Valleys Xtreme 2016
We are happy to confirm the Valleys Xtreme Enduro 2016 is on the 3rd and 4th of December.
One of Europe’s toughest enduro challenges awaits you. Come and test your riding, your determination and your machine against top world class riders.
Registration for Valleys Xtreme 2016 opens on 1st April.
Dawn to Dusk 2016 The UK’s Premier Enduro.
Date: 27th/28th August (Bank Holiday Weekend)
Location: Vale of Neath, South Wales, SA11 5UD
This year sees the 15th running of one of the UK’s hardest and longest enduro events.
Consisting of 3 separate races, Dawn to Dusk begins with a standalone 2 Hour Youth Event on the Saturday, then progresses as dusk falls to the grueling 24, 12, and 6 hour solo and team enduro events.
There will also be some shorter “Funduro Rodeo” event to warm you up on the Saturday – details below.
Over 500 riders and up to 5,000 spectators, teams, family members and other supporters are expected to descend on the mountainside course of “Walters Arena” in the upper Neath Valley over the 2016 August Bank Holiday weekend.
With classes for riders ranging from complete novices to experienced national and indeed international teams, it’s a truly inclusive event where ordinary weekend warriors can find themselves in the company of Pro riders.
Few events (if any) in the UK off-road calendar can offer such a sense of achievement and satisfaction (or for that matter exhaustion!) as competing in the 6, 12 or 24 hr races of Dawn to Dusk. We are offering an “Early Bird” discounted entry. The first early bird offer will last until 1st February so be quick to take advantage of our offers.
2016 marks our 15th year anniversary Its crazy to think how the event has evolved has grown in popularity over the years, we hope we can keep pushing forward and improving year on year. For more news & information, keep an eye on the website, Facebook & Twitter pages.
Choose which races you want to take part in and enter now
Valleys Xtreme 2015 review
Full weekend highlights
THE VALLEYS XTREME ENDURO 2015
David Knight is the king of the Valleys Xtreme Enduro 2015
The Valleys Xtreme Enduro was held over the weekend of 5th/6th December at Walters Arena near Glyneath. Despite the weather warnings over most of the UK the Valleys Xtreme blew ahead.
David Knight – winner of the 2014 Heads of the Valleys Extreme, now rebranded as the ‘Valleys Xtreme’ at the same venue – was keen to repeat his win and he braved a very rough crossing from the Isle of Man.
The format was very similar to last year with a prologue on Saturday and the main race on Sunday. The prologue consisted of 3 speed tests around the forestry roads followed by a short ‘extreme’ test on a steep camber near to the start, The threat of rain was in the air but it did not materialise although the riders did have to contend with the cross winds.
David Knight set the fastest times. Erzberg Rocketman Brad Williams was runner up and Roger Holland was 3rd.
Tim Foreman has some “history” at Walters Arena where the slick mixture of shale and wet clay can catch out the most experienced competitor but he put the past behind himself and put in some fast times.
Comedian Ross Noble – a regular contributor to “Sorry I haven’t a clue” and “Have I got news for you” – is also a serious competitor. He has raced at the Romaniacs and the Roof of Africa and – in 2014 – he won the Dawn to Dusk 24 hour Clubman Ironman Class at the same venue.
Tom Gillingham of Husqvarna Motorcycles UK had the 2016 Enduro model range on display like a string of pearls against the bleak landscape.
Overnight rain lashed the paddock right up until the start time of 10.30 am – drenching the field and the spectators.
The competitors were lined up in rows of 20 at the base of the “Rock Staircase”. The riders on the left could veer off and take the Chicken Run but the riders on the right were committed to hitting a series of 3 foot high rock steps. A little later than planned event organiser & Clerk of the Course Nick Plumb blew the klaxon and the race began. Keelan Hancock (Husqvarna) took the holeshot closely followed by Ben Wibberley and David Knight.
The three lap course featured flowing sections, stream sections, wooded climbs and rocky descents. On the final lap, the infamous ‘NO HELP ZONE’ hill climb which saw Knighter having to drag his own bike to the top of the hill. Race winner David Knight showed his sportsmanship by returning to the ‘NO HELP ZONE’ to give riders advice on getting up the seemingly impossible gradient.
After completing 3 laps David Knight was the winner. Keelan Hancock runner up very closely followed by Brad Williams in 3rd. Only 5 riders managed to complete 3 laps to earn their Gold finishers medals.
Mint day at the Valleys Xtreme.
“I realised again today why I actually ride and race motorbikes, It was a huge reminder to me that the sport I fell in love with still does exist now and then and that the true ‘Hero’s of Enduro’ still do exist, the weekend riders, the ones that fight to get there and grit their teeth and make it to the finish at all costs, it was great to see and it was an awesome event. Well done to everyone who finished, even the guy who I used for grip in the river, to the marshals helpers and organisers and the enduro fans who stood out and froze all weekend. This event really did make me smile a lot.”
Dawn to Dusk Enduro 2016
The 15th edition of Dawn to Dusk Enduro 2016 is on the weekend of 27th – 28th August bank holiday. As it will be out 15th edition, we have some big plans in store. entries and more news will follow shortly.