Ashcombe Day in the Dirt 20 May
Some great shots from a great day.
Core Enduro Championship 2018
Our next event is the second round of our 5 round race series. Best 4 out of 5 rounds score towards the final standings in the championship with some great prizes and trophies for podium finishers in all 9 classes courtesy of our sponsors Dave Thorpe Honda Off Road Centre.
A Championship Worth Fighting For!
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Wildwoods Farm – Day in the Dirt 1 April
Great turn out, so lucky with the weather. Such a shame a minority of riders seemed unable to stay off the crop fields potentially jeopardising future use of this great venue!
Some great shots here from Bob Ward – Pictures
New for 2018
Core Offroad Events are pleased to confirm our new sponsor for the 2018 season is the Dave Thorpe Honda Off-Road Centre. DTHORC are headed by 4 x World Motocross Champion, Dave Thorpe and assisted by professional Enduro racer, Alex Snow and professional motocross racer, Luke Hawkins.
Alex Snow is Buildbase Honda’s British Championship Enduro rider and a great addition to their professional and experienced coaching team. Alex coaches all Enduro Competition Training events and will be on hand to pass on his professional tips & advice at various CORE Day in the Dirt events throughout 2018.
We had been looking into various ways of running top quality enduro rider training this year and we don’t think you will find a higher standard than this anywhere in the country.
The DTHORC offer high quality off-road training days for all levels of rider from beginner to championship level. Check out their website here
They are intending to run their training school days at most of our Day in the Dirt events in 2018 with 16 places per course and two groups of 8 riders. One will run in the morning of the event and a second one in the afternoon. For the other half of the day the school riders get to ride at the Core practice day for free, making the £50.00 tuition session excellent value for such high-quality rider training. Riders use their own bikes but get the opportunity to have a ride on the new Honda CRF 450 RX enduro weapon.
In return DTHORC are sponsoring all 9 classes of our 5 round 2018 Devon Enduro Championship, providing trophies and some great prizes for all podium finishers in the championship in all classes.
They have generously agreed to provide the following prizes for the final championship positions:-
1st Enduro Competition Training day (value of £99.00) and a set of Alpinestar Racer kit (value of £135.00) Jersey & Pants
2nd £50.00 DTHORC voucher and a set of Metzeler tyres (value of £95.00)
3rd £25.00 DTHORC voucher and a bag of Rock Oil goodies
They will make their first appearance with us at our practice day on 1 April. Their stand will be on site all day where riders will be able to chat to Alex and the crew and get information about their courses and book in for future courses if they wish.
(The availability of Dave and Alex will change throughout the year depending on their racing commitments).
Any rider attending one of their courses at a Core Day in the Dirt event also gets to ride the Core track at no extra charge making £50.00 for top quality enduro training excellent value.
2018 Core Enduro Championship
This year we are running a 5 round Enduro Championship with top prizes provided by our sponsor the Dave Thorpe Honda Offroad Centre for the podium finishers in each class.
There are 9 classes (to mirror the classes in the SW Enduro Championship).
Experts over 35
Vets over 40
Points will be awarded for the top 15 finishers in each class and your top 4 of the 5 events will score (meaning you can miss one round or drop your worst score if you race all 5. Double points up for grabs at the final round.
We intend running the following events:-
1st round – 2 1/2 hour hare & hounds race 29 April
2nd round – 3 hour hare & hounds race 17 June
3rd round – 3 hour hare & hounds race 8 July
4th round – Enduro sprint races with two man starts 29 July
5th round – 3 x 45 minute enduro X races. 9 September
(Rounds 2 & 3 are also SW enduro championship rounds meaning you can collect points for both or either championship)
We will host an awards/social night at the end of the season where Dave Thorpe and Alex Snow will attend to present both the trophies and the prizes for the top 3 finishers in each class.
South West Enduro Championship 2018
The South West Enduro championship is now up and running with all dates and venues published. Keep an eye on their new website for any changes to dates or venues and on our news page.
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Crediton Day in the dirt – 30 December 2017
Yet again a mega event fully subscribed. Forecast was terrible for the day but yet again we seemed to fluke it with the rain arriving just as we left the circuit and not a drop fell all day! Lot of tired muddy but smiling faces at the end of the day and a good time had by all!
Sadly Bob Ward our regular photographer was not well and unable to attend. But sure there will be plenty of people posting pics up on Facebook as usual.
As always, a massive thanks to all our marshals who worked long and hard to make the event happen.
