Here’s our pick of 2019 enduros around the UK to get yourself entered into if you didn’t manage to get into the Ard Rock Enduro.
Don’t despair if you didn’t get an entry into the 2019 Ard Rock Enduro, there’s plenty of other races you can get involved in next year.
We’ve put together a list of the 10 best stand-alone enduro events or series that you can get stuck into next year.
BEMBA National Enduro Series
If you want to race with the UK’s best and compete in the stepping stone to European and World enduros, then the National Enduro Series is where you need to be looking.
Venues and dates have yet to be announced for the 2019 National series, but word is that an announcement is just around the corner.
Much like the National Downhill Series, its enduro brethren will be a series run as part of multiple organisers’ existing events, taking in the best events in the country and putting them into a national series.
Check out our story on the BEMBA announcement here.
Returning to Northumberland and Coquet Vale over 23rd-25th August 2019, The Naughty Northumbrian is a stand-alone festival with added bicycle racing taking in the best of this quiet corner of the North East.
The enduro event takes in 6 stages over a 20 mile loop, with a total descent of 4500ft+. Entries go live for the 2019 event at 19:00 on Wednesday 28th November
Check out Team Wideopenmag’s race report from the 2018 event here.
Way down south where the bananas grow, the is a series called Southern Enduro.
The 2018 series took in four rounds across the southern counties of England from Minehead in Somerset and the 2018 Southern Enduro Champs, all the way to the former royal estate at Pippingford in Sussex. Expect one of next year’s events to be part of the BEMBA National Series.
Through the winter, the Southern Enduro organisers run day and night winter mash up races if you can’t wait for 2019.
The smaller brother of the Ard Rock, the Ard Moors leaves the untamed rock and lead mines of Swaledale behind for the roost, slabs and hero dirt of the North York Moors.
The 2019 event kicks off over the 15th and 16th of September, with entries going live in November.
There are two enduros on offer at the Ard Moors, a 6-stage race taking in 35km and and 2500m combined climbing and descending, while the 5-stage sprint event drops 5km and 500m off the loop.
Check out the 2018 event report here and keep an eye out for entries going live over on the event website here.
Welsh Gravity Enduro Series
Hailed for the low-stress, high fun mash-up format, the Welsh Gravity Enduro Series keeps going from strength to strength.
Expect at least one round of the 2019 Welsh Gravity Enduro Series to form part of the BEMBA National Enduro Series. The five-round 2018 series took in the very best that Wales (and even England in the case of round 4) had to offer. Will 2019 see the series head into North Wales?
Check out Lewis Bradley’s race report from the final round of the 2018 series here.
For everything Welsh Gravity Enduro-related, head to their website.
There’s no news as to whether or not the Macavalanche will run in 2019 as yet, but if it is, there simply is nothing else like it in the UK.
Start on the snow with 300 other riders after battling your way down a 12-minute (plus the rest for mere mortals) seeding stage, and re-ride the lung-busting open mountainside one more time.
Meall a’Buiridh takes no prisoners but should you get down the hill feet up, you will be beaming from ear to ear.
The Hope PMBA Enduro Series organiser have just released their dates and venues for their 2019 series. You can read the full story here.
A mix one one and two day events, from trail centres to full off-piste trails, a full spread of English and Welsh venues all through the year mean there’s few series that can match the PMBA series for variety.
The Graithwaite round will serve as a round of the BEMBA National Enduro Series after proving itself a tough test for the National Enduro Championships a few years back, as well as being an EWS Qualifier event.
Entries and full event details can be found on the PMBA site here.
Scottish Enduro Series
Six rounds in 2018 and likely another six to look forward to next year, the Scottish Enduro Series has gone from strength to strength, selling out most events.
Team Wideopenmag’s Christo Gallagher won the Elite overall title, so we’re pretty excited to see the champ retain his title next year. Read his race report from round six here.
The final round added the highest altitude enduro start in the UK to date, so expect more of the same from No Fuss Events for next year.
Dates and venues have yet to be announced for the 2019 season, but keep an eye on the No Fuss website for updates. Expect at least one round to form a part of the BEMBA and Continental Enduro Series in 2019.
More than one race over one weekend, Tweedlove has sported Vallelujah, Enjoyro, the National Enduro Championships and King and Queen of the Hill enduros over the course of the year.
So, there’s plenty to get stuck into without ever leaving the Tweed Valley.
You can bet your bottom dollar that there will be a round of the BEMBA National Enduro Series held as part of a Tweedlove event in 2019.
A few of the 2019 Tweedlove events have been announced with more to come as the winter progresses. Keep an eye on Tweedlove’s website for more.
Another stand-alone enduro that is almost more a food festival with a bike race attached going by the quantity of top-quality munchables available at The EX.
The 2019 event has yet to have a date confirmed, but expect the location to be much the same as previous years.
The 2018 event took in 6-8 stages a day, with approximately 1500-2000m climbing a day (the first climb dealt with by way of uplift).
With a full festival atmosphere over the weekend, this is far more than just a bike race. Keep an eye out for 2019 dates on The EX website.
Mini Enduro Series
Mini Enduros, much like the Mini DHs are a great way to get yourself into racing or keep the skills honed for the bigger races. A chilled atmosphere with some great stages, usually at Bike Park Wales or at The Forest of Dean, with some forays to Llandegla, this is an enduro series for everyone.
The 2018 series took in a modest three rounds spread out over the year, and 2019 dates and venues have yet to be announced.
2019 will see the Malverns Classic return for its second year after it returned in 2018.
The Malverns Classic Enduro adopts the mash up format with riders given seven hours to tackle the stages as many times as they feel like. Mechanicals and crashes don’t mean a bad result if you have the legs to go back for another go.
Three stages mean this will race will be short and sharp, with the fastest time being just over the 5 minute mark.
There’s plenty more to the Malverns Classic than just enduro though, check out the full festival schedule on the event website.
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