It could easily be argued that the Ard Rock Enduro is the best weekend in the UK race calendar. It takes place in the stunning Yorkshire Dales National Park with three days of racing, which next year will be take place over the 21st to 23rd July.
It's more than just a race though, Ard Rock is a genuine mountain bike festival with music, food and drink, on-site camping, pump track, airbag, kid's skills track, bikes to demo ride, new kit to try out and much more.
As for the enduro racing, there are literally categories to suit everyone, with five different options that cover everything from the Ard Rock Enduro consisting of seven 'Alpine style' stages set over a 45km course with over 3,000m of climbing, to the Enduro Intro with four stages over 30km and 1,500m of up.
Be warned, the Yorkshire terrain is tough and uncompromising so expect steep, technical rocky features, climbs and descents. A well maintained enduro bike is definitely recommended and you'll need plenty of protection too. If you're unsure whether to give Ard Rock a go or not, you might like to have a read of this report on the 2022 event written by one of our Ard Rock first timers.
Tickets are highly sought after, so don't hang about if you want to get involved next year. Race tickets and camping passes will go on sale from 6.30am (GMT), Tuesday 15th November from the Ard Rock website.