In a traditional time-keeping enduro, riders leave together in groups or rows, and each row starts at a certain minute. The object of the event is to arrive at pre-defined checkpoints according to a strict schedule. Early or late arrivals result in the riders' scores being penalized. Throughout a day there will also be allocated periods for refueling and servicing the machine. Penalties apply for not meeting defined times or for outside-assistance when not permitted.
Both District 4 Enduro Timekeeping enduros are co-sanctioned with the East Coast Enduro Association and require an ATV Registration/plate and a working headlight and taillight.
From left to right:
Observation Check - White Marker with “O”
Start Control Yellow and White Diagonal marker with “ST”
Secret Check Red & White Diagonal Marker with “S”
Emergency Check Green & White Diagonal Marker with “E”
Known Control Yellow Marker with “K”
1. An enduro is a meet in which speed isn't the determining factor and a time schedule must be maintained. It takes place on a variety of terrain, little-used roads and trails, etc. Where the course crosses private or public land, the organizer must obtain permission from the landowner or land manager. The use of an active railroad right-of-way is prohibited. However, if active railroad tracks are crossed, a mileage reset should be provided immediately after the crossing to allow any riders delayed by a train to regain lost time.
2. Definitions when referring to Enduros:
a. Emergency check: The same as a secret check, except that minutes and seconds are recorded and used for breaking ties.
b. Gas available: A gas station, or a location where a rider’s own fuel is provided.
c. Gas stop: A place designated on the route sheet by mileage and the words “gas stop."
d. Known control: A timed checkpoint whose location is known to all participants.
e. Observation check: An unknown checkpoint where no time penalty is recorded.
f. Secret check: An unknown, timed checkpoint.
g. Timed check: Any secret check, emergency check or known control.
h. Start control: A timed checkpoint designating a starting or a release point. A point whose mileage and key time are listed on the route sheet. A timed check immediately preceding a start control may be located without regard to the 3-mile check separation rule, but the timed check immediately following a start control must meet the 3 mile check separation rule.
i. Restart Enduros must use at least 2 Emergency checks. The combined total seconds at these checks are to be added to the final score.
3. No enduro may be more than 24 hours of continuous riding. In any 24-hour meet, there must be two or more scheduled stops of at least 30 minutes each.
4. There must be at least one gas stop or gas available location for each 50 actual ground miles (33 actual ground miles for a National Enduro).
5. The organizer is responsible for clearly and properly marking the course. Two markers shall be placed at each turn, and shall be identified by number or mileage to conform to the route sheet. Restart Enduros mileage markers will be placed every other mile if not with the arrows. At least one marker must be placed every half mile on straight stretches. In the case of the course coming close to itself, there must be banner tape and “wrong way” markers to ensure riders do not get on adjacent course.
6. Danger markers must be posted far enough ahead of hazardous conditions to allow the fastest riders enough warning to stop. The year of the meet must be indicated on each marker. A member of the promoting organization must proceed ahead of the first rider to make sure all markers are in place.
7. An AMA member who defaces, changes or destroys markers, or who is responsible for having such damage done, will be permanently suspended from the Association. Within two weeks after the enduro, the organizer must remove all course markers.
8. At any enduro in which the rider carries his scorecard, the cards of trophy winners may be checked against the backup sheets. A three-person committee that includes the referee must rule on discrepancies between the scorecard and the backup sheet. At National Enduros, if there is an AMA staff member attending, he/she must be on this committee.
9. A rider may enter an enduro, including a National, only once.
B. Classification of Riders
1. National Pro riders finishing in the top 15 of the preceding year’s National Enduro Series are designated as Pro riders for the following year. A rider in this class is eligible for overall high-point winner and Pro trophies, but not for A class awards.
2. If no Pro class is run, Pro riders may compete only for the overall win. Any A rider may submit to the AMA a letter of intent indicating that he/she wants to be designated a Pro rider for the calendar year.