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The Epic - the PMBA/Hope Graythwaite Enduro, Lake District

Loamy goodness at the top of Stage 1, with Liz ahead of me. Photo credit: Digital Downhill When my friend Liz said she had entered the PMBA/Hope, BNES enduro at Graytwhaite in the Lake District at the start of May and suggested we do a girls’ road trip to race it, I couldn’t resist. The Graythwaite Epic has a reputation as the UK’s most techy enduro and is one of the Enduro World Series (EWS) qualifiers – if I wanted to challenge myself and test my riding this was definitely the place to do it. Besides, I started enduro racing at the Southern Enduro ‘downduro’Okeford Hill round so it was only fitting really that moving to the national series I started at the deep end. I race because I love the atmosphere and it’s a great way to ride private trails and push myself – once again Graythwaite ticked all those boxes with 8 stages spread across the private Graythwaite Estate in the Lake District. Liz and I weren’t the other ‘Southerners’ going up to race, we were joined by Katie

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