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Epic Cymru
#1
Morning all

I saw this on FB; 5 days of riding a mix of xc & enduro across Wales. A modern TransWales if you like.

Basic entry is £325 including camping, food & transport between venues with other options available for hostel rooms & mechanical support.

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#2
Looked at this earlier, just my cuppa tea but it is in August so that makes it difficult.

Discussions will be had over Christmas to see if it can be done.
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#3
Nigel and Martin from this parish are in this, there's a live feed here:

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#4
Google is your friend Mr Lagging

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#5
Looks like the guys are doing well with very respectable mid table placings. Oddly only a second between them despite vastly different stage times!!
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#6
Well done on finishing this guys, looks like it was a great event

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#7
Cheers Stayhigh =))
'Twas a great event & fortunately weather was very "un-welsh."

The Epic Cymru was an event that attracted some of the "big boys & girls" of the sport. It attracted entrants from China, Australia, Europe & some of the US players.
Most of the boys & girls at the top of the tables are very serious & are very used to winning stuff.

I, for one, felt a wee bit out of my depth to start with. However I'm pleased to say that Nige & I easily slotted into the scene & were able to hold our own mid table.

It wasn't until stage 2 (day 3) that we realised we could run at the back of the field, attack "the sections" & we'd actually get clearer runs. Right where we're used to being, but without the difficulty of actually being last.

The event organisation was super slick in the main. Food, facilities, breifings, info & entertainment were spot on.
The riding was truly fantastic. We were presented with some great climbs, amazing descents & some of the best natural riding I have seen.
The A-Cylcing team gave us the opportunity to ride UP Skyline, down through bike park Wales on closed trails & down the Mountain Ash DH course.

Off the bike we were able to brush shouldes & casually chat to a true legend of the sport, Joe Murray - he's actually in the mountain bike hall of fame FFS! (He won the Grand Vet cat by 23 mins)

All in all a fantastic event & experience for me. I was very pleased to be right on Nige's heels (admittedly mostly as his issue were within a section, but mine weren't hehehe)
Unfortunately the weather was very Welsh on the last day & my glasses proved my undoing. Nige was always going to take time out of me on the downs, but as I could see nothing I was slower than a sloth in hibernation. I actually missed the finish line & the guy pointing at the right way to go.

So, money well spent? Yes.
Good event? Absolutely!
Will I do it again? I'd love to, but......

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#8
Oh! Couple of stats......

Total distance ridden = 220km (120 miles)
Total elevation gain = 6100m (20,000 ft)
Calories burned = 10,548

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#9
Well done, sounds fun!! How many days riding was it?
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#10
5 days

Sat Prologue 10km with 400m climbing.
Sun - Weds approx 50km with 1500m climb per day

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