Wow, we did not see that coming! Once again, it was a matter of minutes for THE 2022 MERIDA EX powered by Shimano STEPS to sell out. Thanks to everybody for supporting the event. And if you haven’t managed to get in, make sure you put yourself on the waiting list as we always get cancellations.


To add yourself to the waiting list, please click here, click ENTER when you get to the page, and choose the waiting list you would like to know.


We always get lots of cancellations (injuries most of the time) on THE EX, so you never know; you might be able to get in after all.


See you all in September.

Welcome to THE MERIDA EX 2022 powered by Shimano STEPS

After a pause year in 2020, we were lucky enough to return for another great helping of THE MERIDA EX in 2021. While there were a few extra restrictions, we look back at the 2021 event with a big smile on our faces and can’t wait to do it all again. 


So, THE MERIDA EX 3 day enduro will return in 2022, once again with the support of Shimano STEPS, as well as all our other sponsors


The 2022 event will take place on the 16-18th of September 2022 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. We will have over 20 timed special stages, spread over approx. 110 km of riding.  Check here for further details. 

Riders ride, eat and celebrate with fellow racers and are treated to the best locally sourced food and drink Exmoor has to offer all as part of the all-inclusive entry fee.


THE MERIDA EX is based on providing not just top-level riding but also on going all out on every other aspect of our event, from facilities to food and from all-inclusive bar to our uplift element. From the start, we made it our mantra to not cut corners and provide the highest possible standard at THE EX.


And while those fundamentals will not change, we always strive to add new elements and make things even better where possible. 


Following the overwhelming feedback from the 2021 event, the Exposure Lights ‘Night Enduro’ stages will return, so be prepared for some night racing action followed by scrumptious food just meters from the finish line of your final night riding stage. 


On top of that, we are adding another ‘event’ to the weekend. For all the early arrivals, we have our new for 2022 ‘Enduro Time Trial’, which will take place on Thursday afternoon. The event is stand alone, so no worries if you can’t make it, and we will release further details nearer the time. 


Hopefully, we could whet your appetite for our ‘small BIG’ event and that we can welcome you to Allerford in September 2022. Make sure you ‘pre-register’ via the PRE-REGISTRATION PAGE so that you will receive the necessary private entry link the day before the online entry opens (to pre-registered riders only) on the 6th of March 2022. 


To find out more about our 2021 event, please check the NEWS and the GALLERY section of our website and our Facebook and Instagram pages.

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!”