It’s the daddy of them all this Sunday when some of the top extreme enduro riders will descend on the iconic Nantmawr Quarry for the eighth annual The Tough One.
The Pro class is headed by former world trials star Graham Jarvis and going on the form book it will most likely come down to a two-man battle between Jarvis and new sensation Jonny Walker. But they’ll also have to deal with challenges from the likes of former Hell’s Gate champ Wayne Braybrook plus Germany’s Andreas Lettenbichler and Xavi Gallindo of Spain.
The track this year has been fully revised with a much longer lap and some really amazing sections including two brand new tyre sections with the biggest dumper truck tyres you’ve ever seen. A whole lorryload of logs and trees has also been brought in to create the super-gnarly new ‘Log Attack’ hazard.
The old pick ups and lorry trailer unit that have previously graced the course are now gone and in comes a new ‘It’s a Knockout!’ section – this is a huge scaffold erection with hanging tyres and human size and weight dummies suspended from above. Special attack trained marshals will be firing these swinging weights at the riders as they try to negotiate their way through the short but tough section.
The ‘Root of all Evil’ returns plus gnarly rock gardens, super steep climbs and descents with no run-up or run-off will scare riders senseless as they try to notch up the laps and be the fastest rider around the course.
The infamous crowd-favourite ‘Boulder Dash’ is playing a big part with a new ‘Half an Hour of Hell’ being brought into play by the race organisers. Basically, anytime in the first hour-and-a-half of the event, Tough One race bosses will throw in the horrible, massive boulder-strewn section for the PRO riders only – this will certainly keep the top riders on their toes and eat into any lead the front riders may have. It will also create a great buzz in the crowd before the darkness comes and the big floodlights go on for the final hour of madness.
The action kicks off at 11am with a super-tough two-hour race for Clubman and Veteran riders with the Main Event getting off the line at 3pm for 150 minutes of mayhem. With darkness falling around 4.15pm the quarry then turns into a floodlit, atmospheric Extreme Enduro fest that will excite the riders and spectators in equal amounts!
Pay at the gate is available…
£15 pp + £10 per car (fill your cars!)
£15 for motorcyclists
Kids under 10 free
…but please be aware there is nowhere near the venue that you can leave a car or van on the public roads and not get clamped or ticketed by the authorities…
Gates open at 8.30am, music and commentary will start at 10am.
For more info go to www.worevents.com