YRE-2019 Race Details
08 November to 19 November , 2019.
3-day enduro race: mainly flat and climbing sections are untimed and mainly descending sections are timed. 3 to 6 hours of riding per day, with 2-3 timed sections throughout each day. Times will be added together over the span of the 3 days to get your overall result at the end of the event.
Non-competitive riding before and after the 3 race days
A short, non-competitive acclimatization ride precedes the first day of racing; and a longer, non-competitive celebration rides follows after the last day racing to give a total of 6 days of riding. This event is structured as such with the health and well-being of all participants and staff in mind: to allow riders ample time to get accustomed to the high altitude via the acclimatization ride; as well as ensuring safety (and plenty of great photo-taking opportunities!) during the scenic and very rugged/exposed descending route during the return journey.
RACE TRANSFER STAGES:
Riding vs. Walking with Bike
Each race day, riders can expect a starting transfer stage of around 2-2.5 hours of uphill riding as well as walking with their bikes (hike-a-bike) to reach the first timed stage. Depending on the fitness level and technical ability of riders, this opening transfer stage will be between 40-60% rideable.
Uplifts by Vehicles
4-wheel drive trucks will provide limited vehicular uplifts will be used to get riders through other sections of the race, and will be provided as such:
-Before the start of racing on 2nd Day: 40-minute early-morning uplift between Manang town to Khangsar town
RACE TIMED STAGES:
Overall, the timed stages comprise of over 90% downhill/descending features, and less than 10% flat and climbing/uphill features. Some stages will feature more descending and brake control on high speed or technical sections, while others will require riders to do more pedaling to remain competitive.
Features on timed stages include (but are not limited to):
– Narrow singletrack with exposure on ridgelines, traverses, and corners
– Flowy, high-speed singletrack and doubletrack
– Alpine forest soil and vegetation (loam, roots, pine cones, fallen leaves)
– Loose rocks, pebbles, and scree
– Steep, tight, descending switchbacks
– Rock gardens, including steps (natural or man-made), rock slabs, and rollable drops
– Occasional wet stream/creek crossings and bridges (rock, wood)
– Mud, snow, ice (if wet/cold weather is encountered)
Due to the remote nature of this event, all timed stages will be contested without prior practice, or blind. Each race stage is officiated over by a start official and a finish official (at the start and finish line respectively); are marked with course tape & arrows; and are manned at critical junctions and safety points by route marshals and medical staff.
Regular pre-stage inspections will take place throughout the event to ensure that riders possess and wear proper protective equipment, that their bikes are in good working order, and that they comply with the regulations and the spirit of the event.
INFORMATION AND WHAT TO EXPECT
The night before each day of riding, a riders briefing will be held to give important details on what to expect and the latest updates on trail conditions. Stage and cumulative times will also be posted daily during the riders briefings.