About the Boltby Bash Enduro
30-35kms, 5 Timed Stages, Enduro or Sportive Options.
The Boltby Bash Enduro is a 2-day mountain bike event set in the idyllic North Yorkshire Moors.
Five stages; "wild, natural trails" on private land, with everything from flowing loam to technical rock.
The weekend has a festival feel, with live music, bar and food on Saturday, to help you recover from your practice runs.
The camping and free parking is on-site, with the finest panoramic views that the North Yorkshire Moors National Park has to offer.
Day 1: Practice day for the main event on Sunday.
Day 2: Main event. Enduro: 30-35 kms with 5 timed stages. The Sportive is on the same course.
Enduro: £50 MTB Sportive: £40
For team entries: When you book on SI Entries, the first member of your team can create a team. Other team members will then be able to select that team from a dropdown menu. Simples.
Rider Diary: Pete Rees
After a nice warm up peddle to the first stage it was time to get in race mode and as usual I had my pre-race nerves, usually goes after the first stage though so not all bad.
Dropping in off the top of the moors down a steep grassy bank over a small rise that dropped you into some sweet turns on to open moorland were you could pick up some good speed taking you over some dips and rises it then dropped into some nice rock gardens with a steep drop giving you just enough momentum to get up a small hill they had added, hitting the latter part of the stage things just got faster but you had to be careful here as it had been taped just wide enough to skim past while holding good speed down the jumps and drops before hitting the bog at warp speed near the end and hoping to come out the other side in one piece. Sprinting to the finish having to jump a ditch and back on the pedals again that was the first stage over not a bad run felt fast and but most importantly it was fun
The transition to this stage was good fun in itself and stage 2 did not disappoint, peddling like a loon into some nice loose loamy turns it was over a small track into some nice fast flowing single-track littered with rocks and roots, keeping my speed I was managing to flow pretty good through here but the torrential down poor the night before had changed it massively. Further down having to dab a few times but keeping it upright it was a game of dodge the riders who hadn't been so lucky and after taking a few sketchy lines to go around a few I was glad to get to the bottom without an issue not the best stage for me but kept it clean and smooth.
This was the blind stage we weren't allowed to ride in practice and what a stage! Starting off in a big field it was get your head down and sprint. Peddle peddle peddle I kept shouting to myself before hitting the first loamy turn and nearly getting it all wrong!! It was into pure loamy bliss OMG this is heaven, trying not to get to over excited as you just smashed loamy turns left right down around this was awesome. Shooting through a wooded area back out into more loamy turns before hitting a grass drop into a field taking on some tight taped off turns and sprinting to the finish !! Wow that was awesome !
Boom!! Straight into it, a quick peddle then a left straight onto off camber into a berm. I’d practiced the high-line into this and chose to use it here shooting me out other side with a nice drift ! Fast? Who knows. But hell yeah, that was fun. Zig zagging down the side of this awesome valley drifting berms before smashing into some techy drops and nasty roots, trying to stay on this stage. I was loose as a goose, and I was loving it, catching Neil from Bikescene near the bottom of the stage. He had a mechanical, so I gave him some much needed abuse as we sprinted to the finish.
After some pretty hard transitions it was the last climb to stage 5, and with the hot weather, damn it was hard! Rocking up at the start line, totally goosed, I got my head down and went off like a nutter possessed! I was gonna nail this stage fast off the start! Into some techy rock garden, holding it together along the off camber section, it was a mad sprint corner, then a mad sprint into a drop, and a right twist down a gully, smashing a berm before sprinting again, down a fast dirt track forgetting the right hander, hearing my wife shouting go right before hauling up and drifting round the turns into another straight where there was a big grass drop…. It was do or die as I 'hucked and hoped' into the next section, much to the amusement of a small crowd, as the bike bucked and skipped around, managing to hold a tight line round the last corner sprinting to the finish!! Super fast stage flat out, foot out !
This pic sums up the day, 'fast n loose' and mega fun
Well what can I say? "An awesome weekend, and definitely one I will go back to every year. Me and the wife made some new friends, as did the dog. Was a great 2 days riding with the Bike Scene lot. Cheers lads!"
So after peddling my arse off every stage, with no crashes, I was chuffed to see I had finished 4th!! 15 seconds off a podium, and 8th fastest on the day overall.
So all in all, a good day's racing. Proper happy!
Massive thanks to my wife Kerry who pushes me and believes in me. Thank you!
And to my sponsor, Richard Ford @ Mountain Bike Garage. It was great to have you there cheering me on.
Cheers to all the Guisy lads, it was a great weekend out.
And lastly the Boltby Bash crew! Be it marshals, cooks, well everyone... You put on an awesome event with a relaxed feel, awesome food, beer and cracking tracks! Thank you. We will be back!