THE EX Presented by DMRBIKES returns once again for 2016 taking in some of the best riding that Exmoor has to offer. We were there last year and will be attending once again this year! Get more details direct from the event organiser below:

For a while, the Bikefest Team (guys behind the Bristol Bikefest and the Bristol Oktoberfest) have been thinking about showcasing the amazing riding Exmoor has to offer and is super excited to bring you THE EX presented by DMRBIKES.


THE EX presented by DMRBIKES is a three-day mountain bike enduro to take place in the northeast corner of Exmoor. The area offers a sheer endless network of tracks and trails which provide the perfect setup for this new and exclusive event. On the 16-18th September 2016, a maximum of 80 riders will pitch up in our event village in Allerford (between Minehead and Porlock) and will be served some of the best riding the South West has to offer.

Expect some great climbs and amazing descents, some great on and off the track hospitality, 4-6 special stages per day and an uplift in the morning thrown in for good measure.


Here’s the details of THE EX

All of the following is included in the entry fee:

  • Three days riding (Friday start around 12noon, Saturday all ‘dayer’, Sunday finish mid afternoon)
  • 4-6 timed gravity special stages each day (dibber timing system)
  • Course length 35-45km each day (approx. 2,000m climbing each day)
  • Fully marked course
  • Uplift every day for an easier start
  • Medical cover and marshals at key stations
  • On course water/feed stations and vintage tea stop
  • Truly scrumptious locally sources and prepared food
  • A few beers etc. on the table (we will make you tipsy but if you want to get drunk you can buy extra from our bar)
  • Camping and facilities
  • Evening entertainment
  • Finishing gift

The riding

The riding in the area is demanding – on the way up as well as on the way down. Riders will have to work on the ups but boy do you get their ‘rewards’ on the way down. You will find a great mixture of rocky tracks, demanding route trails, fast flowing single track, some former DH tracks and even some ‘more or less’ purpose build stuff…but don’t expect pristine trail centre trails…this is mountain biking like it used to be. We are aware that 35-45km doesn’t sound much but be assured you will get a full day’s riding for your money and we would be very surprised if you are going to feel short changed in the evening.


We will start every ride with an uplift which will give everybody a helping hand but also divide the 80 riders into two starting groups which will ease possible queues at the start of our special stages.

Some trails will be announced in the weeks leading up to the event but we will try to keep as much secret as we can to keep the level of surprise as high as possible and also to keep the trails as pristine as possible for the event. Some of the trails are run on private land which we only have permission to use in the event and as we have intentions to run this event for many years to come we want to respect the demands of the various landowner to the ‘T’.

The categories

THE EX presented by DMRBIKES has a male and a female category as well as a hardtail category. With DMR producing some of the finest trail hardtails (see Trailstar) around we wanted to incorporate that into our event.


Have a look what we have in stall for you

To test the waters and to gain some feedback from the press and a very selected group of riders we run a test event in 2015. Have a look at the video below to see what THE EX presented by DMRBIKES will be all about.

Enter now

Entries to THE EX presented by DMRBIKES are open now. There are only 80 places up for grabs so be quick and go to The Ex Website to find out more and enter via our online entry system.

Words & Photos: THE EX Press Release

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