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DYFI Events Fox Antifreeze, Coed y Brenin

Feb 29, 2016
by Dan Hearn  
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.

A cold but dry morning greeted riders as they arrived for registration.
  A cold but dry morning greeted riders as they arrived for registration.

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!

Early morning registration inside Beics Brenin the on site bike shop.
  Early morning registration inside Beics Brenin, the on-site bike shop.

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!

It was refreshing being at a mountain bike event and seeing bikes of all shapes and sizes being ridden. Also note fat bikes make bigger splashes
  It was refreshing being at a mountain bike event and seeing bikes of all shapes and sizes being ridden. Also note: fat bikes make bigger splashes!

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 short technical climb greeted riders right out of the start area. Many made light work of it...
  A short, technical climb greeted riders right out of the start area. Many made light work of it...

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!

... Some didn t
  ... Some didn't!

As the race opened riders were released in small groups. This helped to spread them around the course and greatly reduced the number of overtakes needed.
  As the race opened, riders were released in small groups. This helped to spread them around the course and greatly reduced the number of overtakes needed.

A brief moment outside the dense forest of Coed y Brenin.
  A brief moment outside the dense forest of Coed y Brenin.

There were plenty of female entrants of all ages.
  There were plenty of female entrants of all ages.

The formidable Cadar Idris looms at the end of the valley.
  The formidable Cadar Idris looms at the end of the valley.

Most climbs were gentle rather than brutal. Gentle smooth switchbacks on the first longer climb allow elevation gain with minimal effort.
  Most climbs were gentle rather than brutal. Gentle, smooth switchbacks on the first longer climb allow elevation gain with minimal effort.

The staggered-start chip-timed format meant there was no elbow-to-elbow racing. If a rider was faster than you they were allowed past. Simple.
  The staggered-start, chip-timed format meant there was no elbow-to-elbow racing. If a rider was faster than you, they were allowed past. Simple.

The inclusive nature of the event encourages entrants of all abilities. That doesn t mean there can t be a few challenging technical sections in the mix however
  The inclusive nature of the event encourages entrants of all abilities. That doesn't mean there can't be a few challenging technical sections in the mix, however!

Dyfi Events Fox Antifreeze Coed y Brenin

 Adam and Eve is a favourite amongst regular riders at Coed y Brenin with long sweeping berms and lots of tabletops.
  'Adam and Eve' is a favourite amongst regular riders at Coed y Brenin, with long sweeping berms and sets of tabletops.

Giving it some air in front of the great backdrop.
  Giving it some air in front of the great backdrop.

 Adam and Eve features a set of alternating hip jumps that require some speed to clear
  'Adam and Eve' features a set of alternating hip jumps that require some speed to clear!

What goes down...
  What goes down...

The lap covered parts of the popular MBR trail but used connecting fire roads to shorten the route.
  The lap covered parts of the popular MBR trail but used connecting fire roads to shorten the route.

Marshals were strategically placed to assist with mechanicals and first aid.
  Marshals were strategically placed to assist with mechanicals and first aid.

The entrants seemed split - some entering to race against the clock and others enjoying the social aspect more.
  The entrants seemed split - some entering to race against the clock, and others enjoying the social aspect more.

Those more dedicated to the stopwatch gave it their all.
  Those more dedicated to the stopwatch gave it everything.

The trails really are suitable for nearly every level of rider - a smooth line to the right or the jump as demonstrated here.
  The trails really are suitable for nearly every level of rider - a smooth line to the right, or the jump as demonstrated here.

Beautiful forest glorious weather fantastic trails and riding with your mates.
  Beautiful forest, glorious weather, fantastic trails and riding with your mates.

One of the rockiest sections lies just before the finish catching out a number of riders on a weary third lap.
  One of the rockiest sections lies just before the finish, catching out a number of riders on a weary third lap.

The forest cafe has a viewing gallery directly above the start finish area as well as a big menu of burgers pies pasties potatoes and soup. Tables were hard to come by as riders finished their efforts.
  The forest cafe has a viewing gallery directly above the start/finish area, as well as a big menu of burgers, pies, pasties, potatoes and soup. Tables were hard to come by as riders finished their efforts.

Many brought out their pain face for the final uphill straight to the line.
  Many brought out their pain face for the final uphill straight to the line.

Coed y Brenin is known for being fast and rocky bad line choice has consequences
  Coed y Brenin is known for being fast and rocky: bad line choice has consequences!

It was all smiles in the finish area and plenty of photos taken by loved ones and friends.
  It was all smiles in the finish area and plenty of photos taken by loved ones and friends.

Muc Off were on hand providing cleaning products and a mechanic for the day.
  Muc Off were on hand providing cleaning products and a mechanic for the day.

Three types of post-ride beverage coffee tea and beer
  Three types of post-ride beverage: coffee, tea and beer!

RIDER TIMES can be downloaded as an Excel spreadsheet: dyfievents.com/fox-antifreeze-2016-rider-times


MENTIONS: @danhearn




8 Comments

  • 18 0
 Fantastic to see Coed Y Brenin getting some exposure on PB. Brilliant place to ride and Wales seems to be investing in MTB more and more. Great job guys.
  • 3 0
 Shit, it's six years since I last went to Brenin. Wait, I'm on holiday next week, thanks Pinkbike!
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There is something just a bit wrong about people climbing the entrance to Beast instead of diving headlong into it. What's next, skipping the Adams Family too?
  • 2 0
 Haha, love the final pic of some people enjoying a beer and a brew at the same time. I know that feeling!
  • 2 0
 Rode the event last year and this, spot on fun ????
  • 1 0
 Looks amazing! Great format. I'd like to have a go at that next time round!
  • 2 0
 Good write up Dan , Bromley in the House !!!!
  • 1 0
 Been faaarrr too long since going there.
  • 1 0
 It was perfect weather too!





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