For those less competitive, or perhaps intimidated by the high standard of riding present at the majority of UK races, what options do you have to find out how fast you are against your mates? On the one hand, there is Strava - a great tool for tracking distance and earning KOM bragging rights - but missing the buzz and atmosphere of being at a busy event. On the other hand are organised events that aim to give an inclusive, enjoyable experience to anyone willing to enter. This is exactly what Dyfi Events have sought to create.
Alongside their most well-known race, the Dyfi Enduro, which has been running for nearly 15 years, the Fox Antifreeze is shorter, less technical, and aims to be a more inclusive event. This shows in the entry list, with ages ranging from under 16 to over 60, and a good mix of male and female. Like last year, all 350 entries sold... 2/2 for Dyfi Events!
Coed y Brenin is a well known Welsh trail centre, giving the organisers a wealth of options when it came to deciding a route. Some of the best parts of the infamous MBR trail were joined by fire roads and cut throughs to create 11.5km of flowing fun interspersed with rocky tech!
The timing format aimed to spread riders out and avoid congestion, whilst also allowing people to choose between 1, 2 or 3 laps of the 11.5km course. Number boards with embedded timing chips were handed out at registration, and riders released in small groups over an hour and a half. The event is set up as more of a timed ride than a race, and many preferred to stick with a group of friends and enjoy the glorious sunshine!
A big shoutout to the guys at Dyfi Events for organising a great day riding. I didn't speak to a single person that didn't enjoy themselves, and that was clear with the sheer number of smiles at the finish line!
RIDER TIMES can be downloaded as an Excel spreadsheet: dyfievents.com/fox-antifreeze-2016-rider-times