WMBS R3 Coed y Brenin 10th May 2015

After months of preparation by the Dragon’s and Dyffryn Conwy at last it was the week-end for us to host Round 3 of the WMBS and the Welsh XC Championships at Coed y Brenin . The rain eased off during Saturday as the arena and course was set up but it was wet enough to ensure a super slippery race on Sunday.

Race day dawned dry and warm and we saw some exciting racing with the Dragons showing well in the Under 8 and youth classes.  All the hard training paid off with Owen 5th in the Under 10 boys and Peter 7th in the Youth boys.  The club had podium positions Hannah had 3rd place in the Under 8 girls, Tim was 2nd and Luke 3rd in the Juvenile boys and Katie was 2nd in the Youth girls class. In the afternoon race Mike was 2nd in the Super Vets.

Big thanks are due to all our sponsors, marshals, helpers, Strata Medical, Army Cadets, Welsh Cycling, NRW, the guys for the timing and the commentary and the trade stands and of course to all the riders, helpers and spectators we needed you all to make it the successful week-end that it was.

Report by Dot Smith

Want To Have A Go At BMX?

Fancy a taste of BMX? Then join in the Go Ride Holiday Skills and Racing sessions at Marsh Tracks, Rhyl and the Skills Sessions at Talysarn, Gwynedd.

Copy and paste this link for more info. www.britishcycling.org.uk/wales/bmx/article/20150508-wc-bmx-Get-into-BMX-with-Marsh-Tracks-and-Talysarn-0

Dyfi Enduro Junior Event, 2nd May 2015, Machynlleth

Dyfi Enduro Junior Event, 2nd May 2015, Machynlleth


By 10am on Saturday 2nd May the course was set ready for the Junior Dyfi Enduro Event. The event has been running for the last 3 years. The aim of the event is to allow young people from the local area, children of organisers and competitors to practice their racing skills against the clock, themselves and each other.

The event takes place in a small wooded area next to the rugby club in the town.

The competition allows for practice sessions between regular timed laps, there is no charge for the event with the levies due being picked up by the organisers of the adults event.

The weather this year was very cold and wet but that didn’t deter the young racers. The completion was hot with entries in nearly every category.

There were 10 hotly contested categories this year with 36 young riders competing for a position on the leader board the youngest competitor being just 4 years old.

The event is organised by Nichole Taylor of Dreigiau Coed-y-Brenin Dragons with the help of Mike Tong representing Welsh Cycling and the support of Dyfi MTB events.

The fastest lap recorded for the day was 29.5 seconds by number 342 well done Gruff.

I really enjoy this event the young people are always so dedicated and helpful to each other, with more experienced competitors helping the less experienced. There is always a great deal of discussion on line choice and how to shave off the 10ths of a second that split the field. There are very few sports with such healthy competitive attitudes.

Thank you to all those that helped and took part.

Report by Nichole Taylor photos supplied by Tastypixels



Our First Race-craft and Endurance session

The first of our race-craft and endurance sessions was held at Maesgwm on a cool but dry Tuesday evening. As well as the regular racers we had those who wished to improve their endurance. So  we will have to watch out on our next club ride for the fliers. ( That is once their legs recover).

Thanks Gaynor for running this and to all those helping.  See you all in 2 weeks time.

Please remember to let Elize know if you will coming along by 6.00 on the Monday evening before the session.

Report Mike Smith

Kids fun event at the Dyfi Enduro

Kids fun event at the Dyfi Enduro
With Nici Read from the Dragons and Mike Tong from Welsh Cycling
The event will take place on Saturday 2/5/15 following the same format as last year. Located In the small wooded area next to the main Enduro field. It is free to enter, open to all ages. It is a fixed lap with practice and timed laps provided during the day. A leader board will display best times of boys and girls in each age categories.
We will also be supporting the main Enduro event on the Sunday.


Round 2 Builth Wells WMBS XC 2015

The Royal Welsh Showground at Builth was the venue for two events this week-end and if you could fight your way through the crowds at “ Wonder Wool” you would have found Round 2 of the WMBS in the woodlands below the A483.

Cycle-Tec had set a testing course in hot dry conditions where the Dragons had Podium positions. Katie had 2nd in the U16 Girls and Luke and Tim had 3rd and 4th in the U14 Boys and the writer finished 3rd in the Super Veteran race.

Many Thanks to Cycle-Tec who went out of their way to bring a tyre to the race on Sunday for the rider who ripped hers late on Saturday during practice.

Report by Mike Smith

Mid-Week Led Rides

Led rides for advanced/experienced riders who can ride trails at race pace.     

Start time 6.00 pm to 7.30       £2 per session

Wednesday 22nd April 2015

Wednesday 20th May 2015

Wednesday 17th June 2015

Wednesday 15th July 2015

  • These will be a led rides and will be for 1.5 hours. It is aimed at competent teenagers who can ride all the trails at race pace.

  • A max of 8 riders. Who must provide contact and medical details plus parental consent if under 18.

Please let Elize know if you want a place by 6.00 pm on the Monday before the ride   on cyb.dragons@yahoo.com

Led rides. Suitable for riders who currently ride Blue and Red trails          

Start Time 6.00 pm to 7.30 pm       £2 per session

Wednesday 22nd April 2015

Wednesday 20th May 2015

Wednesday 17th June 2015

Wednesday 15th July 2015

  • These are aimed at the young riders who currently ride Blue and Red trails and want to advance.

  • A max of 8 riders who must provide contact and medical details plus parental consent.

Please let Elize know if you want a place by 6.00 pm on the Monday before the ride   on cyb.dragons@yahoo.com

Start of the Dragons Summer Programme

We had a lovely spring evening to start the Dragons Summer Programme on Wednesday 22.04.2015 and we were delighted to welcome new and existing club members plus guests to this our first session.

With a beginner/improver coached skills session. And two led rides one giving a taste of Blue and Red trails. The other group containing our super-fast skilled youths who went on a mixture of trails as well as an off piste adventure to complete the ride.

At the end of the evening there was a sea of smiling faces and we look forward to seeing you all next time.

Report by Mike Smith

Go Race Round 1 Coed y Brenin. Sunday 19.04.2015

On a dry sunny day but with a cold breeze blowing the Dragons hosted the first round of the Welsh Cycling North Wales Go Race series at Maesgwm.

Mike Tong had set out a good course incorporating Coed y Benin’s technical trails to test the riders.

There was a really good turnout especially in the younger age groups there was a total of 43 youngsters and 8 Adults who competed in this series opening event.

Thanks to all the helpers and everyone who came along on the day.

Report by Mike Smith.