The four day Easter weekend gave another great reason for riders to make the trip to South Wales and, on Saturday morning everyone began to arrive.
In the elite women's class, the best part was the depth of talent that was on display. Katy Curd, the 2012 4X European Champion entered the race as favourite, but on this very rocky and loose track, 2012 downhill world championships silver medallist Manon Carpenter was looking like she was going to push Curd all the way.
In the motos the duo were flying, but pushing them every step of the way were Suzanne Lacey, Jess Greaves and Cara Murray. Murray in particularly looked strong and in one of the motos led Manon all the way to the rock section where Carpenter’s downhill skills really shone through. By final time Carpenter took gate 1, Curd on 2, Renee Diwell in 3 and Murray on gate 4. As the gate dropped, Curd and Murray were level but, into turn one Curd took the lead and just did not look back.
The battle was for second as Carpenter defended for the whole top half of the track holding Cara and Renee at bay. Down the rock section Manon pulled a lead and held onto second with Cara in third and Renee in fourth.
In elite men's, again the strength in depth was better than ever.
Will Evans, Duncan Ferris, Alex Metcalfe, Dan Bateson and Jordan Lunn were all looking fast and mixing it up in the motos.
The top riders from last year though - Nathan Parsons, Issac Mundy, Lewis Lacey and Scott 'Boom Boom' Beaumont - had some serious speed and these were the guys who made their way through to the main final.
Beaumont took gate 1, Lacey 2, Parsons 3 and Mundy on the outside. As the gate dropped Beaumont got an amazing jump and led the race into turn one.
Lacey cut back hard and got close down the second straight as Issac Mundy had swooped back from the outside in turn one to move into third. In turn two it was tight but Boom Boom exited in the lead. Lacey stayed close down the rocks and Issac was close as well.
With all the elites hitting the pro line doubles, the riders were 20 feet up above the crowd battling for this one but, on the exit of the final turn, Beaumont pulled away and took the win from Lacey, Mundy and Nate Parssons in fourth.
In the other categories, here are the winners:
Rippers - Jamie Emmett
Big Fun - George Stanley
Juvenile - Brandon Fermor
Youth - Ryan Hutchinson
Junior - Jordan Fermor
Senior - Dave Richardson
Master - Nick Hill
Veteran - Dave Godfrey