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KARRATHA

NEW VENUE! We are ‘WA’ Gravity Enduro and it’s about time we spread out wings from the comfort of the south-west and take the best mountain biking format in the world to a new location – Karratha!

With thanks to traditional custodians of the land, we pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.

We cannot wait to experience the amazing top-end of Western Australia experiencing and trails on ancient land. 

There are many other things to discover – https://www.karrathaiscalling.com.au

Course

The event takes place in the Yaburara area just south of the Karratha Leisureplex. We are sure you don’t mind waiting at the top of the hills as competitors will experience breathtaking panoramic scenery from some of the highest vantage points in Karratha. The existing trails are often used by local mountain bikers and the Burrup Mountain Bike Club and boast raw, rocky and natural terrain.

It is extremely important that attendees do not move rocks at anytime to ensure the natural environment remains unchanged.

Course bunting will be vary sparse and will only used where essential. Stay on the trails at all times.

Grading

Technical Ability – Intermediate

Physical Rating – 2

This is the approximate Course Grade for the most difficult category (Full Enduro)

More information about Course Grading.

Accommodation

Being in the middle of the school holidays, it is important for attendees to book as soon as possible.

Parking

There is ample parking at the Karratha Leisureplex. Race Village will be situated at the south-east corner of the carpark and will be modest in size due to travel travel logistics and costs.

Spectators

Spectators are welcome to walk up the side of trails but please ensure you are behind course bunting at all times and at least 2m off the trail when riders are descending. Look for Spectator points indicated on the Course Map for viewing opportunities. Always be aware of snakes and kangaroos, bring adequate hydration and wear good walking shoes. Please avoid making shortcuts through the bush and walk on the side of the trails where it is safe to do so. 

The bush is alive! Please do not trample vegetation and be aware of snakes and other wildlife.

The Yaburara Heritage Trail is nearby and we encourage spectators to enjoy this trail. No bikes are permitted on the Yaburara Heritage Trail.

Shuttles (assisted hill climbs)

No shuttles operating and no private shuttles are permitted at any time. At no time during Sunday racing can another competitor or spectator assist another competitor by way of pushing or towing. When caught, the competitor will be disqualified.

Categories and Pricing

We have a MASSIVE 26 categories available to ensure there is fun and competitive racing for all.

Pricing is generally the same all year, except some events offer shuttling options or food options (if available). Pricing generally ranges from $35 (inc GST) for the juniors to $80 (inc GST) for 19+.

Head to our Entryboss Entry Platform to see categories and final costs.

Where some of your entry fees go: 

  • Event License Fees to Auscycling for an insured and sanctioned event

  • Event License Fees to Local Governments
  • $1 from every competitor is added to our Enduro Pathway Program

  • $750 in cash prizes for our Men and Women Full Enduro 19+ competitors

  • $2,500 in WA Gravity Enduro gift vouchers to be won for podium placers, medals and trophies plus other delicious prizes

  • Certificates for our Whippet Competitors

  • Bunted and signposted course which typically takes several days to setup and cleanup

  • Sustenance and sweeteners for our amazing course marshals

  • Specialist paid positions ensuring consistency and professionalism in timing and event coordination
  • Official COVID Marshal ensuring our events are as COVID Safe as possible
  • St John Medical Services during practise and racing

  • Hire costs associated with toilets and water stations

  • Investment and use of the best Enduro Timing System in the world.

General Racing Rules

  • Full Face Helmets Mandatory
  • Auscycling Insurance Mandatory
  • No headphones, no singlets, no thongs
  • Mechanical’s are a part of racing. Always proceed to finish the stage by taking your SIAC past the finish beacon. A competitor carrying another person’s SIAC is instant disqualification.
  • Competitors stopping to assist an injured rider are permitted a stage re-attempt, but must confirm with a marshal.
  • A short grace period for returning SIAC’s is permitted past the estimated course closure time with final cutoff or time penalties decided by the Chief Commissaire. A 5 min penalty is awarded to any competitor returning SIAC’s after presentations begin.
  • Full Rulebook available at www.wagravityenduro.org/rulebook

Karratha

Latest Event Updates

02/May/2022 – Event Page Live

Course Map

On the Monday before an Event Weekend, the course map will be available here for viewing. The Course Map will contain your Category Start Times and Stages required to complete.

We aim to give you the Best Enduro Experience possible and work hard to provide the Best Value Event for your Money.

Organisation

Time required to bring together all facets of the Event.

Advertising

Facebook advertising, video reels and highlights, maps, website design, signage, Instagram feeds, YouTube clips take time and fees.

Sign-posted and Bunted Course

Arriving early to setup the course. This usually involves multiple people over hours or days ensuring bunting, signage and timing equipment are in place for easy navigation and fair racing.

Event Health Services

Your Entry Fee covers St John Ambulance Services being on-site for both Saturday and Sunday. We typically employ 4 x Technicians and engage with St John months in advance

Toilets

Typically, our Events exceed the venue existing facilities. Regional Services are engaged months in advance to deliver toilets. Hire costs continue to grow as Waste Management Fees continue to increase.

Race Village

It takes time to design the Race Village to enable our awesome Sponsors to arrive and setup in suitable locations to suite their needs. Careful attention to Parking, Pedestrians and Riders is needed for the safe and accessible movement of all attendees and event crew.

Applications and Insurances

Typically, several Stakeholders need to be engaged months in advance of any Event. We liaise with Local Governments, State Departments, Auscycling, Local Residents and Trail Custodians to act in the best interests of all parties while balancing a safe and exciting experience for our Community. Fees are required for Insurance and Event Applications.

Prizes, Gift Vouchers, Subsidies

At every Series round, we move $1 of your Entry Fee into our Enduro Pathway Program, donate $5 of your Entry Fee to Public Trails, offer more than $2,500 in Event Gift Vouchers to podium winners and offer $750 to our Elite Men and Women winners. We offer free entries to our Marshals, pay for professional services including multiple Photographers and Videographers and assist with fuel, food and accommodation costs for our Crew.

World's Best Timing System

Our Timing System is considered the World’s Best as used at the Enduro World Series. Yearly licensing, hardware and software upgrades are continuous. Additionally, we send our timing bands back to Germany as required for battery replacements at considerable expense.

Continued Development

Once the essential Event costs are accounted for, we continue to research new ways to improve Results, Live Broadcasts, Mobile Phone Apps, data presentation, website development, manage existing equipment and improve our systems with the aim for a better experience for Competitors, Spectators and our Crew.