Must-Do Mountain Bike Events for 2015
Sitting there wondering how to fill your days with excitement, fun and adventure this year? Well, we’re here to help. We’ve collected some of the best events of 2015 together to tempt you off your sofa and onto your bike.
We’ve got everything here, from night races to endurance events, and from fun women’s-only weekends to the best races to spot the stars of the MTB world at.
So whether you want to watch, ride or both, get these events in your calendar now!
Mini-Enduro Night Race
If you’re a fan of night riding, or you’ve raced enduro and want to mix things up a bit, this is the race for you. In fact, even if you haven’t done either of those things, this sounds like a fun event!
It takes the enduro race format, with timed race sections joined with untimed liaison rides, and runs it at night time. Trust us, mountain biking at night is an amazing and exciting experience.
Mini-Enduro events have a wonderfully welcoming and fun atmosphere, and if you don’t fancy riding at night, they have other events throughout the year.
Date: 7th February
Location: Forest of Dean
Find out more: Night Enduro
The Enduro World Series at Tweedlove
[related_articles] Get yourself up to the mountain biking mecca that is Glentress and Innerleithen for the world-renowned Tweedlove festival. There’s an absolute ton of stuff to do whether you want to ride, or just spectate and soak up the atmosphere.
Last year, a lot of the riders in this round of the Enduro World Series were caught out with just how technical and tricky MTB can be in the UK, and we’re talking about the big names in racing here! So if you find a good spot you’re guaranteed to see some action.
If you fancy riding but didn’t get a spot in the EWS events, fear not. The festival runs over 2 weeks, and there are loads of races, rides and events happening. In fact, why not make a holiday of it?
Location: Glentress and Innerleithen, Scotland
Find out more: Tweedlove
Ride the Brighton Big Dog
Head to the sunny seaside town of Brighton for this very British event, which comes complete with homemade cakes and as much tea as you can drink. Of course, you need to work up an appetite first, and the best way is completely laps of the race circuit in Stanmore Park.
The aim is to complete as many laps as you can within the 6-hour race window. You can do it solo if you’re feeling hardcore, or in pairs or threes if you fancy having a rest now and again. And in the meantime, relax in the sunshine, before heading into town for the after-race party. The course itself isn’t super technical, which makes it a good event for those who haven’t raced before.
Date: 15th August 2015
Location: Stanmore Park, Brighton, England
Find out more: Brighton Big Dog
Join the Filthy Foxes Dirty Weekend
If you want a weekend with a difference, then we highly recommend the Filthy Foxes weekend. This year the organisers have taken a duathlon approach, so you can get your fix of mountain biking and running in one go. In fact, this works really well if you do one and have wanted to try the other, or want to introduce a running friend to the joys of MTB.
Saturday is jam-packed full with coaching sessions (all included in your ticket price) including bike handling skills and trail running technique. There’ll be expert talks and competitions, because we do love the chance to win a prize.
Then on the Sunday put your new-found skills into practice with the duathlon event, as a solo rider, in pairs or in teams.
Date: 1st – 3rd May 2015
Location: Newnham Park,
Find out more: Filthy Foxes Dirty Weekend
Ride the Bristol Bike Fest
This event has been running for 14 years! That’s impressive by any standard. The Bristol Bike Fest takes over Ashton Court for one sunny day in June, with several events running at once. There’s a 12hour event for a real test of fitness and skill, and also a 6hour and 3hour version if you don’t want to commit to that much riding.
Expect a well-stocked event village to keep riders fuelled and entertained for the duration, and don’t forget to look up at the stunning views over Bristol city itself as you weave your way through wooded singltrack.
Date: Saturday 13th June
Location: Ashton Court, Bristol, England
Find out more: www.bike-fest.com
Race Rachel Atherton at the Fox Hunt
September 2015 saw the first female-only Red Bull Fox Hunt. It’s an unusual but brilliant reverse hunt format that sees the participants aka the hunters race down the hill, pursued by Rachel Atherton, aka the Fox. She then tried to pass as many as she can on the way down.
Everyone sets up camp for the weekend, with practice sessions, barbecues, music and much banter and chat. The event in 2014 was such a success that we’ve been told it’s certainly coming back for 2015. Details are yet to be released, but keep your eyes peeled on Red Bull for more information.
Date: TBC but likely September 2015
Location: TBC but likely Scotland
Find out more: Red Bull Fox Hunt
See MTB Stars at the Fort William World Cup
It’s known as one of the best events on the downhill World Cup circuit and with good reason.
The mountainside of Aonach Mor makes for an exciting racecourse for the riders, the pit area is huge, the location is stunning and the massive crowds the event draws work together to create an unbelievable atmosphere. If spectating at a World Cup hasn’t been checked off your bucket list yet, get it done this year!
You can roam the pits and chat to the riders themselves, and everyone who is anyone in the mountain biking world will be there.
Date: 7th and 8th June 2015
Location: Fort William, Scotland
Find out more: Fort William World Cup
Ride Hard at the Wiggle Mountain Mayhem
One of the best loved and most well-known 24 hours endurance mountain bike events out there, this has to be on your MTB bucket list. And if it is, why not tick it off this year?
Of course you don’t have to ride the entire 24 hours, and many riders get their heads down for a nap or two over the course of the event. But riding through the night is part of the adventure. It works up the appetite nicely for a well deserved breakfast. There's loads going on to entertain and feed competitors and their support crews.
Date: 20th – 22nd June 2015
Location: Gatcombe Park, Gloucestershire
Find out more: Wiggle Mountain Mayhem
Explore and Discover at the Howies Dyfi Enduro
This event has taken on semi-legendary status as it takes in some of the secret hidden trails that lie in the vast and beautiful Dyfi forest in Wales.
You have to work for your adventure though. There’s a killer road climb or two, but you’re then rewarded with some long, rocky luscious descents. It’s a long 55km route, but complete it and you’re rewarded with a finishers mug which will make your morning tea all the more refreshing ever after.
This is also a very family friendly event, with plenty happening in town like music, a cinema screening bike films, plus there’s camping and showers.
Date: 3rd may 2015
Location: Machynlleth, Wales
Find out more: Howies Dyfi Enduro
Get Ready for 10 Under the Ben
Fancy riding a beautiful wooded course in the shadow of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles? How about riding for 10 hours?
10 Under the Ben is a challenging event, but it’s fun with it. The trails take in a mixture of established singletrack and a few extra bits added in just for the event. Racing kicks off at 9am on Saturday morning and goes right on through
Solo entries are sold out, but you can still enter as a team. Expect plenty of atmosphere with live music and tasty food at the Pinemartin Café.
Date: 20th June
Location: Fort William, Scotland
Find out more: 10 Under the Ben