Here’s a bunch of helpful answers to all those questions we’re often asked. If we don’t address your question here (or in the more specific information provided on each event’s dedicated web page), drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’VE ENTERED AND I WANT MORE INFORMATION. HOW DO I GET IT?
All successful, paid-up entrants will receive a confirmation email shortly after payment. A comprehensive Competitor Information Guide will then be emailed to each entrant approximately 10 days before the event. Entrants will also receive a few emailed updates and more specific information in the week leading up to the event. Easily accessible information will also be posted on Transmoto’s Facebook event pages.
DO I NEED TO ARRIVE ON SATURDAY?
Yes, absolutely. When your captain did the team’s online entry, they will have requested one of two time-slots for your team’s Saturday arrival: either 9am to midday, or midday to 3pm. The Rider Registration process (between 9am and 4pm) is done on arrival while you sit in your car, so it will streamline the arrival and entry process if team members all travel in the one car, or at least convoy into the venue together. Attendance at Saturday’s Riders’ Briefing is also compulsory for all riders. Everyone entering the event will have to adhere to social distancing and good hygiene practices.
DOES EVERY TEAM MEMBER NEED TO BE PRESENT AT SATURDAY’S RIDER REGISTRATION & RIDERS’ BRIEFING?
Yes, attendance at both Rider Registration and Riders’ Briefing is compulsory for every rider. There will be no opportunity to register after Saturday’s Rider Registration window.
WHAT ID &/OR PAPERWORK DO I NEED TO BRING WITH ME?
All riders must bring photo ID and their annual Senior National Motorcycling Australia Licence (if riders don’t have an annual Senior National Motorcycling Australia Licence, they will have purchased a One Event Competition Licence during the online entry process). If a rider is under 18 and not accompanied by a parent, their parent must complete and sign an MA Temporary Guardian Form and submitted it to email@example.com prior to the event. Riders aged 16 or 17 will also need to bring a hardcopy of this signed form along with them to the event, and be accompanied by their parent or guardian for the event’s duration.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I GET TO THE EVENT?
With all events still required to adhere to Covid-safety protocols, the following process will be in place upon entry to the event. The usual at-event sign-on must be completed online before you arrive at the venue (you will be sent a link to complete this process via email 10 days before the event). As Saturday’s Rider Registration process will be in-car, having all team members in the one car will streamline the process and make it easier for everyone. This in-car sign-on process (for riders and support crew) includes annual Senior National Motorcycling Australia Licence and photo ID checks, and the collection of competitor bags and the team’s transponder and brackets and team stickers. All riders and support crew will then get a wristband to confirm their registration is complete. At this point, teams will be directed to the next available camping and Pit Plot by event traffic marshals. To view the full Covid-Safe event protocols, click here.
HOW LONG DO I NEED TO WEAR THE COLOUR-CODED WRISTBAND?
For the entire weekend, Sunday’s race included, as this will confirm you’re a properly registered rider or nominated support crew.
ARE FRIENDS, FAMILY, SUPPORT CREW OR SPECTATORS ALLOWED TO ATTEND?
Yes. But please bear in mind that Transmoto Enduro Events are not designed to cater to spectators. Each Ironman rider or Pairs/Team entry is welcome to bring a helper or two, but there is no additional camping space outside each team’s 6x12m Pit Plot, and parking space at the venue is strictly limited. We provide enough amenities for all competitors, plus a few extra ‘helpers’, but any more than that and we risk overloading the venue’s amenities, which could be unpleasant for everyone.
WHAT SORT OF RIDING CAN I EXPECT?
Each course’s one-off, custom-made loop is between 12 and 18km long. The loop includes terrain that’s typical of an average trailride: a challenging (but not intimidating) combination of singletrack, fire road, grasstrack and sandy/loamy sections. The courses are designed to include multiple areas where faster riders can pass slower riders easily and safely.
WHAT RIDING SKILL LEVEL WILL I NEED TO RIDE THE EVENT?
All courses are designed to be challenging, but fun, for riders of intermediate to advanced skill levels. Any particularly technical sections will have a ‘chicken line’ for those riders who don’t feel quite up to the task.
HOW DOES SCRUTINEERING WORK?
All entrants’ bikes and helmets will be scrutineered on Saturday, and must comply with MA’s 2021 MoMS guidelines. For bikes, that includes plugged bar-ends, a handlebar pad fitted, clutch and brake levers with ball-ends, return spring on rear brake pedal, self-returning throttle, sprung footpegs, sidestands must be secured (if your bike already has a sidestand fitted, that is), and an exhaust that satisfies the relevant noise emission test (112dB/A @ 2m). For helmets, note that p 241 of Motorcycling Australia’s 2021 Manual of Motorcycle Sport contains an updated list of helmets that are approved for racing use in Australia. Scrutineers will not pass helmets whose label has worn or fallen off, so double-check your lid before you leave home.
IS IT OKAY TO WEAR A POV/HELMET CAMERA?
Cameras may be fitted to the motorcycle, provided they are securely mounted. Camera mounts are subject to approval by the Chief Scrutineer. Helmet-mounted cameras are not permitted unless the camera is integrated into the helmet, by design of the manufacturer. All helmets are to remain free from all modifications or attachments relating to the use of cameras (ie, helcam mounts).
CAN I USE GOGGLE TEAR-OFFS?
No. Tear-offs are banned for enduro racing in Australia. Roll-off systems are allowed.
DO I NEED LIGHTS ON MY BIKE?
No. Transmoto’s Enduro Events are staged during daylight hours.
DO I NEED A ROAD MOTORCYCLE LICENCE?
No. As Transmoto Enduro Events are held on private property, there’s no need to have a road motorcycle licence.
