Looking for some events to ride and challenge yourself to this year? We’ve trawled the web and picked six events that you won’t be disappointed with.
January: 22nd Merida Brass Monkeys Enduro, Hampshire. The third and final enduro in the Gorrick winter series offers a choice of 2- and 4-hr enduros with courses that always delivery high quotas of singletrack that will force out the smiles, even if the distance is hurting. www.gorrick.com
February: 26th, Whyte Winter Series round 4, Thetford Forest. The last round of this popular winter series held on the twisting and demanding trails around Thetford. www.thetfordmtbracing.com
March: 25th, Whinlatter MTB Challenge, Lake District. This event is billed as a ‘XC mountain bike endurance event’ and with two course distances to choose from, should suit most ability and fitness levels. There’s a long 30 mile route or a new 15 mile option. www.whinlatterchallenge.co.uk
April: 7/8th, 12/24 Hours of Exposure, Newcastleton. If you’re hankering after a challenge this year, then how about a solo 12- or 24-hour race? This is the only event that is focused entirely on riding solo, and the recent addition of a 12-hour category is the perfect stepping stone to the 24. www.sip-events.co.uk
May: 27th, The Torq Roughride Enduro, Herefordshire. A long-running enduro set in the comfort of the Welsh hills, this has proven to be one of the most popular enduros on the calendar. Riders will be rewarded with spectacular vistas and challenging terrain to conquer. www.roughride.co.uk
June: 24/25th, Mountain Mayhem 24-hour race, Worcestershire. The biggest mountain bike event on the calendar is Mountain Mayhem, The first ever 24-hour race to hit the UK over ten years ago, this one continues to grow, attracting newbies and professionals alike.www.osmountainmayhem.co.uk
Have you signed up to any of these events? Or have we missed one event that you’re doing? Please let us know in the comments box below: