What do you need to know about THE EX?
What date is THE EX?
THE EX will be held on the 15-17 September 2017
How do I enter THE EX?
You can enter THE EX here on our website.
What is the event postcode
This will be updated nearer to the event.
Can I enter on the day?
Sorry, no. THE EX is pre-entry only and open to just 80 riders in advance. Entries are available online here.
Why does the race cost £250?
THE EX isn’t your usual one-day event. It’s a three day, all inclusive mountain bike adventure. We’ve created 3 days of incredible mountain biking that you couldn’t otherwise access and limited the numbers to keep it really special. We’ll put on evening entertainment, bicycle demos and an Expo area, we’ll feed you, water you and even provide the drinks. There’s even an uplift each day to start you off.
What accommodation is available?
Camping, meals and drinks (alcoholic and otherwise!) are provided in the entry fee for THE EX. Just bring your tent, camper-van or motorhome and you can pitch at the race village. There will be onsite toilets, showers and a comfortable, quiet, sheltered and flat field for you.
For an additional £40 per person (or £30 per person for 2 sharing) you’ll arrive to a fully pitched tent with a sleeping mat.
If you’d prefer a roof over your head, Exmoor has all manner of rental accommodation within easy reach of the site. We’d prefer you stay on site and cheers the day’s riding, but that’s your call!
What is the racing format?
THE EX is run as an enduro race. Each day you will ride a set, way marked route and link together several timed, competition ‘stages’.
Timed stages will be predominantly downhill and the aim is to go as fast as you can from start to finish. You’ll meet various obstacles as you race – including jumps, drops, berms, rocky sections, steep chutes etc.
The timed stages will be linked together by an un-timed route that includes climbs, descents, singletrack and lots of fun and non-competitive trails.
We will use a dibber system for timing which will be explained to you on the day.
What will the riding be like?
Exmoor’s riding is some of the best and most varied mountain biking in the UK. There will 35-45km of riding a day for 3 days with approx 2,000m climbing each. All of the off-road riding will be natural, unsurfaced trails.
The trails boast a massive variety from flat-out rocky moorland gallops to tight, technical, rooty threading. We think that we’ve designed an event that is physically tough and a good test of skill and bike handling … without making it too demanding that your average rider can’t enjoy it.
We haven’t had any complaints yet!
How fit do I need to be?
There will 35-45km of riding a day for 3 days with approx 2,000m climbing each. That will include several timed stages a day where you’ll be pushing hard to beat your mates.
You can expect THE EX to be physically demanding with long days and big climbs. There will be an uplift each day to start the day, feed-stops and water stations to keep you fuelled and our team will be on-hand to scoop you up if you decide it’s too much.
What bike should I ride?
Any well-maintained mountain bike will make it round THE EX. In 2016 we had hardtails, full suspension bikes and every combination of travel, geometry and tyre shape imaginable.
Bring the bike that will get you up the big climbs and down the technical descents and that you know won’t let you down. Tubeless is strongly recommended as are some decent, tough tyres that can take a beating on the rocks.
What clothes should I wear?
Exmoor is on the coast and is definitely ‘proper’ mountain biking. There’s plenty of exposed moorland, lots of windy, cliff-tops, splashes through streams and the weather can be as unpredictable as anywhere else in the UK.
There will be times when you’re a long way from base-camp and from the nearest village. We’ve booked the good weather but … nothing is guaranteed!
Wear the clothes that you would normally wear for a big day out in the hills. Sturdy, technical shorts and jersey are recommended. Long sleeves will help with wind and snaggy bushes. A decent, packable, wind-proof and water-proof jacket that you can store in your bag is a must.
Full face helmets are allowed but are not compulsory. We’d recommend that you wear a sturdy, well fitting pair of knee-pad and elbow pads on all timed stages. Good quality mountain biking gloves are also recommended.
What kit should I ride with?
A hydration pack is absolutely essential for THE EX. You’ll need to carry everything that you will need to safely and comfortably complete a long day in the hills in changeable weather.
We’d recommend spare inner tubes and a pump, a good quality water-proof and wind-proof jacket, plenty of water, tools (allen keys, chain tool, powerlink) and some food to keep you going between feed stations. Powerbars and gels are recommended but please, take your litter home.
First aid staff will be on site all weekend but we’d recommend riders carry a First Aid kit.
A fully charged mobile phone is recommended but signal can be unpredictable.
Are eBikes welcome?
eBikes are very welcome to ride THE EX.
If enough eBike riders enter, we’ll run a specific category for them and provide a podium, prizes and rankings. If not, riders are welcome to complete the course and will receive times for stages but won’t be ranked or receive prizes.