The EX Enduro announces dates for 2023 and a new e-MTB only format for 2024

The EX enduro 2022
(Image credit: Paul Box / The EX)

The Merida EX Enduro has confirmed that it will be running from 15th to 17th September 2023 and pre-registration for the event is now open. The big news for 2024 is that the event will be renamed as the eEX and be an e-MTB only competition. Both races will take place as usual among the North Exmoor hills, with the event village based in the picturesque village of Allerford. 

A rider on a steep climb

If you like your climbs sadistically steep, the EX doesn't disappoint (Image credit: Paul Box / The EX)

If you're unfamiliar with the EX, it's a three-day enduro with no practice time and around 10 competitive stages each day. With as much as 2,000 metres of climbing per day, it's an enduro with a heavy emphasis on endurance.

Entries are limited to 80 riders but despite the heavy toll taken by three days of serious riding, there's a proper party vibe and event organizer Mike Wilkens and the rest of the EX team go out of their way to ensure you're well looked after throughout.

A rider on a descent

Your reward for the grimace inducing climbs is plenty of long, technical descents (Image credit: Paul Box / The EX)

In our opinion, it's one of the best MTB events in the UK calendar and should definitely be on every rider's bucket list. With limited spaces available, getting an entry isn't easy though, so if you're interested, pre-registration is open now, with entries being issued on the 5th March. You can also register your interest in the eEX for 2024.

For more info and pre-registration, head to If you'd like more on off-road events for 2023, check out our best UK gravel events and the best US gravel events.

A rider with his trophy at the Merida EX

The EX's stag trophies are highly sought after (Image credit: The Merida EX)
Richard Owen
Editor, Bike Perfect

Rich is the editor of the team. He worked as a print journalist and editor for over 20 years, before transitioning to purely digital media in 2021. Rich bought his first mountain bike (a rigid Scott Tampico) in 1995 and has been riding MTB for almost 30 years. He likes hitting flowy yet technical trails and is a jack of many MTB trades, competing in cross-country, enduro and long-distance races over the years. A resident of North Devon, he can mostly be found pedaling furiously around his local trails, or slightly further afield on Exmoor and elsewhere in Britain's southwest.

Current rides: Merida One-Forty 6000, Banshee Paradox

Height: 175cm

Weight: 69kg