CANCELLED – The Beast Unchained 2020
After careful consideration and thought we have taken the decision not to run the Coed y Brenin Beast Unchained event in 2020. The event usually takes place late September/early October each year and offers riders from across the UK the chance to take on a timed endurance challenge over a route that includes the best trails found in and around Coed y Brenin forest park.
The Covid19 pandemic has meant that we need to adjust many of our event operational procedures, implementing new working and safety practices to ensure participation can happen with the lowest possible risks to staff and participants. While mountain biking will never be an entirely risk-free activity, we remain committed to ensure that our events are as safe and enjoyable as possible for their participants. For us this means undertaking an in-depth review of all our events, allowing time to properly prepare and implement any necessary adjustments to adapt to our ‘new normal’.
Events of the type we organise are currently still restricted and even though we may see these restrictions lifted before the event date, we could not easily plan for the evet without knowing more about when and how restrictions will be lifted. Furthermore, to plan and prepare for the event to run in 2020 would involve significant financial commitment that, should the event be unable to run in 2020, could threaten its viability for future years.
While it seems wise to make this decision we are extremely disappointed to make this announcement. The event has grown and changed over the years but one constant has always been the energy and spirit of those who have taken part and we will be extremely sad not to see the smiling faces at the finish line this year. In particular we’ll miss the determined young riders of the Mini Beast Challenge (formerly Nippers n’Rippers) who turn out rain or shine with the biggest smiles of all.
We hope everyone will be back to join us for the event in 2021, still riding strong and loving the trails of Coed y Brenin.
Dyfi Events Team