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Frequently Asked Questions

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

ON BIKE

All riders must wear a FULL FACE helmet at all times whilst on a timed special stages.  Helmets with a removable chin-guard are also accepted (Bell Super 2R, Giro Switchblade etc). During Liaison stages it is acceptable to wear a Half-Lid helmet (for example if you wish to carry a second helmet in your pack for use on the Liaison stages).

In addition to the helmet, all riders must wear:

  • CE approved back protector, or a cycle bag with integrated back protection
  • Full Finger Gloves
  • Knee protection / armour

Riders must also carry at all times during the event

  • A Charged,  Mobile Phone with data roaming enabled if necessary (emergency use only), and list of emergency contact numbers provided by the organisers
  • A waterproof / windproof jacket
  • Water and trail snacks

No.  Each day you start and finish at the same point, so we do not move camp / HQ each day.  However we will set off in a different direction every morning and therefore each day will cover a totally different riding area before looping back to return to base at the end of the day.

 

First riders depart between 08:00 and 10:00 each day.  Lunch is not included but the route will pass near to several local cafes and a supermarket, for riders wishing to purchase lunch. There is a break included in the race schedule to allow for this. We expect participants will complete the course and make it back to base camp between 16:00 and 18:30 each day (13:30 on the 3rd day which is a half-day).

Riders are released in waves every 15 minutes. Faster riders go off first based on your pre-seeding information completed on the entry form. For the rest of the field, gentleman’s rules apply as to starting order.  Liaison sections are not timed and there is no time limit from one stage to the next.  You start your next stage whenever you are ready to go.  However, you be sure must complete the entire course before the cut-off time at the end of the day.

Fitness in the endurance / strength conditioning sense, as well as mental focus and determination is more relevant than outright pace and / or climbing ability. That said, entrants will face fairly big days in the saddle (30-40Km, 6-8 hrs a day) on physical trails, in potentially hot conditions and at altitudes up to 2700m.    Uplifts will be lift-assisted but some climbing (2 hours per day max) will also be required.

First of all, don’t only ride trail centres and man-made trails.  If you are considering entering this event then you should already be at this level of competence, as a minimum. We’d therefore advise taking in as much natural terrain as you can, and ride in places you have not been to before. Practise riding challenging sections on sight, and as you would do against the clock. If you are not an experienced racer, practise at your “comfortable 70% pace”. (Where 100% would be the pace you would ride in a normal, pre-sighted Enduro race event). This is the pace that will certainly give you the best overall result at the Enduro2. Get out for some big epic rides and take note of your personal needs for nutrition and hydration. For (the minority) of you who are serious about competing to place highly, teamwork and communication skills will be important. Practise racing and riding together in a tight formation.

The Enduro2 course has been selected to provide a variety of technicality.  Warm-up trails will be of moderate to advanced technical level.   However each day will include at least one technically very challenging trail (at least Double-Black-Diamond level) – and remember that it is all ridden blind and unpractised.  Many of the trails are in a high alpine environment, outside of the controlled bike-park boundaries.   Some trails involve a high level of exposure with no barriers of safety netting in the event of a fall, therefore a good level of general mountain awareness is required to participate safely. There will not be any jumps or drops without an easy alternative option.

Yes. This is an adult-only event, you must both 18 years or over to enter.

However, if you are aged 16 or older and are entering as a pair with a responsible parent or guardian (who is aged over 21) then you will be permitted to enter so long as your parent/guardian agrees to accept full responsibility for your safety and will personally accompany you at all times during the race.

OFF-BIKE

No dedicated feed stations are provided by the race organisers. However the route liaisons pass through mountain towns and villages on a frequent basis, which allows racers to stop and purchase their own snacks, food and drinks as required.

Water-stops en route are readily available in the form of public-use fountains and trail-side natural springs.

Both Les Arcs and Davos have and ample supply of coffee shops, supermarkets, restaurants and take-away stores.   Additionally, cafes and snack-bars are available on the mountain during race-day.

For those taking our pre-arranged airport transfer from Geneva (Les Arcs) or Zurich (Davos), your bike must be suitably boxed or packed inside a typical bike-bag.  During the race, we will use various ski-lifts to transport your bike, and these are used at the owner’s risk to bike damage. You are responsible for your own bike’s security during the event and the organisers cannot take responsibility for loss or theft.  No secure overnight bike storage is provided by the organisers although if you book our recommended accommodation, this will be provided by the accommodation providers on an independent basis.

We have an onsite basic workshop area and common tools available to use at Race HQ. There are a selection of local bike shops in town that offer spares and service capability.  You are strongly advised to bring your own spares especially for bike-specific components such as brake pads, spare spokes, mech hangars etc.

