The Merida Ex enduro opens entries to e-bikes AND analogue bikes after outcry

Common riders and e-bikers welcome on the Ex: plus how one can pre-register for the sell-out occasion

E-bikers received’t now push out common riders on the Merida Ex this yr, regardless of the race being initially labelled pedal-assist solely. 

Exmoor’s standard multi-day enduro occasion is again for its seventh version this September, with Merida declaring the 80 rider spots can be stuffed by e-bikes. However pre-registration confirmed demand for normal pedal-powered racing was too robust to squeeze out, Merida’s Michael Wilkens informed us.

“A lot of analogue riders have been getting in contact and saying ‘it’s a rattling disgrace it’s e-bike solely, in any other case I’d be getting into the race,’” he stated.

Merida EX 2023

The Merida EX occasion has its personal night time time levels  Credit score: Paul Field

Whether or not this implies e-bikers aren’t eager on racing, there’s nonetheless an enormous demand for normal using, or a little bit of each isn’t clear. What is evident is that the Ex is one among our favorite enduro races, and we’re actually happy to see it returning this yr. 

That’s as a result of fairly aside from the nice racing and ambiance, up to now the Taiwanese model has used the occasion to launch new bikes: together with the Merida One-Sixty 8000 which turned out to be one of many finest enduro bikes round. Maybe there’ll be a brand new mannequin to take a look at in 2024.

The Merida Ex introduced by Shimano will likely be returning with 20 levels for riders to sort out, together with the Publicity Gentle night time levels.

Merida EX 2024 have to know:

  • 20 levels over 3 days
  • Each electrical and analogue bikes welcome
  • Roughly 100km using via Exmoor
  • 80 riders most

The Ex covers a few of the finest using within the UK, with contemporary tracks showing annually Credit score: Paul Field

The Merida EX 2024

So what precisely is the Merida EX introduced by Shimano? Basically, it’s a three-day, multi-stage enduro occasion. There are 20 levels total for riders to sort out, together with some in a single day known as the Publicity Night time gentle levels.

The organisers had initially deliberate to run the occasion as an e-bike solely occasion, however attributable to “overwhelming demand” for a “traditional” occasion, each e-bikes and analogue bikes will likely be welcomed.

It isn’t nearly using, nevertheless, as there are amenities offered together with meals, an all-inclusive bar, and uplift providers.

How will you get entangled?

80 riders isn’t an enormous quantity for an occasion like this, so for those who’re , you ought to pre-register your curiosity within the occasion. By pre-registering you may be given entry to the personal entry hyperlink, which matches dwell at 9AM on third March. Based on the organisers, the occasion offered out in minutes final yr, so these are about as sizzling as Taylor Swift tickets (or so we hear).