Throughout the year we have so many events in different disciplines, so we thought we’d do a blog to highlight them!

The next event series that we have coming up is our annual Triple Series of mountain bike events that are held across Somerset and North Devon – The Mendip Murmuration, Exmoor Explorer and the Quantock Quake. As with all of our events, they are all about inclusion!  It’s about getting you out and more active, taking you to parts of our glorious countryside that are not normally accessible.  Every year we have all levels of abilities with us doing our events – people who want to race around the course, aiming to beat their last years time, as well as groups of mates who love a good off road route and are there to have fun and enjoy doing what they love in great locations!  We do time each section of the route which will be shared with you after the event, but that’s more about checking in to make sure you’re safely progressing around the course rather than it being a competition!  We’re seeing more and more EMTBs with us which is great – if it allows more people to join in the fun, that has to be a good thing, right?

The very talented Rubery Family from Blowfish Photography support all of our events and their amazing high res photographs will be available to purchase after each event – 100% of all sales profits will go to Search and Rescue to help keep vital equipment and resources stocked!

We like to keep our events small as this keeps the impact of our events on the local fauna and flora to a minimum.  We have been single use plastic free for a number of years now and working as community allies with Exmoor National Park has helped them to achieve plastic free communities status that they proudly hold now!  They are the first National Park in the UK to gain this fantastic status to help rid the community of single use plastic!  We always use re-usable route signage, don’t use single use plastic cups at our water stations and encourage entrants to bring their own drinking vessels.  To keep our entry costs the same and reduce wastage, our bespoke, locally produced wooden Triple medals along with single event mementos are now an optional extra. Dan has worked really hard over the years to build relationships with local landowners, managers and rangers to not only allow you to ride areas that you wouldn’t normally have access to, but ensure we’re doing everything we can to involve and keep the local community happy about our events and minimise any impact us being there has on them.  I think you’ll all agree he does a great job at setting some challenging and rewarding routes for you!  

THE MENDIP MURMURATION – SATURDAY 10TH JUNE 2023

 

The Triple series kicks off with the Mendip Murmuration as part of the National Trusts ‘Top of The Gorge Activity Weekend’ in Cheddar. Pre covid, it had more of a festival feel with lots going on, finishing off with live music in the evening! It’s a much more low key affair now, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less fun! The event is based at Warren Farm who allow us to set up and camp on their beautiful grounds and last year they introduced their fabulous converted horse box which has showering facilities in! There’s also a small bank of portaloos on site which arrive on the Friday afternoon before the event. The weekend is full of running events, provided by Relish the Outdoors, a great road biking event with Mendips Lakes and Lumps and Ride and of course our mountain bike event on the Saturday.  The National Trust will also have events going on during the weekend so make sure you check out their event calendar too!  There are food and drink stands in the event village so it’s a great chance to bring the family, camp and let them chill out (hopefully) in the sunshine whilst you go off and tear it up around the Mendips! This year will see a masseuse on site too to see to those aching muscles once you’ve finished!!

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THE EXMOOR EXPLORER – SUNDAY 9TH JULY 2023

 

Every few years we like to shake it up a bit and change the location of the Exmoor Explorer event village – this year we’re really excited to be based next to The Buttery cafe in the Doone Valley. We’re really grateful to the National Trust for supporting our event and allowing us to set up there! It’s a great spot and it meansthat spectators have a great place to hang out if they don’t fancy exploring whilst you’re out riding! Normally only basic camping would be available, but this year we’ll be based next to a beautiful campsite that has facilities on site: Cloud Farm is a great National Trust Site and Doone Valley Camping is also close by! The Exmoor Explorer is another great route which will give you challenging trails with amazing views across Exmoor and the Bristol Channel!

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THE QUANTOCK QUAKE – SATURDAY 2ND SEPTEMBER 2023

 

This year sees us celebrate the 10th year of the Quantock Quake so we thought we’d move it to the Saturday and have a bit of a celebration with you all afterwards! As always, we’ll be based at Over Stowey Cricket Club in Somerset and basic camping will be available within their grounds – it has a small and very intimate feel and it’s great to see our Channel Events TRIBE camping and socialising with everyone else camping and taking part in the event.  Dan normally brings the campfire which is a great focal point for people to come and swap stories after they’ve finished!  There will be food and drinks available both during the day and in the evenings and we’re currently on the hunt for a great band to help us celebrate properly on the Saturday evening!  If you can recommend one, we’d love to hear about them! The event generally has a wonderful family feel to it, lots of kids on their bikes around the cricket ground and a lovely atmosphere to finish off the series.  By this point, there are lots of familiar faces of those who have also completed the other 2 events and it’s great to see everyone bond over shared experiences they’ve had so far!

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Hopefully that gives you a little flavour of what the Triple is all about!

We can’t wait to see you all there!