The 4th and Penultimate round for this years Uk Gravity Enduro series went down in the heart of the Dyfi forest, where over 300 riders from around the Uk were greeted with the usual grim weather brought over from the nearby mountain of Cadair Idris. Saturday practice was an optional loop in the wet and cold around the 30+km course set by the race organisers. Once back at the finish, riders were forced to be seeded by racing down stage five which saw literally hundreds take a tumble on the greasy upper parts of the track.
Race day was blessed with some very welcome sunny intervals, and generally much better weather. This made for some awesome racing despite some of the newer section becoming a bit boggy and difficult to pedal through. The stages varied from the traditional, fast and rocky Dyfi tracks to the newly cut, tight and technical tracks recently scooped out by Steve Parr and his crew of dedicated helpers.
saturday practice was carnage, but come sunday riders were getting up to speeds of over 40 kmph and getting hairy as hell on the grassy slopes of stage five
Video by Will Sanders
Leigh Johnson was looking rapid and it showed by his times. He took the under 18 overall by a massive 44 seconds.
Justin Grice took the win for the veterans by well over a minute
The way Keven Baines was riding nobody could believe that he was a grand vet, second on the day.
Rebecca Baraona came over the line in the top spot 43 seconds ahead of Sally Evamy
Lee Kermode took the win for the masters, which was the biggest and arguably the toughest category of all while Ben Slinger scrapping past Andy Walker to take first for seniors
In the woman's elite cat ex DH star Helen Gaskell beat the rest to it by taking a 28 second advantage by the end of the day. However Sarah Newman and Aimee Dix were nipping at helens heels and with T mo out doing her own thing, this years overall could still change.
Alex stock took the elite win shortly followed by Samuel Shucksmith and Greg Callaghanwho won the first three stages but was later blighted by a snapped chain ring pushing him down to third.
full results here:www.rootsandrain.com/race1599/2013-aug-18-uk-gravity-enduro-4-dyfi-north-wales/categories
Big shout out to Tegid Humphrey's who was taken off to hospital in an ambulance with after only a few turns through the first stage. Ive been told that he's a bit beat up but making a swift recovery. Get well soon!
As always, a big thank you to Steve Parr and the gang for making such a cool event happen and more importantly, leaving some cool turns to slash now you've all left! But seriously, its an event everybody should try at least once before they get to old and cranky...
Video and words by Will Sandershttps://www.facebook.com/willsandersfilms?ref=ts&fref=ts
Photo's by Doc Ward