Family Enduros are designed to introduce youth to the sport of enduros, so that we will have future generations of enduro racers. According to AMA rules, these events are recreation (not competition). The course length is between 20 to 40 miles. Many clubs have had successful events with a course 8 to 17 miles in length (or less) and have the participants ride 2 to 3 laps. The events use the timekeeping and/or restart format. For the timekeeper events, One of our intentions is to teach the new enduro riders how to keep time at a traditional enduro. The speed averages for these events are 12 to 18 miles per hour depending on the terrain and length of the sections. There have been a couple of events that did include a loop at 24 mph for the older riders. There is a break (reset or pause) in between each loop to allow the participants a break and to allow for the sweep riders to clear the trail. The loops are typically all off road, so no lights / license are needed. Gas stops are typically no further than 15 miles apart, so even the smallest bike (gas tank) can make a loop with no problems. As a typical enduro the checkpoints are secret. Each loop should have an emergency (tie breaker) check. Most clubs will post mileage markers through the loop as some of the riders may not have an odometer on the their bike. In addition to the secret and emergency checks, the clubs are also encouraged to use observation checks – part of the enduro experience. Tentative class structure:
Class A – Buddy (riding with a parent/guardian on the same bike)
Class B – ages 4-6
Class C – ages 7-8
Class D – ages 9-11
Class E – ages 12-13
Class F – ages 14-15
Class G – Women: ages 11-15
Class H – Women: ages 16+
Class I – ages 16-39
Class J – ages 40-54
Class K – ages 55+
OPTIONAL: Exhibition classes (X): Riders who want to be scored, but not interested in trophies. NOTE: No trophies or points given for the exhibition class (bragging rights only).
Trophies should be limited in the adult classes to three places.
Your age on January 1 determines the class that you ride for the entire season.
If you just want to ride for fun to provide support to your child or family and not compete for a trophy, you will be assigned a P number.
It is suggested that classes B and C start in the later rows to help minimize traffic and passing on the trail. Also, these classes and class A (Buddy) should ride a shorter course or fewer laps. The D class could be assigned to the later rows, but they will be riding the long course.
In general, parents and support riders should ride BEHIND their child. It is easier to monitor their riding and helps the rider develop a better understanding of timekeeping and strategy if they attempt to ride the event on their own as much as possible.
Riders must race five (5) family enduro events in order to be considered for year-end awards, and year-end awards will only be issued to youth (under 16 classes) and all women classes.