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What you need to know to go Offroad/Enduro racing:
« on: May 07, 2010, 09:35:41 pm »
I wrote this after doing all the research, here's what you need to know to go racing offroads / enduros

So what do you need to go off-road racing?
Firstly you need to be a bit mad, this is hectic stuff, there are some real tough races on the calendar, and some pretty insane stuff, like the ewxcís (EnduroX races). Now to go racing, you firstly you need to join a club of your choice that represents the type of races you want to do, examples are WPATV, CSMX or Enduro World. Joining a club costs from R150 to about R400.

Next up you need a racing license,
This you must get from MSA (Motorsport South Africa), now this is the long and boring bit, so Iím going to keep it as short as possible, basically there are 4 types of licenses, International, National, Regional, and Club. An average rider would consider either the regional, or club license. A regional license costs R650 and you get the option to take out MSAís medical aid cover of R100 000 for R1440. And a club license costs R300 with the option to take out MSAís medical cover of R60 000 for R280

You will have get a race number from MSA, this number you need to have on the number board at the front of the bike, and on the side panel either side of the bike. Depending on your type of license the colour of the number, and background, will vary.

Now we are ready to go racing! Next up you need to choose a race you'd like to do, it is divided mainly into two types of races, off-roads, which are more fast open terrain, and enduroís which are a bit slower and more technical.

To enter a race you need to get the registration form, fill it out and fax, email, snail mail it to the correct persons, along with your entry fee for the race.
Some of the things you must have with you at the race, these are MSA requirements.
At least one litre of water, a first aid kit, all the proper riding gear, a environmental refuel mat for using in the pits, a fire extinguisher for those hot days, a toolkit for when things break.

Thatís about all you need to go to get into a race, remember...it's about fun...

{Edited: Title - Thanks Etienne}
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Re: What you need to know to go racing:
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2010, 10:01:19 am »
Don't forget your license at home! :deal:
 

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Re: What you need to know to go racing:
« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2010, 10:11:49 am »
Cool thread....
Enduro is something that has been enticing me for some time.....
Now just to follow the instructions & buy a bike      :mwink:
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Re: What you need to know to go racing:
« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2010, 06:32:19 am »
You forgot one super important and critical item - A SENSE OF HUMOUR

This is my first year of enduro / offroad racing. I knew it would be physically tough but I reckoned I was up for the challenge - I though "how bad can it really be ? I've been riding bikes for 15 odd years, raced a Golf in GTi Challenge for 3 years and am reasonably fit and strong - I'm a quick learner so it won't be long before I am on the podium"

HA HA HA

I have done 4 proper races so far - in Race 1 (Caledon offroad) I broke my wrist and thought I was going to die fom heat exhaustion. I did 1 lap at Caledon in the time the winner did 8 laps. Race 2 (Bredasdorp) enduro was better - I rode for 3 1/2 hours, was lapped 3 times by winner, cracked some bones in left foot and only fell off 5 times (every hour). Race 3 (Wellington offroad) was flat out and fast - saw 117 km/hr on my speedo - felt like 300 km/hr down back straight at Killarney - was only lapped twice. Race 4 (Montague Enduro) was a killer - 5 hours to do 1 lap of 54 km - fell off every 5 min - my arms were 10 cm longer at the end - felt like being ratchet strapped to a jackhammer riding over those rocks - was lapped twice by Jade Gutzeit and co and he finished 2 hours ahead of me.

BUT

I have never had more fun on a bike than the last 4 months - ever! I have ridden my KDX in and out of shit that I didn't ever think I could ride a bike. I have learnt to ride more in the last 3 months than in the last 15 years. I have also lost 7 kg and am the fittest I have been in many many years - I look like a streetdog - all cock and ribs !

I have not spent a fortune (total cost so far inc bike gear license etc is R28 000) but have had an awesome time and look forward to many more

I highly recommend it to all of you - if you like riding bikes in the dirt and don't mind working up a sweat the get off your ass and get out there













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Re: What you need to know to go racing:
« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2010, 08:53:55 am »
Hi Guys, thanks for the info!

