Between a rock and an ‘ard place.

August 22, 2014

Jenn’s view of the recent(ish) ‘Ard Rock Enduro from the inside. (Most) pictures and video thanks to ‘Ard Rock.

First, an explanation for the uninitiated: the ‘Ard Rock Enduro is one of the few enduro events on the UK calendar that manages to successfully mix top-class, demanding riding with an atmosphere so laid back it could probably do with its own guy rope to keep it upright. It’s in a lovely bit of the UK – the northern bit of the Yorkshire Dales – and, unlike a lot of other enduro events, it’s not held entirely inside a coniferous forest so it’s a grand day out for the soul, too. The application of the ‘grass roots’ tag is much over-used and often inappropriately applied, but this is one event that deserves it.

‘Ard Rock is also pretty unique in that a sportive format of the event runs on Saturday, with enduro practice alongside, allowing riders who want one time for the whole distance to go all-out under the clock without the stop-start enduroists and enduroistas getting in the way. Sunday is enduro day, using the familiar untimed transition/timed stages format. Both events draw large fields; it’s hard to believe looking around the uncrowded event site but this year’s event has nearly 850 riders tackling the course over the weekend.

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Rock on.

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Big thanks to Stu, Joe and the ‘Ard Rock crew, and the puncture fairy for not paying us a fourth visit.
‘Ard Rock’s film of the event is here: