Events

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

 

Jul
6
Mon
Cancelled. MEGAVALANCHE Alpe d’Huez
Jul 6 – Jul 12 all-day

For those who would still ignore it, the Megavalanche Alpe d’Huez is one of the most famous and not-to-be missed DH marathon race.
Since 1995, each year, thousands of riders take the departure from the famous “Pic Blanc” ;  in every weather condition !  Its Mass Start at 3330 meters high on the glacier and its finish line in Allemont, 2600 meters down, makes this DH Marathon race the longest and craziest race in the world !

In addition to this race will be held the MEGA KID, especially for children, and the MEGA FAMILY Challenge. Electric Bike riders will also be pleased with a specific qualifying with a climbing and the race on the Glacier!

So? Are you ready to compete the famous MEGAVALANCHE?

Jul
26
Sun
Cancelled. The Welsh Gravelly @ Afan Bryn Bettws
Jul 26 all-day
Cancelled. The Welsh Gravelly @ Afan Bryn Bettws

The Welsh Gravelly…

A gravel race through the Afan forests, 50km and 100km loops.

More info to follow…

ENTER HERE

 

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

For more information visit and follow:

 

Jul
31
Fri
Cancelled. Ard Rock Enduro Festival 2020
Jul 31 – Aug 2 all-day

THE ‘ARD ROCK TAKES PLACE IN THE STUNNING SWALEDALE AREA OF THE YORKSHIRE DALES NATIONAL PARK. THE EXCLUSIVE ROUTE TAKES IN AMAZING ALPINE STYLE STAGES ON 100% NATURAL AND ROCKY TERRAIN. TOPPED OFF WITH INDUSTRY LEADING EXPO STANDS, LIVE MUSIC, ENTERTAINMENT, FOOD AND DRINK ALL WEEKEND LONG.

Video highlights from 2018

Steve & Dom love Ard Rock

THE FESTIVAL

The Festival page will be updated with Ard Rock 2019 details in January and Festival tickets for ‘non riders’ will go on sale in 2019. The Ard Rock Enduro Festival is based near the beautiful village of Reeth in the Yorkshire Dales National Park and it’s supported by some of the World’s biggest mountain bike brands including title sponsors Santa Cruz Bicycles, Maxxis Tyres and Camelbak. Whilst the main focus is on the Ard Rock Enduro competition and challenge events, Ard Rock is also a fun festival that includes an exhibition with a full 100+ of the best bike brands, live music, full camping facilities, demo bikes for adults and kids, a pump track, food stands and a fully licensed bar. From Friday to Sunday there’s plenty to do for racers and supporters.

EVENT VILLAGE TIMETABLE

Thursday
1700 – Camping arrivals permitted
2300 – Gates close

Proper Festival Fun

Aug
28
Fri
GT Bicycles Malverns Classic @ Eastnor Castle
Aug 28 – Aug 30 all-day
GT Bicycles Malverns Classic @ Eastnor Castle | Eastnor | England | United Kingdom

“Prepare for the biggest party in British mountain biking. A packed weekend of challenging and exciting events including flat-out racing and the demo weekender. Riders of all ages and abilities can race and have fun in a chilled out family atmosphere”

Note: the Malverns Classic is being held on the August Bank Holiday weekend in 2020

Video from 2018

  • Whole weekend of camping
  • Dual Slalom
  • Funn Enduro
  • Quad Eliminator
  • Classic Downhill
  • Bunny Hop, Track Stand & Manual competitions
  • Lake ride
  • Music
  • Demo bikes
  • Stunt Show
  • Trade Stands
  • Free Childrens events & entertainment

Interested?

Then visit & follow:

 

 

Sep
4
Fri
7 Stanes, Scotland Long Weekender Suitable for ALL @ Scottish Borders - 7 Stanes
Sep 4 – Sep 6 all-day
7 Stanes, Scotland Long Weekender Suitable for ALL @ Scottish Borders - 7 Stanes

Updates coming in due course.

Usual drill great riding, rough agenda below and see links for adventures to Scotland in the past.  Some very high level thoughts, copied and pasted from previous as a starter for 10…will fine tune i.e. accommodation as numbers progress.

2013 http://www.bigfootmbc.co.uk/2013/08/scotland-weekend/

2013 : http://www.bigfootmbc.co.uk/2013/08/scotland-trip-day-4-kirroughtree/

2014 http://www.bigfootmbc.co.uk/2014/08/bigfoot-in-scotland/

2012 http://www.bigfootmbc.co.uk/2012/08/scotland-videos/

Need to get people confirmed so we can sort out suitable accomodation. Thurs to Monday again.

Thursday 

http://7stanesmountainbiking.com/Kirroughtree .

http://7stanesmountainbiking.com/Dalbettie .

http://7stanesmountainbiking.com/Ae/Ae-Line-Trail

An uplift is now available to all the Downhill runs at Innerleithin, all graded as extreme, book your own uplift if you want to do these, or you can ride up!
http://7stanesmountainbiking.com/Glentress—Innerleithen/Innerleithen-XC

http://7stanesmountainbiking.com/Glentress—Innerleithen

Accommodation – Kalzie Bunkhouse, for the duration, choose your trail centre and head off for the day

http://7stanesmountainbiking.com/Newcastleton https://scotland.forestry.gov.uk/visit/mabie

 

Other comments:

–       Remember just normal trail gear including knee pad and arm pads if you have them.

–       Remember could be wet so bring jackets

–       Groups will be split and each trails centre is different so the variety is epic.

–       Bring plenty of clothes as we are riding for a few days

–       There are plenty of bike shops if you need an urgent part so don’t everyone bring the kitchen sink of spares – normal rules apply maybe just a few extra inner tubes, a mech hanger, chain link, good tyres, spare set of brake pads, 3 litre bladder, good humour and plenty of stories.

–       Bring your own food for on the trail so energy bars/gels and energy drink, you will need it especially if hot

–       Eating, lots of options but bring a small bag of you own favourites like crisis, breakfast cereals just so you have essentials.

–       Buddy up for travelling start asking

–       Evening eating, there a few takeaways, restaurants or supermarkets or if you want to cook at base.

 

Sep
13
Sun
Cancelled. Haibike Welsh Gravity Series Rd 5 at Eastridge @ Eastridge Woods Shropshire
Sep 13 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 5 of the Haibike WGES

The Final round of the 2020 Haibike WGES Mash Up Series heads back to Eastridge to the old Downhill field!

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.

We will have 3 natural stages for you to race and possibly a push up Downhill race on the Saturday…TBC

ENTER HERE

For more information visit and follow:

Video

 

Oct
11
Sun
Haibike Mini Enduro @ Worcester Lodge, Forest of Dean
Oct 11 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

 

 

Oct
25
Sun
Haibike Welsh Gravity Series Rd 1 at Afan Bryn Bettws @ Afan Bryn Bettws
Oct 25 all-day

Rounds 1 & 2 postponed due to Covid 19

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

 

Nov
1
Sun
Haibike Welsh Gravity Series Rd 2 at Cwmcarn @ Cwmcarn
Nov 1 all-day

Postponed due to Covid 19

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

 

Dec
6
Sun
100% Mini Downhill Rd 3 @ Pedalabikeaway Cycle Centre
Dec 6 all-day
100% Mini Downhill Rd 3 @ 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