Race Format/Course Description
The Santa Cruz Super Enduro course consists of technically challenging terrain: root sections, rock sections, switchbacks, ruts, exposed sections, high-speed, tight, and steep sections—and any combination of the above. Therefore, in order to compete in the SCSE you MUST be able to ride technically challenging trails with confidence. You must also bring a suitable bike, e.g. more all-mountain than cross-country or downhill.
The SCSE is modeled on the Italian Superenduro race format popular in Europe. Racers will descend a closed course in 30 second intervals, completing transfer climbs and timed downhill special stages, with the score being the cumulative time of the special stage timed downhills. The transfer climbs do not count toward your score; however, they do need to be completed within a certain time frame and failure to do so will result in a time penalty or possible disqualification.
The field will be split into groups based on category with the more experienced categories starting first. This will ensure the best flow on the trails and minimize passing on the timed sections.
Pro, Expert and Sport riders will climb from Camp Loma to the start of SS1, and complete 4 special stages (SS1, SS2, SS3, and SS4) and 3 transfer stages (TS1, TS2, and TS3), totaling 22 miles with 4800 feet of climbing.
Beginner and Junior riders will climb from Camp Loma to the start of SS1, and complete 3 special stages (SS1, SS2, and SS3) and 2 transfer stages (TS1 and TS2), totaling 19 miles with 4000 feet of climbing.