2017 is going to be THE year. The year we burn off the festive fat, hit peak physical form and ride those remote trails, high peaks and epic MTB events that we’ve been thinking about for years.
Well, however your 2017 ends up, it’s good to start big and aim high. Here’s a selection of the challenges the dirt riding selection at Team Bikmo are aiming for in 2017.
1. Vallelujah : 25/26 March
Part of the most excellent series of Enduros that comprise Tweedlove, Vallelujah takes place in March across the Scottish Borders and, unlike some of their other MTB events, as we go to press, there’s still tickets left!
The timed sections will undoubtedly be fast and technical enough to challenge the elite riders, and you need good stamina to finish strongly. Get your tickets booked and into training – you’ve got less than 3 months.
2. Fort William World Cup : 3/4 June
The jewel in the crown of the MTB World Cup, if you’re British, the Scots put on a fine event at Fort Bill and we’re heading there this year for a weekend of riding, racing and the odd dram of single malt.
Whether you’re riding or just spectating, it’s a superb chance to see riders of the highest level compete on a World’s stage, on home turf.
3. Howies Dyfi Enduro : TBC
One of our top MTB events for the year and perfect for our whippet Keith, the 60km timed enduro (not one of those gravity ones), takes in some of the most epic riding country in the UK and is not one to be missed.
Dates are still to be announced but it’s usually the first May Bank holiday, so book your camping/hotel and wait for the ticket announcement on the Dyfi Events website. Without a doubt, pack the big bike too and make a weekend of it, by taking in the new trails at Nant yr Arian or the long awaited Atherton designed trails!
4. Enduro World Series Ireland : 28 May
So you think you’re quick? How about pitching yourself against the world’s best riders, such as Richie Rude or Sam Hill? Well, you can do just that with a short hop across the Irish sea in May 2017.
County Wicklow has hosted the Irish leg of the Enduro World Series for a few years now and it’s definitely worth the trip, even if you come in last. We’ll be there in Bikmo kit to see how we fare against the best!
5. Mavic Trans-Provence 2017 : 17-24 June
Yeah you’ve seen all the Instagram posts of the dusty endless singletrack at altitude under the snow peaks that have to be ‘endured’ for 7 days.
There’s only 85 spaces for the epic event that takes you (on the mostly gravity fuelled riding) from the High Alps down to the Mediterranean Sea, so the challenge for 2017 is getting on the event in 2018!