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Frequently Asked Questions

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Les Arcs Enduro2 2019 is organised by 4EventSport
Need help? Just ask! Email: Ali@Enduro2.fr

REGISTRATION

Click Here to Sign up now and pay securely by debit or credit card.

Please keep your registration email in a safe place – you will need this if you need to update or modify your details online, later.

YES!  We have teamed up with Engage-Sport.com for all registrations in 2019.   The organisers do not receive ANY of the entry fees you have paid, until after Enduro2 is completed.  All entry fees are held securely by Engage-Sport.com until the event is completed, and will be returned to you in full (minus a very small transaction fee) by Engage-Sport in the unlikely event of financial failure on the part of the organisers.   Furthermore, all entries are paid by Credit/Debit card (no direct bank transfers are accepted by the organisers).  In addition to the above security via Engage-Sport, you are protected by your card issuer, who is obliged to protect and refund you in full for any losses incurred, for all fees paid using your card.

It is a legal requirement in France that to participate in any competitive sport (eg, any event or race of any kind) you must have a basic medial check by any doctor – to verify that you have no serious medical conditions that would prevent you from (contra-indicate) safe participation.

Alternatively, if you have a valid UCI race licence then you don’t need a medical certificate.

Please use this specific example because the authorities will only accept the specific wording used (and its also pre-translated into French, too).

Check out  These PDF Instructions  to access your existing registration online.

ON BIKE

All riders must wear a FULL FACE helmet at all times whilst on a timed special stages.  Helmets with a removable chin-guard are also accepted (Bell Super 2R, Giro Switchblade etc). During Liaison stages it is acceptable to wear a Half-Lid helmet (for example if you wish to carry a second helmet in your pack for use on the Liaison stages).

In addition to the helmet, all riders must wear:

  • CE approved back protector, or a cycle bag with integrated back protection
  • Full Finger Gloves
  • Knee protection / armour

Riders must also carry at all times during the event

  • A Charged,  Mobile Phone with data roaming enabled if necessary (emergency use only), and list of emergency contact numbers provided by the organisers
  • A waterproof / windproof jacket
  • Water and trail snacks

No.  Each day you start and finish at the same point, so we do not move camp / HQ each day.  However we will set off in a different direction every morning and therefore each day will cover a totally different riding area before looping back to return to base at the end of the day.

First riders depart between 08:00 and 10:00 each day.  Lunch is not included but the route will pass near to several local cafes and a supermarket, for riders wishing to purchase lunch. There is a break included in the race schedule to allow for this. We expect participants will complete the course and make it back to base camp between 16:00 and 18:30 each day (13:30 on the 3rd day which is a half-day).

Riders are released in waves every 30 minutes.  You will have a pre-allocated start time for each stage and you will start your next stage as directed by the starting marshall.   There are no time penalties if you miss  your allocated start time for a given stage – and we will fit you in at the next available slot.  However, you be sure must complete the entire course before the strict cut-off time at the end of the day! Liaison sections are not timed.

Fitness in the endurance / strength conditioning sense, as well as mental focus and determination is more relevant than outright pace and / or climbing ability. That said, entrants will face fairly big days in the saddle (30-40Km, 6-8 hrs a day) on physical trails, in potentially hot conditions and at altitudes up to 2700m.    Uplifts will be lift-assisted but some climbing (2 hours per day max) will also be required.

First of all, don’t only ride trail centres and man-made trails.  If you are considering entering this event then you should already be at this level of competence, as a minimum. We’d therefore advise taking in as much natural terrain as you can, and ride in places you have not been to before. Practise riding challenging sections on sight, and as you would do against the clock. If you are not an experienced racer, practise at your “comfortable 70% pace”. (Where 100% would be the pace you would ride in a normal, pre-sighted Enduro race event). This is the pace that will certainly give you the best overall result at the Enduro2. Get out for some big epic rides and take note of your personal needs for nutrition and hydration. For (the minority) of you who are serious about competing to place highly, teamwork and communication skills will be important. Practise racing and riding together in a tight formation.

The Enduro2 course has been selected to provide a variety of technicality.  Warm-up trails will be of moderate to advanced technical level.   However each day will include at least one technically very challenging trail (at least Double-Black-Diamond level) – and remember that it is all ridden blind and unpractised.  Many of the trails are in a high alpine environment, outside of the controlled bike-park boundaries.   Some trails involve a high level of exposure with no barriers of safety netting in the event of a fall, therefore a good level of general mountain awareness is required to participate safely. There will not be any jumps or drops without an easy alternative option.

