Bontrager Dyfi Enduro

The Dyfi Enduro is a mass start MTB endurance ride around the Dyfi Forest, Wales. The event takes place on the May Day Bank Holiday weekend which this year is a Friday-Saturday-Sunday so for the first time in the event's 19 year history the Dyfi Enduro will take place on a Saturday (9th May). The event is not a gravity enduro with timed stages, it is a challenging timed trail loop with some descents that wouldn't be out of place in a gravity enduro.




This is really not where we wanted to be but given the current situation with Covid and the uncertainty that exists around what we will be able to do this spring we have taken the decision to cancel the Dyfi Enduro for another year. The scale of planning and preparation that goes into this event makes it unwise for us to embark on preparations with no real degree of certainty that we will be able to deliver an event on our planned date for 2021.

Our priority is always first to the safety and wellbeing of our participants and the local community and, with this being our largest it would not be sensible to embark on planning and promoting a gathering of this size until such a time that the risks from the virus have significantly decreased. 

The rollout of vaccines gives us some hope of a return to normality. Hopefully, in a year from now things will be different but at this time with all nations of the UK in lockdown, cancellation appears the safest and most responsible thing to do for 2021. Even if we could find an opportunity to push back the event date, we feel the event we could deliver would be so far removed from the Dyfi Enduro that so many have grown to know and love, that we could not in all honesty sell it as the same event.

For this reason, we have taken the decision that, unlike the 2020 cancellation, we will not give the option to retain entries to carry over to a late 2021 or 2022 event but will instead refund in full all entries to the 2021 (originally the cancelled 2020) event.  This process will be triggered in the next few days.

Refunds will be automatically processed as a reversal of the original order transaction. If for any reason this poses a problem (for example if that card or account, no longer exists) then please get in touch with Eventbrite customers services who will be able to assist.

This has been a particularly difficult decision for us to take as this year marks an important milestone for the event.  It has been 20 years since the first pack of trail hungry riders rolled out along the main street of Machynlleth to tackle the first ever Dyfi Enduro. For this reason, we had our fingers crossed that 2021 could offer us the chance to celebrate this auspicious occasion but sadly, fate had other plans. Still, we know that the forest and its trails aren’t going anywhere and while we might be itching to share a ride with you all again, we know it’s going to have to wait just a little longer.
Dyfi Events Team


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The Dyfi Enduro is one of the best known and best loved endurance MTB events in the UK calendar. The event is a mass start 52km/54km non-competitive MTB endurance ride around the Dyfi Forest, Wales taking place this year on Saturday 9th May (Please Note: THE EVENT IS NOT A GRAVITY ENDURO, THERE ARE NO TIMED STAGES) . The event comprises one timed loop start-finish, with riders who make the route split by the cut-off time given the option to extend their loop with a little further distance, climbing and descending. Think tough XC trail with some more demanding descents that might favour a bit of suspension travel.

Since 2001 the Dyfi Enduro has been supplying riders with an epic tour of the Dyfi Forest’s best trails. The event set out from humble beginnings with a handful of riders and a big idea to introduce the UK and beyond’ to Wales best kept mountain biking secret, the Dyfi Forest. On its way it grew to be a 1000+ rider sell out event and spawned a riding community that has brought riders from across the globe to the wilds of West Wales to sample the delights of the Dyfi’s legendary dirt. 

2019 was a grand year for the event, introducing a big route remix that went down a treat with riders and an epic finish that brought a grin to the faces of all. This year the route will get a little reshuffle but you can expect the same epic formula that riders loved in 2019.



Our big news is that we welcome a new title sponsor, Bontrager. The brand is a perfect fit for the event, as like the Dyfi Enduro the Bontrager brand has a long and illustrious history rooted in the core of mountain biking. The brand shares our focus on putting the riding first and will join us as we enter an exciting new phase in the event’s history. 

The ride

The Dyfi Enduro or simply “The Dyfi” as it’s commonly known,  serves up a hand picked selection of the Dyfi Forest’s finest mountain biking. You can expect big climbs and long flowing descents, endless skylines punctuated by mountain peaks and deep secluded valleys filled with tree lined singletrack.

There will be mud, there will be rocks, roots, water and miles and miles of grin inducing descents that will rattle your bones and turn the fun factor up to 11. Requirements are a stout pair of legs, a well maintained bike and a love of adventure. The event has quite rightly gained it’s reputation from its challenge, the distance and of course the quality of trails on offer. It’s our badge of quality and the reason why so many return year after year.  

The event

Alongside the riding you can expect a very warm welcome. The event is based in the small town of Machynlleth, the first bridging point of the Dyfi Estuary before the valleys give way to the mountain and forest.  


