Enduro dates for 2010.
8th August 2010 Round 5 Scottish Enduro Championshp Monaughty Forest, Nr Elgin.
8th August 2010
Round 5 Scottish Enduro Championshp
Monaughty Forest, Nr Elgin.
Round 1 & 2 of 2009 Scottish Enduro Championship
VENUE: Lossiemouth forest, Nr Elgin.
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.
(Derek Little pictured above at the start of the test)
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Glengap Enduro News
Many thanks to all the riders that attended and we hope you all reach your homes safely.
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LAST UPDATED 23/04/06
Attention : Final points with corrections 22/04/06.
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
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
“Day one went really well. I knew I was going to enjoy the tests because the
“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..
Here are just a few pictures just now we'll get real ones on soon hopefully from our Official Unofficial Photographer Dod.
David Knight on the left and Ricky Mair to the right.
Ian Mundell #55
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