Events

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

 

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

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.

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

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.

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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
18
Thu
7 Stanes, Scotland – the MEGA Away Extra Long Weekender Suitable for ALL @ Scottish Borders - 7 Stanes
Jun 18 – Jun 22 all-day
7 Stanes, Scotland - the MEGA Away Extra 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.

 

Jul
6
Mon
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
31
Fri
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

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