We have several dedicated first-responders on our team who will provide first-aid and further treatment / advice should you need it. If emergency hospital treatment is required, we will arrange to transport you to the nearest hospital or liase with emergency services as required. For non-urgent cases or treatments outside of racing hours, you may need to make your own arrangements should you wish to travel to a hospital (e.g. taxi). If you are hospitalised we will take care of, and deliver your bike back to base.  If you miss your airport transfer or onward travel due to injury, you will need to make your own arrangements for onward travel and assistance.  (Travel insurance highly recommended!)

Self-sufficient supporters are welcome.  Non-entrants will not be allowed into the Race HQ area during briefings. The Les Arcs / Davos tourist offices can provide more information on accommodation and travel options should you need it.

Yes. A comprehensive medical and rescue emergency cover is mandatory for all competitors as well as travel insurance that covers you for cancellation or curtailment. In particular, the organisers have no provision for accommodation and/or ownard support for any competitor needing to remain in hospital overnight after the event. Due to the complexities of individual insurance arrangements, unfortunately we are not able to advise or recommend any particular insurance provider.

Yes! Please Email us for the latest info.   We need timing station volunteers and mountain marshals – but you must be competent on a bike!

Yes. This is an adult-only event, you must both 18 years or over to enter.

However, if you are aged 16 or older and are entering as a pair with a responsible parent or guardian (who is aged over 21) then you will be permitted to enter so long as your parent/guardian agrees to accept full responsibility for your safety and will personally accompany you at all times during the race.

TRAVEL, TRANSPORT & PRACTICAL LOGISTICS

Enduro2 is a pairs-only event.  If you are looking for a race buddy, we’d suggest try posting on our event-specific Facebook page or on your local MTB forum.   We do not offer a rider-matching service since its far too big a deal to pick the right person for you and we certainly don’t want to be getting involved in any inter-team domestic arguments! 🙂

The team’s entry fee is due in full, as one single payment, within 7 days of your entry confirmation.   In the event of your cancellation, for any reason including unforeseen circumstances such as injury, illness or family bereavement, you will receive 50% refund if cancelled before May 1st, 2016 (Les Arcs) or 1st August (Davos).  Rider & individual team member substitutions are possible, free of charge, up to 2 weeks before the race.

If the organisers are forced to cancel the event due to factors outside of their control, a partial refund may be offered (or a reduced price entry to next year’s event) dependent on the circumstances under which the event was cancelled, but this is not guaranteed since unavoidable costs are incurred by the organisers in the run up to the event.  Examples that may prevent the race from going ahead as planned are: extreme weather (lift closures), safety concerns or severe rider injury causing the course to be closed, timing system failure, failure of one one of the event’s safety-critical suppliers to deliver.

We therefore strongly suggest that you take out a cancellation insurance policy that would cover your personal financial losses in this eventuality.

If your team member drops out but you still wish to race, this is OK and you are fine to race on your own or team up with another rider in the same position as you, on the day.

We have an onsite basic workshop area and common tools available to use at Race HQ. There are a selection of local bike shops in town that offer spares and service capability.  You are strongly advised to bring your own spares especially for bike-specific components such as brake pads, spare spokes, mech hangars etc.

We have several dedicated first-responders on our team who will provide first-aid and further treatment / advice should you need it. If emergency hospital treatment is required, we will arrange to transport you to the nearest hospital or liase with emergency services as required. For non-urgent cases or treatments outside of racing hours, you may need to make your own arrangements should you wish to travel to a hospital (e.g. taxi). If you are hospitalised we will take care of, and deliver your bike back to base.  If you miss your airport transfer or onward travel due to injury, you will need to make your own arrangements for onward travel and assistance.  (Travel insurance highly recommended!)

Self-sufficient supporters are welcome.  Non-entrants will not be allowed into the Race HQ area during briefings. The Les Arcs / Davos tourist offices can provide more information on accommodation and travel options should you need it.

Yes. A comprehensive medical and rescue emergency cover is mandatory for all competitors as well as travel insurance that covers you for cancellation or curtailment. In particular, the organisers have no provision for accommodation and/or ownard support for any competitor needing to remain in hospital overnight after the event. Due to the complexities of individual insurance arrangements, unfortunately we are not able to advise or recommend any particular insurance provider.

Yes! Please Email us for the latest info.   We need timing station volunteers and mountain marshals – but you must be competent on a bike!

Yes. This is an adult-only event, you must both 18 years or over to enter.

However, if you are aged 16 or older and are entering as a pair with a responsible parent or guardian (who is aged over 21) then you will be permitted to enter so long as your parent/guardian agrees to accept full responsibility for your safety and will personally accompany you at all times during the race.

TRAVEL, ACCOMMODATION & LOGISTICS – LES ARCS ENDURO2 

The event is entered around the Funicular Car Park in Bourg St Maurice.  The race will start and finish each of the 3 days, at the race HQ which is also based here.

Drinks, Food, Mechanic and Medical support are available all weekend onsite, and onsite café Charly’s Factory will be working around the clock to service your needs.

Click Here to see a map of the HQ area in relation to other relevant facilities at the event.

