Welsh Gravity Enduro Mash Up Series 2016: Round 4, Afan - Video

Apr 14, 2016 at 3:17
by WelshGravityEnduro  
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Round four of the Welsh Gravity Enduro Mash Up series returned to the Afan Valley last weekend. This time, it was held in and around the Afan Bike Park with Bryn Bettws Lodge being the event centre for the weekend. First of all, a huge thank you to the marshals who make it possible to run these events! Without them, these events just would not happen... If you wish to marshal at any of these events then contact charlie@welshgravityenduro.com - it's a great way to spectate and get involved in this sport we all love... Oh, and you get paid too!

With 183 competitors signed on to race the 3 stages, this was going to be a race to remember, especially so with a rather unique set up that saw the event centre virtually at the top of the hill.


Welsh Gravity Enduro Mash Up Series 2016 Round 4 Afan
Finish where you start! The Bryn Bettws 4X track after some natural.


All three of the stages we've used before for the 2014 UKGE race with a return to some fresh cut trails just for this event.


Welsh Gravity Enduro Mash Up Series 2016 Round 4 Afan
Start of the fresh cut (well 2 years since we dug it) trails.


Stage 1 was sponsored by The Mountain Bike Chalet and was set in the bike park, which proved very popular as it was only five minutes to get to the cafe. Many riders were forced to do this stage again and again after seeing their times beaten on the 50" screen in the cafe showing live times all day courtesy of Action Sports Timing.


Welsh Gravity Enduro Mash Up Series 2016 Round 4 Afan
The MTB Chalet Stage.


Stage 2 was sponsored by Bird on the infamous 'Zig-Zags' trail - a very pedally stage with a very fast finish!


Welsh Gravity Enduro Mash Up Series 2016 Round 4 Afan
The Bird MTB Stage.


Stage 3 was sponsored by Stages Power and was the UKGE seeding stage from 2014 with a lovely mix of man made and natural trails - the riders favourite and one of my all time favourite race stages.


Welsh Gravity Enduro Mash Up Series 2016 Round 4 Afan

Stages Power Stage.



Leigh Johnson of the Marin/Stans team has dominated the series so far and recently took his first national win at the first BES at Ae, he continued his winning streak here beating his team mate Nikki Whiles by just under five seconds, with three wins and a 5th place! He now has an unassailable lead going into the final round at Eastridge. In the Women's category, it was Megan James (T-mo racing) again who showed the elites the way with team mate Harriet Harnden (T-mo racing) coming in second in the under-18 category! Look out for both of these girls in the future...


Welsh Gravity Enduro Mash Up Series 2016 Round 4 Afan


The last round of the series will be held at Eastridge woods in Shropshire - a return to a legendary venue and all-natural terrain on the 22nd May. Entries are now open so don't leave it too late to enter!

Eastridge round 5 enter HERE!

Podiums:

Elite Men sponsored by Mudhugger

Welsh Gravity Enduro Mash Up Series 2016 Round 4 Afan
1st Leigh Johnson, 2nd Nikki Whiles, 3rd Howie Silvester.

Elite Women sponsored by Bird

Welsh Gravity Enduro Mash Up Series 2016 Round 4 Afan
1st Ffion James, 2nd Monet Rose Adams, 3rd Traharn Chidley.

Grand vets sponsored by Bird

Welsh Gravity Enduro Mash Up Series 2016 Round 4 Afan
1st Paul Jacobs, 2nd Dion Thomas, 3rd Greg Ogilvie.

Master women sponsored by Bird

Welsh Gravity Enduro Mash Up Series 2016 Round 4 Afan
1st Sasha Smith, 2nd Lindsay Hanley, 3rd Juliet Elliot.

Hardtail sponsored by Bird

Welsh Gravity Enduro Mash Up Series 2016 Round 4 Afan
1st Tom Dunn, 2nd Tony Smith, 3rd Roger Pallister.

Masters men sponsored by Race Co Cycles

Welsh Gravity Enduro Mash Up Series 2016 Round 4 Afan
1st Ajay Jones, 2nd Ben Roberts, 3rd Dan Pardesi.

Senior men sponsored by Whisper Bikes

Welsh Gravity Enduro Mash Up Series 2016 Round 4 Afan
1st Charles Jones, 2nd Kyle Fletcher, 3rd Chris Kenward.

Senior Women sponsored by Bird

Welsh Gravity Enduro Mash Up Series 2016 Round 4 Afan
1st Rebecca Parker, 2nd Bryony Stanfield, 3rd Kelly Guy.

Under 18 men sponsored by Pedal A Bikeaway

Welsh Gravity Enduro Mash Up Series 2016 Round 4 Afan
1st Kyle Harvard, 2nd Mason Pritchard, 3rd Ben Townsend.

Under 18 women sponsored by T-Mo racing

Welsh Gravity Enduro Mash Up Series 2016 Round 4 Afan
1st Megan James, 2nd Harriet Harnden.

Veteran men sponsored by Bird

Welsh Gravity Enduro Mash Up Series 2016 Round 4 Afan
1st Keith Horsnell, 2nd Andy Sadler, 3rd James Richards.

Welsh Gravity Enduro Mash Up Series 2016 Round 4 Afan
Friday's rainbow preceded two days of Sunshine.

a final thank you to Bob Campbell of Natural Resources Wales for allowing us to use these great venues. See you all at the final at Eastridge!

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Full Results can be foundHERE, series points HERE and last, but not least, photos can be found HERE!


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3 Comments

  • 1 0
 top weekends riding really enjoyed all the stages the mud on 3 was fun though !!!
  • 1 0
 Good work Charlie and great edit! Stage 3 looked fun!
  • 1 0
 Awesome event I loved it. ! bloody hard days work though

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