Whilst Enduro2 is definitely an adult-biased event,  we absolutely recognise that it’s also the perfect format for father-and-son teams.  And lets face it, we there are plenty of teenage shredders out there who know how to put their own father to shame on the trail!  Enduro2 therefore welcomes entries from responsible riders aged 15 and above (on the 1st day of the race), but only if they are riding as part of a 2-person team with their parent or legal guardian.

OFF-BIKE

No dedicated feed stations are provided by the race organisers. However the route liaisons pass through mountain towns and villages on a frequent basis, which allows racers to stop and purchase their own snacks, food and drinks as required.

A meal on Race Day 2 (Sunday) at a local restaurant is included in your entry fee.

Water-stops en route are readily available in the form of public-use fountains and trail-side natural springs.

Les Arcs has an ample supply of coffee shops, supermarkets, restaurants and take-away stores.   Additionally, cafes and snack-bars are available on the mountain during race-day.

For those taking  airport transfers from Geneva (Les Arcs), your bike must be suitably boxed or packed inside a typical bike-bag.  During the race, we will use various ski-lifts to transport your bike, and these are used at the owner’s risk to bike damage. You are responsible for your own bike’s security during the event and the organisers cannot take responsibility for loss or theft.  No secure overnight bike storage is provided by the organisers.

Gravity Lab – our event partners – will be providing a dedicated onsite mechanic support service at our HQ in Bourg St Maurice, throughout the event.  Labour is free of charge, you pay only for any new parts you need!

There are a selection of other local bike shops in town that offer spares and service capability.  However, we advise all riders to bring your own spares where possible, especially for bike-specific components such as brake pads, spare spokes, mech hangars etc.

We have several dedicated first-responders on our team who will provide first-aid and further treatment / advice should you need it. If emergency hospital treatment is required, we will liase with emergency services as required. For non-urgent cases or treatments outside of racing hours, you may need to make your own arrangements should you wish to travel to a hospital (e.g. taxi) – although Bourg St Maurice hospital is only 10 minutes bike bike, from race HQ.  If you miss your airport transfer or onward travel due to injury, you will need to make your own arrangements for onward travel and assistance.  (Travel insurance highly recommended!)

Self-sufficient supporters are welcome.  Non-entrants will not be allowed into the Race HQ area during briefings. The Les Arcs tourist office can provide more information on accommodation and travel options should you need it.

Yes. A comprehensive medical and rescue emergency cover is mandatory for all competitors as well as travel insurance that covers you for cancellation or curtailment. In particular, the organisers have no provision for accommodation and/or ownard support for any competitor needing to remain in hospital overnight after the event. Due to the complexities of individual insurance arrangements, unfortunately we are not able to advise or recommend any particular insurance provider.

We already have a huge team of local volunteers, but we’re always happy for more offers of help. We’ll provide food, lift pass, and transport for all volunteers, but you need to make your own arrangements for travel to/from Les Arcs and provide your own accommodation.  Please Email us for the latest info.

Enduro2 is a pairs-only event.  If you are looking for a race buddy, we’d suggest try posting on our event-specific Facebook page or on your local MTB forum.   We do not offer a rider-matching service since its far too big a deal to pick the right person for you and we certainly don’t want to be getting involved in any inter-team domestic arguments! 🙂

Please review the terms as detailed on our event registration site.

Rider & individual team member substitutions are possible, free of charge, up to 2 weeks before the race.  After this time NO changes or refunds will be accepted for any reason.

Cancellation due to injury is possible up to 4 weeks before the event, free of charge (however a signed medical certificate must be provided to prove this genuine reason for your cancellation).

Cancellation for any other reason is possible up to 6 weeks before the event, but a 50 Euro administration fee will apply.  After this time, no refund is possible (except cancellation due to injury, as above).

If the organisers are forced to cancel the event due to factors outside of their control, a partial refund may be offered (or a reduced price entry to next year’s event) dependent on the circumstances under which the event was cancelled, but this is not guaranteed since unavoidable costs are incurred by the organisers in the run up to the event.  Examples that may prevent the race from going ahead as planned are: extreme weather (lift closures), safety concerns or severe rider injury causing the course to be closed, timing system failure, failure of one one of the event’s safety-critical suppliers to deliver.

We therefore strongly suggest that you take out a cancellation insurance policy that would cover your personal financial losses in this eventuality.

If your team member drops out but you still wish to race, this is OK and you are fine to race on your own or team up with another rider in the same position as you, on the day.

TRAVEL, ACCOMMODATION & LOGISTICS – LES ARCS ENDURO2 

The event is entered around the Funicular Car Park in Bourg St Maurice.  The race will start and finish each of the 3 days, at the race HQ which is also based here.

Drinks, Food, Mechanic and Medical support are available all weekend onsite, and onsite café Charly’s Factory will be working around the clock to service your needs.

