HELMETS ARE MANDATORY FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS IN OUR EVENTS – Helmets must conform to current UK safety standards for cycle helmets and be in good condition a good fit and remain securely fastened when riding.
UPDATE: Event start for Sunday’s Antifreeze will now open from 9am to 10.30 am. Entrants can begin their ride at any time between 9am and 10.30am when the start is open.
MAIN EVENT TIMETABLE
For SIGN-ON/BOARD COLLECTION – please give your rider number and name on collection.
Sign on Jr Antifreeze – 9.30am – 11.30am
Sign on Antifreeze – 9.30am – 4pm
Jr Antifreeze Event Start OPEN 9.30 to 11.30am (You can start at any point during this time and do not need to be finished by the start closure time, the course remains open to allow riders time to complete their ride)
Sign on Antifreeze – 8.30am to 10.30 am
Antifreeze Event Start OPEN 9am to 10.30am – (You may start at any point that the course is open and ride 1, 2 or 3 laps of the 12km course.)
Antifreeze 2022 RIDER INFORMATION
Below you will find important information about the event weekend along with event rules, sign on and start times, visitor information and other advice to help you make the most of your event weekend.
UPDATE: Event start for Sunday’s Antifreeze will now open from 9am to 10.30 am. Entrants can begin their ride at any time between 9am and 10.30am when the start is open.
If covid has taught us anything it is that things can change fast. Should we need to make any changes to our event arrangements between now and the event date we will update the information here, send updated information to participants via email and post a notice to our instagram and facebook.
The event is located at Coed y Brenin Forest Park, North Wales. Situated on the A470 between Trawsfynydd and Dolgellau. https://goo.gl/maps/xc3xfpPqxBreGMYK9
Arrival and Parking
Natural Resources Wales operate an entry/exit gate vehicle number plate recognition system for parking. Payment for parking should be made just prior to exiting. This is done by entering the vehicle number plate details and making a payment at one of the machined provided.
You are charged for the length of time you park at Coed y Brenin visitor centre.
The charges are: £2 for 2 hours then 40p for every additional 20 minutes to a maximum charge of £7 per day.
Pay for parking when you are ready to leave – To do this enter your vehicle registration into one of the machines in the car park and pay the parking charge by card or cash. Once you have paid you should exit as soon as possible. The exit barrier will raise as you approach if you have paid for your parking.
Natural Resources Wales staff will be on hand to help if there are any problems.
Sign on (Jr Antifreeze/Antifreeze)
We have streamlined the sign on process to make it significantly faster. A signature is no longer required for waiver acknowledgment, instead you will find our event waiver printed on the back of your number board and by affixing this and participating in the event you acknowledge and accept all our terms of participation.
This means you just need to collect your board and you are ready to go.
This year, event numbers are pre-allocated
boards will have the riders name printed on them along with a number. Boards for the main Antifreeze event will also have an RFID timing chip fixed to the back (no chip for Jr Antifreeze riders). It is very important that this stays in place and is not damaged as it is used to record timing entries for each individual rider as they cross the start/lap/finish timing mat.
Click the image below to find your number
Number collection (Jr Antifreeze/Antifreeze)
Sign on will be located in the room above the bike shop and will be clearly signposted as you approach the visitor centre. Please follow all signs and directions from event and visitor centre staff.
E-Bikes are permitted to ride the Fox Antifreeze (ebike = motor assisted pedal bike, pedelec) under the following conditions: (1) The bike must be a UK road legal pedelec (must not be chipped, de-redistricted, re-mapped or modified in any way) and (2) The rider must have declared on entry that they will be riding an eBike in the event. PLEASE NOTE THAT NO BIKE CHARGING FACILITIES ARE AVAILABLE AT THE EVENT. WE RESTRICT RIDERS TO USE OF A SINGLE BATTERY ONLY.
Number collection queuing system (Jr Antifreeze/Antifreeze)
We are required to limit the numbers using the indoor space. On entering the building you will see a queueing area in front of collection desks. Here you will find spaced floor markings, please use these as you would in a vaccination centre. Occupy the nearest marked space when it becomes free. Do not occupy a marked space until it is clear. Move forward to the next available space once it has been vacated. Please occupy spaces individually as this will help to speed up processing and ensures we do not exceed the numbers permitted inside the building. Parents with children collecting numbers may occupy a single space.
On collection, state your number clearly with your name. When handed your board, please check you have been handed the correct board. The spelling of the name on the board is taken directly from the data supplied in the attendee’s name field in Eventbrite. It is not possible to change what has been printed on the board. However, we can change the name listed in results – to do this you should email firstname.lastname@example.org or message us as event organiser via Eventbrite.
