Always one of the closely fought and highly campaigned for prizes, we’re looking for you to choose your ‘Best event or series’. Whether it’s the atmosphere, the trails, the charity support, the beer tent or a magical mixture of all these and more that make for a great day out, you can be sure that behind the scenes there’s an organiser or two with a clipboard and a stressed glint in their eye. Show your appreciation for the folks that make things happen, and cast your vote.
The Finalists – Best UK Event, Show or Series
Hopetech Women’s Enduro
A new kid on the block that’s welcomed everyone from first time racers to world beating pros, this two year old enduro at Gisburn forest shows that it’s as much about the attitude as it is about the course. The biggest women’s event of the last two years seems universally popular, and with 302 racers already signed on for this year’s October event, riders are showing their confidence that this will be another great year of fun and racing.
A change is a good as a rest – and a rest makes for some great change? There were a few raised eyebrows when the change in venue and format were announced, with plenty of ‘it’ll never work’ type mutterings. The naysayers were proven wrong, with a great festival vibe and plenty of smiling faces proving that this event has entered a new dawn.
Always the bridesmaid, never the bride – this volunteer run event has been in the running for this award for so many years we’re losing count, but has never quite lifted the coveted title. But the organisers aren’t in it for accolades, they’re in it to see a great day out that raises money for charity. There’s no entry fee, but the rider raffle raised over £1,500 this year, thanks to the energy of the organisers and generosity of sponsors. A grass roots event if ever there was one.