Thank you.Most enduro's in Japan are team based races over a set time. Think of these like a 4 hr crit on a 2-6 km loop where you trade off with team mates. People can sign up solo or in variety of team size. The atmosphere and sense of camaraderie if aking to 24 hr mtn bike races in US (compressed into 4 hrs).
Let me confirm:It's a group start race that will have numerous other races in it.
Most Enduro races will have a "cut off" time based on the lead riders position in comparison to the dead line, anyone passing a finishing line will be given that time as the final time, leaving those that make the cut off mark to race it out in the final sprint.
One more question: Is drafting allowed behind other riders and if yes are tactics any different from a normal road race (assuming you ride it solo not as a team)?
Ok I think that answers that questionBasically the whole aim is how far you can ride in the designated time. How ever as they are a group start the fast guys will form a bunch and basically just race it as a normal Strada Corsa with riders rotating through the front to maintain speed.
Yes thats right, normally those that make the cut off are grouped very close together so there is a sprint for the line.Let me confirm:
So if I make it within the "cut of time" I can race one more lap? In that case I can still overtake the leader and win, right?
If not I am grouped into a bucket with all others that are back by -1 lab or -2 labs and the fastest time within this group is taken for the ranking?
Strategically yes. Tactically you have to be much more on the ball than in a straight time trial. The Enduro races I have done have a huuuuuuge range of abilities from kids and mamacharis wobbling along to the main pack thundering by at 50+ km/h. Lots of crashes in the first few laps until people get sorted out. Also you have to watch the breaks so as not to get dropped.... after the first round it's a TT with drafting ..