Events

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

 

Jan
26
Sun
100% Mini Downhill @ Pedalabikeaway Cycle Centre
Jan 26 all-day
100% Mini Downhill @ Pedalabikeaway Cycle Centre

“Always a popular event with the gravity focused riders in the Club”

Please Enter now to avoid disappointment as the race will sell out early.

Race Schedule:

Saturday – The forest is open as normal and you must follow the local rules & fees.

The course will be marked out on Saturday and there will be registration during Saturday evening.

Saturday is not part of the event so there are no marshals or medics on the track. You are responsible for your own safety and well being during Saturday.

Race day with official Practice and race with Marshals & Medics on the race track.

Sunday – Race Day

Registration 8.30am to 10.30am You must sign on and register before riding the track.

4.30pm Podiums Top 3 in each category

Entry procedure, distribution of identification numbers: The race is pre-entry only, though if spaces remain, we will accept very limited entries on the day. Enter via the British Cycling website.

You do not need a race licence to race.

It is their responsibility to look after your number board. A lost number board will mean a £5.00 charge for a replacement as will a number board that has a modified shape and sponsors’ logos removed. No defacing of number boards. The number boards remain the property of Mini Downhill.

More info

Video

 

Mar
8
Sun
Haibike Mini Enduro @ Worcester Lodge, Forest of Dean
Mar 8 all-day
Haibike Mini Enduro @ Worcester Lodge, Forest of Dean

Date to be confirmed.

The Mini Enduros are becoming very popular in the club now and a great way to get in to racing some of our favourite trails in the FOD.

Links

Blurb from the web page

The Mini Enduro’s take place over one day and will be of a shorter distance to allow riders to practice the stages before the start of the race later in the day.

The format is practice in the morning and race in the afternoon, there will be nice easy transitions times between stages with no penalties for arriving late.

The stages will be all gravity with no uphills, just blasting down some of the best of piste trails in FoD.

Distance will vary but expect around 10 miles to complete all the stages on the route.
With a morning practice lap and the race you will cover around 20 miles.
The transitions will follow the marked route to keep everyone going in the right direction.

Your are not timed between the stages but you are given a stage start time to try to keep everyone in their categories.

All stage times will be added together to produce the overall results for each category.
E-Bikes get a challenge stage which will be a techinal uphill climb

Quote from Sean Bacon from the last race “Great fun races the mini’s. Can’t recommend them enough.”

Video

 

 

Mar
28
Sat
Leisure Lakes Bike Demo Weekend @Canock Chase @ Tackeroo Campsite
Mar 28 – Mar 29 all-day

Event launch and tickets made available on Friday 14 February.

Keep up to date on social media

Info from 2019

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.

  • The event is ticketed so as to manage the demo rides.
  • Tickets for the demo weekend are £20 per day
  • £5 of every ticket sold goes to Eastridge Trail Partnership – This year we’ll be supporting the Eastridge Trail Partnership, this is a great trail centre in the Shropshire Hills, and offers some of the best mountain bike trails in the area. The trails are maintained by a small bunch of loyal volunteers, and our donations will help purchase materials and tools to keep the trails running sweet!
  • £5 of every ticket sold will go to the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity – These people are invaluable to us when we need them most. We wanted to give something back to the people that have helped so many mountain bikers in their time of need over the years.

Video from 2018

Trail sections used

Quality on Street Food catering

@StrEATery.co suppling the catering with Segafredo Coffee, Porridge, Chilli & Rice and of course Burgers and more.

Mar
29
Sun
Haibike Welsh Gravity Series Rd 1 at Afan Bryn Bettws @ Afan Bryn Bettws
Mar 29 all-day

Mash Up!….

“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 “Mash Up” format has been universally accepted and wholeheartedly welcomed by riders and the industry alike with more new and not so new riders taking a step and a step back into a stress-free racing environment.

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 2020

Each Mash Up round will have 3 stages 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.

