Join the thrill of our Gravel Grinder Challenge! A premier biking event set amidst breathtaking landscapes, offering a mix of endurance and adventure. Gear up for an unforgettable ride over diverse terrains, from rolling hills to technical tracks. Perfect for novices and pros alike. Secure your spot now for the ultimate two-wheeled escapade!
Its simple really, more people riding bikes to improve peoples' lives through awesome events. Thats it.
Allow us to introduce ourselves— we're Richard and Sara Bunting, the driving force behind Western Bike Events. Coming at you straight from the heart of South Wales—which, if you ask us, is the best mountain biking turf south of the Scottish Border—we're on a mission. But not just any mission; we're veteran-owned and steeped in the values of camaraderie, resilience, and passion. Our goal? To share the adrenaline-pumping joy of off road cycling with as many people as possible, while serving up top-notch events you won't forget.
Look, it ain't just about clinching that top spot on the podium. Nah, it's about the sheer thrill of racing between the tapes, sketchy turns, mud on your face. It's about shredding down the mountain and then gassing about your times with your mates. At Western Bike Events, we're all about creating a community where everyone can enjoy the ride, from the seasoned pros to the fresh-faced newbies. And you can count on us to bring a bit of military precision to the mix, making sure every event is run like clockwork.
The fella who's juggling all the balls at once, from trail-building to event planning. Richard's been knee-deep in the MTB scene since '06, and he's a man of many hats—organiser, marshal, coordinator. Cut his teeth racing UKGE on a proper shonky Trek Fuel, but that's all it took for the enduro bug to take a chomp. Oh, and did we mention he spent 23 years in the British Army as a senior engineering manager? That's right, you're in safe hands with Richard.
Sara, or Mrs WBE as we like to call her, is the first face you'll see on race day, managing everything at the HQ like a boss. She's mad keen on outdoor sports and has even tackled the Three Peaks and run a few half marathons, so she knows her stuff. With 15 years in the Army as a combat medical technician—plus a trophy case of awards for life-saving exploits—she's the backbone that keeps this operation running smoothly.
Short term (1 year)
Deliver the Valleys Enduro Series
Reboot and create private estate venues
Build a relationship with Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and trail builders
Medium term (2-3 years)
Host a round of the BNES
Work on additional private estate venues
Strengthen relationships with NRW and trail builders
Free racing for U14s
Run a gravel enduro race
Run a push up DH race
Long term (4-5 years)
Continue to build on success and deliver more bike events
Established as South Wales' bike event organiser
Trusted by NRW and trail builders to run enduro on sanctioned wild trails
Invest in youth riders to become ambassadors and support their development pathways
Whether you’re a seasoned rider or you're just taking your first pedal strokes into the world of mountain biking, Western Bike Events promises a proper good time on the trails. What are you waiting for? Come and join the WBE family and experience racing as it should be—fun, exhilarating, and top-notch professional.