Question:

What if I get a regional licence, say in Gauteng, can I do offroads in the Western Cape or will I need a national licence?
 

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Re: What you need to know to go racing:
« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2010, 09:06:37 am »
Hi Guys, thanks for the info!

Question:

What if I get a regional licence, say in Gauteng, can I do offroads in the Western Cape or will I need a national licence?
Contact Cindy at MSA, she can fill you in as I am not quite sure on the use of a regional licence outside a region.
For most Nationals one needs the relevant National license.
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Re: What you need to know to go racing:
« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2010, 09:15:53 am »
As i can remember, it is the event classification that determine the status.

meaning, you can actually compete with your regional license in WC, as long as it is a regional event.
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Re: What you need to know to go racing:
« Reply #7 on: June 02, 2010, 09:17:45 am »
As i can remember, it is the event classification that determine the status.

meaning, you can actually compete with your regional license in WC, as long as it is a regional event.
I think that is the case, but Cindy will be able to confirm. I am too lazy to send her a mail. ::)
 

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Re: What you need to know to go racing:
« Reply #8 on: September 01, 2010, 12:44:29 pm »
As i can remember, it is the event classification that determine the status.

meaning, you can actually compete with your regional license in WC, as long as it is a regional event.
I think that is the case, but Cindy will be able to confirm. I am too lazy to send her a mail. ::)

Yup. The type of license, eg regional does not restrict you from competing in other regions, but rather class. More detail:

The lowest class license is "Club". This does not mean that you can now only compete in events of your club, but rather that you can only enter the "Club Class" in events, in any region, and compete in that class. You can not enter the Regional or National Class with a club license.

Thereafter is the "Regional" license which is one class up. Yet again, it has nothing to do with which region you can compete in but rather that you can enter in the "Regional competition" class in any area/province/region. You can enter Club Class or regional Class with a Regional license, but not National class. You need to bear in mind that you may not compete in more than one class, in one region or competition format.

National class license should then be obvious. You need this license to compete in the National Competition.

Some more info on Enduro's:

For the Gautengers, these are the most popular formats to be considered and includes KZN races because 1) they are within reasonable travel distance but mostly 2) the riding terrain there is spectacular and organisation of events is top drawer.

Gauteng Harescramble Comp: Low level tech, faster pace, typical laps ~35km

Enduro World X-Country: A hybrid between full blown Enduro (WFO's) and the USA GNCC series. Above average degree of tech difficulty, but definitely rideable for the average weekend warrior. Fitness is a definite factor to consider, but you will still be able to complete a lap or 2 if you are not fit... you will know about it though. Laps are pretty short (12-20km) and you try and complete as many laps as you can within a set time limit. This format is quite spectator friendly and is growing rapidly... imho, by far the most popular Enduro format in Gauteng atm.

SCMSC harescramble series: More technical than the Gauteng harescramble series, but less technical than a WFO. Laps typically ~35km. Fitness is a factor, but an unfit weekend warrior should have no reason not to make a lap... you'll know that you did a lap though when you have that beer at the pits. Fantastic series this for the not so serious guy or someone looking to start with Enduro's.

KZN WFO Series: Full blown Enduro, above ave to high degree of tech difficulty, but mostly fitness is a massive factor. Laps are typically ~35km and it is technically 'in your face' almost all of the time. If you are unfit for one of these you may find yourself out there for the day on a single lap... that's if you get to make a lap at all. Club class goal is to complete 2 laps in the quickest time possible and regional class 3 laps. The top riders typically complete laps from 1h30 - 1h45 at ave speeds ~25kph. Mid pack riders ~2h00 - 2h30 per lap and as for the arse-end like me... well, these hurt big time and getting back to the pits before dark is the goal.

