New National Hard Enduro Championship announced in Great Britain
A new National Hard Enduro Championship has been launched in the UK aiming to encourage younger and wider talent onto the international stage.
The new National Hard Enduro Championship, announced with the title sponsor Goggle-Tech by the Auto Cycle Union (ACU), will bring together some of the best independently run British extreme enduro events into one series.
Effectively that also brings together a selection of UK event organisers under one umbrella who will run one or two of their existing events with an ACU permit.
The British Extreme Enduro Championship is already well-established with Billy Bolt the current championship leader and Will Hoare as 2021 title holder. This new National Hard Enduro series, with dates now announced, will co-exist to encourage a more riders of different levels and particularly youth classes who currently struggle to find a foot hold in this sport.
The series will begin on March 13 with the ‘Ultimate Edge’ run by Edge Off Road who join RAW Enduro, EnduroRocks and Dirt Bike Action as event organisers within the five date championship.
Confirmed 2022 NHEC dates:
March 13, Edge Off Road www.edgeoffroad.events
June 12 or 19 (TBC) Dirt Bike Action www.dirtbike-action.co.uk
June 25, Edge Off Road
July 10 RAW Enduro www.rawenduro.co.uk
July 31 Endurorocks www.endurocks.co.uk
Britain has a very solid history of extreme and hard enduro events but they don’t all operate under the ACU system. That means different events can use a different licensing system and that can be a stumbling block for riders who prefer to cherry-pick across the calendar. It can be a confusing and expensive element.
The ACU say riders competing in the new National Hard Enduro Championship can use a single event license for one round I this series or apply for an annual licence which would also be valid for other ACU permitted enduro events in all disciplines, all season.
Pro to Youth classes (down to 12-years-old):
- Elite Veterans (O-40)
- Veterans (O-40)
- Youth – 12-16 years riding minimum 80cc and maximum 150cc (regardless of two or four stroke engine) or electric bikes up to 10 bhp measured at the rear wheel
- Sportsman (no award basis, organisers discretion)
NB: 15 and 16-year-olds can compete as an Adult in Extreme events on a bike up to 250cc but cannot also compete as a Youth during the same event.
Aiming for more Jarvis’, Bolts and Walkers
The ACU say riding in the National Hard Enduro Championship will help riders gain experience, gauge themselves and step up the ladder in the sport. It’s also a way for the ACU themselves to vet riders wanting to compete in FIM sanctioned events overseas like Romaniacs and Erzbergrodeo and which need international event licenses.
More information: www.acu.org.uk