A few people have got back to us about the idea of a reunion ride one weekend. We thought one of the mtb enduro events would be ideal. What’s more, they’re great for anyone coming with us this year too, as they’re a way to gauge what’s it’s like to sit in a saddle all day. The atmosphere is superb; they’re not competitive but tough enough for a real sense of accomplishment.
Held on May 6, the Howies Difi Enduro is a highlight in the calender. The 2007 website has yet to be posted, but it should where the 2006 one is. Last year, the sun even shone all day, a little miracle in this part of Mid Wales. But to those of you who enjoyed the full deluge of the monsoon rain halfway up Rohtang Pass, what’s a few drops of rain amongst friends?!
The ride is set in the forests around Machynlleth, which is a great place to visit in itself – there’s the Centre of Alternative Technology just down the road, teepees dotted about the valley, and a really upbeat atmosphere when it comes to bikes. If you’re not into mountain biking, there’s some superb road riding in the area too – Sustrans Route 8 is a cracker.
The Holey Trail is our favourite bike shop. Jon runs it (we’re working on getting him out to India some time) and Annie works there – she joined us on Manali-Leh in 2005.
The riding is ace. Proper mtb’ing, so you’ll need a suspension fork for this one (-: Some big long climbs and some singletrack blasts back down again. Every year there’s a band to serenade your arrival at the top of the first monster climb. Last year it was a steel band. Very cool.