Race Report: Valleys Enduro Round 5, Hafod Wen UK

Jun 30, 2023 at 13:23
by Nick Bentley  


The penultimate round of the Valley Enduro series took place last weekend at Hafon Wen bike trails, Brechfa with technical trails set to challenge all abilities. This week the Western Bikes Events team went for trails that truly tested the riders abilities to adapt to all terrains with tight, rooty woodland single track, large natural features, loose loamy turns, hardpacked berms, and full on field sprints. Riders were out and keen to enjoy the Welsh sunshine, with an impressive turn out of around 250 riders there was some strong competition for those top podiums. With a large choice of categories riders could chose to take on all 5 stages on an e-bike, 4 stages in the mtb fields or 3 stages in the fun categories - there really was something for everyone this weekend.

It s amazing to see so many young riders getting out and racing enduro especially if you get to wear your wellies
It's amazing to see so many young riders getting out and racing enduro, especially if you get to wear your wellies

Albie Austin-Spooner had a great race narrowly missing out on a podium taking fourth in the U16 category
Albie Austin-Spooner had a great race narrowly missing out on a podium taking fourth in the U16 category

Be sure to get yourselves some Western Bike Events merch as shown here by Attila Gyor on his way to second place in the Men s Fun race
Be sure to get yourselves some Western Bike Events merch, as shown here by Attila Gyor on his way to second place in the Men's Fun race

Matthew Bartlett didn t let superstition get the better of him sporting lucky number 13
Matthew Bartlett didn't let superstition get the better of him sporting lucky number 13

With just 20 seconds separating the top 5 places in the 40-49 Men s field racing was close. Robin Gilmore gave it his all to take home 5th
With just 20 seconds separating the top 5 places in the 40-49 Men's field, racing was close. Robin Gilmore gave it his all to take home 5th

There s always time to soak in the beautiful Welsh valley views
There's always time to soak in the beautiful Welsh valley views

The Hafod Wen bike trails had a combination of tight forest single-track challenging natural features and manicured hardpack sections for riders to really get off the brakes
The Hafod Wen bike trails had a combination of tight forest single-track, challenging natural features and manicured hardpack sections for riders to really get off the brakes

If you don t fancy racing all 5 stages Western Bike Events offer a Fun class where you get to race 3 of the 5 stages perfect for easing yourself in to the Enduro scene
If you don't fancy racing all 5 stages, Western Bike Events offer a Fun class where you get to race 3 of the 5 stages, perfect for easing yourself in to the Enduro scene

With the recent dry conditions riders faced loose loam keeping them on their toes
With the recent dry conditions, riders faced loose loam keeping them on their toes

Carl Walker put the power down across the loamy turns on his way to taking the win in the E-MTB U35 class
Carl Walker put the power down across the loamy turns on his way to taking the win in the E-MTB U35 class

Round 5 of the Valley Enduro series took place this weekend at Hafod Wen bike trails overlooking the Brechfa Forest
Round 5 of the Valley Enduro series took place this weekend at Hafod Wen bike trails overlooking the Brechfa Forest

Eyes on the prize
Eyes on the prize

You ve got to love rider s concentration faces
You've got to love rider's concentration faces

There s always time to fit in a few pedal strokes to take the advantage and claw back valuable seconds
There's always time to fit in a few pedal strokes to take the advantage and claw back valuable seconds

It s a long tough walk up the transitions in the summer heat
It's a long, tough walk up the transitions in the summer heat

Gareth Evans is having a great season so far taking third this week in the Hardtail class
Gareth Evans is having a great season so far, taking third this week in the Hardtail class

A hat-trick solid top-10 finish for EC Cyles Russell Case even with a crash partway through the race - thankfully Russell was able to bounce back and complete all 4 stages
A hat-trick solid top-10 finish for EC Cyles Russell Case, even with a crash partway through the race - thankfully, Russell was able to bounce back and complete all 4 stages

Mari Mason on her way to taking the win in the Female 40-49 field by just under 30 seconds
Mari Mason on her way to taking the win in the Female 40-49 field by just under 30 seconds

There was a great turnout for Round 5 with around 250 riders coming to Hafod Wen to take on the trails
There was a great turnout for Round 5, with around 250 riders coming to Hafod Wen to take on the trails

The tough rooty woodland sections were no match for Matt Hand on his way to third place in the Men s Elite field
The tough rooty woodland sections were no match for Matt Hand on his way to third place in the Men's Elite field

Amy Thomas was poised and ready for anything Western Valley threw at her in the E-Superlight-MTB category
Amy Thomas was poised and ready for anything Western Valley threw at her in the E-Superlight-MTB category

The riders negotiated tight woodland single track
The riders negotiated tight woodland single track

With some more successful than others marshall s were on hand to fix the tapes when riders wanted to join the forest. A massive thanks to all the marshalls organisers and medics for making sure these events run smoothly and safely
With some more successful than others, marshall's were on hand to fix the tapes when riders wanted to join the forest. A massive thanks to all the marshalls, organisers and medics for making sure these events run smoothly and safely

What may not look very technically difficult turned into a flat-out field sprint with riders trying desperately to get some grip
What may not look very technically difficult turned into a flat-out field sprint with riders trying desperately to get some grip

Rubin Lewis raced his second Valley Enduro this weekend taking home third place in the Under 14s field
Rubin Lewis raced his second Valley Enduro this weekend taking home third place in the Under 14s field

The dust never lies the loose technical conditions caught many riders out but despite an off Dylan Roberts finished with a solid mid-pack finish in the stacked 35-49 field
The dust never lies: the loose, technical conditions caught many riders out but despite an off Dylan Roberts finished with a solid mid-pack finish in the stacked 35-49 field

The sixth and final round of the Valley Enduro series takes place on 30th September returning to rider favourite Walter's Arena and with double points up for grabs it's all still to play for!



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8 Comments
  • 3 0
 Such a fun weekend! Amazing what the Hafod trails crew built in approx 10 weeks. A great mix on offer, machine built bike park stuff mixed with wide, flat grass turns, loamy woods, jumps and drops. Thanks again to all the crew behinds the scenes and the super friendly and encouraging marshals!
  • 2 0
 Absolutely brilliant race. Personally, my favourite of the series. Really nice blend of trails. Cannot wait for the 2024 series.
  • 2 0
 Thank you so much
  • 2 0
 The young welly wearing lad needs telling his helmet is saving no one in the event of a crash.
  • 2 0
 We did and he did.
  • 1 0
 This has been a brilliant series so far. Friendly, encouraging vibes and the tracks get better with each round. Bring on the champs
  • 2 0
 Brilliant race once again. Good trails and fun times
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