> Please observe all rules and requirements
> Follow all directions
> Be patient and polite with event and visitor centre staff
Once you have collected your number board, please leave the board collection point as quickly as possible in order to help us rapidly process all entrants.
If you have any further problems or queries regarding entry, an information desk is also located in the board collection area. You will be able to speak to a member of our team here.
OPENING TIMES FOR SIGN ON BOARD COLLECTION
> SATURDAY [Jr Antifreeze / Antifreeze ] – 9.30am to 4pm
**Jr Antifreeze sign on will close at 11.30am
> SUNDAY [Antifreeze] – 8.30am to 10.30am
Attaching your board (Jr Antifreeze/Antifreeze)
We offer cut lengths of string, for attaching your board to the bike because it is biodegradable. You will need 3 pieces to attach your board. Pre-cut lengths will be available to collect on the way in and way out of board collection. Please attach your board so that the number is clearly visible from the front and make sure it is the correct way up. Take care not to damage or remove the RFID timing chip.
For durability reasons our number boards are constructed of plastic but they have been designed so they can be given a new life after the event, repurposed as a bike fender. Instructions on how to do this can be found at dyfievents.com/fender – The boards can be recycled but only where specific facilities exist, the materiel is vinyl/PVC . Please do not put into normal household recycling.
Feed station (Antifreeze)
To make the event as Covid 19 safe as possible, we took the decision that there will be no feed station on course for the 2022 Antifreeze.
We hope to be able to return to our normal arrangements in future and apologise to those of you who, like us, will miss the sausage rolls. We’re sorry but feel sure that our riders will understand the challenges we faced to make this event as Covid safe as possible. Planning ahead has been tricky, with little idea of what surprises, twists and turns await us we have to plan for all scenarios.
Instead, this year riders will each be provided with an energy bar plus an energy gel. It is common sense for mountain bikers to make good preparations for any ride and part of this is making sure that you carry sufficient food and hydration to sustain you for the duration.
A water station will be provided shortly before the lap point so riders can refill bottles if they need to.
The bar + gel we will provided to riders of the Sunday Antifreeze event will be handed out on the approach to the event start just before you begin your ride.
Jr Antifreeze – Please note, there are no feed or water arrangements for the Jr Antifreeze event, parents/guardians should make their own provisions for food and water for any child entrants they are accompanying.
EVENT START DETAILS
Event start – Jr Antifreeze (Saturday)
Jr Antifreeze event, a kids non competitive MTB challenge. The event is open to children 8 – 14yrs old who must be accompanied by an adult parent or guardian to ride in the event The accompanying adult must remain with your child entrant at all times during the event and agree to all terms and conditions and our release of liability waiver.
The event is a fun ride-challenge that offers 2 course distance options 5.2km or 11.2km . The parent(s)/guardian(s) who will be accompanying the child entrants should select a suitable loop distance and challenge level for the child/children’s ability.
If you have any questions regarding route suitability for your child’s ability level, please ask at sign on or start.
Number boards should be collected from event sign on and boards should be fixed to the children’s bikes using the string provided. Make your way to the start when ready. The event is a fun ride challenge and is non-competitive and not timed.
All registered child entrants who complete their challenge can expect a little reward for their efforts.
Jr Antifreeze START TIMES
The event start will be open Saturday, from 9.30am to 11.30am. You may begin your ride at any point that the event start is open.
Event start – Antifreeze (Sunday)
The event is a staggered start format where each rider’s times are individually recorded. Each participant will have their own start, lap and finish times recorded when they cross the timing mat.
Your event does not start until you cross the start line. Once you cross the timing mat for the first time, your event had begun and the clock is ticking. When you join the course your start time will be recorded as the RFID chip located on your number board is read by the timing equipment. You are then on course and being timed until you cross the mat again a final time.
Antifreeze START TIMES
The event start will be open Sunday, from 9am to 10.30am. You may begin your ride at any point that the event start is open.
When ready to start
When you are ready to start, head for the course start located in the area below the visitor centre. It will be clearly signposted. Don’t forget to pick up your bar and gel as you head to the start. You will then be fed onto the course by a starting marshal. Follow their instructions and remember there is no need to rush as your times are individual, your event starts as soon as you cross the mat.
The course is a roughly 12km lap comprising a mix of Coed y Brenin’s trail sections. THE EVENT IS NOT A RACE. Please be polite and courteous to other riders at all times. If you wish to pass another rider do this only when it is safe to do so. If there is a rider behind you that wishes to pass, please move aside and allow them to pass when it is safe.
