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Merida EX Enduro returns in September 2020

Merida EX is back in 2020. A few guys from EMTB Forums had a great event at last years event. Great to see that it is back on for 2020. It’s always super popular, so check the bottom of the article for go live times as it usually sells out within hours!


THE MERIDA EX Enduro returns in 2020 with perfect trails, stunning scenery and
possibly the best food and drink ever served at a mountain bike event.

THE MERIDA EX Enduro is an all-inclusive, three-day enduro mountain bike event like no other in the UK. It’s presented in partnership with MERIDA BIKES and MERIDA Bicycles UK.

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Far from your ‘normal’ race, THE MERIDA EX is the perfect ‘big little’ event,
welcoming just 80 riders to our favourite trails. The lucky few will be treated to a
weekend where riding with mates, making new friends, pristine singletrack, food,
drink and plenty of evening entertainment are given as much importance as timed
stages or results.

This year’s event will take place on the 11th-13th of September 2020 and will be
based in Allerford, a small scenic village near the coast between Minehead and
Porlock in the UK’s beautiful South West.

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THE MERIDA EX is a three-day adventure with over 110km of riding and 20+ timed
stages. It is filled with punishing climbs, beautiful singletrack and stunning descents
on some of the least ridden trails in the country. Riders will gallop down
white-knuckle moorlands, thread through tight and technical steeps, explore ancient
woodlands and traverse seaside cliff tops.

New for 2020 will be the addition of several new timed stages and, for the first time in our history, an evening of night stages, supported by Lezyne. Each of the new trails are guaranteed to be absolute stunners, sending riders down some of the very best singletrack in the country.

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Of course, it’s not all about the trails. THE MERIDA EX team pour as much love into the apres-ride as they do into the race. Riders are treated to mountains of the finest locally sourced food and drink that Exmoor has to offer. They start the day with a cooked breakfast, top-up at our famous Vintage Tea Stops and share stories over a beer and slap-up evening meal. All of that comes with plenty of festivities to help them ‘cheers!’ their competitors.

MERIDA BIKES return for 2020 as the title sponsor. MERIDA’s team will attend the event, ride alongside competitors and bring along some very exciting 2021 bikes to show off to attendees and press.

Alongside MERIDA BIKES, the event is also made possible thanks to the National Trust, Fenwicks, TRP, Lezyne, Bontrager, CarbonCycles, DiscoBrakes, RideGuard and Many Hands Brew Co.

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New for 2020, we’re joined by Many Hands Brew Co, a small-batch microbrewery from Dunkeswell, North Devon. They’ll bring their friends from Courtney Cider and make sure everyone is well lubricated after a big day on the trails. There’s also talk of a very special beer that they’re crafting just for THE MERIDA EX. Watch this space!

Also introduced in 2019 was the dedicated eBike category, which will return in 2020 for more exciting eMTB enduro racing.

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Entries for THE MERIDA EX will open on 1st March 2020 at 9 am (UK time), with a link sent out to our pre-registration list. The event sells out in minutes, so don’t delay if you’d like to take part.

To pre-register and receive the entry link first you can visit:

For more information about THE MERIDA EX, please visit

  1. Did the 1-day danish Merida Marathon – 57 km – great experience and the first time eMTBs were allowed (y):cool:
    Would love to attend the EX.
    @Rob Hancill How skilled do You need to be to attend the EX ?
  2. Hey Frank. If you can get a ticket it’s an Awesome 3 days, some of the best riding I’ve done in the UK.

    In terms of skill level quite a few, about 15 out of 100, pulled out as it was too hard but that was mainly the amount of climbing in the day which wasn’t too much of a problem on an eBike but it was very demanding. A few said the trails were too hard for them. It’s certainly not Pedalhounds, it’s quite a serious but very fun race.

    Trails are tricky, I would say Advanced riders. Not expert but certainly not beginner. Most of the stages are used for the Southern Enduro Champs series so it was quite technical and some very steep sections. Don’t let that put you off though.

    Costs £300 but that’s all your food, drink (including beer) and Camping for the weekend. Drink/Food/Lunch stops twice a day all catered and the lovliest people running it an competing. The atmosphere is serious but everyone was smiling and laughing and I made new friends. Weather blessed us also which helps. Truly great 3 days riding in the UK..

  3. I’ve ridden a few trails around there but will try to enter the race. If I don’t get in I will organise a weekend down there if anyone is up for it I have a good accommodation and routes just let me know if interested.
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