake Stapleton on both days of the event aboard his D3-Racing KTM, Knighter finished well over two minutes ahead of his nearest competitor on day one and close to two minutes ahead on day two. Adding victory on both days in Scotland to his winning ride at round one of the series in Norfolk David extended his lead in the overall British Enduro Championship standings with four rounds remaining. 

With eight hours in the saddle and nine special tests on day one of the Lossiemouth Enduro the opening day proved to be a demanding one. For David it also proved to be an extremely good one as he topped each of the day’s special tests to claim close to a three minutes winning margin. Revelling in the sandy conditions and clearly enjoying himself on both special tests David remained unbeaten during the day performing arguably better than he ever has in a BEC event.  

Day two was very much the same as day one for David. Topping the opening special test by 11 seconds he then posted a time 23 seconds quicker than any other rider on the day’s second test before winning each of the remaining five tests. With his D3-Racing KTM performing faultlessly David was full of praise for the Grampian MCC event, commenting that the special tests were some of the best he has ever ridden. With the sixth and seventh tests on day two run back-to-back the event was brought to a spectacular close where David once again proved his consistency posting identical times on both test. 

David’s next events will be the second and third rounds of the ’06 World Enduro Championship, which take place in Portugal on May 6/7 and Spain on May 13/14 

David Knight: “The Lossiemouth Enduro was one of, if not the, best enduro I’ve ever ridden in – it was great fun. It’s great that the BEC has returned to Scotland and I just hope that the Grampian club will run the event as a British championship event next year. The special tests were world class. Both were completely different to each other and fun to ride. The Lossiemouth test was really difficult in places because the sand was so soft but getting to race on the beach was awesome. The Woodside test near the start of the event had everything – single track, a full motocross test, flat turns and woodland. The check times were spot on as well.      

“Day one went really well. I knew I was going to enjoy the tests because the Lossiemouth Forest test is very similar in places to my training area on the Isle of Man. It was a tiring day though - I can’t remember the last time I rode for eight hours. I was glad to see the end of the first day because riding for that long in the sand takes it out of you.

“I didn’t have any problems all weekend, apart from hitting a tree on one of the tests, which nearly knocked me clean off my bike. The back-to-back tests at the end of the second day were great, the atmosphere was like the final motocross at the six days because so many of the Expert and Clubman riders were watching. All in all it was a great weekend.”

Report : Jonty Edmunds

 Pictures : George Michie

More reports...... HERE

Mix of Neil Chathams videos and Dods Pics below

 

Smith Productions below

  

Report from Team Nairn..Thanks guys..

129 ALAN DAVIDSON, THE LOCAL HERO, FINISHED 10TH OVERALL IN HIS CLASS. WATCH OUT FOR THIS MAN IN THE SCOTTISH ENDURO CHAMPIONSHIP THIS YEAR, HE'S FIRED UP N READY 2 GO.
 
140 DODE FRASER, IST TIME ON THE BIKE IN A YEAR N A HALF, MANAGED 2 LAPS + 5 SPECIAL TESTS B4 HIS SAFETY VALVES, DECIDED A BIT MORE TRAINING WOZ REQUIRED B4 ATTEMPTING HIS NEXT BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIP ENDURO.
 
128 KEITH WESCOTT (SCOOT) WOZ GOING WELL, GOOD TIMES, GOOD SPECIAL TESTS, THEN THIS BLOODY GREAT TREE STEPPED OUT IN FRONT OF HIM. HENCE SCOOTS EARLY SHOWER.
 
A SPECIAL THANKU 2 ALL AT GMCC 4 A SUPERB EVENT, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK, IT'S MUCH APPRECIATED,
 
IN THE RECOVERY POSITION,
 
DODE ,,,

 

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David Knight on the left and Ricky Mair to the right.

 

Ian Mundell #55

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