Wales' newest enduro series continued this weekend, with round 2 taking place at Walter Arena in South Wales. Among the wind turbines and off-road driving tracks lay four tricky enduro stages for the 250 riders to enjoy. Now Wales being Wales, the weather played it's part too. With the area receiving heavy snow in the week, at times, the race was in doubt, but thanks to some good fortune and a good dose of Wales' finest rain they saw off the snow but left behind plenty of mud in its wake. This made riding a little complicated, however, with the stages being heavy going in places which made it tough for the riders to find their flow, with Stages 1 and 2 being particularly tough. The constant rain throughout the day meant the mud just kept on coming, with even the best running stage Bob Moss (stage 4), becoming claggy by the end of the day. But that's racing in Wales in March. That being said, however, the team at Western Bike events put on a great event despite all the crazy weather thrown at them. Across the four stages, there was a mix of what would have been some fast-flowing single track and some challenging technical steep sections. Added to the mix were some fire road sprints thrown in for good measure with Stage 2's fire road being the longest of all. The transitions were a little harsh, but this enduro right?
The Valleys Enduro Series is a mash-up format, allowing riders to tackle stages in any order they like, but it also means the first race run are done blind with no practice in the morning. With 5 hours of race time, it meant you could put plenty of laps in if your legs were up to the transitions or you could take your time and go for quality over quantity. This format is a rider favourite as it allows you to iron out any kinks in your times down the stages throughout the day. It also produces a fun relaxed atmosphere enabling all to enjoy their racing whatever their pace.
If you want to find out more about the Valleys Enduro Race series or maybe even enter the next rounds your self head here.