Here’s the calendar for the Slovenian international mountain bike enduro series. Three events from last year’s 4Fun series moving up to big league. SloEnduro a bit easier and all-Slovenian all the way to Grožnjan final. 4Fun series without points.
In 2018 mountain bikers from Slovenia, neighbouring countries and even countries further away will have a choice of eleven enduro events: five events of SloEnduro series and six events of the 4Fun series. Slovenian events dominate the »big league« SloEnduro series this year. After four events in Slovenia the series traditionally ends in Croatia (2017 was an exception). No less than three events moved up into this series from the less demanding 4Fun series.
New in SloEnduro series
The SloEnduro season opens on March 25th with Kamplc Enduro in Ajdovščina which made a successful debut on this location as the 2017 final. On May 5th we’ll visit the first of the big league newcomers, the Enduro Krokar at Dobrna. Its organizers have three 4Fun events behind them. On June 17th we’ll be welcomed by the second newcomer, the Merjasec Enduro in Ruše, first held in 2016. And the third new event, Enduro Krvavec, will be held on August 26th. It was first held in 2015 as a mass start event, then new trails and formats followed every year in Krvavec park. Once again the final will be hosted by Enduro Grozni in Grožnjan, Croatia, the only Enduro World Series Qualifier event of this year’s series.
SloEnduro events should be suitable for more riders, especially regarding physical endurance. These will be one day event, no prologues, and total elevation will be limited to 1200 m. There will be a minimum of three different special stages and two of those stages be allowed to be used twice. Registrations will be limited to 35 Euro.
New in 4Fun series
GoEnduro in Gorizia, Italy opens the series already on March 18th, followed by another one in Italy, the 7th Enduro 3 Camini in Trieste on April 8th whicj was traditionally one of the strongest SloEnduro events. Golovec Trails in Ljubljana on May 13th is a first-time event, same as Poseka FunEnduro in Ravne na Koroškem on May 26th. Matadown, a mass start race from Matajur in Italy, is a classic, it will take place on August 5th. The last 4Fun event will be held on September 8th, Trnduro above Rijeka in Croatia, a newcomer to the series but an event going on since 2015.
Race formats are still mostly left to the organizers and the racing will be kept simple and not too demanding. These are races where riders can learn the ropes of enduro racing without spending too much time on getting to know the trails. Even more, there will be no ranking for the 4Fun events because SloEnduro series will be easier to reach for anyone interested in picking up points all season long. Also new: five year age categories!
You can’t go higher than Black Hole Enduro
Let’s not forget why we are missing a classic in SloEnduro this year, the Black Hole Enduro. On June 30th and July 1st the best riders in the world will be going for Enduro World Series points on the cross-border course in upper Meža valley, Slovenia, and Petzen, Austria, for the first time.
SloEnduro is also putting together a new management. More soon!
2018 SloEnduro and 4Fun calendar
March 18th – 4Fun1: GoEnduro 4Fun, Gorizia (Ita) by U.C. Caprivesi
March 25th – SloEnduro 1: Kamplc Enduro, Ajdovščina (Slo) by DK Kampelc
April 8th – 4Fun 2: 7th Enduro 3 Camini, Trieste (Ita) by A.S.D. 360 MTB
May 5th – SloEnduro 2: Enduro Krokar, Dobrna (Slo) by KD Krokar
May 13th – 4Fun 3: Golovec Trails, Ljubljana (Slo) by Golovec trails
May 26th – 4Fun 4: Poseka FunEnduro, Ravne na Koroškem (Slo) by ZKSTM Ravne na Koroškem
June 17th – SloEnduro 3: Merjasec Enduro, Ruše (Slo) by ŠD NLP
August 5th – 4Fun 5: Matadown, Vernasso (Ita) by Vallimpiadi
August 26th – SloEnduro 4: Enduro Krvavec 2018, Krvavec (Slo) by ŠD BAM.Bi
September 8th – 4Fun 6: Trnduro, Reka (Cro) by BBK Team Rodeo
October 14th – SloEnduro 5: Enduro Grozni, Grožnjan (Cro) by BBK Grožnjan
Photo: SloEnduro 2018 takes off where it ended in 2017, at Kamplc in Ajdovščina. Flying: overall champ Vid Peršak, photo by Matic Slemič.