An inclusive event and perfect introduction to the full ‘Ard Rock, the Intro is a 30km loop with 3 timed Ard Rock stages.


The Intro takes place on Sunday at the Ard Rock Festival taking in three of the timed stages over a special 30km loop. It’s designed to be an introduction to the full Ard Rock or Ard Rock Sprint. Remember though, 30km round Ard Rock territory will be no easy feat, so expect a proper day out on the bike! The entire route will be purpose marked for the event and offers a ‘once only’ opportunity to hit up some unique natural rocky zones. Be warned, the Ard Rock stages contain a mixture of flat out fast gullies, off road tracks, steep rocky chutes and technical single tracks that demand a good level of skill and fitness.


The Enduro Intro sets off on Sunday morning and follows a loop with 3 timed downhill stages. The transitions between the stages are not timed so you can relax and enjoy the loop and then go hard against the clock on the downhill sections. You can expect to be out on the course anywhere from 3 hours plus, covering around 1500 meters of combined climbing and descending. Riders will set off from the event village in waves of 20 every 5 minutes. A cut off time of 5 hours 30 minutes will be enforced for safety and timing reasons.

Start times and final information will be sent to all riders three weeks before the event. You can arrive early to enjoy some of the other great riding in the area and listen to live music.


  • Festival entry
  • Fully marked route on private land
  • Event centre facilities
  • Expo area entry
  • Number board
  • Course map
  • Event programme
  • Electronic chip timing
  • Water station
  • Rider public liability insurance
  • Event photography
  • Mechanical support
  • Emergency support
  • Safety marshals
  • On site catering and beer tent
  • Spot prizes
  • Instant results service
  • Mavic factory support
  • Live Music
  • Camping space* and parking

*Camping is £5 per person per night payable on entry.