Click Here to see a map of the HQ area in relation to other relevant facilities at the event.

There is ample free parking / hard-standing for camper vans at the Race HQ area.  Drinking water is also available here and it is typical to see the general public and tourists using this area as a convenient place to “park-up” or “wild camp” in campers although please note that this idea is not officially endorsed by the event organisers.

The apartment complex ‘Residence Le Coeur D’or in Bourg St Maurice is very close to our HQ, and they are offering a special Enduro2 packages for all riders.   (For example, from 214 Euros for a 2 to 4 person apartment).    To enquire / book, contact them directly on +33 (0) 4 79 24 75 50 or coeur@cgh-residences.com

We recommend Camping Le Reclus which is a short riding distance from Race HQ and offers lower pricing for riders on a tighter budget, as well as cabin options. They offer a (fluent) English speaking reservation service and pitches for camper vans as well as tents.

Other Hotel and chalet options can be found via the Bourg St Maurice / Les Arcs tourist office website, or by phoning +33 (0)4 79 07 12 57 .

We organise transfers to/from GENEVA (GVA). The inbound transfers coaches depart Geneva airport at APPROXIMATELY 13:00 and again at 15:00 on Friday, (subject to airport delays) and take about 2.5 hours. The latest possible flight arrival time you should book is 14:15.

We expect to have one full coach for those arriving on earlier flights, and this will depart as soon as it is full, based on the flight arrival information that you supply to us.  Please note that the exact coach schedule / availability will be dependent on final rider numbers wishing to take this shuttle. We will update this information with precise details, costs, and how to book your transfer, ASAP.

On the following Monday after the race, we drop back at Geneva at 17:30, so you will need to get a late evening flight home (or spend the night at Geneva airport).  Local airport shuttle services are also available for transfers outside of these times.  Private minibus transfers are available from All-Mountains Taxi and Coolbus.

Free Parking will be available for the duration of the event, very close to Race HQ in Bourg St Maurice, and driving directions will be provided in your race entry information.

Registration Opens at 14h00 on Friday in Bourg St Maurice, and camp facilities will be available immediately, from this time.   Last registrations on Friday are at 20h00.

There are no registrations early on Saturday morning.  Please let us explain why!   It is imperative we have a full and comprehensive list of all riders who are on the mountain, at all times, and this information needs to be distributed to our timing and safety team before we can start the race.  In particular, the ‘headcount’ needs to be exact, so we know if someone is lost and/or potentially injured.  Anyone joining at the last minute, could upset this system of full accountability and would therefore represent a small, but very real safety risk not only to themselves, but to all riders).

Yes. A comprehensive medical and rescue emergency cover is mandatory for all competitors as well as travel insurance that covers you for cancellation or curtailment. In particular, the organisers have no provision for accommodation and/or ownard support for any competitor needing to remain in hospital overnight after the event. Due to the complexities of individual insurance arrangements, unfortunately we are not able to advise or recommend any particular insurance provider.

We already have a huge team of local volunteers, but we’re always happy for more offers of help. We’ll provide food, lift pass, and transport for all volunteers, but you need to make your own arrangements for travel to/from Les Arcs and provide your own accommodation.  Please Email us for the latest info.

Enduro2 is a pairs-only event.  If you are looking for a race buddy, we’d suggest try posting on our event-specific Facebook page or on your local MTB forum.   We do not offer a rider-matching service since its far too big a deal to pick the right person for you and we certainly don’t want to be getting involved in any inter-team domestic arguments! 🙂

Please review the terms as detailed on our event registration site.

Rider & individual team member substitutions are possible, free of charge, up to 2 weeks before the race.  After this time NO changes or refunds will be accepted for any reason.

Cancellation due to injury is possible up to 4 weeks before the event, free of charge (however a signed medical certificate must be provided to prove this genuine reason for your cancellation).

Cancellation for any other reason is possible up to 6 weeks before the event, but a 50 Euro administration fee will apply.  After this time, no refund is possible (except cancellation due to injury, as above).

If the organisers are forced to cancel the event due to factors outside of their control, a partial refund may be offered (or a reduced price entry to next year’s event) dependent on the circumstances under which the event was cancelled, but this is not guaranteed since unavoidable costs are incurred by the organisers in the run up to the event.  Examples that may prevent the race from going ahead as planned are: extreme weather (lift closures), safety concerns or severe rider injury causing the course to be closed, timing system failure, failure of one one of the event’s safety-critical suppliers to deliver.

We therefore strongly suggest that you take out a cancellation insurance policy that would cover your personal financial losses in this eventuality.

If your team member drops out but you still wish to race, this is OK and you are fine to race on your own or team up with another rider in the same position as you, on the day.