There is ample free parking / hard-standing for camper vans at the Race HQ area.  Drinking water is also available here and it is typical to see the general public and tourists using this area as a convenient place to “park-up” or “wild camp” in campers although please note that this idea is not officially endorsed by the event organisers.

We’re working on some great deals just for Enduro2 racers right now for local campsite, hotel, restaurant and camper-van facilities.  We will have full details of these by January 2017 latest. Please be patient!

We strongly recommend Camping Le Reclus which is a very short riding distance from Race HQ and offers lower pricing for riders on a tighter budget.  The second option in Bourg St Maurice is Camping Le Versoyen.  Both sites offer an English speaking reservation service and pitches for camper vans as well as tents.  Be sure to mention Enduro2 to book a suitable pitch alongside your fellow racers!

Hotel and chalet options can be found via the Bourg St Maurice / Les Arcs tourist office website, or by phoning +33 (0)4 79 07 12 57 (They speak both English and French).

We organise transfers to/from GENEVA (GVA). The inbound transfers coaches depart Geneva airport at 15:00 on Friday, (subject to airport delays) and take about 2.5 hours. The latest possible flight arrival time you should book is 14:15.  We expect to have one full coach for those arriving on earlier flights, and this will depart as soon as it is full.

On the following Monday after the race, we drop back at Geneva at 17:30, so you will need to get a late evening flight home (or spend the night at Geneva airport).

We will send out departure schedule once we have the flight details from all passengers.

Private minibus transfers are available from All-Mountains Taxi and Coolbus

Free Parking will be available for the duration of the event, very close to Race HQ in Bourg St Maurice, and driving directions will be provided in your race entry information.

Registration Opens at 14h00 on Friday in Bourg St Maurice, and camp facilities will be available immediately, from this time.   Last registrations on Friday are at 20h30.

Race Briefings are presented online via a video link that will be uploaded in advance of the race.

Yes. A comprehensive medical and rescue emergency cover is mandatory for all competitors as well as travel insurance that covers you for cancellation or curtailment. In particular, the organisers have no provision for accommodation and/or ownard support for any competitor needing to remain in hospital overnight after the event. Due to the complexities of individual insurance arrangements, unfortunately we are not able to advise or recommend any particular insurance provider.

Yes! Please Email us for the latest info.   We need timing station volunteers and mountain marshals – but you must be competent on a bike!

Yes. This is an adult-only event, you must both 18 years or over to enter.

However, if you are aged 16 or older and are entering as a pair with a responsible parent or guardian (who is aged over 21) then you will be permitted to enter so long as your parent/guardian agrees to accept full responsibility for your safety and will personally accompany you at all times during the race.

TRAVEL & LOGISTICS – DAVOS ENDURO2 

The event is entered around the Davos Platz DKB / Ischalp SKi-Lift Car Park.  The race will start and finish each of the 3 days, at the race HQ which is also based here.

Drinks, Food, Mechanic and Medical support are available to buy all weekend onsite.

We have worked out a special deal for Enduro2 riders with Davos Mountain Railway Hotels.  Click Here for info and to book your stay.

There is  hard-standing for camper vans at the Davos Race HQ area if pre-booked and paid for via the link above.  Drinking water is also available here.

Flights are available to Zurich from the UK

We organise transfers to/from ZURICH (ZRH). The inbound transfers coaches depart Zurich airport at 15:00 on Thursday, (subject to airport delays) and take about 2.5 hours. The latest possible flight arrival time you should book is 14:15.  We expect to have one full coach for those arriving on earlier flights, and this will depart as soon as it is full.

On the following Sunday after the race, we drop back at Zurich at 17:30, so you will need to get a late evening flight home (or spend the night at Zurich airport).

We will send out departure schedule once we have the flight details from all passengers.

Its possible to take the train direct to Davos if you wish to travel outside of these times.

Free Parking will be available for the duration of the event, very close to Race HQ in Davos and driving directions will be provided in your race entry information.

Registration Opens at 14h00 on Thursday at Race HQ, and parking facilities will be available immediately, from this time.   Last registrations on Thursday are at 20h30.

Race Briefings are presented online via a video link that will be uploaded in advance of the race.

Yes. A comprehensive medical and rescue emergency cover is mandatory for all competitors as well as travel insurance that covers you for cancellation or curtailment. In particular, the organisers have no provision for accommodation and/or ownard support for any competitor needing to remain in hospital overnight after the event. Due to the complexities of individual insurance arrangements, unfortunately we are not able to advise or recommend any particular insurance provider.

Yes! Please Email us for the latest info.   We need timing station volunteers and mountain marshals – but you must be competent on a bike!

Yes. This is an adult-only event, you must both 18 years or over to enter.

However, if you are aged 16 or older and are entering as a pair with a responsible parent or guardian (who is aged over 21) then you will be permitted to enter so long as your parent/guardian agrees to accept full responsibility for your safety and will personally accompany you at all times during the race.