THE 2021 MERIDA EX ENDURO powered by Shimano STEPS
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Epic enduro racing, stunning scenery, amazing riding and superb food and drink; THE MERIDA EX ENDURO is a three-day enduro race that has all this and more, taking in some of the best riding the UK has to offer.
Renowned for a mix of superb but challenging riding and hospitality that’s second to none, the fifth instalment returned to the small village of Allerford, nestled amongst the rolling Exmoor hills and a superb location for riding and racing – followed by top notch relaxing.
While the racing action was tight, with epic battles between riders playing across the entire weekend of 23 timed special stages yet coming down to a few seconds between podium spots, rider skill and fitness sometimes played second fiddle to plain luck, but while the racing is important, having a good time is always the main goal.
All riders need to do is turn up and then turn the pedals, with everything from breakfast to dinner laid on, all with plenty of lubrication on hand; Bristol Beer Factory for the riders and Fenwick’s for the bikes.
With the podium places now won and lost, awards were handed out, but the real prize of the event was getting to ride, race and hang out with fellow riders after what’s seemed like a very long time, enjoying good company, good food and great trails.