We are very excited to announce that we are having a 8 race series.
2/15 The Grizzly Run 3-5 Mile lap Extreme hare scrambles Winchester, TN
3/15 The Groundhog 3-7 Mile lap Extreme hare scrambles Young Harris, GA
4/25 The Spring Chicken 5-7 Mile lap Extreme hare scrambles Gardendale, AL
NEW DATE! 6/20 The Sasquatch 40-50 Mile lap. Extreme GPS guided event Winchester, TN
8/1-2 Battle of the Goats 5-15 Mile lap. Extreme hare scrambles Brushy Mountain, NC
9/5 Saddleback Extreme 10-15 Mile lap. Extreme hare scrambles Bedford, KY
9/19 The Nite Squatch 35 Mile GPS guided loop. Event at night Winchester, TN
10/17 The Cliffhanger at Hollytree 3-5 Mile lap Extreme hare scrambles. Event at night Hollytree, AL
10/17-18 Series Ending Awards Party/ after the Cliffhanger, plan to stay up late!
Each of these events we believe will offer something unique and challenging and the combination will be a series that will test the skills, stamina and determination of the most hard core extreme enduro enthusiasts.
We are very happy to be partnering with some established events and some new venues. Details on each event will be posted soon, in the mean time get off the couch and get ready!
The 2021 SEER series presented by Pandora’s started with a record participant number of 180 (!) in our first round. This is almost a 100% increase from the debut race in 2020.
The Covid Crusher 2.0 was held at the Hollytree Offroad Center in Alabama. The race was a blast, despite cold conditions and super slick trails.
‘Sometimes it’s pretty humorous to see what off-road motorcycle racers consider fun, but this rider was sure having plenty of it at SEER’s Covid Crusher 2.0 Extreme Enduro.’
Cycle News – Issue 7, 16 February 2021
Who Came To Race?
Riders traveled 15+ hours to North Alabama, coming from as far as Vermont, Massachusetts, and Texas. After a winter break, 180 hard enduro enthusiasts were eager to either race Gold, Silver, Bronze or the new Iron class. The Bronze riders made up largest class with 80 registered participants.
How Was The Weather?
The weather forecast leading up to the race weekend was kind of dim. Lots of rain and cool temperatures were predicted. Luckily the race day presented itself as dry, which made the cool temps in the low 30s bearable. Lining up at the start, racers were still chilly, but this quickly changed once the race started ;o)
What Was The Course Format?
Starting at 10:00 a.m. and finishing at 1:00 p.m., the Covid Crusher 2.0 was a three-hour hard enduro with multiple checks. The racers had 180 minutes to complete as many laps, or reach as many check points, as possible. There were 3 scoring checks along the course, and each of them also marked a course split. Gold/ Silver class stayed on the main course and Bronze/ Iron continued on scaled down sections.
What Did The Course Look Like?
The SEER team created a tough 8 mile course on rugged terrain, which almost doubled the distance from the previous year’s Covid Crusher. Hollytree Offroad is famous for its rocky creek beds, which were very slick and quickly became a challenge for even the most talented rider. The ground was very soggy from all the rain leading up to the race, and the ruts got very deep in many spots.
Was The Course Spectator Friendly?
Yes, this course was! Right from the start, very close to the pits, the action started. Within the first minute the Gold/ Silver riders got to ‘Nico’s Valley’, a brutal rocky uphill creek bed.
The Bronze/ Iron riders had a short demanding section, the ‘Bronze/ Iron Challenge’.
Half-way through the lap the Gold/ Silver racers were challenged with ‘Meltdown Mountain’. This was one of the most difficult sections of the race, a steep uphill made of mud-covered rocks. Outside assistance was not allowed, but half-way through the race, participants started to give each other a hand to make it up the hill.
On the other side of the parking area, easily within walking distance, was the third section ideal for spectators: ‘Copperhead Creek’, a steep rocky creek bed.
How Far Did The Racers Make It?
The overall winners Ryder LeBlond and Quinn Wentzel were the only two riders to make three laps. Nick Fahringer was just a few minutes short to complete his third lap.
45% of the field completed one full lap within the three hour race time.
Of all racers, 75% made it to check 1, on top of Meltdown Mountain.
Who Were The Winners?
The OA and Gold class winner was 19 year-old Ryder LeBlond, with Quinn Wentzel in 2nd, and 2020 champ Nick Fahringer in 3rd.
The Silver class was won by Nathan Taylor, followed by Greg Nolf and Jeffrey Hagewood.
The Bronze class podium was filled by Michael Barrett on the top, Cody Bollinger in 2nd and Ethan Burkhartin 3rd.
The winners of SEER’s inaugural Iron class are Tim Johnson in first, Eli Hamou in second, and Matt Harris in third.
In today’s episode we question how proper sports nutrition around your races make a difference.
I have also learned that a good diet and plenty of rest is equally important.
