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Dyfi Enduro 2017 – EVENT REPORT
Rider times can be accessed HERE
Event images can be found HERE
The event saw some big changes behind the scenes this year that helped keep the event team busy on the run up to the 15th Dyfi Enduro. We added the shorter route Dyfi Bach option this year which allowed riders the chance to opt for a slightly shorter ride that still shared many of the challenges of the full route. Entries opening ran without a hitch, seeing the usual surge of riders seeking a place in what has built into one of the largest events in the UK’s mountain bike calendar.
We’ve seen some rather damp years recently so as the event date drew nearer we waited to see that big fat low pressure system roll in to provide us with the puddles and trenches we have got used to but somehow, it never showed. The conditions remained dry and even though the mid-week forecast was threatening rain, it never came, giving us a rare and splendid opportunity to deliver an event in near perfect dry trail conditions.
Riders began to assemble from Friday, the site venue and camping field saw a slow trickle of arrivals through Friday afternoon and into Saturday. Sign on saw a steady flow throughout Saturday when the site began to fill.
On Saturday afternoon we were joined by Doc Spinoff and his Tricky Tricycles, with a collection of strange and challenging bicycle creations to bend the minds and test the skills of even the most experienced cyclist. With backwards pedalling bikes, opposite steer bikes, wonky bikes and more, kids and adults alike were soon sampling the strange delights of the Doc’s stables with great enjoyment.
The Mangled Crank Tavern began to fill up as the evening rolled on, with a selection of fine local ales and ciders on offer and some musical entertainment as accompaniment. This year we welcomed Pete and Claire of The Green Goat Cafe as our on site food offering. With a fine selection of meals, snacks and cakes available and a field full of hungry riders they were hard at work keeping us fuelled for the majority of the weekend. Check out their facebook page for a sample of their delicious offering.
Sunday arrived and with it an early start, sign on was busy from opening with riders busily making ready for the challenging day ahead. An eye across the site revealed riders dressing, filling packs and performing last minute tweeks to bikes as the minutes counted down to the 11am start.
Again it looked like the whole town had shown up to see the riders depart, The main street was lined with spectators to watch the riders depart on mass and begin their long and challenging day in the Dyfi Forest. This can be a pretty big bunch with those further back crossing the start line quite a few minutes after the first riders. This year for the first time we added a timing mat read for the start time, allowing riders to account for this in knowing their overall time from start to finish line.
Once out of town the riders begin the long and arduous first climb that begins on backroad, then fireroad as riders make their way up to crest the first major climb of the day. By this point the group is well split as riders drop into the first of the many superb sections of singletrack that they will encounter on their day.
The day remained dry with most trail sections offered up in the best condition we have seen them in a Dyfi Enduro for many years. This lead to some fast times with lead riders covering the course at a surprisingly rapid pace.
The feed station was in usual Dyfi style, a very chilled out affair, a welcome oasis of calories intake in a day of thigh bursting climbs and rocky singletrack descents. The station was buzzing with riders relaxing and enjoying a little prescribed rest and reload, knowing the worst was done.
Dicko’s bar was jumping, this year manned by a gorilla, a monkey and Donald Trump (you’d think he have more important things to do) , providing riders with a little treat to carry them effortlessly through the final miles to the finish line.
Finish line crossed and work done, there followed a little spin back to Machynlleth and event HQ, to be congratulated with the reward for completing the challenge, a great sense of satisfaction and the much coveted Dyfi Enduro finishers mug.
Event HQ was soon strewn with bikes and riders enjoying the sun and a little well-earned refreshment from the Mangled Crank bar.
Our thanks must go firstly to all those who attended the event and took on another challenging ride, well done again!.
The event would not be possible without the dedication, hard work and generosity of all those involved and the fantastic support of the local community who help shape the event and continue to foster its growth and success.
Thank you to the landowners who permit us to access their land for the event (Riders, please note that some sections of the event route are private and so not open to cyclists). Thanks also to all marshals, helpers, team and everyone who offered their support and efforts towards making this years event happen. We really couldn’t do this without all the people who give so generously of their time and efforts. THANK YOU ALL!!
Special thanks to our rescue and safety cover providers, South Snowdonia Search and Rescue Team who play a vital role in any course emergencies. The team provide essential rescue support not just at the Dyfi Enduro but through their work. The event supports their efforts but if you would like to show your gratitude further, they have a just giving page that can be accessed via their website. https://nwmra.org/teams/south-snowdonia-search-rescue/
Thanks also to our event photographer Rob Barker for capturing the event in all its glorious detail.
To Wild Trail a big thanks for supporting our riders with a deliciously natural Wild Trail Bar as they returned to HQ, something to help recharge after all those burned calories.
Last but not least we want to say our biggest thanks of all to our friends at howies not only for producing our beautiful event Tshirt but for their continued support of what is, not your usual MTB event. Thanks for getting it! You can show your appreciation of their support in a very pleasurable way, by visiting their site and buying some of their superb clothing.
Well that’s a wrap on 2017, next year the Dyfi Enduro is 16 so there will no doubt be a little coming of age party to look forward. Not to be missed.
Our next event is the Coed y Brenin Enduro on October 1st. Why not join us then, at the UK’s original trail centre to enjoy more fine trails and superb company.
Want a taste of a previous year’s event? Take a look at this short video created by our friends at howies of the (rather damp) 2015 event.