Everyone likes to plan their diary for the year – check out the big events we’d like to focus on as a club:


Social – Roller Disco @ Cheltenham Ladies College
Mar 2 @ 7:45 pm – 11:00 pm

Okay folks…..2018 social!! When- Friday 2nd March, Time- 19.45-21.30 and beyond (post pub drink)…. Where Cheltenham Ladies College….. WHAT???
No skates-no problem (hire available)
(Suitable for club members partners and kids 10+ as well)
You don’t need to be a great skater btw….
See below website for further details-

Post below if you are keen!

Welsh Gravity Enduro Rd 1 Afan Glyncorrwyg @ Afan Glyncorrwyg
Mar 4 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

The Mash Up format is a great way to get into Enduro, allowing you multiple runs until your happy with or worn out from your preformance.

“This race will be held on the existing trails above Glyncorrwyg with 3 stages to race over 5 hours plus 1 “Uphill Flow” trail for the E-Mtb category”


  • Wouldn’t it be great to have another chance to go faster, get that corner right or hit that line you missed?
  • Punctures and mechanical’s are no longer an end to the race day, Ride with your friends and just have fun… The Mash Up Format allows it all”
  • The 1 day format involves 5 hours of live timing over 3 stages where you can do as many runs as you like in any order you like and then check your times in the pits! This creates an amazing rider atmosphere and presence in the pits that other Enduro formats do not have!
  • We also have an E-bike category which we will push forward even more in 2018 with more E-Bike specific stages.
  • Each round will have 3 stages plus an Ebike stage (where we can!) each one using existing trails albeit in a slightly modified state in some circumstances. The stages will be marked the day before the race so everything is ready to go for race day!
  • They will be taped and marked like all Gravity Enduro events, with professional timing, marshals and fully trained medics onsite throughout the race day.
  • The stages for each venue will be released in the week leading up to the event or kept secret until race day depending on venue and stages used.



Leisure Lakes Bike Demo Day @Canock Chase @ Tackeroo Campsite
Mar 24 – Mar 25 all-day

Looking at buying a new bike? Then demo days are the best way to try a few bikes out on a short fun loop.

Leisure Lakes Demo Day has been running for a few years now on the Tackeroo Campsite, Cannock, using the last fun sections of Follow the Dog. It has a proper event feel with most of the top brands showcasing their products & bikes.

Full Details & Tickets @ Leisure Lakes Demo Day

  • The event is ticketed so as to manage the demo rides.
  • Cost is £15, this is to make sure people are committing to riding.
  • £5 goes to Compton Hospic and another £5 goes to the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity

Video from 2017

Trail sections used

On site catering

Hot food unit & Crepes supplied by a certain Bigfoot member:)

Cotswold Cross Enduro Sportive Second Edition @ National Star College
Mar 25 all-day

The Cotswold Cross Enduro Sportive 2018

“After rave reviews from our inaugural event in 2017 we’re back with a bigger and better event in 2018.

65, 55km or 35km on and off-road routes utilising quiet roads, green lanes and bridleways around the valleys and villages of the Cotswold Hills south of Cheltenham.

The route is suitable for riders of all abilities and ages of 14 years and over.  MTBs and cyclo cross bikes are recommended and helmets are compulsary. Not suitable for standard road bikes. You can expect a wide range of riding surfaces as well as plenty of mud if it has rained recently”

Event info

  • Registration 8.00am-9.00am
  • Start/Finish National Star Centre, Ullenwood, Cheltenham, GL53 9QU
  • Start 9.00am-9.30am
  • Three ride length options
  • Two fantastic feed stations and our friendly marshals will see you round the course.
  • Full details here




LVIS Barry’s Bristol Bash – Road Event @ Long Ashton
Mar 25 all-day

The Las Vegas Institute of Sport organises four long distance cycling events that take riders along picturesque lanes in the West Country with friendly company and plenty of fine baking.

Now in their 9th year the March events include:

  • 214km Barry’s Bristol Ball Buster. Full
  • 116km Barry’s Bristol Bash.             Full
  • 116km Barry’s Bristol Blast.             Spaces
  • Come and see why these rides sell out within days.
34th HONC – MTB XC
Apr 8 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Hell of the North Cotswolds 34

HONC features a MASS START at 09.00hr from Winchcombe Community School near the picturesque town of Winchcombe.

