- Dyfi 2014
I finished! It was my goal and I did it, don’t think I was last either which was a huge surprise. It was fantastic, great vibe, great technical descents, lots of fire road which in all honesty is the only way to get 800 and something bikes and riders up enough to do the downs.Posted 3 years ago
Loved the whole thing with two exceptions, people who can’t be ar*ed to pick up their old tubes and people who just chuck energy gel wrappers. Ho hum.
A massive thank you to Frazer and all the folks who helped and did the donkey work so that us idiots could enjoy ourselves. Thank you.kayak23Subscriber
Just home and it was my first time. Had a brilliant time. What a great event. The comedy festival. going on alongside was also a bonus.
Fell off once on the near to the end steep muddy ruts and no punctures!
Not done any riding of that distance so quite pleased to have lugged my 160mm bike around the long loop.
Saw the best band ever , The Lovely Eggs in the tent by the leisure centre Sunday night.
Wicked event and brilliant organisation and value. Thanks everyone.
Posted 3 years agosuperfliMember
5hr drive home but well worth it!Posted 3 years ago
Another fantastic weekend 🙂 Everything I learnt from last year paid off. No punctures, no cramp and no way to train for that type of elevation around here! 6600ft climbing in 41 miles (middle figure between Strava/Garmin/Sports-Tracker), 6200ft over 33miles offroad!tacopowellMember
Just got home after my first Dyfi, Snapped my Brake clean off the handlebars on a descent near the beginning,
Was enjoying myself too much and choose the wrong line, Over my bars and bike landing on top of me,
Photographer/steward asked if I was okay? As I was laughing then noticed my brake was hanging off, “Yup, but my bikes not!”
Duck tape saved the day,
Knocked my confidence a little but I completed the full long route, be it at the back of the pack.
Oh and the Cramp! the life sucking, leg snapping Cramp! right on the final short climb!
Can’t wait for next year 😀
Hows about the Coed Y Brenin Enduro?
Massive thanks to everyone involved in making it a superb introduction to such events!Posted 3 years agojohnikgriffSubscriber
My first Dyfi and deffinatly not my last.
Out of intrest did anyone else see the lad on the jump bike with a full face lid on? Passed him on the first road hill, hope he made it, but he looked in a lot of trouble very early on (it’ll be those small wheels). Fair play to him mind, I’d have given up straight out of the town 🙂Posted 3 years agopostierichSubscriber
Great event as ever took part in kids races, did the ring of fire twice missed the bike jousting 😕Posted 3 years ago
Rode the dyfi as hard as i could no hold ups or mechanicals or mincers in front!
Only downside was my camper not wanting to start a tow round the field did not work so had to wait for a spanner monkey but sorted by the afternoon 🙂
Well down Fraz and the boys great event this was was my fave
Kudos to the weirdos on the tandem missed SS Stu !rowlapa1974Subscriber
The lad on the jump bike
Yep he ended up with my riding buddy smashing into the back of him on road section out of Mach when he grabbed a large handful of brake? No one hurt so all ok, he stayed with the group we where in for a while but was off the bike and helmet off up the first climb.Posted 3 years agomarkrhMember
+1 for The Lovely eggs, fantastic! and a great atmosphere around the event with having the comedy festival right next door.Posted 3 years ago
I’d never been before so had no idea what it was like but will be returning.
Didn’t actually do the enduro though, failed to get in but my friends who did seemed to enjoy it 🙂ir_banditoSubscriber
11th dyfi and loved it as ever.Posted 3 years ago
Loved it as ever, especially the World Cup. I pity the poor buggers who end up pushing uphill AND downhill.
Not sure if the final descent on the long loop was worth the effort but glad I did it
Long drive home (thanks eddie11, sorry I fell asleep!) But so worth it. I’ll be back!misterduncanSubscriber
Was my first Dyfi enduro. Loved it. Was a bit disappointed that some descents were on fire trails, but the brass band, the beer, the cheerleaders and the EU food mountain of a feed station made up for it.
Managed to wreck my chain somehow at around 42km. It twisted about 90 deg across about fifteen links. Managed to bend it back a bit and then nurse the bike back with lots of noise (thanks for all the offers of help to those who passed me!) Had to elect for the short route as the mech and cassette probably would not have made the extra 10km, but that gave me 4/422 on the short route, which was a nice surprise (and I stopped for a beer).
