Something like 800 riders, everyone from Nick Craig and Matt Page to two guys who’d bought a cheap tandem on Friday (and who made all the descents unscathed…)
…not to mention a good collection of Singletrack forum dwellers who all took to the streets and trails around Machynlleth for the Howies Dyfi Enduro.
The Summit Cycles/Holey Trail guys, with the help of the local community always put on a show for the riders and it’s one that keeps it popular with fast and less speedy riders alike. A ton of endless climbing, rewarded by terrifying slatey descents, usually with some mud and wetness too. Yet it seems to do it right, as seen by the record sell-out once again.
With on course entertainment including a traditional harpist, cheerleaders and a full scale Star Wars re-enactment in the woods, there was something to keep riders’ minds off the inevitable cramp on that last climb.
Even the weather played along this year, with the course drier than many people expected.
There’ll probably be some times up at some point (hey, it’s not a race, remember?) here http://www.summitcycles.co.uk
And here’s a video that crams the whole thing into about four minutes. Enjoy!