Last week the UK mountain bike community took a hit when Si Paton announced that the British Enduro Series for 2017 would be cancelled.
In a genuine and professional letter on the event’s Facebook page, Si explained that there were a number of reasons why the series wouldn’t be running this year.
First and foremost was the low number of entries during 2016, with just 120 racers taking part at the Afan round of the series: “We appreciate the series was diluted with UK Enduro taking a slice of the riders, and when that folded we offered all of their riders a free entry to the BES but even that never really worked.”
In addition to low rider entries, a number of key sponsors pulled out of the event causing financial pressures that couldn’t be made up by rider entries alone. Si Paton explained the hard work necessary to run the BES has taken its toll on his private life, and that time out is vital for him and his family.
So with the British Enduro Series ruled out of the 2017 calendar, we’ve rounded up a few alternative enduro events to still get excited for…