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Emerald Enduro - Newsletter #6 Raceday this Sunday
Enduro World Series returns to Country Wicklow
13 May 2016,
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This Sunday the Enduro World Series returns to Country Wicklow for the Emerald Enduro as the worlds best riders take to Carrick mountain for seven testing special stages.
After two days of practise the mountain is in prime condition with beaming sunshine and what we are calling the Irish "Mistral" drying the trails in rapid time. The riders are raving about the stages and the atmosphere is electric.
Having stepped back a little this year, defending champion Tracy Moseley has chosen the Emerald Enduro as her only EWS race this season. Greg Callaghan has been moving well all week and also looks to be back to his best following injury last year.
Today saw thousands of spectators take to the hill to cheer on their favourites in practise. So much so that we had to open the reserve carpark! Don't worry though we plenty of room for Sunday.
We've a kids fun zone, a giant air bag with aerial displays and enough exhibitors and team pits to keep you occupied if you need a break from the spectacle on the mountain. There are also loads of food outlets to keep you happy just remember to bring the suncream!
Loads of brands are on hand too so make sure and check them out. Here's a nice treat - a 20% discount code from our bike wash sponsor Muc-Off for every reader.
Simply use the code EWSIRE20 to receive 20% off at muc-off.com (excludes bundles)
We are hugely proud of our course with 7 stages of gnarlyness across loads of different terrain types and with cracking views of the 'Garden of Ireland', County Wicklow. The bluebells are out in force and the course features everything from pine to a eucalyptus plantation.
With the top riders in the world on stage, it's going to be a rip roaring day out with 4 stages easily accessible from the race village on fire roads. It's rare to get a chance to see these guys so often in a race never mind in Ireland so join us to cheer on local and international biking heroes.
Spectators should note that riding is allowed on the fireroads as long as you stay off the actual course and ensure you are wearing a helmet at all times. Save the image above to your phone for a handy quick guide to the course as you head around.
You can follow the Top 10 Women & Top 30 Men on course at the following times -
Stage 1 - 12.00 to 12.40
Stage 2 - 12.53 to 13.33
Stage 3 - 13.47 to 14.27
Stage 4 - 14.11 to 14.51
Race village (lunch) 14.40 to 15.20
Stage 5 - 15.26 to 16.06
Stage 6 - 16.24 to 17.04
Stage 7 - 17.19 to 17.59
Awards ceremony 18.30
The first rider will roll off the line at 8am with the last man and number one seed Richie Rude starts his day at 12.40.
We have ample parking on site for all with easy access from Glenealy village. The carpark is at the Expo and race village site. Entry is €5 for the day for adults and children are free. This is payable locally at the gate, please note cash only!
Please take note of signs advising when car park areas are full and follow the directions of Gardai (Police) and the Parking Stewards. Please drive at walking pace.
See you all this Sunday for the Emerald Enduro! In the meantime make sure you follow us on Facebook & Twitter (see links below) for all the up to the minute info.
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