The route will be clearly marked with YELLOW ARROWS and other signs that highlight particular hazards and give route instructions. A route map is available to view at sign on. The route comprises a lot of singletrack so a little congestion may be experienced in places, please be courteous and pleasant with your fellow riders and ride with care at all times. Remember, it’s not a race, we are all here to enjoy the trails and have fun together!
1, 2 or 3 laps?
The Antifreeze event offers 3 route distance events. You don’t need to decide which distance you want to attempt before you start, you simply ride 1, 2 or 3 laps of the course and we will allocate your time to the appropriate event.
After completing your first lap you will again enter the start/finish chicane and be fed across the timing mat again. Here you will be greeted with a clearly signposted route split. Turn right for ‘MORE LAPS’ of if you have had enough and wish to complete your event turn left to ‘FINISH’.
If you choose ‘MORE LAPS’ you continue on to complete your 2nd lap, after which you will again find yourself at the same point with the same option. At this point you can again choose to finish or continue on to ride a 3rd and final lap. 3 is the maximum number of laps permitted in the event, all riders must finish after completing their 3rd lap.
Please note that there is no option to take a timing ‘pause’ between laps, once the clock has started you are effectively timed until you cross the finish line after completing your final lap.
Please ride with care at all times when on course but take particular care as you pass through the start/lap/finish area. The event is non-competitive all Coed y Brenin’s trails remain open to all. Please take care and watch out for other riders and pedestrians.
If you are displaying any symptoms known to be those of a possible Covid 19 infection, please do not travel to the event. We suggest attendees take a lateral flow test before travelling to the event and should they test positive, should not attend. While the severity of the most recent variant is lower than previous variants and our population is now well vaccinated, there are still many vulnerable individuals who can suffer very serious consequences from infection and we wish to do our best to protect our communities and maintain their support for our events.
We ask all of our attendees for their support, by playing their part in helping us create the safest possible environment for everyone who attends. Please be aware that Wales still has some Covid restrictions in place that are now removed in England. Local rules for Wales may differ from those in the UK. Please respect and follow Welsh Government guidance on Coronavirus, give others space and be respectful to others at all times.
Covid 19 – MASKS ARE STILL A LEGAL REQUIREMENT WHEN VISITING SHOPS IN WALES
The café is open serving hot food, snacks and drinks. There is indoor table space (limited) plus plenty of take away options. The café, like the sign on area, is only able to allow a limited number of people at any given time. Please be patient and polite with café and visitor centre staff and make your food & drink selection in a timely manner. If indoor seating is unavailable when you are served please consider a take-away option or using the outdoor seating area.
Cafe Menu can be viewed by clicking on the images below. (chwith Cymraeg / English right)
Toilets & Showers
Toilets are available at the visitor centre with additional portable toilets situated around the site. Showers are available downstairs in the main visitor centre (round) building but there are a limited number and demand for these is likely to be high.
A bike washing point with hose is situated below the visitor centre.
Coed y Brenin has walking and running trails, a play area and nature discovery trails. More information about the centre and facilities can be found on the Natural Resources Wales website.
Further information and advice
Below you will find some additional information about the event and advice to help you prepare for your ride and make the most of your event weekend.
Just another reminder, there is no feed station in this year’s event. Instead riders will be offered an energy bar and gel to help them on their way. It is normal common sense practice for mountain bikers to make your own provision by ensuring that they set out on a ride with adequate food and hydration to sustain them for the duration of their ride, with a little extra just in case of emergency. A selection of bars, gels and hydration products are also available to buy from Beics Brenin. Below you will find further general advice on what to carry. Essential spares and tools like tubes, pumps and patch kits are available from Beics Brenin to purchase before you head out but its always a good idea to have these things in your kit bag ready so its better to buy them before you head to the event. Likewise make sure you have riding clothing sorted and its in good shape along with helmet, gloves and any other protection you will use. Most importantly of all, check your bike is in good shape, you’ll find more on this below in the rider preparation section.
Marshals & First Aid
Marshals will be stationed at key intervals on route and will be in contact with course HQ and first aid. Mobile first aiders are on course and able to attend if required during the event. Please see the route map for the location of marshals and alert them if you have witnessed a medical emergency. If you believe the emergency to be serious or life threatening, please alert emergency services by calling 999.
Other trail users, walkers & spectators
The event takes place mostly on the forest’s way marked trail network which remains open to other users. Please ride with care and be respectful of others.
Some sections of the route may be shared accessed. Again, please ride with care and remain in good control. Regulate your speed around other users and be respectful and careful around other forest and trail users.
Event T Shirts / Event mementos
There is no event T shirt for this year’s event.
Jr Antifreeze (Saturday) – All registered child entrants who complete their ride will receive a little something as a reward for their efforts.
