‘Aving it ‘Ard! The ‘Ard Rock Enduro ‘As It Large.

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Around 1600 riders and racers all turned up for the 2015 ‘Ard Rock Enduro, making it probably the biggest participation event of 2015 (though you’re welcome to prove us wrong…)
In between the shiny, shiny bikes and the knee pads were some of the cheeriest and happiest racers we’ve seen for a goodly while. The weather helped, with a large amount of sunshine on the Saturday and cooler, but dry weather on the Sunday.

The sizeable tent village and unofficial VW T5 show…

 

Stage One was loose and slidey – a real wake-up

The event sold out in minutes this year, cementing its place as one of the must-do events of the season and so it’ll only get more popular as years go by – especially if the combination of great course, good food and entertainment and wonderful scenery continues.

Many people tried the sheep. Few succeeded

 

Luckily most of the scrabbly climbing was on the transitions, leaving the stages pure downhill-ish

Before you get carried away, here’s the official video.
https://vimeo.com/136224553

 

 

 

Banana pants

 

There was a bit of this…

 

…and a lot of pro elbows going on

 

 

 

Everyone loves a winner

 

 

 

 

 

Plenty of this on Saturday

 

 

And a bit of this

 

 

 

 

And who doesn’t love a rock covers band?

 

The MBUK boys fix a puncture using sheer numbers

 

It wasn’t all downhill though… this on the way to Stage 2

 

I recognise that faraway look…

 

‘By-eck, lad’ or something.

 

Team Kesteven won the awesomeness competition

 

 

 

It’s safe to assume that all this lot will want to come back next year, so keep your eyes open on the entries next spring.

 

Chipps

Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

Comments (2)

    It was a really great event, I enjoyed it much more than last year.

    I can confirm that a rear tyre with some grip enhances the overall experience and makes you about 5 minutes quicker over the timed bits (even though the course was approx. 2.5 mins longer)

    I cant wait for next year!

    “unofficial VW T5 show” <- LOL 😉

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