Dyfi Enduro 2007

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We’re back from the Howies Dyfi Enduro. And what a great weekend we had too, not least as it was a chance to catch up with past and future OTBikers: the Brit half the Spiti 07 contingent, Sach Pass Christian, Jim and Sue from Bikefax, ‘old school’ Simon A, crazy Annie from The Holey Trail, and Simon and Sarah. The tough course was broadly the same as last year. The epic, slaty rockfest descents were both as thrilling and demanding as I remember them but, for some reason, the climbs felt that bit longer! Must be my impending old age (-; Luckily, we bolstered the day at either end with fine dinners at the curry house and the pizzeria.

This year, an R&B band grooved us to the top of the first monster climb, while cheerleaders put a smile on everyone’s faces. The forecasted rain held back during the ride, saving itself for a nightly deluge. As usual, the atmosphere was fantastic, with a wild variety of bikes to tempt the eye – more unusual offerings included a very cool but wacky balloon-tyred Surly Pugsley, a classic Ibis softtail (with super flat chainstays), mtb unicycles (inexplicable), a couple of lovely Mathers, various 29ers (fully rigid and singlespeed!) and a bulldozing Cannondale tandem.

There’s little to beat Mach’s bike-friendly vibe. If you haven’t been, it’s well worth spending on a long weekend there – whether with a road bike or mtb. It’s all good stuff.

Or, thinking ahead a bit here, even heading over for next year’s enduro – just be sure to sign up early, as the limited places get snapped up quickly.

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Cara and I managed to get a quick loop in of the ClimachX trail on Saturday – with its whirligig finale – while the sun was shining.

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Time to ride. Ben and Ian scooted down for the day from Bike in Bristol. Simon A looked like he was wearing exactly the same kit he had in India. There was even some Himalayan dust on his bike…

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He was keeping it real on his fully rigid Orange (circa 1994), while others were fueled by Banana-Power.

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The legs are weak but the R&B is strong.

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I want one! Why? Er… Because they exist?

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Every descent was littered with up to a dozen riders nursing pinch flats. Simon managed to go one step bigger, with a shotgun-loud blowout. Read more at his blog here.

Lastly, a big thanks to all the organisers – including Franz, Tegid and Jonathan – for a memorable weekend.

Loads more pictures here.

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7 Responses to “Dyfi Enduro 2007”


  1. 1 Christian May 8, 2007 at 1:32 pm

    Hi Cass/Cara

    Nice event update post – great pics as usual. Good to meet up with you at Dyfi – I picked up a lot of info from Sarah and Simon so that was useful. I’m off to see how much the Pugsleys are!

  2. 2 Jim May 8, 2007 at 3:20 pm

    Good to see you all – some excellent riding and even better eating. Cadair next time? Glad to hear that old age is catching up with you Cass….

  3. 3 Simon May 8, 2007 at 8:19 pm

    Love the pictures from Climachx…next year your should give it a go on the Jones I reckon the cyclocross approach will be faster on the climbs and more entertaining on the descents…go on…you know you want to…

  4. 4 Simon A July 5, 2007 at 12:09 pm

    Just noticed the cheeky comment about my kit…! Yes, some of was used in India but it has been washed since (honest) :O)

    S

  5. 5 Grant July 11, 2007 at 8:44 am

    Nice report Cass. Glad you liked my Pugsley..it was great fun at the Dyfi…not so much fun at Mountain Mayhem in the mud!! Grant.

  6. 6 Grant July 11, 2007 at 8:55 am

    oh..and my pugsley blog if you are interested…

    http://surlypugsleyblog.blogspot.com/

  7. 7 otbiking July 11, 2007 at 11:41 pm

    Thanks Grant.

    Great write up in Outcast, btw. Made me want one even more (-:


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