Essentials for Enduro race day. Advice from Endurotyres.com
Whether you’re an enduro race day beginner and have plucked up the courage to sign up for the first time, or you know the ropes and have been doing this for a while now, there’s always something exciting about getting competitive on the track.
It’s safe to say we’ve been to our fair share, from small local comps to the British Enduro Championship and even travelling across the pond for the World Enduro Champs, we know what you REALLY need to be packing and preparing for. Here’s our guide to enduro race essentials…
Sign up for the correct class
You want to know that you’re competing against riders with a similar ability to you, like any sport, there is no point going up against people you are quite obviously going to smash and on the other hand, you don’t want the competition to be so hard that you don’t stand a chance. That’s why event organisers split each race into classes. Generally, you will have:
- Veterans (usually over 40)
You should be able to base your previous timecards on where you sit in each class.
Know your race and track
Hopefully, if you have signed up for an enduro race you know what you’re getting yourself into. An enduro race is a cross-country race which consists of off-road challenges and obstacles. It will usually involve various terrains to test your skills and of course, endurance, hence the name!
Remember, it’s not just about getting off the start line the quickest, enduro racing is about time-keeping.
Race day essentials
It’s not just as easy as turning up, taking part in your race and (hopefully) getting a space on the podium at the end of the day. Mentally you need to be in the right headspace for the event too. But apart from being in the right headspace, here are some race day essentials you’ll want to pack with you.
We’re not just talking about any dirtbike, you want one that you know well, inside and out. Don’t treat yourself to a new shiny bike 2 weeks before an enduro event without having the time to properly test it out on various terrains and obstacles.
You need that breaking in time to get all the fluids warmed up, so make sure you rag it around some tracks for a few hours beforehand.
The right tyres and Bib Mousse
There are a few ranges of tyres that we’d recommend for your Enduro race, here’s a quick overview:
Michelin Enduro Medium
The obvious choice for most enduro riders, these lightweight, multi-terrain, durable tyres really are our go-to’s. Used as OE fitment for new Husqvarna/GasGas/Sherco/Beta bikes, this just proves their worth.
Michelin Enduro Xtrem
You won’t want to install Xtrem’s for your average enduro race, these bad boys are only for (as the name suggests), extreme enduros. The likes of Graham Jarvis, Billy Bolt and Alfredo Gomez sport these.
If you’re not using Michelin Mediums, make sure it’s an FIM-approved tyre!
Bib Mousse is also essential to pair with your enduro tyres, so make sure you pick up the right one when adding your tyres to your basket!
Your Rabaconda tyre changer
Seriously, if you’re reading this, have done more than 2 enduro races and still have not purchased a Rabaconda, what are you playing at? It will make your race prep 100% times easier and quicker and will avoid you getting FOMO when you’re watching everyone else change their tyres in less than 2 minutes.
If you’re attending a longer event over multiple days, you will get time after day 1 to change your tyres!
Protective clothing and what to wear
You want to try and finish this race in one piece, so make sure you’ve grabbed all the must-have protective equipment. We’d suggest, much like your bike, that you’ve ‘worn in’ your clothing so you can be sure you’re comfortable for the race. Here’s our packing list:
- Full face, well-ventilated off-road helmet – check the race regulations before setting off
- Fog-resistant goggles (we’d suggest these over glasses for superior protection)
- Full body armour
- Knee braces (we’d recommend Pod Active every day)
- Dirt-specific riding boots
- Base layer suitable for the weather
- Riding gloves
- A means of timing your laps such as a stopwatch on your handlebars
Drinks and snacks
We’re always keen to be first in line for the burger van but save those baps for after the race, you’ll need a bit more fuel to keep you going on the track so always take some energy bars and plenty of water. We’d recommend wearing a hydration pack or lightweight rucksack.
Fuel and tools
With any enduro race, you’ll be on the track for at least a few hours, if not more, so you need to make sure you have enough fuel at the pit stops ready for you, plus some good multitools in your pack.
Your team should also have prepared for you some essentials such as:
- Spare chain
- Spare pipes for the exhaust in case it gets bent over an obstacle
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Regardless of the enduro event you’re taking part in, big or small, hopefully, this article has prepared you for what you need to take and got you hyped for your next competition.
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