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...
Hope Tech Women
Earlier this year legendary British cycling component brand, Hope Tech, announced the launch of their Hope Tech Women MTB Rides. Hosting rides throughout the country, the Hope Tech Women have gained some serious momentum.
Last week, event information for their first women's enduro was published on the Hope Tech Women's Facebook page. Taking place in Gisburn Forest on October 14th, the race will consist of 3 stages with the aim of bring women together to ride, having fun and race in a comfortable and competitive environment
Last year saw the launch of Air Maidenduro, a women's only enduro event in Scotland. The turnout was a great success with women travelling from all over to shred the trails of Innerleithen.
At this point, all we have is a date: Saturday July 22nd 2017. We're eagerly awaiting to hear more, but be sure to check their website for upcoming updates.
Swinley Forest Enduro
An hour from the hustle and bustle of London, you have a network of trails to really get your thrills on.
Each year Swinley Forest hosts a fun weekend of enduro riding to suit all ages and abilities. A choice of lines, features, flow and tech trails make up the 7 stages of this event. Totalling to 20km, you'll ride and socialise with some of the communities most avid riders.
2017 details have yet to be announced, but you can follow their website for updates.
The Mini Enduro series has been going strong over the past few years. It's become the perfect stepping stone into the race environment.
Geared towards less experienced racers, the Mini Enduro usually takes place at popular trail centres, like Llandegla, and helps promote enduro riding within the MTB community. It's great run, without putting in all the commitment of a full enduro event.
Welsh Gravity Enduro
Returning for its third year, the Welsh Gravity Enduro is back for 2017.
Kicking off in February, the Welsh Gravity Enduro host challenging and technical rounds on some of Wales' most thrilling trails.
One of the pinnacle events for the UK enduro scene is TweedLove. It’s a 3 day event where you can ride, race or just go along for the fun.
With a full enduro expo throughout the weekend and big name riders like Tracey Moseley, you can surround yourself with professional and amateur talent to feel inspired and get motivated.
Registration and more information can be found on their website here.
Scottish Enduro Series
Scotland is home to some of the most thrilling, exciting and down-right scary trails the UK has to offer. Each year thousands of riders and spectators descend upon Fort William for the UCI World Cup, and many stay to slay the trails thereafter.
The Scottish Enduro series is a 6 round event kicking off in March at the famed Fort William site. With big name sponsors and an army of dedicated fans, the series is an annual success in the enduro scene.
The EX Enduro
Presented by DMR, The Ex Enduro event has become a highlight of a mountain biker's calendar.
Limited to just 80 riders, this long weekend event of riding usually takes place later in the year. 2017 dates and details have yet to be published, but you can be sure to expect a gnarly, fun and explosive weekend of enduro racing.
More information and updates will be posted on their website here.
PMBA Enduro Series
With growing success over the past few years, we're excited to see the PMBA (Pennine Mountain Bike Association) Enduro series is back for its 4th year in 2017.
With 5 rounds beginning at their traditional stomping ground, Gisburn Forest, the series is backed by big brand names like Hope Tech and Orange bikes. Each round boasts a great deal of fun techy variation, from loamy flow trails to more technical and steep terrain. There's a challenge for all riders, and a heap load of fun too.
There's plenty of enduro events to sink your tyres into this year, and if you're looking for something more challenging, or a little different, we have a guide for other MTB events to get you started. Go on, try something new.
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