American Motorcyclist Association helps organizers define family enduro events

Ongoing discussion to help expand events

AMA News Author (no byline)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Family enduro events are becoming ever more popular across the country, so the American Motorcyclist Association is working with AMA organizers to better define the event and discuss uniform rules.

During AMA Congress on Friday at the AIMExpo in Columbus, Ohio, members of the AMA Recreational Riding Department and AMA organizers who host family enduros discussed some of the differences in operation of family enduros seen in different regions of the country.

"Family enduros are intended to be a stepping stone to competing in enduros," said Heather Wilson, AMA assistant recreational riding and volunteer manager. "It is a great way for youth and new adult riders to learn from someone experienced who can ride with them and show them the ropes of enduro scoring."

During the discussion, organizers made their views known.

"At our family enduros, the kids are doing around two to three, 10- to 15-mile loops and many are accompanied by their parents," said Mike Maurer of AMA District 15 who organizes a family enduro series. "The participants are not allowed to use any kind of enduro computer in our events. The goal is to get the kid, or even just a new rider, to get hooked up with someone who can guide them through the timing calculations and competing in an enduro."

The AMA will continue to work with event organizers to enhance this growing area of motorcycling.