After a massive second year for the UK Gravity Enduro series, the downhill endurance series is back for a third year with new sponsors onboard and some key changes.
First off, series creator Steve Parr has teamed up with Charlie Williams. Many of the Enduro racers will already know Charlie from the start or finish arena, as Charlie finished second overall in the Masters category.
There are two main sponsors to let you all know about with big hitters Shimano and Mavic both joining the growing UK Enduro race scene.
A spokesperson from Shimano's UK importer and distributor Madison said:
"Shimano is delighted to continue to support the UK Gravity Enduro series in 2013. Last season saw Enduro really come into its own as a recognised discipline and no doubt this will continue in 2013 and we are excited to see what the year will bring. The presence of the Shimano Tech Support team at last year’s races was an extremely popular resource for the riders and we will once again be bringing the expertise of our Shimano mechanics to the series, offering free repair to make sure every rider can make it to the start line on race day."
French component and clothing brand Mavic too is thrilled to be involved with the innovative series:
“Mavic is really proud to be involved with the best UK Gravity Enduro series and to be at the forefront of the market. With products like the Crossmax ST & Crossmax SX and the new Notch helmet and clothing range we have the best equipment to help you perform. We look forward to seeing you during the series. We will be present (service and display wise) at a guaranteed three events this year (and more next) with those being a mix of Rounds 1, 2 and 3”.
Also onboard for 2013 is Laurence Crossman-Emms as official videographer; check out some of his work on Pinkbike. Laurence will provide great footage that will go out live by the following Monday of the race.
A really important part of the series is the category sponsors, so far on board are: Excempt Clothing, Schwalbe tyres, Juice Lubes, Whack Job and One Industries. There will be some great prizes throughout the year from these guys, so you'd best get training now to make sure you hit the all important top three of your category.
Steve and Charlie wish you all good riding and we’ll see you on a stage in 2013.
More Info: www.ukgravityenduro.com
Series Date and Venues:
23-24 March Afan Forest, South Wales Round 1
27-28 April Innerleithen, Scotland Round 2
25-26 May Hamsterley Forest, England Round 3
17-18 August Dyfi Forest, Wales Round 4
7-8 September Triscombe, England Round 5