Crediton Day in the dirt. 5 Nov
Wow! What a day. Where did everyone come from? Overwhelmed by the amount of day entries. Thanks so much to everyone for their patience with the signing on queue which was massive and apologies to the riders that didn’t manage to get a ride, but we can’t just keep taking entries once we reach our maximum. We have to risk assess every event we run and we have maximum numbers that are considered safe to be on track at anyone time. Once we reach that figure we have to say no more. When the pre entry had closed on Friday evening it clearly stated on the website – there will be ‘some’ day entries available. Without a crystal ball there is no other way of managing the day entry situation.
Thanks so much to the marshals (especially Cedric and his gang for sitting at their marshal points on the MX track for six hours!). These events could not run without you all and everyones help is always very much appreciated.
Pics from the event, from Bob Ward, here
Provisional dates for all Core Events in 2018 are now on the future events page
Twin Oaks, Day in the Dirt – 1 October
Another great day and what a fluke with the weather. Fine and dry first thing and the drizzle didnt hit us until around 2.30 and considering the forecast we got off very lightly. Great attendance, with all levels of riders. The hard routes proved tricky for some but as always there was always an easy option for those that wanted one. This was the longest track yet that we have put in at Twin Oaks and appeared to be well received by all. No real injuries so boring day for the medics!
Pics from the day are here courtesy of Collette Blight photography
Helmets – Gold ACU Stickers
We have had an increasing number of new, branded helmets, failing scrutineering for our events because they do not have the gold ACU sticker on them. You know they are good quality safe helmets, as do we, but without the stricker we cannot let you ride. The reason being that if you then had a bad accident resulting in a head injury, and your “no win no fee” solicitor then tries to get you some “free money” by saying we are to blame for your accident, we would not have a leg to stand on in a court room. We don’t want to stop anyone from riding our events, but in these days of everyone trying to always hold someone responsible when an “accident” occurs, we have to cover ourselves.
This should actually be the case at any commercially run event that you enter.
The problem is only going to get worse as we all look around for cheap deals on helmets. The gold stickers are applied by the UK importer/distributor and not by the helmet manufacturer. Therefore if you purchase your helmet from a non UK website there is a good chance it will arrive without the relevant sticker applied. Your options then are to either send your helmet to the ACU with £15.00 and they will then apply the sticker and return it to you (pretty quick turnaround when I had to do it a couple of years back), or the sticker can be obtained from and applied by an FIM certified technical official.
So be aware you must have the gold ACU sticker on your helmet to pass through scrutineering at any of our race or practice days.
Combe Florey – Day in the Dirt – 3 September
Well that was a wet one! Great day had by those that came out and braved possibly some of the worst weather conditions of this summer. Track held up well although getting pretty slippery in places. The optional timed special test once again proved popular and many riders tried again and again to better their previous lap times or those of their riding buddies. Combe Down Farm proved to be a great venue and we will definitely be returning again in 2018. Bob Ward braved the conditions to once again get some excellent shots of the action throughout the day.
Our thanks, as always, go out to our hardcore band of marshals without whom none of these events could run.
Lurley – Day in the Dirt – 13 August
Cracking event on Sunday with a great turn out, great weather and no injuries and a lot of tired but smiling faces by the end of the day. Bob Wards pics are here
The timed special test once again proved very popular with riders queing up most of the day to have ‘one more try’ to beat their best time, or their riding buddies best time.
Dan Mundell – ISDE
As many of you will already know Core club rider and upcoming local hero ‘Dan Mundell’ has been selected to represent Great Britain at the ISDE in France this year. Whereas this is a great honour and achievement it doesn’t come without a large financial cost – literally thousands.
We decided to work with Dan to help make this happen, so our practice day at Lurley on the 13 August included a couple of fundraising elements to help him on his way. The generosity of our riders was great with many buying raffle tickets, purchasing some of Dans part worn race tyres (at great prices) and numerous riders just wanting to donate money into the pot to help Dan on his way. We raised the best part of £400.00 on the day.
The amount of time, dedication, effort and financial commitment it takes to get to the upper level in any sport is immense and for Dan to achieve what he has so far is impressive. It’s a shame some of the Facebook heroes out there are unable to appreciate this.
However, the Core team are, and are all glad to have been able to help him on his way.
Apologies, but our event planned for the 22 October has been cancelled due to a date clash with another event organiser. We do our best to not clash with other events whenever we can (not always possible). Date clashes are not good for us, other event organisers or more importantly the riders.
