Just got home from an incredible experience. first event i've done in possibly twenty years.
I didn't finish but I got much further than possibly i should have. I met incredible people, Rod and Louise, I saw superbly friendly marshals and amazing welsh scenery.
There was an incredible array of bikes there, every niche covered I think even chips on a new bigger cannondale broom.
I will be back next year, I will be fitter, I will be better prepared, regardless I will enjoy just as much the experience. A massive thank you to the organisers and marshals.
I achieved many more goals than I thought possible and new when I saw the feed station that it was sensible to say enough.
I appreciate I'm rambling a little but hey, i don't care. I'm lucky to be alive and to meet friends and ride bikes is icing on an incredible cake.
Just got home from an incredible experience. first event i've done in possibly twenty years.
It was the 10th time I've done it. Every year its a little different, but its is ALWAYS brilliant. By far and away the best UK mtb event, others could learn a lot from what Joe and the team achieve.
Bring on next year!
Well done to all the people involved in making it a success yet again.
I agree was a great day out really enjoyed it and despite breaking my saddle managed to finish even thou I was hurting a bit towards the end.
Nice one Nick. Take it you got a helmet sorted out?
thanks nick we have such a great team behind the event.it was our best ever in my view.
cheers matt yep a bright snot green spesh one from evans. only one that fitted! mind it was really comfy and fits so well i didn't notice it!
Yup, great event and quality umpalumpas
this was the first dyfi i did since the very first two, so obviously it has come on in leaps and bounds - good banter and one or two weird and welcome sites on the way around which were appreciated.
well organised, and enjoyed the ride apart from stopping halfway down the first descent to let some air out my front tire only for the core to come out and for the tyre to deflate, then it happened again so not best pleased, after a nice start.
a side note,...i was quite near the rear at the start and i'm pretty fit so up the fire road climb at the start i started passing a few people...
one guy deemed fit to tell me what was the rush there will be a log jam at the top.... i retorted i'm not rushing, which shut him up. why is it that some people feel it is there right to tell you how you should ride?
big up to the marshal who made sure i was okay after my high speed off too.
one down point, i camped on the Saturday night and the music went on till about 2 am, then some bunch of idiots somewhere, quite some way from me i hasten to add, decided to start hollering, singing, shrieking and shouting for about half an hour, not really ideal when people are trying to rest up and have a big ride next day...
i decided to come home rather than have to put up with another sleepless night.
also the catering was a little ramshackle and the whole thing had a bit of a hippy vibe to it, which i can just about live with.
So improvements can be made.
Same reason I came home, dam hippies
Maybe the hippies are right chill out ffs
I like a good nights kip like anyone but the dyfi is what it is and it's just fine thanks.
whathavisaidnow -I think I passed you on the first descent as your tyre seemed to be exploding. I did ask if you were ok, but you looked (understandably) pretty pissed off.
You probably passed me later as I was mending one of my many punctures. Going tubeless next year.
Camping was great. Didn't notice the noise (until I realised it had stopped at some point) - 5 years of little sleep due to kids, and a bit of beer anastheasia and I was away :-).
And yes the catering had a hippy vibe. It always has done and its part of the Mach appeal.
Incidentally, I did the first 2, missed 2 and have done it ever since. I'll never, ever, forget the feeling after completing the first one.
An awesome day once again. A big thanks to Fraz and the rest of the team
Yes there seemed to be more up than down!! And the downs were over very quickly, but this is one event that has to be done. Every year i do it i just get more and more gutted for not doing the first 6 of them.
Long live the Dyfi
I had a mare this year! Didn't even make it off the road at the start, somehow a chainring bolt managed to drop out and caused my chain ring to bend pretty badly so that the chain wouldn't stay on!
On the plus side the weekend was brilliant regardless - I love the setup there.
As with everything the first time is always special but this year's event was the best yet. Thanks to all the organisers again.
i have a disdain of anyone who is inconsiderate, drunk/high whatever,
it is no excuse... i suppose if i got in my car and started tooting the horn all night that would have been acceptable to?
basically my lesson has been learnt, saturday night don't camp, sunday night camp and piss people off to my hearts content.
I had a great day. No problems, some awesome trails and I came 79th. I'm happy with that.
My first one too and thoroughly enjoyed it (well apart from my tent being partially destroyed by the friday night wind and the loud partying into the early hours saturday night )
The riding was superb and had some brilliant descents,fantastic views! Great banter too . I can't wait for next year
I had a great weekend with the family and friends and in between two of us nipped out and rode the Dyfi. It was very friendly and I have nothing but praise for the event, well except for the 3km and 2km signs that my legs didn't agree with. The trails were great on the downhills and I suffered on the non-technical fireroad climbs of eternity.
Free beer and flapjacks kept me happy and I ended up doing the long in 3hr 59min, which isn't bad for a tubby 40+ beer drinker.
