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Thanks to car parts suppliers refusing a warranty claim and then supplying a faulty part, the fuel pump on our car wasn’t replaced till Saturday lunchtime. With a broken front coil spring on the other car driving to Afan to ride the trails Saturday and watch the WGE Round 1 on Sunday wasn’t happening.
A big well done to my friend and riding buddy Paul Williams for placing 11th in the Hardtail category in his first Enduro race. The weather looked very grim on both practice and race days. Looking at the photos a life jacket would not have too extreme in places.
Car still not fixed I rode Cannock Chase with friend and colleague Steve.
It’s not Afan, but I’m a fan! (See what I did there?)
The contents of my riding backpack have grown over the years. These days for any ride that’s not a quick loop of the local trail centre (during the day) I am riding with a bigger pack and more gear “just in case”.
I also plan more, especially when riding on my own and in places or at times when I am likely to be the only one around. Part of this is letting someone know where I am going to be riding, my planned route and when I am likely to be back. Kinda common sense stuff but it could turn out to be a lifesaver, or at least spare some perhaps needless discomfort.
Riding at night and/or in remote areas carries extra risk but prep and some basic kit can make a lot of difference if the unfortunate occurs.
Go read the linked article, it’s got some basic, common sense points (to most people) but the CHALET nemonic is handy. Also the Bothy shelter is one of the next bits of kit I’ll be adding in for longer rides (and walks) with inclement weather or planned rest stops.
Great teaser vid the the trails at BPW, take a look at the trail map sections on their website for more videos is fine of the individual runs.
All being well I will be there on Saturday watching the Enduro racing, cheering my riding buddy Paul on, and taking some photos.
Someone, anyone, remind me to book and uplift day there this year.
An opinion article largely based around the growing adoption of 29ers by some Enduro riders and the increasing availability of better tyres and new bike models.