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Hopton Gravity Stages

Sunday 23 March at HOPTON WOODS, Hopton Castle, Shropshire, SY7 0QF

The Hopton Gravity Stages Enduro will consist of two different stages, each one raced twice to give four timed stages. The stages are predominately downhill using sections of the 'Red Route' descents and downhill tracks. The ideal bike would be a 120-160mm trail bike, a full-on downhill bike will be a disadvantage. Don't forget you've also got to ride to the top, there's no uplift service!

ONLINE ENTRY HAS NOW CLOSED. 

YOU CAN STILL ENTER AT THE VENUE ON SATURDAY UNTIL 4.00PM - NO ENTRIES AVAILABLE ON THE DAY.


PREVIEW THE STAGES







PRE-EVENT INFORMATION

Before race weekend we recommend you check the list of confirmed riders.  This list is updated regularly and displayed as a download at the bottom of each race page. Make sure your name is listed and that all your details are correct. Please inform us of any errors.

Refunds & Cancellation policy

Cancellations made up to seven days in advance of each race will be eligible for a refund, however a cancellation fee of £10.00 is chargeable. Please call us if you need to cancel and have your card details to hand as we'll need them again to complete a refund.

Should the race have to be cancelled for any reason, at the organiser's discretion entry fees may be returned less any costs incurred.

Contact numbers for checking are 07860 655852 or 07969 789419.


AT THE EVENT - SIGN-ON & NUMBER BOARDS

Before you start riding you must sign-on in the registration marquee - this shows us that you've arrived to race and ensures that you're covered by our insurance.

Collect your race number at sign-on at the event.

All riders under 18 years MUST have a parent or responsible adult with them when registering on the day. The parent/responsible adult will be required to sign the declaration on the sign-on sheets in order for the U18 rider to collect their numberboard and race.

You must have a number fitted to your bike at all times - during racing it's used by the timing team as identification so please start with it clean!


HELMETS & BODY ARMOUR

We don't have any specific requirements for protective items or clothing other than what is required by British Cycling (see conditions below)

COMPULSORY Suitable full or open face helmet
Recommended Elbow and knee padding
Long finger gloves


EVENT SCHEDULE

Saturday 22nd March 11.00-16.00
11.00-16.00
Rider registration
Stages open for inspection
Sunday 23rd March 08.00-10.00
08.00-10.00
10.30-16.00
16.30
Rider registration
Stages open for inspection
Four timed stages completed
Prize presentation


Riders will set off individually at 30 second gaps. We will try and seed riders (slowest to fastest within each category) based on their previous downhill and gravity enduro results. We appreciate this system isn't perfect and will give riders the opportunity to alter their start time if they feel it necessary.

We'll publish start times for each rider, please ensure you arrive at the stage start in good time.  Riders will start at 30sec intervals.

Category running order: Hardtail, Juvenile, Youth, Junior, Veteran, Grand Veteran, All Women, Master, Senior, Elite

Category stage results will be printed as we go and final results will be based on the total time for all four stages.


FACILITIES

Ludlow Information Centre for accommodation advice: 01584 875053

Camping is available on-site from Saturday afternoon.
Hot and cold refreshments will be available from Saturday 9.00am.
There will only be water provided for washing. We recommend you bring enough drinking water with you. The caterers will sell bottled water.
Basic chemical toilets are available.
Dogs strictly on leads at all times.

Location

From A49 at Craven Arms. Turn onto B4368 signposted Clun. In approx. 2 miles turn left onto B4367 signposted Knighton. Drive through Clungunford to Hopton Heath. Turn right, over railway bridge and then immediately left towards Hopton Castle. Follow narrow road to Hopton Castle. PLEASE DRIVE WITH CAUTION HERE. Turn left by the castle and follow MTB Race signs along Bedstone Lane to parking field on your right side.

When exiting, all traffic will need to turn right out of the venue towards Bedstone. Please follow the signs. No traffic should leave through Hopton Castle village.

Nearest postcode: SY7 0QF
We recommend not solely relying on your Sat Nav!