Our on & off road endurance event, aimed at experienced riders, is run over challenging routes across the hills and valleys of the beautiful Cotswolds & uses a combination of roads, tracks and bridleways, with significant off-road sections.

There will be a 100km route for the very experienced and fit riders and a 50km route for those who know just how tough the off-road Cotswold Hills can be! You can choose on the day.

Routes will be marked by distinctive HONC arrows. Printed route maps will be issued at registration as part of your Rider Pack, and .gpx routes will be issued to all registered riders in the week before the event.

Food & drink will be available all day at the start/finish from 07.30hr and there will also be a food stop at around the half way point of each route.

Car parking, changing, toilets, showers and a bike wash will be available at the start/finish and a back up cycle recovery service will be provided.

Leisure Lakes will kindly be providing a mobile repair van at the start and the food stop.

A certificate and medal will be awarded to all finishers.

We have again teamed up with the great guys at Whyte Bikes to offer a Whyte Hard Tail Mountain Bike as the prize in our Junior Rider Draw. All U-18 riders successfully completing the event will be entered.


Online Entry will be available on on Sat 6th January 2018

Battle on the Beach
Apr 14 – Apr 15 all-day

Unique race on the beech – see website for details.

Course Information:

The 2018 course will be a total of 3 laps (or 2 laps for fun categories), total distance being approximately 45km.
Similar to the 2017 event, Lap 3 will on a slightly different track after the beach section. This will ensure that the leaders have a clear run to the finish and more relaxed riders have less worry about fast riders approaching.

The lap will have a similar feel to previous years and is comprised of approximately 5km on the beach (all hard sand) 5km singletrack, 5km doubletrack or forest roads. Only 100 metres is in soft sand, on the beach entrance.


Snowdonia Cycle Fest MTB Challenge 2018 @ Llanberis Community Centre
Apr 15 all-day

Event information from web site.

The Snowdonia Cycle Fest MTB Challenge is 2017’s ‘The Snowdonia MTB Challenge’. Set in Snowdonia, starting and finishing in the picturesque village of Llanberis, at the foot of mount Snowdon. The route will descend a section of one of Snowdon’s paths, the only MTB event to do so. In fact it’s the only MTB event in this part of the world! You will face long stiff climbs, fast grass tracks, technical single-tracks, forest roads and tarmac to link it all together!

This year will see a weekend celebrating everything to do with cycling in what’s regarded as the ‘Outdoor Capital of the UK, Llanberis, Snowdonia. On the weekend of 13th and 14 of Aphril we will host the first ever Snowdonia Cycle Fest. On Saturday we will host a road bike and a Cyclo Cross Challenge and Sunday the return of ‘The Snowdonia MTB Challenge’ now re named The Snowdonia Cycle Fest MTB Challenge.

On the field in Llanberis we will have various companies in the industries setting up with some amazing bargains, and bikes to demo Bikes to try out, as well as an event for the children.

Saturday night the Heights will host a band, and the beers will be flowing and food available for everyone.

The Snowdonia Cycle Fest MTB Challenge 2018.

It is challenging, but very rewarding! It will challenge your riding and fitness! The route will take you to exciting places, and unless you were local you wouldn’t get to ride. Up in to the mountains, down the other side, into the forest, pass stunning lakes and mountains with Snowdon in view from various angles, before returning back up and over another mountain for the final descent to the finish!

It’s not a race! It’s a challenge, and a challenge it is!! As it’s inside the national park, we have to adhere to park rules. There will be sections of road to ride on, but trust us, what you ride off road will more than make up for it!

There are four options. Short, Medium, Long and the Dragon.

The short one at 20k and misses out the forest section and heads back around the mountains for the final lung-busting climb to the final decent.

The medium route at 35k which packs in a mighty 1015m of elevation goes into the forest where you will ride fire roads and single tracks with red and black options, and breath taking scenery before heading back for the lung-busting climb up to the final descent!

The long at 43k which will be two laps of the forest!

And the DRAGON, an all mighty 63k with 1776 meter of elevation, which will be three laps!

  • Sign in will take part at H.Q.
  • H.Q will be open at 8.00am.
  • Please arrive no later than 9.30 to sign on.
  • Ride WILL start at 10.00am from HQ.
  • Non-competitive event. I.e. not a race and should not be treated as such.