There are no other suitable dates in October and therefore we will not be running an event in October this year.
For 2017 Track Times now require all riders to purchase their own transponder cage. These cost £10.00 each, payable direct to Track Times (in cash) when you pick up your transponder on race day. It is a one off purchase that can be reused at any events that you use Track Times transponders.
Ashcombe Day in the Dirt – 7 May
Another cracking day with perfect weather and conditions. Some excellent photos from Bob Ward here
Ramsey Farm – Practice Day 26 March
Great day had by all. So lucky with the weather! Enduro track ran well with something for all riders. The hard loop proved popular early on but seemed to scare a few off as come the end only the expert level riders seemed to be atempting the steep tricky descent.
The special test in the stubble field proved to be a hit, with many riders coming back time and again to try and beat either their own best time, or that of their riding buddies. As always thanks go out to the Core marshals and helpers without whom these events would not be possible.
Selection of photos from Bob Ward here
Ramsey Farm – Practice Day 26 March Track Preview
Here’s a quick video of the new track at Ramsey Farm on Sunday – not including the hard route down through the woods as the skilled rider doing the filming had no front brake and it was very steep and slippery.
As you can see we had some heavy rain this morning but the ground here drains really well so if we have the dry few days and weekend we are forecast most of the wet will be gone.
See video here
Crediton Raceway Day in the Dirt 26 February
Another cracking day at Crediton Raceway. Weather was kind to us, attendance was great again, MX track well prepped and dry and enduro loop proved popular yet again even with some of the hard core MX riders.
As always, our thanks must go out to our great team of marshals, without whom we could not put on these events. Their efforts are always greatly appreciated.
Here are some excellent photos from Bob Ward capturing some of the fun and action of the day
Crediton Raceway Day in the Dirt 27 December
2017 DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
All our 2017 provisional dates are now published on the Future Events Page. The venues and types of events will be added over the next couple of weeks as we await replies from our landowners.
Entry is now fully subscribed, please message if you wish to be added to the reserve list
Crediton Raceway – 27 December
The MX track will run as normal in 20 minute sessions with four groups.
Youths aged 10-15
In addition to this, there will be a separate enduro/stubblecross track. This will be run as an open pit format so you can ride as much or as little as you like. It will not be linked to the MX track. It will run on the surrounding farm land and will incorporate some optional man made obstacles, including logs, tractor tyres and jumps. As well as fast stubble fields, some woodland, and an old sunken stream bed.
This has surely got to be one of the best value days riding around, as we are keeping the price the same as a normal Moto x practice day, whilst giving you the option to ride all day on the enduro loop. Ride either or both! Enduro riders can have a crack on the Moto X track (with the option to ride around the bigger jumps) and the Moto X riders can have a go at a bit of enduro riding between their Moto X sessions. Should make for a cracking days riding with something for everyone.
£25 in advance, £30 on the day.
Core 2016 Offroad Championship trophies (top 3 in each class) and tyres (winners of each class) are available for collection at this event.
Nower Farm – 11 December
What a great day, cracking new venue, fantastic turn out and loads of happy faces.
Thanks for your patience towing in/out but unfortunately that becomes part of riding/running enduro events in December !!
As usual thanks go out to our crack team of marshalls, medics, catering and everyone else behind the scenes, without you all this would not be possible.
Special thanks today goes to Lewis Gigg and the landowner for tirelessly towing vehicles out (and in for some). Last vehicle was towed out at 5.35!
Not sure why but our pickup is making some funny noises now.
Oh and thanks to Richard Strawbridge for not killing anyone with his flat out, jack knifed disco/trailer routine on the way in!
Twin Oaks – Hare & Hounds – 2 October
What a superb days racing at Twin Oaks. The weather was perfect and the track dried out quickly.
It was nice to see such a big turn out, especially with four other local dirt bike events on. Nice to see all our hard work is appreciated by a great bunch of riders.
A massive thanks as always goes out to our superb and ever growing team of marshals, who do a fantastic job of keeping you all safe, prepping and clearing the track and much more. Also thanks to the medical staff (who were kept busy!) and to Lovefood for the excellent catering as always.
Last, and far from least is a huge thankyou to the landowner for allowing us to use this stunning venue.
Results are here
Championship standings for 2016 will be published later in the week along with the trophy winners for top 3 in each class. Trophies will be available for collection at our practice day on 6th November at Crediton, where we will use the full MX track along with the enduro circuit. Should be a cracking day.
