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Ard Rock has built a reputation for delivering some of the best enduro events around, and are proud to announce a brand new location for 2020. Launching on April 25-26th, the new event, Ard Dales, will kick start the season with totally new trails and terrain, but the same legendary atmosphere and fun back at the event village.

Ard Dales is based in Nidderdale, an area with a rich history in mountain biking and one that’s hosted both National and Regional level DH races in the past. The area’s steep valley sides offer a good mixture of terrain, and riders can expect everything from virgin loam to steep, rocky woods and flow trails. The Ard Dales trails will be purpose built or tweaked especially for the event by some of the country’s best trail builders and feature access to private land with big height drops.

The brand new event is open to all and will dish out a challenging course that’s not so technical or difficult most experienced riders can’t totally enjoy their weekend. Plus, once riders survive the Ard Dales steeps and physicality of the long loop, there’s the chance to enjoy live music, DJs and the best beer and wicked street food back at base.

Ard Dales is family friendly too, with the Nidderdale Showground that’s open to everyone from the local community and beyond offering cool activities for all ages like the Hope Academy Kid’s Track and an inflatable air bag and jump opportunity. The site has superb camping facilities with proper toilets, and we’ve hand picked brands to deliver the best food and drink as well.

What can riders expect?

  • Fresh loam and steep, rocky woods mixed with flow trails.
  • One-off access to private land.
  • Big height drops. A mix of rocky, wooded and open terrain.
  • A challenging course that’s not so technical or difficult most experienced riders can’t enjoy the weekend.
  • Hope Academy Kid’s Track and family entertainment.
  • Evening entertainment, bike activities and fun races.
  • Fully signed top-quality timed enduro stages.
  • Industry-leading SportIdent Air timing with real time results.
  • A challenging loop in beautiful Dales’ countryside.
  • Superb camping facilities with proper toilets and the best food and drink at the Nidderdale Showground

Full information is over on the Ard Dales page

Amanda Wishart

Singletrack Art Director

When Amanda arrived at Singletrack she had only been riding for a couple of years, but having already ticked off a healthy list of uplifts and races including Megavalanche, we didn’t see any problems with her keeping up. Previously serving 11 years in a publishing house, she was keen to continue her art and design career without being tied to a desk, and has progressed as both a rider and a designer from all the fresh air Calderdale offers.

She began mountain biking to keep herself occupied out of snowboard season, but bikes have since taken over as the preferred sport. It’s not a hobby - it’s a lifestyle, and the impact riding has had on Amanda’s life is more than just how she chooses to spend her weekends. Relocating to Calderdale, giving up driving, being more eco aware are all either directly or loosely related to the sport and the future of it.

Her love of bikes isn’t for the adrenalin rush, the exercise, achieving goals or even the travelling, it’s mostly about the people she meets along the way. She’s our in-house tree hugger and is interested in any earth positive products and vegan trail snacks.

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