Pro Hard Enduro Rider Jonny Walker
How To Get Your Race Day Fueling Right
Proper race day fueling starts with a good diet ahead of your race. Developing healthy eating habits takes time, and that’s why you ideally start today! Small changes can make a big difference in the long run.
But first things first, what should you actually eat on race day?
Should You Have A Race Day Breakfast?
Yes! The majority of our SEER races start at 10 am, which means that your breakfast will be a crucial part of your race day prep.
Find a healthy breakfast you like and what works for you, eg. some granola with an apple, a whole wheat toast with cream cheese, some peanut butter with a banana or simply some yogurt. Nothing too greasy since it might bother you during the race.
Eat a small amount of the breakfast of your choice every morning, not only on race day. If you usually skip breakfast, this will ensure your stomach gets used to having some food in the morning!
Don’t forget to drink at least 2 cups of water with your breakfast, which will help you to stay hydrated.
Do I Need Anything During A SEER Race?
Yes, both something to drink and eat. Any hard riding for longer than 90 minutes is more easily done when your body gets some fueling.
We strongly recommend the use of a hydration system. Remember, most of our races are around three hours, and ideally you drink a minimum of 16 ounces of watereach hour.
If you are a heavy sweater and the race is on a hot day (later in the season), you will need 24-32 ounces per hour. But you have to train yourself to be able to drink that much, it takes time to adjust.
What food you pack in your bag is a personal preference – most riders like bars, gels, or chews. Bring at least two packages of your choice so you have options.
If you are looking for bar, try the one’s from our new series sponsor, Kate’s Real Food. ‘We are committed to making real, great-tasting food to fuel your every adventure.‘ – which sounds pretty fitting for SEER!
Come to our first race, the Covid Crusher 2.0, and don’t forget to pick up a sample with your race number!
Eat breakfast before the race.
Try out your breakfast before race day.
Bring a drink backpack for race day.
Put bars, gels, or chews in your hydration pack.
If this is your first hard enduro, pace yourself wisely and plan stops every 45-60 minutes to eat/ drink rather than ride non-stop until you fall off your bike :o)
Good luck for the race!
Written by SEER team member Lisi Bratcher, Certified Coach/ Sports Nutritionist and Exercise Scientist.
Welcome to the third part of our ‘Fit for SEER’ series! SEER’s social media manager and host Hunter Williams talks nutrition with our Silver class rider PJ Aguirre. 2/8/2021
Listen up as Hunter Williams talks nutrition with crowd favorite and SEER racer PJ Aguirre. PJ is one of our Silver riders and has been on a nutrition schedule that Lisi Bratcher designed for him for around one month ago.
Check out what PJ has to say about his current condition and what he is looking forward to seeing at round one of the 2021 SEER race season.
After 1 month of making small tweaks to his nutrition, he feels lighter on his toes. Very impressive, he lost 10 lbs!
He even tried the fueling bars of our new 2021 sponsors Kate’s Real Food.
Listen to what he has to say and what his recommendations are: Have fun and the rest will come to you!
Round one is scheduled for February 13th. Good Luck PJ! Keep up the hard work!
A three-part series about bike and rider prep for the SEER hard enduro series 2021. SEER team members share their experience and expertise.
Episode #1 covered how to get your BIKE ready for your first hard enduro. Today’s episode dives into the specifics of Training-off-the-bike. Is it worth it?
Yes it is!
If I’m not riding MX, Enduro, or Trialing I’m either cycling or in the gym.
Pro Rider Jonny Walker
But if you are not sure, see why British pro & hard enduro rider Jonny Walker does believe fitness training keeps him sharp REDBULL ARTICLE.
We also aired a video chat with riders Chuck DeLullo and Ryder LeBlond last week. They shared their training and nutrition strategies to prep for the SEER season SEER VIDEO CHAT EP 8
Train Your Body
Your best bet to get in riding shape is to ride as much as you can. Straight forward. But due to work, family, and other time consuming obligations, we might have limited seat time, especially during the colder months of the year.
Off-The Bike Fitness
Building your general fitness is a great way to use the darker and shorter winter days. Here is how you could do it – using tips from the SEER experts.
What Should I Do?
Any form of cardio training like running, cycling or rowing is highly beneficial for dirt bike riders. Adding strength exercises like squats, shoulder press, lunges and lat pull downs will help you to lift up or push your bike more easily.
Mixing up your exercises is a popular way to have some fun and stay motivated. Here are three 30 minutes sessions to build fitness for riding:
15 minutes cardio/ running or stationary bike,
15 minutes weight lifting focus upper body (example see box below).
8 minutes dynamic warm-up,
10 minutes body weight exercises like jump ropes, jumping jacks and push-ups (see workout images below),
12 minutes cardio – alternate 30 seconds running in place/ 30 seconds lunges and jumping jacks.
Extra tip: Google ‘HIIT 15 minutes‘ and search for images – find various workout combinations.
10 minutes Warm-Up of your choice – like jogging or cycling
15 minutesAt-Home Interval Training Workout – to be found on YOUTUBE
5 minutes cool-down including stretching
Sometimes it is simply easier to follow along, without having to come up with your own program!