Off-road series: Very low to low degree of tech difficulty, long to very long laps, very fast pace. Did one, way too fast (wide open in plenty sections), come off here and you are in a world of pain.
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Re: What you need to know to go racing:
« Reply #9 on: September 01, 2010, 12:56:16 pm »
I am a spectator now... enjoying it much more. :thumleft:
 

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Re: What you need to know to go racing:
« Reply #10 on: January 09, 2011, 10:21:38 pm »
You forgot one super important and critical item - A SENSE OF HUMOUR

This is my first year of enduro / offroad racing. I knew it would be physically tough but I reckoned I was up for the challenge - I though "how bad can it really be ? I've been riding bikes for 15 odd years, raced a Golf in GTi Challenge for 3 years and am reasonably fit and strong - I'm a quick learner so it won't be long before I am on the podium"

HA HA HA

I have done 4 proper races so far - in Race 1 (Caledon offroad) I broke my wrist and thought I was going to die fom heat exhaustion. I did 1 lap at Caledon in the time the winner did 8 laps. Race 2 (Bredasdorp) enduro was better - I rode for 3 1/2 hours, was lapped 3 times by winner, cracked some bones in left foot and only fell off 5 times (every hour). Race 3 (Wellington offroad) was flat out and fast - saw 117 km/hr on my speedo - felt like 300 km/hr down back straight at Killarney - was only lapped twice. Race 4 (Montague Enduro) was a killer - 5 hours to do 1 lap of 54 km - fell off every 5 min - my arms were 10 cm longer at the end - felt like being ratchet strapped to a jackhammer riding over those rocks - was lapped twice by Jade Gutzeit and co and he finished 2 hours ahead of me.

BUT

I have never had more fun on a bike than the last 4 months - ever! I have ridden my KDX in and out of shit that I didn't ever think I could ride a bike. I have learnt to ride more in the last 3 months than in the last 15 years. I have also lost 7 kg and am the fittest I have been in many many years - I look like a streetdog - all cock and ribs !

I have not spent a fortune (total cost so far inc bike gear license etc is R28 000) but have had an awesome time and look forward to many more

I highly recommend it to all of you - if you like riding bikes in the dirt and don't mind working up a sweat the get off your ass and get out there


Very nice to hear your positive experience and that it's not costing a fortune yet!
 

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Re: What you need to know to go racing:
« Reply #11 on: September 15, 2011, 07:54:18 pm »
Sound like something to do on a sunday.
 

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Re: What you need to know to go racing:
« Reply #12 on: May 09, 2012, 01:07:11 pm »
You forgot one super important and critical item - A SENSE OF HUMOUR

This is my first year of enduro / offroad racing. I knew it would be physically tough but I reckoned I was up for the challenge - I though "how bad can it really be ? I've been riding bikes for 15 odd years, raced a Golf in GTi Challenge for 3 years and am reasonably fit and strong - I'm a quick learner so it won't be long before I am on the podium"

HA HA HA

I have done 4 proper races so far - in Race 1 (Caledon offroad) I broke my wrist and thought I was going to die fom heat exhaustion. I did 1 lap at Caledon in the time the winner did 8 laps. Race 2 (Bredasdorp) enduro was better - I rode for 3 1/2 hours, was lapped 3 times by winner, cracked some bones in left foot and only fell off 5 times (every hour). Race 3 (Wellington offroad) was flat out and fast - saw 117 km/hr on my speedo - felt like 300 km/hr down back straight at Killarney - was only lapped twice. Race 4 (Montague Enduro) was a killer - 5 hours to do 1 lap of 54 km - fell off every 5 min - my arms were 10 cm longer at the end - felt like being ratchet strapped to a jackhammer riding over those rocks - was lapped twice by Jade Gutzeit and co and he finished 2 hours ahead of me.

BUT

I have never had more fun on a bike than the last 4 months - ever! I have ridden my KDX in and out of shit that I didn't ever think I could ride a bike. I have learnt to ride more in the last 3 months than in the last 15 years. I have also lost 7 kg and am the fittest I have been in many many years - I look like a streetdog - all cock and ribs !

