MID Wales riders were among the stars in last week’s Welsh Two Day Enduro, which saw over 500 riders descend on Llandrindod Wells.
Torrential rain ensured difficult conditions in all classes, with test stages featured at Crossgates, Llanyre, Beulah, Irfon Forest, Nant Y Stalwyn, Myherin, Pant Mawr, Cwmcynnydd, Wennallt Bank, Esgairwy and Abbey-cwm-hir over two days.
On both days the riders started from Llandrindod Wells Lake, in what formed the latest rounds of the British Enduro Sidecar Championship, Welsh Solo Championship, Welsh Sidecar Enduro Championship and British Enduro Twin Shock Championship.
The biggest upset of the day was in the solo championship class with 2011 champion Tom Sagar of Newtown failing to finish, in a category dominated by Mid Wales riders.
Llanidloes’ Edward Jones, the solo class winner in 2003, came home top of a competitive section, with a final time of 24.35.01.
Lee Edmonson led a string of Llandrindod Wells rivals home by claiming third, just ahead of Gethin Price and Ashley Wood, with Rheinallt Davies of Machynlleth ending sixth.
Mid Wales also took glory in the Expert (E3) class with Rhayader’s Christian Walton riding his Gas Gas to glory with a time of 32:28:06, just ahead of Matthew Willey of Llandrindod Wells in second.
Newtown’s Gary Jenkins topped the Expert (E2) class with a time of 28:00:09, while Llanidloes’ Charlie Evans ended third.
Rhayader riders Marc Evans and George Wozencraft also ended the two day ride with top 10 finishes.
Caersws rider David Lloyd-Jones was the top local finisher in the Expert (E1) class with a winning time of 26:48:00, while Shaun Buchan missing out on a top three finish with his time of 31:25:02 clinching fourth.
A host of Mid Wales riders competed in the three clubman sections, which saw competitors from across Britain in action.
Llandrindod Wells’ Aaron Martin narrowly missed out on top spot in the Clubman E1 class with a time of 31:18:07 enough for second, while fellow Spa town rider Martin Rowan won the Clubman E2 class with an excellent time of 30:39:00.
Mid Wales dominated the Twinshock Expert class with the top four finishers all locally based.
Llanidloes’ Robert Jones came out on top after 27:04:03, just ahead of Knighton’s David Brick, while Llandrindod Wells rider Tom Knill and James Bevan of Builth Wells completed the top berths.
Mike Jones of Newtown ended fifth in the sportsmans class to end the top local rider, while Ryan Kinsey-Jones of Rhayader and Llandrindod’s Matthew Baynham secured top 10 finishes.
The sidecar championship was won by Llanidloes duo David Williams and passenger Graham McPhee, while Graham Jones and Richard Davies of Llanbrynmair were second in the sidecar clubman class.