The PMBA (Pennine Mountain Bike Association) enduro series has had another superb year. It’s an often over used cliché to say they’re going from “strength to strength”, but in a year that has seen enduro series come and go without trace, the PMBA has upped their game immeasurably. A series that prides itself on enduro racing at grass roots level, they have continued to grow and provide some of the best race events in the UK. With sellout races all year long in 2016, demand for places has become like trying to buy rock concert tickets!
Kev Duckworth, Mike Marsden and Duncan Maffey pre race at GNAR bike park
In 2016 the Hope PMBA series took riders to several locations across the north of England and one within the borders of Scotland at Kirroughtree. The locations were Gisburn, Grizedale, Lee Quarry, Graythwaite, Kirroughtree and Gnar bike park. Some of these locations have been used before and keep attracting the regulars back, but new locations like Graythwaite and Gnar have kept the series varied and challenging.
Ian Cation, a regular competitor at PMBA, keeping it low at GNAR
One thing that is very noticeable about the PMBA series is the amount of time and effort that goes into planning the events, with some of the biggest teams of marshals and medics on hand throughout the days practice and racing. Many of the marshals help to up the atmosphere and provide some quality heckling too, there is never a dull moment!
Tough climbs and hike a bike in the depths of the Lake District, results in epic downhill stages!
Graythwaite in the Lakes, a completely new venue for PMBA had riders styling it up into the finishing arena
The PMBA Enduro team have big plans for 2017, the guys are always listening and gathering feedback so believe they have a selection of events that racers will love. All events use the SI Air+ contactless timing system, the best and most reliable timing system for Enduro racing currently on the market. All events are run under BEMBA guidelines to maximise rider safety and reduce confusion with a common core rulebook. Cooperation with other organisers within BEMBA is key to reducing clashing of events and increasing the use of the best practices set out in the guidelines, the guys running the PMBA urge racers to support BEMBA!
Gnar will be hosting the series again in 2017
So, if you’re missing enduro racing at the moment and over the winter, there’s a day/night race coming up very shortly at Gisburn. If you’ve never tried enduro racing, this would be a great starting point! Then shortly after Christmas, to burn off the mince pies and turkey there’s another day/night enduro at Grizedale Forest, a stunning location and regular race venue for the PMBA team. Enter here for either event
Lee Quarry’s jump section created an excellent finalé to the weekends racing
So here is the 2017 line up, the guys behind the PMBA series have been working tirelessly over the year, not only running a great 2016 race series, but putting into place an amazing years racing coming to us in 2017
Steep sections on stage 1 at Graythwaite gave for little warm up. Straight into the action
The race series will also be hosting a huge 3 day event, at Graythwaite and Grizedale. 10 stages across 55 km within some of the most beautiful but tough terrain in England, having spoken to Kev Duckworth, he’s determined to provide the best event possible, inspired by the likes of the EWS. As Kev says “This will be epic, tough and technical but still fun, it will crown worthy champions”. If this doesn’t excite you, then I guess nothing will. Keep your eyes open for the entries going live on 28th November and throughout the year here, already the 2 day/night enduros are filling up fast.
Entries go live midday 28th November 2016. DO NOT MISS OUT
I’ll leave you with some images from the PMBA series over 2016. What a great race series these guys have provided!
Ian Tate racing in the Hamsterley Trailblazers colours at Gisburn. Spot the war cry!
Gisburn’s Holly Gully provided a more trail centre style stage
Sometimes the fastest line is the gnarliest line
Thats it for 2016, see you next year
So, 2016 has been a huge season for the PMBA, but with bigger and greater plans for 2017, you would be crazy to miss out. Remember, you can follow all the news on their FaceBook page here, you’ll also find links to all the races, the majority of which will be going live on 28th November, do not hesitate because if you snooze you’ll loose! Enter here