Gravity will work for you and against you at these events, as the nature of the stages will demand some pedalling from you to get the most out of them, allowing you to enjoy the gravity assisted parts even more.

Any practice outside of the event is purely at your own risk and all normal rules of the trail and rights of way will apply.

Ride sensibly and in control.

Full face helmets and Personal Insurance are recommended but not mandatory.

Round 1 of the Haibike WGES Mash Up Series kicks off on the 29th March 2020.

ENTER HERE

Afan Bryn Bettws Lodge are our hosts for the day, offering a very compact loop focusing on maximum stage time and minimal liasons!

Camping is available on site and can be paid for at reception in Bryn Bettws Lodge.

3 stages await…

For more information visit and follow:

Video

 

Apr
5
Sun
HONC 36 “Hell of the North Cotswolds” @ Winchcombe Secondary School
Apr 5 all-day

2020 will see the 36th Edition of the HONC, with the traditional mass start from Winchcombe Secondary School.

Choose from 100Km, 75Km and 50Km routes with each incorporating on and off road sections around  the beautiful cotswold countryside.

 

Tickets go on sale Saturday 4 Jan at 7am

A lot of work is going into finalising the 36th edition route with some new and interesting sections. The routes will be marked and as usual an OS route map will be available on the day. We will also be issuing a link to the GPX route link to all registered riders in the week prior to the event.

Social media links to follow

Event History

Apr
19
Sun
Haibike Welsh Gravity Series Rd 2 at Cwmcarn @ Cwmcarn
Apr 19 all-day

Mash Up!….

“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 “Mash Up” format has been universally accepted and wholeheartedly welcomed by riders and the industry alike with more new and not so new riders taking a step and a step back into a stress-free racing environment.

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 2020

Each Mash Up round will have 3 stages 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.

Gravity will work for you and against you at these events, as the nature of the stages will demand some pedalling from you to get the most out of them, allowing you to enjoy the gravity assisted parts even more.

Any practice outside of the event is purely at your own risk and all normal rules of the trail and rights of way will apply.

Ride sensibly and in control.

Full face helmets and Personal Insurance are recommended but not mandatory.

Rd 2 of the Haibike WGES

Stays in South Wales, this time returning to Cwmcarn after a year break.

ENTER HERE

Camping is available on site and can be booked through the visitor centre http://your.caerphilly.gov.uk/cwmcarnforest/camping/camping

3 stages await.

For more information visit and follow:

Video

 

May
3
Sun
Haibike Welsh Gravity Series Rd 3 at Eastridge @ Eastridge Woods Shropshire
May 3 all-day

Mash Up!….

“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 “Mash Up” format has been universally accepted and wholeheartedly welcomed by riders and the industry alike with more new and not so new riders taking a step and a step back into a stress-free racing environment.

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 2020

Each Mash Up round will have 3 stages 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.

Gravity will work for you and against you at these events, as the nature of the stages will demand some pedalling from you to get the most out of them, allowing you to enjoy the gravity assisted parts even more.

Any practice outside of the event is purely at your own risk and all normal rules of the trail and rights of way will apply.

Ride sensibly and in control.

Full face helmets and Personal Insurance are recommended but not mandatory.

Rd 3 of the Haibike WGES

Round 3 hops just over the border to Eastridge Woods!

Camping is available on site from Friday for free but all we ask is for a small donation to go to the Eastridge Trail Partnership to help with the up keep of the trails.

3 stages await.

ENTER HERE

For more information visit and follow:

Video

 

May
9
Sat
Bontrager Dyfi Enduro @ Machynlleth
May 9 all-day
Bontrager Dyfi Enduro @ Machynlleth

The Dyfi Enduro is a mass start MTB endurance ride around the Dyfi Forest, Wales. The event takes place on the May Day Bank Holiday weekend which this year is a Friday-Saturday-Sunday so for the first time in the event’s 19 year history the Dyfi Enduro will take place on a Saturday (9th May). The event is not a gravity enduro with timed stages, it is a challenging timed trail loop with some descents that wouldn’t be out of place in a gravity enduro.