Welcome to our first chat of 2021! Listen up as our host and social media manager Hunter Williams talks with our race director Derek Bratcher, and team member Timo Stark about three important bike set-up details. 1/15/2021
SEER’s tips are tailored for those who are new to our hard enduro events. Setting up your bike can make your race experience a lot better!
We will continue with fitness and nutrition tips before our first round, the Covid Crusher 2.0 on February 13th, 2021.
See you guys in a few short weeks! Sign up for round 1 HERE
A three-part series about bike and rider prep for the SEER hard enduro series 2021. SEER team members share their experience and expertise.
With just a little bit over five weeks until our first race in February, you might wonder which steps you should take to get ready. In episode #1 we are providing tips to get your dirt bike prepped.
Here is info for those who are new to our hard enduro events.
Get Your Bike Ready
We checked in with our expert, SEER’s race director Derek Bratcher. He raced dirt bikes for years and is a trained mechanic.
Here is a Q/A session with Derek and he shares what he believes is a good starting point.
Steps to Set Up A Hard Enduro Bike
Derek: We hope your bike is in proper working order. Now let’s talk about setting it up for hard enduros. You might have raced before, but extreme events are more demanding on your equipment.
You want to make sure that your bike has the proper protection while riding challenging sections like rocky ravines, large roots and ledges.
It might be helpful to add a few items before lining up at the race. There are plenty of options for upgrades. I selected the big three, the most crucial items for a hard enduro beginner, in my opinion.
1) Why Will a Fan Make A Difference?
Derek: The most obvious reason is that your bike is less likely to overheat. When you go slow, or push your bike over a longer time, a fan provides more air and helps to improve the cooling.
Here is an example of a fan which has a manual switch. Which means you have to turn the fan on or off as needed. The SEER team prefers this over an automatic temp switch since they tend to run more than needed. With a manual switch your battery life will be extended and you can chat with your friends at a stop without a noisy fan running.
Overall, it might make the difference between keeping the performance of the bike up, or being forced to stop and take an extra break to let the bike cool off again.
Do I Need A Fan?
Derek: Bronze and Iron riders skip the most tough sections, which means they might get away without a fan.
2) Why Are All Hard Enduro Riders Running A Skid Plate?
Derek: Rocks! They always win :o) Without a skid plate your engine cases and the frame are more likely to be damaged. Hard enduros are full of rocks, logs and other obstacles.
The material of the skid plate is thick, either made of aluminium or high quality plastic. They come in different forms. Some have side tabs that protect the frame rails, footpeg mounts and ignition covers, others protect your frame and linkage with one piece.
An issue with skid plates is the accumulated mud, but most manufacturers are using a design which lets mud chunks shake off and rattle through the vents.
It simply might ease your mind to know you have a piece mounted which provides high impact and dent protection. It will increase the chances of your bike to arrive at the finish line in one piece!
3) What is Different about a Hard Enduro Tire?
Derek: If you usually train on sand or hard-packed dirt, you are more likely running a less flexible/ harder tire. For slick rocks and creekbeds you are better off with a softer version, which provides more grip. The side walls are more flexible and the nobs are extremely soft, like a trials tire.
Generally, if you want to make this event enjoyable, I really believe you will need to invest in a proper tire.
SEER: Shinko is our series partner in 2021 and we are excited to promote their great products! Derek really likes their 520 DC rear tire. They have their own category of ‘Extreme-Enduro Offroad Tires’. Check them out here SHINKO TIRES
Can I Run Tubes in Hard Enduros?
Derek: Yes, you can, but ideally you run mousse bibs or tubeless.
A mousse pretty much eliminates flat tires. Another item taken off our ‘worry-list’. Generally they are harder to mount compared to tubes, but when hitting rocks or ledges the impact is dramatically reduced. Some bibs are pretty hard to begin with. The harder the tire, the less traction you get in gnarly sections. Even the best, soft tire made for tough terrain can’t perform as well with 20 psi compared to 5 psi. Which means you ideally wear the mousse in before a race or start with a hard enduro specific bibs.
A tubeless system eliminates the need for a tube. But the big difference to a mousse is that it keeps your options open. You can run it with as low as 0 psi on certain tires but also use it on other days with 10+ psi. Although it still can be punctured, it is also called a ‘bulletproof vest’, and a hole will not end your day.
Maintaining traction in a three hour race goes a long way by reducing fatigue over the course of the event.
A fan will prevent overheating, the right skid plate reduces bike damage, and the correct tire makes for a more grippy ride. Sounds like a solid plan!
The entire SEER team is super excited to have Pandora’s as our title sponsor for the new 2021 series. Together with the support of many other new and previous sponsors, we will be able to pull off another cool year with epic races!
2021 SEER Series Racers
We kindly ask you to support the series as well and sign up to be a SEER series racer for 2021. Besides being included in the annual series ranking, you are going to get a stylish SEER hat or beanie.