Antifreeze (Sunday) – An event memento is available to all finishers as they cross the finish line, make sure you pick one up at you exit the finish point.
Get yourself ready…
Pre event checks
Before the event it’s a good idea to do final checks and preparation to your bike. Clean and thoroughly looking over everything for damage or wear. Pay particular attention to anything that has the potential to fail during the ride like damaged or worn tyres, frayed cables, worn chain or cassette, loose or notchy rotation at bottom bracket or headset.
Do the M check: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qtx60bcNk0&feature=youtu.be
What to carry
These are the basic essentials we recommend you carry (NB: Helmets are compulsory):
> Bicycle pump (if you use CO2 then you need to carry a pump as a backup, it’s a long ride and very rocky in places, its not uncommon to have multiple punctures).
> Spare inner tube
> For riders with running tubeless you need tubless repair kit AND spare tubes & puncture kit.
> Puncture repair kit (for when you run out of spare tubes)
> Bike multi tool with chain link extractor (or multi tool and chain tool) – always a good idea.
> Spare quick-link chain link for fixing a broken chain (be sure to get the right type for your chain).
> Food – Enough to fuel you for the ride and extra in case you have a mechanical or other emergency that could result in a lot of standing around or a long walk home. Energy bars are a great choice as a compact energy source but on a long ride like this you may find yourself craving something different or more substantial. Think self sufficiency and you’ll be better prepared.
> Water/Hydration – The amount you need is dependent on conditions but its never good to run out. Many riders choose to use an electrolyte powder of tablet in their water to help prevent dehydration. Whatever you use, bottles or hydration pack, just make sure you have enough. A water refill station will be located just before the lap point, you can refill there if needed.
> Clothing – It’s always a tough call at this time of year. This event has seen rain, snow, sleety and blazing sunshine. You’ll have climbs and descents and exposed sections can be very different to the shelter of the forest so flexibility is often the name of the game. A good waterproof jacket offers warmth and protection from the elements and an extra warm layer can be wise should you have a mechanical or other emergency. What you choose to wear to ride in on the day will be dependent on the weather and outlook so keep an eye on the weather forecast and dress accordingly. Carry backup clothing in case the weather gets worse, this is Wales after all.
> Protection: A helmet is mandatory, gloves are a very sensible addition. Many rider now choose to ride in additional knee and sometimes elbow pads for added protection and there are many on the market today that can be worn comfortably for long rides. Always check your helmet is in good condition without damage, fits and is adjusted well.
> The event is timed but it is always wise to carry a watch or mobile phone, or use a cycle computer to monitor your own progress and stay aware of the time. This will allow you to adjust your ride plans according to progress and how you feel.
> Tyre boot (for emergency repair to big cuts in tyres)
> Mobile phone for making emergency calls. Be aware that phone cover in the forest can be limited. Should you have to make an emergency call you may not be able to do this from all locations.
> GPS (could be watch, cycle computer or a smartphone app) – You don’t really need this as the route is well signposted but in keeping with the mountain biking self-sufficiency ethos it provides a great modern tools for tracking your ride and can be helpful in providing location information.
> Warm hat. This is the ultimate luxury if you end up stuck with a broken bike for any length of time.
> Route map. Again, not an essential as the route is signed but can be useful to refer to when you need to figure out your location or progress. The route map will be displayed at sign-on and you can simply snap a picture of it before you depart. That way, should a situation arise where you need it you have something to refer back to. A very useful ride security backup that takes just a few seconds.
We suggest you write a pre event packing check list. List all the kit you need to bring and then tick things off one by one as you pack them. We can’t tell you how often people forget obviously very important items like shoes, pedals or helmet and while we are sure our retail partner Beics Brenin will be happy for the trade, it might make for an unexpectedly costly event.
On the day…
Eat a good breakfast on the day of the event. Double check your gear and bike before you head to the start line and make any final adjustments that might be required.
After that, the most important thing to remember is to have a good time. For many of you this may be your first time back riding an organised bike event after a long break during the pandemic, for others it may be a first organised event ever. The most important thing is to enjoy it. You’ll be riding some of Wales finest trails in very good company, smile, whoop, sing and enjoy every wonderful mile of the event.
It doesn’t matter what level of challenge that you end up tackling, 1, 2 or 3 laps of the 12km course, ultimately this event is about enjoying the ride and savouring the challenges you encounter. It remains the best way we know to brush off the winter cobwebs and set yourself up for a fantastic year of riding to come.
Have fun,…. ‘another lap’ anyone?
Good luck from the Dyfi Events team.
Our official event photographer will be on site capturing images of both the Antifreeze and Jr Antifreeze event. When these images are uploaded, they will be available to purchase from robbarkerimages.com