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

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, Graham, Will and Fiona and spotted plenty of other familiar faces from the South Coast and UK race scen…

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