Rd 5 of the Welsh Gravity Enduro Series saw a return to a venue I last visited for student XC champs in 2006. My memories are patchy at best and consist mostly of gas bottles exploding on bonfires and ford transits drifting between tents in the early hours of the morning.
Three fun stages with a 5hr window for unlimited runs made the best of the modest venue (Photo Doc Ward)
This time the visit will be memorable for its simple successful format, trails that punched above their weight and above all, the conditions. As in wet. A trail surface resembling slurry freshly pumped over the roots and, for one stage, a fresh coating of hail.
The Before and After Shots;
Polished and fettled Fuji Auric and a freshly bleached race jersey (Photo Ed Kerly)
5 hours later. Eastridge dirt has well and truly enveloped bike and rider (Photo Ed Kerly)
With no hose on-site I used a screwdriver to scrape the mud from my legs (Photo Ed Kerly)
Fuji Mechanic Ed Kerly described the conditions as ‘flingy’ (photo Meg Bichard)
A sunny start and end to the day in picturesque Shropshire (Photo Ed Kerly)