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


Dyfi Enduro @ Machynlleth
May 5 all-day
Dyfi Enduro @ Machynlleth

Returning for 2019 after a cancellation (due to waterlogged event site in 2018), the howies Dyfi Enduro is one of the best known and best loved endurance MTB events UK calendar. The event is a mass start 56km non-competitive MTB endurance ride around the Dyfi Forest, Wales.

“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.

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Video from 2017


QECP Day and Night Enduro @ Queen Elizabeth Country Park
May 11 all-day
QECP Day and Night Enduro @ Queen Elizabeth Country Park

If you haven’t been before this one is a must. With the unique format of practicing in the light and racing in the dark. It includes free parking, free camping and a large demo weekend!!

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FOD Wild Boar Chase @ Speech House Field
May 12 all-day

The Wild Boar Chase is an MTB XC ride around the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley.

2018 saw a big turn out of Bigfoot riders, however the course was mainly bridal ways and not much single track. Still fun if you just like to get the miles in.

Three route distances

  1. The Full Boar (43 miles) covers the Forest of Dean section and descends to the river Wye.
  2. In the Hog (38 miles), riders take the Forest of Dean loop, missing out the descent to the river Wye.
  3. In the Woody Boar (25 miles) riders tackle a loop in the Forest of Dean.
    The Small Boar (20 miles) covers a loop within the Forest of Dean.


Bigfooters Ready


YT FOD Demo Day @ Pedalabikeaway Cycle Centre
May 17 – May 20 all-day


The Circus rolls on! Once again we’ll take our fleet of test bikes on a big tour of the best bike parks and trail centers, to give you the opportunity to try our rides for yourself. No need to register in advance, just stop by and enjoy the Good Times with us. The rules are simple: first come, first served. No registration needed.

HOTS – Heaven of the South 2019 @ Kingswood Village Hall
May 18 – May 19 all-day
HOTS - Heaven of the South 2019 @ Kingswood Village Hall

The HOTS proved popular with Bigfooters in 2018 with many planning on attending in 2019.

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:


Camping opens 3pm on Friday afternoon.

Registration open from 4pm-7pm.

Bar open all evening. Unsurprisingly.


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.


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.

Southern Enduro Champs (BEMBA National Enduro Series Rd3) @ Exmoor, Somerset
May 25 – May 26 all-day
Southern Enduro Champs (BEMBA National Enduro Series Rd3) @ Exmoor, Somerset

One of the best venues in the UK.

“7 stages of loamy and rootyness”

Free camping, parking and lots more..

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GT Bicycles Malverns Classic @ Eastnor Castle
Jun 14 – Jun 16 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”

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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Mountain Mayhem 24 hour Endurance Race @ Marston Lodge, Northamptonshire
Jun 21 – Jun 23 all-day
Mountain Mayhem 24 hour Endurance Race @ Marston Lodge, Northamptonshire | England | United Kingdom

Back for 2019, but awaiting updates.


Video from 2017

7 Stanes, Scotland – the MEGA Away Extra Long Weekender Suitable for ALL @ Scottish Borders - 7 Stanes
Jun 27 @ 7:00 am – Jul 1 @ 1:15 pm
7 Stanes, Scotland - the MEGA Away Extra Long Weekender Suitable for ALL @ Scottish Borders - 7 Stanes

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 :



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

Thursday . .

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!—Innerleithen/Innerleithen-XC—Innerleithen

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


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.


The FENWICK’s Bristol Bikefest 2019 @ Ashton Court
Jun 29 all-day

After returning in 2018, the Bristol Bikefest will be back in 2019 with a new title sponsor – FENWICK’s Bike Maintenance Products – an extended run time of 8 hours and a few small extra tweaks to the setup. The event will take place on Saturday the 29th June 2019. Expect once again some close racing, lots of activity in and around the event village and a well-stocked event bar.

Steve Worland Memorial Cup:

Besides the Bikefest, we are also bringing back the Steve Worland ride singletrack hard & drink a swig of cider per lap memorial cup. The event starts at 12.07am on Saturday and runs till the end (8pm). There is only one category for everyone no age, gender or team type category. Riders can enter as solo, pairs, teams of 4 teams of more than 4 riders. No real limit on the number of riders (max 10 I guess) and no real need to get email details etc from everybody here.

Entries open 09:00 1-MAR-2019

Entries close 23:59 28-JUN-2019

This event was always a favourite with the Club, attracting a good turn our of riders racing in teams.

Peter Newell’s write up from 2013