I have not spent a fortune (total cost so far inc bike gear license etc is R28 000) but have had an awesome time and look forward to many more

I highly recommend it to all of you - if you like riding bikes in the dirt and don't mind working up a sweat the get off your ass and get out there >:D





BOOM - see you out there - my first one is Bonnievale 19th May - Bring it on... but now I am also a bit concerned after reading your post, but hey we will see!
« Last Edit: May 09, 2012, 01:08:00 pm by jpcussen »
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Re: What you need to know to go racing:
« Reply #13 on: May 09, 2012, 09:20:21 pm »
Will look into it for sure as soon as I am fitter, maybe next year if I am mad enough
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Re: What you need to know to go racing:
« Reply #14 on: May 09, 2012, 11:38:21 pm »
You forgot one super important and critical item - A SENSE OF HUMOUR

This is my first year of enduro / offroad racing. I knew it would be physically tough but I reckoned I was up for the challenge - I though "how bad can it really be ? I've been riding bikes for 15 odd years, raced a Golf in GTi Challenge for 3 years and am reasonably fit and strong - I'm a quick learner so it won't be long before I am on the podium"

HA HA HA

I have done 4 proper races so far - in Race 1 (Caledon offroad) I broke my wrist and thought I was going to die fom heat exhaustion. I did 1 lap at Caledon in the time the winner did 8 laps. Race 2 (Bredasdorp) enduro was better - I rode for 3 1/2 hours, was lapped 3 times by winner, cracked some bones in left foot and only fell off 5 times (every hour). Race 3 (Wellington offroad) was flat out and fast - saw 117 km/hr on my speedo - felt like 300 km/hr down back straight at Killarney - was only lapped twice. Race 4 (Montague Enduro) was a killer - 5 hours to do 1 lap of 54 km - fell off every 5 min - my arms were 10 cm longer at the end - felt like being ratchet strapped to a jackhammer riding over those rocks - was lapped twice by Jade Gutzeit and co and he finished 2 hours ahead of me.

BUT

I have never had more fun on a bike than the last 4 months - ever! I have ridden my KDX in and out of shit that I didn't ever think I could ride a bike. I have learnt to ride more in the last 3 months than in the last 15 years. I have also lost 7 kg and am the fittest I have been in many many years - I look like a streetdog - all cock and ribs !

I have not spent a fortune (total cost so far inc bike gear license etc is R28 000) but have had an awesome time and look forward to many more

I highly recommend it to all of you - if you like riding bikes in the dirt and don't mind working up a sweat the get off your ass and get out there >:D





BOOM - see you out there - my first one is Bonnievale 19th May - Bring it on... but now I am also a bit concerned after reading your post, but hey we will see!
Enjoy James!,

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Re: What you need to know to go racing:
« Reply #15 on: May 10, 2012, 10:21:36 am »
Yebo - on the 250, is that you Adrian??
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Re: What you need to know to go racing:
« Reply #16 on: May 28, 2012, 01:28:48 pm »
Hi Guys, have been pondering on the subject (enduro's) for quite a while now..... Now I am ready to jump in, but would like to meet up with some like-minded folk for some pointers and advice.

I got my 14 year old laaitie a 125 pit bike this weekend to start riding and breaking bones....deal was, he sells his PS3 with all games and stay away from the couch....he didn't  hesitate for a moment.

Now I have to get myself a second hand bike to start off with, something cheap and easy to fix, but a reliable bike. This bike will be used to get my skill level up and practice crashing in style.

I have been looking at older KDX 200's 2002-2006(heard they are bullet-proof and good all round performers) Not too concerned about speed at the moment.

Some advice would be welcome and some rides I could join ,even better.

I live in George.

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Re: What you need to know to go racing:
« Reply #17 on: October 24, 2012, 12:42:21 pm »
For those who want to race off-road, consider the GOC series. It is a series hosted in and around Gauteng. Challenging and tough! Visit then on www.racetorque.co.za
 

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Re: What you need to know to go racing:
« Reply #18 on: November 23, 2012, 10:39:56 pm »
A question for the racers, is a XR650R too big and heavy to race, i feel like it is like taking a tank to a knife fight with the 2t running around

What is a good bike to start on.. KDX?
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Re: What you need to know to go racing:
« Reply #19 on: November 29, 2012, 08:37:26 pm »
Could someone advise me on which series is do-able from the Northern Cape ito travelling distance. Gauteng is just to far with a bakkie for a week-end.  Is there something in North-west or the FS? Cape Town and Jhb are about 800 km from Upington