The Vernon Off Road Motorcycle Club is hosting rounds one and two of the Canadian Enduro Championships, July 7-8 at Noble Canyon in Lavington.
The event, presented by Gnarly Parts and Accessories, will feature the fastest pro and amateur riders in Canada. The race format is based on a European style called world enduro where the riders tackle a 48-kilometre course with three challenge sections to test riders’ speed and skill.
“We hope to attract many local amateur riders to this event,” said club spokesperson Blake Plysiuk.
“To some who may not have heard of this type of racing, it may sound intimidating, but it is actually quite rider-friendly as riders of lesser skill level are required to do only one or two laps on the course and have ample time to complete the laps at their own pace, within a set overall time limit.”
The Vernon club has secured permission from Coldstream Ranch to run parts of the course on their land.
“Our race will be a first for the Vernon area to hold a national event and we hope to draw many spectators and riders,” said Plysiuk.
Riders do not need any special time-keeping equipment; they wear a transponder and are scored to the 10th of a second at the special test sections in each round. Each day of competition in the eight-race series is scored individually, and class and overall champions are determined by their accumulated time.
Spectators are encouraged to take in the action, and admission is free. Heading east, turn left off Highway 6 in Lavington onto Noble Canyon Rd. The pit area and extreme test (one of the challenge sections) is just off to the left about 500 yards up the road. There will be a full concession, toilets and live entertainment
“We encourage families to attend the event as our goal is a fun family atmosphere at all of our events,” said Plysiuk.
Registration for the event closes today. For more information about the club, visit www.vormc.com.