What do you need to know about THE MERIDA EX?
What’s happening with THE EX 2019?
THE EX will take place on 13th to 15th September 2019 and will be presented in partnership with MERIDA.
We’ll be back with a bang with everything you know and love about THE EX, with a few new twists to keep it fresh.
Entries will open Saturday 2nd March 2019 at 9am. If there should be entries available, then we will make the entry page/link available to the general public on Monday the 4th March 2019 at 9am. So, everybody who has pre-registered has a 48hour window, before the entry goes public.
Can I sponsor THE EX with my brand or business?
Yes please! We’re looking for sponsors for 2019’s event right now and can offer some great opportunities to show case your products.
Please contact us.
Can I pre-register my interest for 2019’s THE EX?
Yep, you can. Pre-registered riders will be able to enter THE EX 48 hours in advance of any one not on the pre-list. You’ll get the sign-up link before the general public and you’ll get a first-come-first-served chance to be one of the 80 riders.
Where can I find results for THE EX?
Results for the 2018 THE EX enduro are online here .
When will entries open for THE EX 2019?
Saturday 2nd March 2019 at 9am for everybody who has put their name on the pre-registration list. Click here to pre-register.
Should there be entries available 48hours after that date, then we will make the entry page public at 9am on Monday the 4th March 2019.
What is the event postcode
The postcode for THE EX Enduro is TA24 8HL.
How do I enter THE EX?
You can enter THE EX on our website.
Entries sell out fast – usually in a single day – the best way to enter is to register your interest is via our pre-registration page. Click here to pre-register now.
Entries will open on Saturday 2nd March 2019 at 9am for everybody who has put their name on the pre-registration list. Should there be entries available 48hours after that date, then we will make the entry page public at 9am on the 4th March 2019.
Can I enter on the day?
Sorry, no. THE EX is pre-entry only and open to just 80 riders in advance. Click here to pre-register now..
Why does the race cost £300?
THE MERIDA 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 provide all 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 food and drink is provided at THE EX?
THE EX is an all-inclusive event so we’ll feed you and water you for no extra cost. We’ll provide hearty breakfasts and evening meals each day with more than enough food to power you on.
A typical breakfast will include porridge, bacon/sausage/egg baps, fruit, cereal and proper coffee.
An example of an evening meal would be lasagne with jacket potato, green salad, sweet potato chips and potato salad. And Luffy’s legendary crumble and custard or fresh fruit for pudding.
There are vegetarian and vegan options available. Please let us know in advance of any other special dietary requirements.
During each day, we’ll provide a vintage tea stop on-course to keep you motoring on through the stages and well fed and watered. There’s plenty of cake, sandwiches, cream tea and tea, coffee and water.
You should be well fed throughout the event but you may still want to pack some bars, gels and snacks to make sure you can get round each day.
New for this year is that the event is open from Thursday lunchtime/afternoon onwards. All food and drink is part of the entry fee from then onwards.
Catering is provided by Luff’s Cafe, Newton Abbot.
What is the racing format?
THE EX is run as an enduro race. Each day you will ride a set, waymarked 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 1,500 – 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 1,500 – 2,300m 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 the past, 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.
2019’s event will see a specific eBike category for the first time in our event’s history. We’ll provide more details on that nearer to the event.
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. You should wear a sturdy, well-fitting pair of knee and elbow pads on all timed stages. Good quality mountain biking gloves are also recommended.
Goggles are welcome but, please, absolutely no tear-offs.
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. There are feed stops each day but they’re often mid-way through the day and at the end of some big climbs.
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.
For 2019, we’ll have a specific eBike category for the first time in our event’s history.