Dates and Venues Announced for the 2021 British National Enduro Series15 March 2021 | By billy1979
BEMBA National Enduro Series have 4 rounds scheduled for 2021, with hopefully 2 more extra rounds to be confirmed later in the year.
Usually in March we would be just weeks away from National Enduro's starting the summer season but these are not normal times and as such we are tentatively launching our 2021 national enduro series.
We have 4 rounds scheduled with 2 more extra's we hope to confirm, or cancel, in June. Many many thanks to the racers over the past year for their understanding of the troubles the pandemic has brought onto event planning.
With the BNES series covering England, Scotland and Wales we are awaiting 3 lots of advice and "rules of engagement" on how the events will look but we can at least announce our plans, if not exactly how the events will need to run under any covid secure guidelines - especially for round 1 in Step3 of English unlocking while we are sure the restrictions could be similar to 2020 summer events
Graythwaite : 28/29th May 2021. Also a EWS Qualifier event. Backup date : 19/20th June 2021. PMBA Enduro. Entries open Sat 13th March 9am (quite full from 2020 carry overs)
Tweed Valley : 17/18th July. Entries : FULL Tweedlove
Minehead : 24/25th July. Also the BEMBA National Championships. Southern Enduro. Entries open late March/Early April.
Llangollen : 14/15th August 2021. Also a EWS Qualifier event. PMBA Enduro Entries open Sat 1st May 9am
While all events are TBC till they actually happen in this covid era rounds 5 & 6 are most definitely TBC and have not yet achieved basic permissions to run. Sometime in June these 2 events will be confirmed as part of the BNES or dropped, we are expecting "test" events at English forest locations during May. The events still may happen even if dropped by BNES in June, but we feel racers need to know if the 3 tightly packed events in July/August are "it" at this point in the racing year.
Round 5 - Scottish Enduro Series - September/TBC
Round 6 - NDH/Cold Brew - 23rd/24th October, Kielder
With the nations forests still too busy for events there are many missing enduro's from BEMBA's full year program of grassroots upwards enduro's. BEMBA is run by a selection of the 20 most proficient enduro organisers from all parts of the British Isles, but the current climate makes organising events even tougher than normal. However there are still events happening up and down the country mainly on private land while councils and forestry organisations are not yet ready to host events we have still been able to form a series from the biggest of those. We aim for 2 Scottish, 2 Welsh and 2 English rounds for each year, and hope we can deliver than in 2021.
"The Epic" at Graythwaite. is the ideal series opener, straight into racing hard, steep and technical stages. This private venue and walled estate provides the ideal isolated venue for these covid times, as PMBA Enduro proved last year with the biggest cycling event of the year running covid secure. Graythwaite has been hosting large enduro events since 2016, including the inaugural national enduro champs back in 2017, a venue with pedigree and some stunning views of the English Lake District.
Saturday and Sunday of the late May Bank Holiday, We'll hopefully be allowed a little socialising after the event on the Sunday night, and postpone the travelling home till Monday. An open air bar flowing the awesome Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery Ales in the marquee and some fun after the event? Will that be allowed - we are still waiting to find out!
National events like these, require "step3" on the government roadmap which is due 17th May, just 12 days before the event scheduled for 29/30th May, However with the event so close to the "Step3" date required we are taking no chances and have sorted an alternate date to cope with a delay to this unlocking. 19/20th June is the backup date, allowing for a month of delay to Step3. Its an unusual year when you have to announce 2 possible dates for an event but we hope racers will back this stance and understand if we don't have timing, medics, marshals, toilets and catering booked for June now we may not be able to arrange a new date if there is a last minute change - so we have booked both dates to be sure and allow for racers to plan for both eventualities.
Next in line is Vallelujah, one of the premium Enduro venues in the UK, the Tweed Valley was made world famous by its run of early EWS event, and before EWS makes its return to the valley in October Tweedlove have a trio of events to serve up. Vallelujah was originally round 1 of the series, and scheduled for March but now is scheduled for July and round 2 of the BNES series. With so many world class stages available this is surely going to be a fantastic event.
Our third offering for the 2021 season is also the big one, the standalone national champs. Who will get to wear the national champions jersey for the next year? The southern enduro team did such a great round of the BNES in 2019 they were unanimously voted to host the national champs last year and have kept that honour for 2021 with no national racing last year.
The forth round is in Wales, at one of the nations premier DH venues of Llangollen. Having hosted just 1 enduro so far it was such a success that PMBA Enduro have enlarged the event to bring it up to BNES and EWS Qualifier standards. Fast DH inspired stages await racers here, which could be the season finale too.