WGES round 4 Afan report and video

By 14th April 2016News, News, Press Release

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WGES Round 4 Video by Felix Smith Photography

Round 4 of the Welsh Gravity Enduro Mash Up series returned to the Afan Valley last weekend. This time it was held in and around Afan Bike Park with Bryn Bettws Lodge being the event centre for the weekend.
First of all a huge thank you to the marshals who make it possible to run these events! without them the events just would not happen… If you wish to marshal at any of these events then contact charlie@welshgravityenduro.com it’s a great way to spectate and get involved in this sport we all love…you get paid too!
183 competitors signed on to race the 3 stages. This time with a rather unique set up in that the event centre was virtually at the top of the hill.

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Finish where you start! Bryn Bettws 4X track after some natural.

All 3 of the stages I’ve used before for the 2014 UKGE race with a return to some fresh cut trails just for this event. Stage 3 in particular can only be ridden when an organised event is taking place.

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Start of the fresh cut (well 2 years since we dug it)

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Stage 1 Sponsored by The Mountain Bike Chalet was set in the Bike Park which proved very popular as it was only 5 minutes to get to from the cafe and 5 mins back,
Many riders were forced to do this stage again and again after seeing their times beaten on the 50″ screen in the cafe showing live times all day courtesy of Action Sports Timing.

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Stage 2 Sponsored by Bird was the infamous Zig Zags, A very pedally stage with a very fast finish

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Stage 3 Sponsored by Stages Power was the UKGE seeding stage from 2014 (373 into the 4x) with a lovely mix of man made and natural trails, the riders favourite and one of my all time favourite race stages.

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Leigh Johnson of Marin/Stans has dominated the series so far and recently took his first national win at the first BES at Ae, he continued his winning streak here beating his team mate Nikki Whiles by just under 5 seconds, with 3 wins and a 5th place! he now has an unassailable lead going into the final round at Eastridge.

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In the Women’s category it was again Megan James (T-mo racing) showing the elites the way with team mate Harriet Harnden (T-mo racing) in second in the under 18 category! look out for both these girls in the future…

The last round of the series will be held at Eastridge woods in Shropshire, a return to a legendary venue and all natural terrain on the 22nd May, Entries are now open so don’t leave it too late to enter.

Eastridge round 5 enter HERE

Podiums:

Elite Men sponsored by Mudhugger
1st Leigh Johnson
2nd Nikki Whiles
3rd Howie Silvester

Elite Women sponsored by Bird
1st Ffion James
2nd Monet Rose Adams
3rd Traharn Chidley

Grand vets sponsored by Bird
1st Paul Jacobs
2nd Dion Thomas
3rd Greg Ogilvie

Master women sponsored by Bird
1st Sasha Smith
2nd Lindsay Hanley
3rd Juliet Elliot

Hardtail sponsored by Bird
1st Tom Dunn
2nd Tony Smith
3rd Roger Pallister

Masters men sponsored by Race Co Cycles
1st Ajay Jones
2nd Ben Roberts
3rd Dan Pardesi

Senior men sponsored by Whisper Bikes
1st Charles Jones
2nd Kyle Fletcher
3rd Chris Kenward

Senior Women sponsored by Bird
1st Rebecca Parker
2nd Bryony Stanfield
3rd Kelly Guy

Under 18 men sponsored by Pedal A Bikeaway
1st Kyle Harvard
2nd Mason Pritchard
3rd Ben Townsend

Under 18 women sponsored by T-Mo racing
1st Megan James
2nd Harriet Harnden

Veteran men sponsored by Bird
1st Keith Horsnell
2nd Andy Sadler
3rd James Richards

Friday’s rainbow preceded two days of Sunshine

Final thank you to Bob Campbell of Natural Resources Wales for allowing us to use these great venues
See you all at the final.

Charlie

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Full Results are HERE

Series Points are HERE

Photos are HERE

Here is the link to the Pink Bike report