Camping is available for those wishing to stay overnight on any or all of the nights the event site is open (Friday and Saturday nights). If you wish to camp, camping is a charged per person and for each vehicle that is brought onto site. We hope to encourage lift sharing as this will reduce the impact of our event on the environment. 

Campsite Vehicle Pass You are required to purchase a ‘vehicle pass’ for each vehicle you bring onto the campsite.

The campsite vehicle pass (buy 1 per vehicle) is intended for those who are camping and wish to park their car in the camping field alongside their tent and must be purchased alongside a camping entry ticket for each person intending to camp on site (Buy 1 per person camping. Under 16s camp free if accompanying a paying adult camper ) .

1 X campsite vehicle pass = Parking/site entry for 1 vehicle – a car, a campervan, caravan, car towing caravan –  for Friday and Saturday nights. Purchase one vehicle pass for each vehicle you wish to bring onto the campsite. (Vehicle pass is just for parking a vehicle on site, you will need to purchase additional camping passes for every person who will be camping). 

Camping Pass Each person wishing to camp requires an individual Camping pass. This allows access to the event campsite for camping on Friday and Saturday nights plus a wrist band access showers (available nearby during opening times). One pass should be purchased for each person who intends to camp. (Children under 16yrs may camp for free if accompanied by paying adult campers. Under 16 campers should be declared on entry to the event or on entry to the campsite).  

1 X camping pass = (1 person camping) allows camping Friday and Saturday nights and a wrist band to access nearby showers.  Purchase one pass for each person who will be camping. There is no restriction on tent size.


NOT CAMPING? – PLEASE NOTE Parking is free for entrants who are just attending for the event on Saturday. You will be directed to the free day parking area by signs and parking marshals. 

Additional camping information…

No barbecues or fires permitted on site. 

Well behaved dogs are permitted but must remain on a lead AT ALL TIMES.

There are portable toilets on site and showers nearby that can be accessed with a camping pass wristband. We welcome families and there is a quiet camping area located at the top end of the event field away from event HQ. 


The Mangled Crank Tavern returns with bar and chilled sounds. There will be a Dyfi Enduro post ride party on Saturday evening with Live music and DJ.

On site catering is available offering hot meals, snacks, tea, coffee and cakes. The town is a short walk and has shops, supermarket, cafes, chippy, pubs and restaurants.

One epic ride.

Event participants can find more detailed information and advice on our Information and advice for riders page

*Please note – eBikes are not permitted to ride in this event*

The Dyfi Enduro is a BIG ride. There’s lots of climbing and lots of descending making this a test of both rider skills and fitness. The ride is long and quite technical in places but what awaits you in return is spectacular. Each epic climb rewarded by epic views and epic descents. The scenery on route is spectacular, with (weather permitting) views north towards Southern Snowdonia and South to the Cambrian range. The forest itself is a maze of fine mountain bike trails, offering some of the UK’s best riding. This years a big route shake up offers new adventure, with some completely new trails, some old classics from the early days of the event and of course some Dyfi Enduro favourites reworked into a challenging but thrilling ride that offers a day of superb mountain biking. 

The route is a tough 52km* and for those who make it to the route checkpoint before the cutoff time, there is the option to add an extra loop with significant further climbing and descending that brings the total to 54km*.

*52/54km totals include the ride from the event finish in the forest back to the event HQ in Machynlleth.

Route profile

Further information and advice for Dyfi Enduro Riders can be found HERE

Please be aware – after riders cross the finish line in the forest, there is a further 8km cycle to return to event HQ in Machynlleth on back roads (we include this in the stated route distances for the event even though this section is not timed). On return to event HQ you will be rewarded with a warm welcome and a well earned Dyfi Enduro event mug.  It’s time to relax and bask in the achievement of en epic ride completed. There is a post-ride after party at our on site bar the Mangled Crank Tavern with live music & DJs where you can spend the evening in good company, sharing stories of the day’s adventure.

What’s in the woods???

The event is known for its surprises and this year’s event should be no exception, you can expect to encounter a few ‘out-of-the-ordinary’ sites on route which in the past have included cheerleaders, brass bands, thrash brands, gun toting hillbillies, aliens and zombies. And as for this year,….well you’ll have to wait and see. 

Our event HQ home

Event sign on, information, bar, food and meeting place will be our event HQ tent the tent provides us a warm & dry space to hang out, relax and to party.



Entries will again be available via Eventbrite. A link to the entry page will be posted on the top of this page when the Eventbrite entry page is live. You can speed up your entry process by signing up for Eventbrite beforehand.  

Further information:

You can find more information for entrants on our further information page. Entrants will receive an email from eventbrite to confirm that their entry was successful. Dyfi Events will also send several emails on the run up to the event containing information for riders. Then, around a week before the event, full joining instructions and sign-on information for participants will be sent out via email and will be available from this page.


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