Machnylleth has always had a hippy vibe in my eyes and I quite like the festival attitude of the event. The beer was good and so was the Luft Bus burgers. Would've liked to stay and enjoyed the post ride party vibe but went back to see wife and kids at cottage.
Long live the Dyfi!!! great weekend as always got kicked @ of the beer tent by the marshals at around 2am made no noise just kicked a few of my competitive mates in their tents
Chilled this year with a newbie to the Dyfi on the SS so started @ the back then kicked ass on the hills made sure he got to the bottam of the descents in on piece then attacked the hills again probably pissed a few riders off
Sunday night was nice and chilled in Mach and @ Café Seren went to bed earlyish!
DSCF3132 by Richard Munro, on Flickr
Edit to my original post, not Laura not louise. Sorry Laura!
Whathaveisaidnow - the whole point of the Dyfi is the 'hippy' vibe. It's called having fun. If you want to get all serious about it, may I suggest the Enduro 6 which is held on the same date.
Fraz - please - never change
Another great Dyfi,weather weren't bad either .....
Emac65- 29er Anthem with a squeaky front brake,sorry.....
- the whole point of the Dyfi is the 'hippy' vibe. It's called having fun. If you want to get all serious about it, may I suggest the Enduro 6 which is held on the same date.
Im far from serious...maybe I just expect a little more consideration from people than most others do.
thanks for the heads up.
2nd Dyfi for me, enjoyed as much if not more so this time around.
Massive thanks to the organisers for what is a great weekend.
I like the hippy vibe and definitely enjoyed the food and a few chilled beers. We camped right at the back of the field so it was quiet, no bother at all. Had I been further in I think the noisy guys might have annoyed me but its kinda fair game for a weekend like this really.
It’s just the little things that make this good, both on and off course. The route signage is pretty good, I always like the random stuff on the way round (the guy in tweed riding up the first hill with a music box thing!), the bar near the end… the course itself is great with some nice descents and not too much fireroad climbing – but also stuff like the food, the tunes, the new loo roll in the loos on the Monday morning, the massive skips on the way out to ping all your rubbish in… it’s a great setup really. Good vibes and polite riding from other riders too.
Just dipped under 4 hours this year and made the longer route with 215th overall. Tyre choice of Aspen / crossmark was perfect for all but the last descent which was mud slippy death! I don't think the beer helped and got some pretty full on cramp for the last 200m!
Had a wee ride round Coed Y Brenin yesterday in the sunshine. All in all a top bank holiday weekend.
Right so… errr work. Ah.
Another great event from the Dyfi boys.
Thanks again lads and keep the same formula.
You only have to look how quickly it sells out to see they've got it right.
My solution to being kept up late is to join in with the fun.
If people want early nights and sterile sanitised events they should try the Schwalbe marathons.
Thanks for another great event Fraz, first one in the diary every year!
The evenings are what make he Dyfi so good (along with the organisers, marshals course etc), and without it you would just have another boring marathon event with people all in bed supping energy drinks by 9pm.
For reference one of our lot managed to join us for cheese and port at 1.30am and still finish 9th
@postierich thought I recognised the photo, twas I that took the pic.
Great fun all round. Had a much better time on the course this year with a bit more fitness and a bouncy back end!
A special thanks to the slower folks on the descents that kindly let me pass, only for them to over take me again on the climbs!
3rd Dyfi for me. Absolutely loved it and was so lucky not to have a mechanical. Best time and position for me too. Best 'race' on the calendar.
I was a Dyfi virgin until the weekend. Had a great time and I will most certainly be putting my name down for next year. However I have learnt a few things.
- Hills in Norfolk are very different to the hills in Wales
- High pressure tyres are great on the fireroad climbs
- High pressure tyres are sucidial on the descents
Awesome w/e, absolutely brilliant!
So many things learnt though:
-Although my Soul begs to be ridden faster dh, bear in mind the rear wheel is going to take a bashing. Take fatter rear tyre
-Take less in my backpack. Back ache wasnt pleasant
-Cramp is even worse! I got lots and lots of cramp!
-Take long sleeve off before the start, you wont need it after the first climb!
-Climbs are 3-4x longer than down my way, try to get some practise!
-Check spare tube before attempting to use it. Someone had replaced my spare with a Schrader!
I used X-King tubeless 2.4/2.2 Brand new and ripped a little hole in rear. Sealant must have splurted out on descent whilst whacking rear wheel over rocks (new archex too!). Think I'll take the crossmark (2.35) lust next time.
Oh and I will definitely do it next year! This time taking the family if possible, loved the atmosphere and hippy vibe, missed my lad
Yes, the more the merrier
Mind you, possibly better fun due to good weather. Think its the 1st time apart from one cold winter w/e that I've been to Wales and its not rained! Riding wouldnt be so much of a problem as the camping, especially with family.
I loved it too, again, the vibe is great, the people and course the best. I did have a small sense of humour failure re camping when at 3am v loud pi*sedness was about 6 feet from my head. Apart from that perfect. A family camp area would be a worthwhile improvement?
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