Time-card enduros explained

We've had a few questions about how exactly the time-card format enduro works, so here are some questions and answers that might help:

"I just ride as fast as I can each day, as long as I'm not late right?"

No. This event isn't won on trail time. You get penalised for being late AND being early if you don't wait for your start minute/number to be flipped at the checkpoint. Your number is what's referred to as your 'minute'. Riders will be started three per minute, numbered 1A/1B/1C and so on. The aim is to go through the checkpoints when the number displayed on the flip card matches your race number.

"What happens if I'm late or early?"

Let's say that you leave on minute 15, arrive at the checkpoint and the flip card says 16, then you are one minute late and have that minute added to your overall time. You've got a 60 second (60 point penalty). Checkpoint staff will record your new minute 16 on your timecard. You will be 'moved' to minute 16 for the rest of the day, and this will be your new minute. You revert back to your assigned minute (15) at the start of the following day.

If you leave the start on minute 15 and arrive at the check and the flip card says 10, then you are 5 minutes early. The smart play would be to wait about until your minute (15) comes up before checking in. If you don't, you'll get 5 minutes (300 points/seconds) added to your overall time and have to run as number/minute 10 the rest of the day.

So, being exactly on time is the aim; being late or early is equally bad.

The only exception is the special tests (see below), where you go as fast as you can. But getting great special test times can be undermined by poor adherence to your allocated minute.

"What are special tests?"

Special tests are short courses that are timed separately. Your assigned minute is not relevant in a special test. An official will direct you to the start, and you then ride this course, one rider at a time. This is where you want to be as quick as you can. Once you leave the special test you resume the trail, riding on your assigned number/minute.

"How do I hour out?"

If you end up being a total of 60 mins late over the course of a day you are out. And, if you somehow manage to be a total of 60 mins early during the day (almost impossible) you are also out.

"Can I make up late time penalties, by being early later on (or vice versa)?"

No. The objective is to stick to your minute. Once you've accumulated penalties for being late or early, they can't be undone by doing the opposite later on.

"Will riders have an idea of what the time frames are for each loop?"

Yes. An itinerary will be available at the event outlining the loops for each day, and the time and distance that's been allotted for the sections. A watch might come in handy if you want to monitor your own progress. A trip meter might also come in handy for keeping an eye on how far along you are in terms of distance.

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