The Quickest-Selling-Out Event In The UK? howies Dyfi Enduro entries go on sale this Sunday

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Last year’s campsite starts to take shape…

There are now many competitors for the title of ‘Season Opener event’ – with early season 24 hour races, gravel epics and XC races all vying to be the one first event that’ll get you out of bed on a rainy morning to go and put some miles in in preparation. None, though have been doing it for as long as Machynlleth’s Dyfi Enduro.

The event, now in its 16th running (we could have sworn it was more) will take place as usual on the first May Bank Holiday weekend of the year, on Sunday May 6th. We’ve always found that it’s the ideal leg-tester for the summer season ahead. It’s also a great time to catch up with other pals from around the country who’ve been in hiding, hibernation or secret winter training camps, since last October. And it’s also the first time the tent comes back out of storage. A great time to discover that all your head torches need new batteries before you really need them…

The Dyfi Enduro takes place in Machynlleth on the same weekend as the mid-Wales comedy festival, so many riders use it as an excuse for a weekend away with friends and family. And with a popular party tent full of decent local ale, it’s also a great place to overdo your pre-ride preparation on the Saturday night. It’s no surprise to see a photo of a certain magazine editor in the beer tent photo on the official website.


The most welcome sign you’ll see all day (perhaps apart from the ‘free beer’ one…)

If you want an amusing/impressive write up from a previous (and rather wet) year, then we’d recommend reading Dan Atherton’s writeup of the 2015 event. Dan is a local resident and he’s been known to come down and watch, as has his sister Rachel, spotted with her dog under a bobble hat one year.

Ska bands, cheerleaders, hilltop rugby, Star Wars in the woods, the Dyfi has had it all over the years.
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This could be you. Though hopefully, it won’t be quite this ‘scenic’

For more details, check out the page here: Entries this year come out at a very sensible 6pm this Sunday evening. A refreshing change from the ‘midnight on New Year’s eve’ or ‘6am on a Thursday’ entry that other events have…


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.

Comments (2)

    Oh no! Same weekend as Selkirk, would have fancied that too

    Mmmmm 22:40 and not sold out yet, maybe £59 to park, camp and ride a bit steep???

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