DO I NEED AN ANNUAL SENIOR NATIONAL MOTORCYCLING AUSTRALIA LICENCE OR AN MA ONE EVENT COMPETITION LICENCE?
Yes, you will need one or the other. Although ‘recreational’ in nature, Transmoto Enduro Events are technically races, which are sanctioned by Motorcycling Australia (MA). So to make sure you are covered in the event of an accident, you will need MA insurance coverage. This is included in your Annual Senior National Motorcycling Australia Licence. But if you do not have a current Annual Senior National Motorcycling Australia Licence, you will need to purchase a One Event Competition Licence (ideally, during your team’s online entry) to ensure you’re covered. Without this insurance, you cannot ride. The One Event Competition Licence (OECL) is a legal insurance document, issued to each specific rider by the relevant Motorcycling Australia state body. It is therefore non-refundable and non-transferable.
DO WE HAVE TO ALTERNATE LAPS BETWEEN TEAM MEMBERS?
No. You can structure your ride and your team however you like. You may want to get your stint all done in one go so you can sit back and relax, safe in the knowledge all your riding is done. Or you might prefer to do two-, three- or four-lap stints. Maybe one lap is enough before you need a lie-down. Do it however you like.
HOW DOES THE TRANSPONDER TIMING WORK?
Each team will be allocated a single electronic transponder (and the brackets used to attach it to the team bikes), and this will act as the ‘baton’ for what is essentially an endurance ‘relay’ race. To make sure their race laps are registered and timed, the team’s transponder needs to be exchanged from one rider to the next during transition. Timing Services team will retain a team member’s Driver’s Licence as a ‘bond’ to ensure the transponder and brackets are returned after Sunday’s race.
DO I NEED RACE NUMBERS ON MY BIKE?
No. Race numbers are not required because the team’s transponder (which acts as a baton) is used to count your team’s laps. If you already have race numbers on your sideplates and/or front plate, there’s no need to remove them. At Rider Registration, each team does get a small round sticker (5cm diameter) with the team’s allocated number and this needs to be stuck to the bike simply for back-up identification purposes. Plus it’s a nice badge of honour for your stead, as is the smaller scrutineering stickers that confirm your bike and helmet has passed.
CAN I WIN ANYTHING?
You sure can. In addition to the trophies for the race’s podium placegetters, there’s a bunch of other special category and novelty awards, and a raft of sponsor prizes are handed out to participants at random. Note that Teams of 3 and Teams of 4 will be grouped together for the Class results, but entering in a relevant ‘Team Category’ will increase your team’s chances of taking home a trophy. There will be no official presentation, but trophies and prizes can be collected near the Timing Services tent at the end of the race on Sunday afternoon, when you’re returning the team’s transponder and brackets.
IS THERE ANY PRIZE MONEY?
No. Transmoto Enduro Events are all about participation, enjoyment and hanging out with your mates. There are no points or prize money on offer.
WHAT ABOUT MECHANICAL SUPPORT & SPARE PARTS
Mechanical support and spare parts will only be available at selected events. Dunlop has a tyre sales and fitment program at most events too. Mechanically minded pit neighbours can always be called on to help fix any problems with your bike. But it’s important you make sure your bike is well maintained, and that you bring any spares and tools you’re likely to need for running repairs. If in doubt, get your local dealer or mechanic to service your bike well in advance of the event to ensure it’s up for the multi-hour challenge.
DO I REALLY NEED AN ENVIRO MAT & FIRE EXTINGUISHER?
Yes. When you replenish fuel, oils or fluid in the Pit Area, you need to place an enviro mat under your bike (plus dismount from the bike and switch the engine off). Geofabric enviro mats can be bought at hardware stores, or a piece of rubber-backed carpet will do the trick. Transmoto will have limited numbers of enviro mats available to buy at the event for $15. Each pit will also need to have at least one 1KG ABE-type Dry Powder fire extinguisher, which must be in clear sight for race officials.
ARE THERE ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS NEARBY?
A greater majority of entrants camp at the venue on Saturday night. On-site camping is available for participants (within their 6x12m Pit Plots) on the Saturday evening only. But if that’s not your thing, a range of accommodation options is available within a reasonable drive from most venues.
IS THERE FUEL & BIKE SHOPS NEARBY?
Did you forget to fill your jerry cans or buy those spare parts you needed? No problem. The Competitor Information Guide that’s emailed to all entrants before the event will provide you with fuel and bike shop options in close proximity to the event.
CAN I ERECT MY PIT TENT/MARQUEE IF IT’S REALLY WINDY?
Sure. So long as you bring counterweights and/or pegs and guy ropes to properly secure your pit tent(s). Cartwheeling tents can pose a real danger in a crowded pit paddock. Participants will be notified of any adverse weather conditions prior to the event.
ARE FIRES ALLOWED AT THE EVENT?
Open-flame ‘ground fires’ are not allowed, but you are welcome to bring an enclosed and elevated brazier or pot-belly/cast-iron stove to contain your fire for Saturday evening. Gas cooking equipment is okay. All fires must be extinguished by 6am on Sunday morning and kept that way for the duration of Sunday’s racing. At some venues, enterprising locals have bags of hardwood for sale at reasonable prices.
WHAT IF ONE OF MY TEAM MEMBERS SUDDENLY CAN’T MAKE IT?
If, through injury or unforeseen circumstances, a team member has to withdraw before the event, you are welcome to find a replacement rider. Note, however, that you MUST inform us (via email: firstname.lastname@example.org) with full details of the change. If the incoming rider requires a One Event Competition Licence (OECL), a new fee will apply (these licences are legal documents issued in each rider’s name, and are therefore non-refundable/transferable).