Rider videos from the inaugural Ex Enduro in Exmoor
Exmoor’s singletrack is something of a hidden gem: underrated and overlooked by most UK riders. But the quality and variety of riding in the National Park is worthy of a closer look, as these three videos from The DMR Ex Enduro show us.
Just ask the riders in these videos, filmed by Roo Fowler, what they reckon.
What’s it like to ride the Ex? He asks. “Intense, skinny little singletrack,” one rider says. “I absolutely loved the transition to that last stage,” says another. “An incredible trail coming down there, such a good start to the day,” says a third.
OK, you get the picture.
What is The EX?
The Ex is a three day enduro around Exmoor, featuring a really varied amount of riding — from tight and techie singletrack through the woods to fast open downhills on top of the moors, and everything in between.
Around 60 riders took part in the Ex, on September 16-18. Based around the small village of Allerford, a few miles from Minehead, they tackled 19 stages of racing and covered around 35-45km of riding a day.
We really like the look of the gorse-enclosed trail in the second video, as well as the tea stop and the obsession with tea strength and brewing times. Highly proper!
Day three starts with an uplift to the top of Dunkery Beacon, and a descent that looks super fast, rocky and loose.
Then it’s into the trees for a trail that looks like it could be straight out of Oregon in the US: ribbon thin singletrack and gorgeous looking dirt.
There were a couple of nice touches to the race, which really help to make the event such a success, Roo Fowler told us. “Each day finished on different, and brilliant trails right back at the campsite meaning no waiting for transfer busses, or long shuttles to get back, it was straight to tea, cake and beer after crossing the finishing line.”
“And the food prepared on site by the guys at Luff’s cafe was all inclusive, and of fantastic quality, no rider went hungry and there were plenty of options at breakfast and dinner.”