Ashcombe Day in the Dirt – Sept 11
Great day in Ashcombe woods on Sunday. Sunshine, good track, happy riders, no real injuries and a great turn out. Thanks to all who made the effort to attend the event and we trust everyone enjoyed it. Day ran smoothly as always thanks primarily to the efforts of the Core marshals. Got some great pics from Bob Ward here
Enduro Training Day
An excellent day was had by all on Saturday. Thanks to Jamie and Chris Paget and Dan and Ian Mundell for the effort they put in to running a mega day for us and the riders. Couple of broken bikes and a slightly broken rider didn’t distract from a fun and informative day in the woods at Ashcombe. The BBQ at lunch time seemed to be much appreciated by all.
If you fancy an excellent days riding, tuition and bike set up information with a top notch team, then keep an eye on the website for details of the next one later in the year.
Enduro Training Day – Level 1
After the success of the Core training day Jamie ran for us in February aided by Dan, we are now offering a second chance to attend another day of top quality enduro training. This will be held on Saturday 30 July at our Ashcombe venue. We are offering a maximum of 16 riders the opportunity to receive Enduro training from “local legend” Jamie Paget helped out by ’upcoming hero’ Dan Mundell.
The session will include bike set up and prep, suspension tweaking and sag settings assisted by Chris Paget and Ian Mundell who have both spannered for Jamie and Dan at top level. The main focus will of course be on the riding, you will get the opportunity to ride at the fabulous Ashcombe venue (although not on the following days track) and receive advice and coaching on various aspects of enduro riding. Jamie and Dan will assess your technique and offer help and tips to improve your riding wherever he can.
Both Jamie and Dan have a wealth of riding knowledge and expertise to share, and have proved to be excellent riding mentors. At times the group will be split into two (dependant on ability) with Jamie taking one group and Dan the other.
The day will run from 10.00 am – 4.00 pm with breaks for lunch, and refreshments morning and afternoon. The level 1 training is aimed at Sportsman and Clubman level riders, however it is open to any who wish to brush up on their skills.
Entry is on a first come first served basis, payment of £70.00 can be made by paypal, cash or cheque. Your place is only secured once payment has been received. Included in the price is a BBQ lunch and refreshments during the day.
Jamie Pagets Riding Pedigree
2004 Clubman British Enduro Championship – runner up
2005 Fast Eddy Cross Country Clubman champion
British Enduro ACU under 23 elite training squad member
2005 Clubman British Enduro Champion
2007 Expert British Enduro Champion
2008 ISDE Silver Medalist for Team Great Britain in Greece
2009 Championship E3 Enduro British champion
2009 ISDE Silver Medalist for Team Great Britain in Portugal
2011 Cornwall Motocross Championship – runner up
2012 Cornwall Motocross Champion
Plus multiple top ten class finishes in European Enduro Championships and top 30 and top 40 finishes in the Weston Beach Race
Currently leading the Core 2016 Championship
Dan Mundells Riding Pedigree
5 Times South West schoolboy MX Champ
Numerous podium finishes at national Moto X events
Clubman British Enduro Champion outright and in class at just 16 years old on first attempt
GBXC Sprint Champion 2015 at just 16
Currently running at the sharp end of Expert British Enduro Championship and ACU British Sprint Championship
Expert E1 winner at 2016 welsh 2 day
Bratton Enduro X – 22 May
We had a great days racing at the weekend and after some early morning drizzle the sun shone on us for races two and three. Apologies that the track was not as we had planned it. We spent four days cutting in new lines and making an interesting and challenging track and avoiding the worst of the well worn beaten up Bratton firetracks. At 6.00 pm on the Saturday evening (after the course was completed) we had a phone call from the land owner telling us he wanted us to cut out all the new bits we had added and change the whole track back again. After a stressful Saturday evening and very early start on Sunday we manged to have a track in placxe just in time for the event. It all worked ok but it was definitely not as we had originally set it out. Anyway, it was what it was, and all went well with some great racing in all classes. Got to feel for Jack Twentyman who was putting on an awesome display of fast riding winning both of the first two races and then succumbing to a mechanical in the third which cost him the overall win.
Apologies – date change
We had a Hare & Hounds event scheduled to run 11 September at Bratton Court. We have decided to cancel this, as whenever possible we try not to clash with rounds of the South West Enduro Championship who are running at Wolborough Barton on that date (always a great event, well worth entering). We hope to have more dates published here in the next few days.
