After a big turn out at round 1 in Hamsterly, a clash with the EWS qualifier in Dyfi and the Steel City DH meant numbers were down a bit for round 2, but with the promise of freshly cut turns thanks to the Dyfryn Trail Crew, and the warm welcome always on offer at Antur Stiniog the event filled out nicely, and the sun even came out for race runs!
The track followed the classic Powder-Ddu line down the top of the hill, mixing rough sections of slabs with some jumps and drops, before turning left into Bendy-G for some tight tight turns in the bluebells before nailing (yourself on) “Heckler’s Corner” and hack it down across the edge of the Jympar, slice straight down through the woods and a quick sprint to the finish.
On Saturday a morning of wet weather made the freshly cut grass lines of the lower half outrageously slippery, causing all sorts of carnage! As the day went on and some decent ruts formed the success rate crept up a bit, but overnight more showers meant that the first runs of the day got a bit jazzy!
With an ever stiffening wind at the top, and a couple of course holds, the track dried out a treat, and by second race runs it was as dusty as Wales ever gets!
Elite was a three way battle between Ems Davies, Sam Dale and Matt Simmonds, with Matt coming out on top, Sam and Ems less than 2 seconds behind. Expert was as tightly fought with only 0.34s seperating Nathan Foster with eventual winner Tom Cartigny. Through all the categories the times dropped as the wind eased and the bottom turns dried out. Full results on Roots and Rain
Thanks, as always go to Mike Marsden and his team for their organisation, Buds and the gang at Antur for their warm welcome and to all the sponsors for their support.