“Please Note: It’s not a gravity enduro, there are no timed stages, just one timed loop start-finish, think tough XC with some demanding descents that might favour a bit of suspension travel.”

The event offers a tour of the finest trails that the Dyfi Forest has to offer. For the riders who make it to our route checkpoint by the cut off time*, there is a little extra on offer, the option to ride a bonus loop that extends the course to 60km and adds a further 200m of descending (and climbing).

HQ is located in the town of Machynlleth and the event takes place the same weekend as the town’s popular comedy festival. The event offers camping and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere with event HQ located in the Big Top tent where you will find a cafe & bar, hot food and evening entertainment. Families are welcome and well behaved dogs (DOGS MUST REMAIN ON LEAD AT ALL TIMES) and on Saturday kids activities can be found in the main event field.

Social media links to follow

Video from 2017

 

May
15
Fri
HOTS – Heaven of the South 2020 @ Kingswood Village Hall
May 15 – May 17 all-day
HOTS - Heaven of the South 2020 @ Kingswood Village Hall

The HOTS has proved popular with Bigfooters over the last few years.

Camping is encouraged for the whole weekend, but the racing is only on Saturday.

Social Media Links

Follow for updates and fun.

Blurb from HOTs website

HOTS is a charity mountain bike event unlike any other. Run entirely by volunteers, every penny raised over the weekend goes to local charities. In 2015 Heaven of the South became a Community Interest Company with a core of eight directors.

In 2011 they raised over £4,000 and in 2017 they raised £14,000.

There are two courses – a 75km with approx 5000 feet of climbing, and a 50km with approx 3000 feet of climbing. There are cider stops en route – we wouldn’t want you to get dehydrated, would we?

We have a huge, flat campsite with plentiful showers and toilets. On the Saturday evening there is entertainment. And a bar.

We will be using the Village Hall for the entire weekend, as last year. This means that no matter what the weather is doing, you always have somewhere warm and dry to buy cider. Scrumpy will be available everywhere and is almost compulsory.

Here’s a rough itinerary from 2019:

Friday:

Camping opens 3pm on Friday afternoon.

Registration open from 4pm-7pm.

Bar open all evening. Unsurprisingly.

Saturday:

Breakfasts available on site from 7ish am.

Registration open from 7.30-8.30am.

50 & 75km rides start at 9.30am.

Food available from 3pm.

Jungle Rumble 3.00pm-8.00pm (Suitable for all ages).

Live music in the evening, then….

The HOTS massive raffle at 9 ish.

Sunday:

Breakfasts from 8am ish.

Relaxing day (recovery day). Course markers will be removed – please feel free to revisit the bridleways, but do not ride on the private tracks.

Campsite closes at 12pm.

Jun
13
Sat
The Welsh Open Rd 2 of BNES and EWS Qualifier @ Machynlleth
Jun 13 – Jun 14 all-day

“The Dyfi Valley in Wales, Uk, home to the Athertons and some of the best Enduro trails in the UK. Welsh Gravity Enduro once again brings us “The Welsh Open”. Based in the iconic town of Machynlleth, the event will also play host to round 2 of the Bemba British National Enduro Series. Promising totally natural “event only” trails covering all aspect of Enduro racing! bring your “A” game!”

  • Saturday the 14th is practice day and also round 4 of the Haibike WGES Mash Up Series
  • All Welsh Open competitors will be automatically entered into the Mash Up! this gives you full access to the stages for practice plus you get timed on 3 of them…
  • 2 races for the price of one!
  • Mash Up competitors can upgrade their entry to also race race the BNES on Sunday for £20! payable at sign on Saturday until 18:00
  • Welsh Open Entries open Saturday 30th November at 09:00

ENTER HERE

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