Video & Race Report: The EX Enduro 2018 Retrospective

Oct 11, 2018
by David Arthur  
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The third and best yet, the EX Enduro was again created with the help of DMR Bikes. We enjoyed three big, tough and brilliant days of Exmoor mountain biking on some of the UK's least known and least ridden trails.

Exmoor is a hidden gem with some really tasty trails to enjoy
Exmoor is a hidden gem with some really tasty trails to enjoy

80 riders thundered down open wide hillsides and threaded through tight and twisty trees. We had loam, we had rocks, we had roots. We had a little bit of rain but mostly we had big, wide, clear Exmoor skies with stunner views of the hills and the sea. You've probably never been to Exmoor on two wheels and, we're sorry to say, you're missing out. But that's why we do THE EX, to show off our favourite mountain biking in the UK... and you're very welcome!

The calibre of racers was high this year with intense competition
The calibre of racers was high this year with intense competition

We'll be honest, the riding at THE EX isn't easy. There are some big and tough climbs and by day 3 you'll be wishing you'd told the boss you were working from home on Monday morning. Despite that, almost everyone that entered got round and the bottomless tea and cake at our vintage tea stops kept tired legs turning. If that wasn't enough, Luffy's infamous breakfasts and dinners filled 80 bellies (and all of the event staff!) with proper mountain biker's food, washed down with plenty of tasty Bristol Beer Factory ales. We warmed up in the mornings with Yoga and we celebrated in the evenings with a pub quiz and a dinner party, a DJ and dancing.

Time to leave it all on the trail
Time to leave it all on the trail

It was a verdict shared by all
It was a verdict shared by all

The racing side of THE EX plays second-fiddle to all the grinning, eating cake and sloshing back tea and beer. That said, we did have a race and with 7 incredible timed stages every day it'd be a shame to ignore our winners. Jono Jones and Anna Cipullo took the fastest time of the day in our men's and women's races whilst Finlay Clay won hardtail (and by god was he fast on that thing!) and Paul Mackie won the Veteran's field.

Winner in the women s race Anna Cipullo
Winner in the women's race, Anna Cipullo
DMR s Jono Jones cleaned up in the men s race
DMR's Jono Jones cleaned up in the men's race

We'd like to say a huge thanks to our event sponsors. First and foremost to DMRBIKES who have been with us through our formative years and have grown up their SLED enduro bike with THE EX.

We'd also like to thank the National Trust for letting us use their land, Fenwick’s for keeping our chains lubed and our bikes clean and to BONTRAGER for their help with great gear. Thanks also to Lezyne, TRP, XFusion, DiscoBrakes, CarbonCycles, Rideguard and NAMEDSPORT Superfood. Last but not least to Bristol Beer Factory for the excellent ales.

An uplift kicks off each day with a drive to the highest point on the course
An uplift kicks off each day with a drive to the highest point on the course
Handmade prizes for the fastest men and women of the Ex Enduro
Handmade prizes for the fastest men and women of the Ex Enduro

If you'd like to challenge yourself to THE EX and join us for our 4th birthday you can pre-register here. We'll open entries early next year and, as always, have room for just 80 riders.

Photos © Paul Box


8 Comments

  • + 4
 Stunning area, rode trails around Simonsbath and on down towards Lynton to do the coastal route, more than 20 years ago on my then new Giant Terrago... My home was in Torquay, had i still been there this event would be a definite, it looks brilliant, and looking at a couple of the entrants, i may not be the oldest (60?), as i am in enduros here in my new home in the mountains of Bulgaria.... Great work guys, i have subscribed to your newsletter, a September holiday could be pending ;-)
  • + 2
 Did they mention the free beer? Because there was...

It was a great event. My first race in decades and did it with a mate. Some of the climbs were a bit of a grind but when you get to the next timed section, all is forgiven.
  • + 3
 Would love to get down this way over winter for a ride.

Anyone have a GPX/Strava map of the routes taken on this years event?
  • + 2
 Are those number plates re-usable as (commemorative) mud guards? Because that'd be awesome if so...
  • + 2
 Nice work on the video. Looks like a fun race.
  • + 1
 Looks like a fun weekend on the bikes.
  • + 1
 I do miss Blighty sometimes..
  • + 1
 Been to them all! Love this event, more please!

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