Escot Park – Day in the Dirt – 8 May
The weather was kind to us yet again with another great well attended practice day at Escot. The track was well recieved by all and the optional hard route choices were challenging for some and loved by others. Thanks to the marshals and medics for looking after everyone and keeping the 6 hours of track time running smoothly. Thanks also to Aaron and his team from Surf & Turf catering who stood in for Lovefood (our normal caterers) who were unable to attend this time.
Twin Oaks Practice Day – 17 April
An excellent day was had by all. Great weather, great turn out, and by all the positive feed back we received, seems like it was a great track too.
Lurley Enduro Sprint – 20 March
An excellent days racing had by all. Track was perfect, everyone seemed to love both it and the new format. The dual start system worked really well and added an extra element of excitement to the races as each rider was paired up with a rider with the closest lap time to their own from the previous lap. Some fast and furious racing resulted.
Congratulations to Jamie Padget for taking the overall win from Keelan Hancock (just!). Only 4.6 seconds seperated them, after 9 laps of pretty intense racing. They put on a great show!
An even closer finish in the Sportsman class with Marc Hockin taking the win from Tom Ross in another hard fought battle. The two of them finally only seperated by a few hundredths of a second at the flag!
Clubman over 40s saw Stumpy take the overall with Rob Richards and Michael Harlow following him home for 2nd and 3rd.
Clubman class also pretty close with James Kiff, Sam Wilso and Nick Gulliver taking the 1 2 3 split by just over a minute and a half after 9 pretty intense laps of racing.
Mike Rowe took the expert win from Julian Oakes and Darren Kiff and with only three entrants in the over 40s experts Jeremy Box, Jim Browning and Chris Doidge each managed to get themselves into podium positions.
(All details on results page)
Should be another excellent video up on the video page from GR Media within the next day or two.
Trophies for collection
We still have a few unclaimed trophies from the Weston Enduro Sprint and plenty from the Ashcombe Ironman. These can be collected from our next event.
Awards for top three in class, solo and teams.
Enduro Training Level 1 on Sat 13 Feb now full. Keep an eye on this page for details of our next training day.
Enduro training – Level 1.
On Saturday 13th February at our Ashcombe venue we are offering a maximum of ten riders the opportunity to receive an Enduro training session from local legend ‘Jamie Paget’.
The session will include bike set up and prep, suspension tweaking and sag settings. The main focus will of course be on the riding, you will get the opportunity to ride on the following days race circuit and receive advice and coaching on various aspects of Enduro. Jamie will assess your technique and offer help and tips to improve your riding wherever he can.
I’m sure most of you will know Jamie’s pedigree but for those who don’t here is a brief list of his accomplishments.
2004 Clubman British Enduro Championship – runner up
2005 Fast Eddy Cross Country Clubman champion,
British Enduro ACU under 23 elite training squad member
2005 Clubman british enduro champion,
2007 Expert British Enduro Champion,
2008 ISDE Silver Medalist for Team Great Britain in Greece,
2009 Championship E3 Enduro British champion,
2009 ISDE Silver Medalist for Team Great Britain in Portugal,
2011 Cornwall Motocross Championship -runner up,
2012 Cornwall Motocross Champion,
Plus multiple top ten class finishes in European Enduro championships and top 30 and top 40 finishes in the Weston Beach Race.
The day will run from 10am-3pm with a couple of short refreshment breaks.
The level 1 training is based at Sportsman and Clubman riders however it is open to all who wish to brush up on their skills.
Entry is on a first come first served basis, payment of £70.00 to be made by paypal,cash or cheque.- your place isn’t secured until payment is received.
– We are going to start the enduro year with a 4 round enduro championship with a difference.
Four enduro events – Four different formats!
(3 out of 4 rounds count ie. you will drop your worst result or you can miss a round without losing out). The first round is on 14 Feb so why not spend Valentines day with the one you really love?
Round 1 – 14th Feb – Ashcombe 4hr Individual Iron Man Hare & Hounds or 2 man teams
Round 2 – 20th March – Lurley – Enduro Dual Sprint with man on man starts
Round 3 – 22nd May – Bratton – Enduro X. 3 x 45 min races
Round 4 – 2 October – Twin Oaks – 2 1/2 hr Hare & Hounds
– Our 2016 Core membership package is now available. If you intend riding Core events in 2016 and certainly if you intend racing, then joining is great value. Check it out on the membership page. Anyone who joins before the end of December will also receive a free Core T shirt.
– Two great new videos from our last event now available to view on the video page.