howies Dyfi Enduro
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The howies Dyfi Enduro returns as THE epic MTB ride of 2018.
The event route offers up a challenging 56km tour of the Dyfi Forest’s finest trails and this year, our 16th, we’ve given the route a major remix. So for new riders and regulars alike a new adventure awaits. We’ve got new sections plus some lesser known trails from our early days and of course we’ll have old favourites like the famed World Cup descent. For the more epically minded who can make the route checkpoint before cutoff time, there will be the option to add an extra 4km loop that offers a further 200m of descending (and climbing).
The howies Dyfi Enduro or just “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.
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 high mountain and forest. The town simultaneously plays host to the Dyfi Enduro and the Machynlleth Comedy Festival which means that the small town is a buzz of activity with every pub and venue the town has, filled with people and laughter. Why not come and join us, camp and take in some comedy too. The festivals website with full information can be found HERE
On site camping will be available by pre-order with your entry (or if spaces remain, by cash payment at gate).
This year, to offer better value and more flexibility to a wider range of our campers, we have changed our camping arrangements slightly. To camp at the Dyfi Enduro you will need to purchase a campsite parking pass for all vehicle you bring and camping tickets for each person who will stay on the campsite. Your parking pass will allow access for your vehicle to the camping area. The individual campsite pass wristbands allow access to the campsite and to the nearby leisure centre for hot showers(during opening hours).
A campsite vehicle parking pass is £10 (plus booking fee) and covers all 3 days/nights ( Fri/Sat/Sun ) parking for 1 vehicle. We permit cars, vans, camper vans and cars towing caravan (Car+caravan requires just 1 vehicle pass but each occupant of the car/caravan will require the purchase of an individual campsite pass.).
Individual Camping pass charge, per Adult (16+) is £7.50 (plus booking fee) this covers one individual for all 3 nights camping Fri/Sat/Sun and includes 1 x wristband to allows access to the campsite and nearby hot shower facilities (available at the leisure centre during opening hours).
Camping for under 16s is free but all children must be accompanied by an adult camper. You will be asked to declare any child campers who will be accompanying you when you purchase an individual camping ticket.
Well behaved dogs are permitted but MUST REMAIN ON A LEAD AT ALL TIMES as livestock are nearby.
There will be toilets and basic hand-wash facilities available on-site, hot showers will be available at the nearby leisure centre (100m walk from site ) on presentation of camping wristband during centre opening hours.
We will be joined again by Doc Spinoff and his Tricky Tricycles, 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 will enjoy sampling the strange delights of the Doc’s crazy creations to great enjoyment. Saturday afternoon will see a celebration of kids cycling with kids-fun cycle party, activities and more.
The Mangled Crank Tavern returns with fine local ales and ciders on offer and some musical entertainment as accompaniment and The Green Goat Cafe are back with a fine selection of hot food, snacks, drinks and cakes all lovingly created by Pete & Claire. Visit their facebook page for a sample of their delicious offering.
THE epic ride.
*Please note – eBikes are not permitted to ride in this event*
The howies 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 you’ll be rewarded by an experience that includes the best that the Dyfi Forest has to offer. The route is a tough 56km and for those who make it to the route checkpoint before the cutoff time, there is the option to add an extra 4km loop that adds a further 200m of climbing and descending.
Riders will again assemble for the event’s fabled ‘big-roll-out’ through the main street of Machynlleth before beginning the long and arduous climb into the Dyfi Forest.
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 56km ride that offers a day of superb mountain biking.
After riders cross the finish line in the forest, riders return to event HQ in Machynlleth on back roads to be rewarded with a warm welcome and a well earned Dyfi Enduro event mug.
What’s in the woods???
The event is known for its surprises and 2018 will 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 for 2018,….well you’ll have to wait and see.
Our event HQ home
Event sign on, information, bar, food and meeting place will again be in our big top. 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.
We will publish MORE INFORMATION for entrants closer to the event. 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 more important event 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.
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.