Things I learned:
* It’s Dyfi as in Dovey, not diffy
* Riding wet loose slate is basically surfing
* Don’t carry so much water – I finished with nearly half a camelbak and had basically carried an extra kilogram for no reason.
* Don’t swap the position of the dropper post switch the day before the race – this provides confusion and panic right when you don’t need it.
* Buy a better chain
Hopefully see you all at the CYB enduro in October!Posted 3 years agobacondoublecheeMember
My first Dyfi, and it was great! I used my rigid Salsa El Mar and personally thought it was the perfect tool for the job. Powered up the fire roads and even bounced past a few people carrying their full sus bikes down the technical bits (?!).
Great atmosphere and small touches by the organisers with the beer handouts, DJs, brass band, clowns etc. Also very nice friendly and helpful people riding the event (a nice change from the usual XC race circuit!). Massive thanks to the stranger (Stuart?) who offered me a front wheel before I could even ask when I realised the end cap from my hub was on the drive at home. Saved a 200 mile wasted journey and wouldn’t even take any beer money in return!Posted 3 years agodazhSubscriber
The Dyfi was £25 this year which is the bargain of the century considering it includes a free bank holiday weekend’s camping, a bar, entertainment, a mug, and a brilliant bike ride. I seem to remember the Coed Y Brenin Enduro was the same price last year but it doesn’t have the camping etc.Posted 3 years agoDiscJockeyMember
Bargain of the century – totally agree with that.
That field was a lovely place to camp. I’d be happy to pay to camp there normally for a short while, nice and peaceful – apart from the dawn chorus at 5:30 during which all the local cuckoos joined in !!
But what a circuit. I absolutely loved the downhill sections, in particular the last bit of world cup, one of the narrow woodland trail sections with jagged ridges of slate sticking out at an angle, and one near the end in a big pine forest with lots of slidy/rooty red mud. I’m pleased I rode a full suss with heavy duty wheels/tyres so I was able to thrash through everything – saw of a lot of bike failures out there !Posted 3 years agoCloverSubscriber
My third Dyfi. Rode round with Chipps. Yeah, he got cramp but he did clean the amazingly long technical climb before succumbing. Thanks to the nice guys who moved out of the way whilst I tried to catch him. I failed. Next year….
Love the World Cup vids, love seeing it again. I dabbed for the first time this year 😳 and then came down the final steep section just behind a bloke who was
mincinglooking for the line judiciously. Only realised that I was saying ‘Please don’t stop, please don’t stop, please don’t stop’ with the outside voice once we were onto the fire road 😳
It’s the best event. Going to try and do the whole Bank Holiday weekend properly next year. And start somewhere less near the back. Maybe without a chilli stout induced hangover. Still, 1st lady of a certain age this year though 😀Posted 3 years agosingletrackmindMember
My first Dyfi and i enjoyed it despite the relentless climbs . Started way to near the back , but this paid dividends in the long run by forcing me to go slow till after the first singletrack decent.Posted 3 years ago
Rolled along at a nice steady pace and stuck to my ‘1hr food’ plan, so a munch on some malt loaf in the queue for the first decent, gel and malt loaf after the singletrack mud push gulley, then 2hr 50 to the food stop. Carried way too much water and foodage than necessary , could do it with less next time .
No punctures and 3 crashes, all in the last 5km. Got stuck in the side of a gulley after a rider had stopped to let me through, and exited into the undergrowth, then tried to finish with twisted bars and mud clogged tyres = fail x 2.
Minced the first steep part of the WC decent having watched 2 guys crash in front and another get collected by an out of control hero, rode the lower part and glad I did ( dropper post next time i think ).
snuck in just under 5hrs ( long route ) which is embarressing having seen the times posted by everybody else, but hey ho.FantombikerMember
what happened to that tandem? I’d have paid good money to see that descend on some of those steep bits! Well done to those on rigid forks as well!
My first time, and I’m going back next year with more suspension and a lighter bike! One of the best bike events I’ve been to, loved the tent, really nice atmosphere….Posted 3 years ago
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