By 10am on Saturday 2nd May, the course was set ready for the Junior Dyfi Enduro Event. The event has been running for the last 3 years to tie in with the main Dyfi Enduro event on the following day. The junior Enduro's aim is to allow young people from the local area to practice their racing skills against the clock, themselves and each other.
The event takes place in a small wooded area next to the rugby club in the town of Machynlleth and the competition allows for practice sessions between regular timed laps. There is no charge for the event with the levies due being picked up by the organisers of the adults event.
The weather this year was very cold and wet but that didn’t deter the young racers. The competition was fierce with many entries in every category.
There were 10 hotly contested categories this year with 36 young riders competing for a position on the leader board with the youngest competitor being just 4 years old.
The event is organised by Nichole Taylor of Dreigiau Coed-y-Brenin Dragons with the help of Mike Tong representing Welsh Cycling and the support of Dyfi MTB events.
Junior event orgnaiser Nichole Taylor refelects on the event, ‘I really enjoy this event. The young people are always so dedicated and helpful to each other, with more experienced competitors helping the less experienced. There is always a great deal of discussion on line choice and how to shave off the 10ths of a second that split the field. There are very few sports with such healthy competitive attitudes.Thank you to all those that helped and took part.'
The Dyfi Enduro event itself is regarded as a must-do event on the mountain biking calendar. The 2015 event attracted 900 riders with event filling up months in advance. A full report of the main event can be seen on the Summit Cycles website.