THE MERIDA EX powered by SHIMANO STEPS Enduro 2021

After we had to cancel the event in 2020, due to the outbreak of the pandemic, we are hoping to return this year with the 5th issue of our ‘small BIG’ event – THE MERIDA EX powered by SHIMANO STEPS Enduro 2021.

THE MERIDA EX Enduro is a three-day enduro mountain bike event like no other in the UK, presented in partnership with MERIDA BIKES, MERIDA Bicycles UK and SHIMANO STEPS.

The 2021 event will take place on the 10th-12th of September 2021 and will be based in Allerford, a small village between Minehead and Porlock.

As in the years gone by, we will keep THE MERIDA EX small, and just 80 riders will get the chance to challenge themselves over three unforgettable days of mountain biking.

More than just a race, THE MERIDA EX is an adventure filled with punishing climbs, beautiful singletrack and stunning descents on some of the least ridden trails in the country.

Riders ride, eat and celebrate with fellow racers and are treated to the best locally sourced food and drink Exmoor has to offer.

After MERIDA BIKES joined THE EX as the new title sponsor, they will carry on supporting the event in 2021 and will be joined by SHIMANO STEPS as a ‘powered by’ sponsor.

Also introduced in 2019 was the dedicated eBike category, which will return in 2021 for some more exciting eBike enduro racing.

New for 2021 will be the addition 5-6 new tracks and also some Exposure Lights ‘night enduro’ stages which will be included in the Friday of the event. So, make sure you bring your lights!

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What you guys said…

“I also just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all so much for the most incredible event and thank you and your team for all your hard work it was an absolute cracker!!! I have been lucky enough to ride and race events all over the country and world, and this is one of if not the best I have ever ridden, and you have something so very, very special. I know I speak on behalf of all my mates that raced and all the new friends I made over the weekend that just again want to thank you all and your amazing marshals etc.”

“…a brilliant event and I don’t think there is anything else like it in the UK. The sheer amount of riding you get in over the three days is awesome and combine that with the overall atmosphere, and it ranks as one of the best weekends of the year for me.”

“Thanks so much…for the best weekend, I have had on the bike this year! Don’t know how you do it, but it keeps getting better each year… must be something in the scones!” 

“…can honestly say, THE EX was the best thing I’ve done all year.”

“…what a fantastic event, one of the best I’ve been to and really appreciate all the effort you guys put in to make it happen…”

“The whole event was incredible, the trails were great, and the effort you had all put in to make everyone feel so welcome was exceptional.”

“The descents were unreal … It’s 3 days of loads of miles, loads of downhill, riding with your friends, awesome food. It’s been brilliant, I’ll be back for sure.”

“Amazing trails. Great atmosphere. Well organised. Great sponsor support.”

“Really, really well organised. It’s nice because there aren’t too many riders on the trails. The riders are nicely spread out, so there’s no waiting at the top of stages. All-inclusive means you can just focus on the race.”

“It’s been absolutely brilliant. I’ve enjoyed it…it’s absolutely EXcellent!”

“Absolutely fantastic. An incredible mix of trails, there’s a fantastic mix. The trails really do make it.”

“The trails were superb and the food, entertainment and organisation were fantastic! More of the same next year please!”

“Longest day on the bike I’ve ever had but what a pleasure to ride so many hidden gems of Exmoor! “

“The tea is phenomenal!”