Trek Coed Y Brenin Enduro
Event Report 2017
The event saw riders braving some rather damp weather (even by Welsh standards) to take part in the event and enjoy some great riding and good company for a weekend long celebration of mountain biking at the UK’s original trail centre.
Nippers n’Rippers kids enduro
The weekend begun with the Nippers n’Rippers kids enduro with 5km and 10km distances. With our largest ever turnout we were pleased to see so many young riders who turned out, defiant of the weather, to take part in the event. It was certainly the wettest year of the event to date but riders crossed the line to receive a reward of an event mug and a warming hot chocolate. It was great to see so many smiling faces, the future of the sport looks in safe hands.
Retro Revolution Race and Show
Riders of the Retro Revolution Race assembled at 1pm to embark on a challenging 11.5km loop of some of Coed y Brenin’s oldest trails. The event saw riders of classic and retro MTB’s race the clock in an off road time trial, many sporting classic period apparel to match their bikes.
The afternoon continued with the Retro Revolution show where bikes were bikes were judged by owners and event crew to decide the 2017 best in show. The award going to Martin Williamson for his stunning 1990 Marin Team Titanium that had many of us drooling and reminiscing in equal measure. Huge thanks to Martin, Pete Shelley, Gavon Manesh, Chris Longbone, Carl Dixon, Joe Sutherland, Ian Clewett and anyone else we missed for allowing us to show their fantastic bikes and for their efforts in making this part of the weekend something very special for all. Thanks guys!
After the prize presentation there was a film screening of A Bigger Slice of British Pie (Dirt) – Our thanks to Dirt Mag for their kind permission in allowing us to screen the film.
Trek Coed y Brenin Enduro
Sunday was another wet day, certainly the wettest in the history of the event but it didn’t deter the riders of the Trek Coed y Brenin Enduro. Sign on was a buzz of activity as riders collected their number boards and a pack of sustaining energy blocks courtesy of Clif nutrition. At 10am riders assembled above the visitor centre, ready to ride out into wild country and they began a day on the superb trails that make up the route of the Coed y Brenin Enduro. This year riders chose to ride either 17, 25 or 49km routes. The weather did not let up but this didn’t seem to prevent anyone making the most of the day. We saw smiling faces throughout, with muddy smiles as they crossed the finish line to collect their Coed y Brenin Enduro event mug and ale.
Thanks to all who attended each part of the event, it was undeniably the wettest yet but that didn’t seem to prevent everyone from enjoying the trails and having a great time. Well done all of you.
Our thanks also to South Snowdonia Search and Rescue and to Extreme Medics for providing safety cover in challenging conditions. Huge thanks to all our brave marshals who turned out to get soaked and kept our riders safe and on course. Thanks to all event crew, supporters, staff and helpers who gave their time and efforts to make this weekend not only possible, but a great success.
To Trek our title sponsor for their support in making this event possible and to the staff from Trek, Clif, Crank Brothers and Muc Off for joining us and bringing lovely bike things to show.
Details of next years event will be released in the spring, until then why not think about joining us for the Fox Antifreeze, our next event at the UK’s original trail centre, Coed y Brenin.