A gritty, but cheery Dyfi Enduro

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The Howies Dyfi Enduro has been going as long as Singletrack Magazine has, since 2001. We’ve been there for every running of this classic Welsh event. It’s a non-competitive 60km day out around the Dyfi Forest, starting from Machynlleth – in a very impressive ‘shut the high street’ sendoff…

Misty is better than raining…
Despite heavy overnight rain, the course was mostly firm going
Ade from Howies was recording everything
One bottleneck on the first descent, but plain sailing after that
A fantastic ska band formed the hilltop entertainment this year
Despite the cold/wet/warm/close/wet weather, everyone seemed cheery
The feed stop offered sausage rolls and flapjack. And crunchy eyeballs
You ordered HOW MANY sausage rolls?
A pebbledashed Chipps made it round…
Everyone loves the finish – and free mug…

We bring you the results here: http://summit.smartdata.co.uk/results?event_id=11 and should have a guest race reporter soon.


Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

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