Events

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

 

May
3
Sun
Cancelled due to COVID-19 – 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.

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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.

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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
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

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Video

 

 

Haibike WGES Mash Up Series Round 4 @ Machynlleth
Jun 13 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

“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!”

  • The 4th round of the Haibike Wges Mash Up Series heads North to Machynlleth for a special treat.
  • 3 totally natural stages await you for 5 hours of live timing.
  • This is also practice day for The Welsh Open & BNES Round 2 & Enduro World Series Qualifier. Practice rules are no stopping on track and no sectioning allowed to keep the racing flowing.
  • Camping is available for £8 for the weekend (book online) or £10 onsite.
  • All Mash Uppers have the option to upgrade their race to include Sunday’s Welsh Open! just pay £20 at Sign On before 18:00 on Saturday.
  • Alternatively just enter The Welsh Open online for £67 and race both days

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Video

 

 

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

The Welsh Gravelly…

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

More info to follow…

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

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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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