Ard Rock Enduro Festival 2019 Cancelled

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We’ve just heard that the organisers of the 2019 Ard Rock Enduro have had to take the difficult decision to cancel this weekend’s event due to biblical rainstorms that have led to flash flooding in Swaledale.

In scenes that mirror the unfortunate Malverns Classic in June that had to make a similar decision, Swaledale, venue of the annual Ard Rock Enduro festival, has suffered from heavy rain, hail and flash flooding – with hard rain starting on Friday night and not really stopping since.

Unlike the Malverns, the main concerns aren’t the camping fields and the courses, but of the whole valley infrastructure, which has seen roads, bridges and walls washed away.

Ard Rock Festival from the air

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View of the Ard Rock Festival 2019 arena from the air – Image from

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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 (4)

    Tough call by the organisers but the right one.

    I really hope everyone is safe and sound.

    This puts riding bikes for fun into perspective. Thoughts to everyone whose lives, livelihoods and homes have been affected by this.

    Being mentioned elsewhere but an option to donate all or part of the entry refund to the local economy would be a good idea, and I suspect warmly received by most of the entrants

    yep @RicB although i guess it’ll be easier to refund all, but i will be donating.
    hoping they can somehow give us priority over next years tickets.

    such a great event, feeling sad as have been so up for this weekend. but its inconsequencial compared to
    the locals who are now having to clear up the mess and sort out their livelihoods..

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