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Welsh Gravity Enduro Round Four - Coed Y Brenin

Nov 30, 2015
by Ben Winder  
The Welsh Gravity Enduro series is the brainchild of Charlie Williams (Organiser), it gives your everyday weekend riders a chance to experience racing without any of the trails being too challenging. Each round is based at a Trail Centre in Wales, using trails that are accessible for everyone, but also challenging for top level racers.

This round took us to the heights North Wales, to Coed y Brenin which is a trail centre just outside of a little town named Dolgellau (Pronounced: Doll-Geth-Lie). I know I hear a sigh at the mention of a Trail Centre, but this trail centre is fantastic. It’s been around for years, and I mean years, so there is a massive variation in the trails, from tight flowy singletrack all the way through to built up berms and jumps and everything in-between!

The event is a one day event really, but the courses are marked and taped for Saturday to allow practice, and then racing officially commences on Sunday. At each round, there are three stages which vary in length, at this weekend they varied from about three to eight minutes long with about 15 minutes in total of racing.

The stages this weekend were pretty pedally and required a high level of fitness, but with many technical sections it wasn’t a walk in the park for any rider. We were treated to some classic Welsh weather, which deterred a few riders on Saturday. Sunday felt like a new day, the rain held off all day, but the winds didn’t but everyone seemed pretty happy to stay dry.

Welsh Gravity Enduro - Coed Y Brenin
  The low cloud made it quite atmospheric here, with the tips of the trees popping in and out of sight.

Welsh Gravity Enduro - Coed Y Brenin
  The scenery here is something to die for, this was taken in a brief moment when the mountains peaked through the clouds.

Welsh Gravity Enduro - Coed Y Brenin
  There are some hardy sheep up here.

Welsh Gravity Enduro - Coed Y Brenin
  Pure and natural Welsh Water, fresh off the mountain and straight into the water bottle.

Welsh Gravity Enduro - Coed Y Brenin
  Water, water and more water!

Welsh Gravity Enduro
  Rob Williams wasn't too stoked with the wet weather on Saturday, neither was his umbrella...

Welsh Gravity Enduro - Coed Y Brenin
  The timing is worked via GPS tracking chips, which are handed out during registration.

Welsh Gravity Enduro - Coed Y Brenin
  Enough of this rain talk... this way to the trails!

Welsh Gravity Enduro - Coed Y Brenin
  Everyone was in high spirits on the climbs, luckily they were all pretty steady and easy.

Welsh Gravity Enduro - Coed Y Brenin
  Riders out the gate and onto the trail.

Welsh Gravity Enduro - Coed Y Brenin
  The ever stylish Nikki Whiles landed a 5th place in senior, with a snapped chain...

Welsh Gravity Enduro - Coed Y Brenin
  Micheal Gray giving it some style into 6th place in elite.

Welsh Gravity Enduro - Coed Y Brenin
  Warp speed through the pine needles in the dense forest.

Welsh Gravity Enduro - Coed Y Brenin
  Due to the heavy rainfall, big puddles were forming on and off the track.

Welsh Gravity Enduro - Coed Y Brenin
  Luke Cryer bringing his aggressive style to the table here at the bottom of stage 3.

Welsh Gravity Enduro - Coed Y Brenin
  Did we mention the landscape is pretty cool up in North Wales?

Welsh Gravity Enduro - Coed Y Brenin
  Third place Joe Taylor won the first stage, finished just 8 seconds back from the winning time.

Welsh Gravity Enduro - Coed Y Brenin
  Leon Rosser was using a bike light for the second stage, for a couple of the darker sections of the course. Not a bad idea seeing as he won that stage, and finished in a very respectable second spot.

Welsh Gravity Enduro - Coed Y Brenin
  Marin's latest signing and all-round good guy, Rob Williams smashed it here and took the win, finishing in second on every stage but playing the consistent game and taking the win.

Welsh Gravity Enduro - Coed Y Brenin
  This section was one of the most fun, fast flowy singletrack over pine needles.

Welsh Gravity Enduro - Coed Y Brenin
  A lot of happy faces at the end of the day here, everyone was laughing about their runs.

Welsh Gravity Enduro - Coed Y Brenin
  Just walking through the car park you'd spot people sheltering from the rain.

Welsh Gravity Enduro - Coed Y Brenin
  The river was running quick due to all the rainfall, it's pretty stunning up here.

Welsh Gravity Enduro - Coed Y Brenin
  This marshal brought his dog along for company today. The unsung hero's of any event.

Welsh Gravity Enduro - Coed Y Brenin
  Traharn Chidley blasting down the bottom section of stage two and scoring herself third position.

Welsh Gravity Enduro - Coed Y Brenin
  Young gal, Maddy Brown also smashing it. Racing in the woman's category but would've finished second in elite women.

Welsh Gravity Enduro - Coed Y Brenin
  As times were posted up on the walls, the madness was initiated...

Welsh Gravity Enduro - Coed Y Brenin
  Elite men's podium. 1st place: Robert Williams, 2nd place: Leon Rosser, 3rd place: Joe Taylor.

Welsh Gravity Enduro - Coed Y Brenin
  Elite women's podium. 1st place: Becky Cook, 2nd place: Sally Evamy, 3rd place: Trahrarn Chidley.

Welsh Gravity Enduro - Coed Y Brenin
  The top three men here, Rob Williams in first, Leon Rosser second and Joe Taylor in third.

Welsh Gravity Enduro
  This is the man behind this series, Charlie Williams. He was out re-taping the course in the pouring rain all day Saturday.

Welsh Gravity Enduro
  Stinking proof the winds had been pretty high here this weekend.

Welsh Gravity Enduro - Coed Y Brenin
  Wet stinky shoes in front of the fire, proved to be a horrific smell but totally worth it to have warm, dry shoes.

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MENTIONS: @BWinder




15 Comments

  • 5 0
 A trip to Coed, is needed me thinks!
  • 4 0
 Great day of racing yesterday! Well organised event,on 3 of the best stages at the Coed. Nice one Charlie!
  • 1 0
 Was my first enduro experience, what a brilliant weekend! The course was awesome and the conditions just made it more of a challenge, even if the wind was a bit mental! Will definitely be entering a few rounds next year, with more fitness and less fatness...
  • 4 0
 Coed is such a good place to ride!
  • 1 0
 Love Cody, one of the originals and still pretty hardcore at 38k on the beast trail - you're in the outback, and there's gold in the river!
  • 2 0
 Sweet event Charlie. Was an epic weekend. Nice write up and photos.
  • 1 1
 Thank God these scribd things have sorted themselves out. There was NOTHING worse than trying to work these out all season following the WC results.
  • 1 0
 No mention of Hywel Sylvester? Won masters, fastest time of the day and would have won elite by 35secs!
  • 2 0
 Good stuff...
  • 1 1
 No hardtail category? Frown
  • 2 0
 First was too. I was trying to keep up them both but they were flying!
  • 1 0
 Hardtail results are on page 4 of the results above. Smile
  • 1 0
 how did I miss that =D cheers lads!
  • 1 0
 Great pics.





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