New for 2018 – The Gorrick Gravity Trail Enduro
Apr 22 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

** New for 2018 – The Gorrick Gravity Trail Enduro **

What is this all about?

We have been looking at our great little venue at Frimley Green and thought why not use the hill for a Gravity Trail Enduro. The team have had a good look, we have checked out some local and regional events, rechecked the venue and given it the green light.

What is a Gravity Trail Enduro?

A gravity fed timed race event, a race but not in the XC Enduro sense as you will not be competing shoulder to shoulder, this is you versus the course. It is also not a pure downhill event, so they will be no gnarly steep descents or massive drop offs. It is a circuit of the venue which includes a number of timed trail stages, so you won’t need a special bike with loads of travel either, just bring what you have and enjoy. You will be helped on your way by good old gravity but you will still have to pedal a bit. What’s not to like.

What is the Event

From the Start riders are dispatched in groups at intervals. The event is made up of a number of short trail stages, ridden against the clock, linked together with non-timed sections. There are categories to suit all levels of ability and age. You ride all the sections in any order over the circuits specified, and can ride in groups, with friends or on your own, whatever you prefer, with all the stages open throughout the day up until the finish time.

You get an opportunity to view the stages before the event but you will not be able to pre-ride. We use electronic timing from Sport Ident, so you will have a transponder to carry with you and beams to pass through at the start and finish of each stage. Riders will complete 3 circuits and after each circuit you can return to the arena to download your times. Marshals will be on hand at each section to ensure sensible gapping to suit riders requirements. All stage times will be added together to give the riders overall result. A helmet must be worn at all times, gloves, eye protection and pads recommended.

The Venue

Area 51 is a great venue for a gravity trail enduro because nowhere is flat and it has a great hill, allowing a variety of sections to flow from the ridge line. The whole area is open mixed woodland and heathland, well-draining with good parking on fire breaks and within the woods. It is particularly good for viewing the stages from so you can follow the progress of your friends or family during the event. Cheering and banter is of course an essential part of these events. The arena has full catering all day, event registration, the event control centre, timing marquee, results screen, start and finish points, trade stands, toilets and paramedic ambulance. There is no overnight camping on site.

  • Date: Sunday 22 April 2018
  • Venue: Area 51, Frimley Green, Surrey GU16 6HT, follow signs to Venue
  • Registration Open: 08.00
  • Registration Closes: 09.45
  • Rider Briefing: 09.45
  • Event Start Time: 10.00
  • Event Finish Time: 15.00
  • Podium: 15.15
  • Stages: 6
  • Circuits: 3
  • Stage viewing: 15.00 to 17.00 Saturday 21 April 2018
  • Stage viewing: 08.00 to 09.45 Sunday 22 April 2018
  • Male Categories
    Senior 19-29
    Master 30-39
    Veteran 40-49
    Grand Veteran 50+
  • Female Categories
    Senior/Master 18-39
    Veteran/Grand Veteran 40+
  • Other Categories
    Juniors 16-18
    Fun 18+ (less experienced riders & first timers)
  • Entries Open: 26th January 2018
  • Entries Close: 11th April 2018 or when full.
  • Entry Limit: 180, No entries on the Day.
Howies Dyfi Enduro
May 5 – May 6 all-day

The howies Dyfi Enduro is a mass start MTB endurance ride around the Dyfi Forest, Wales.  The 2018 event will be the 16th year of the Dyfi Enduro and will take place on the weekend of 5th & 6th May 2018.

The Epic Ride

“The howies Dyfi Enduro is a BIG ride. There’s lots of climbing and lots of descending, making this a test of both rider skills and fitness. The ride is long and quite technical in places, but you”ll be rewarded by an experience that includes the best that the Dyfi Forest has to offer. The route is a tough 56km and for those who want to make it to the route checkpoint before the cut off time, there is an option to add an extra 4km loop that adds a further 200m of climbing and descending”

Please note, ebikes are not permitted to ride in this event.

Entries open


  • On site camping available by pre-order with your entry.
  • Campsite vehicle pass £10 (plus booking fee)
  • Individual camping pass charge £7.50 (plus booking fee)