Flow MTB rider Heather took part in the second round of the 2018 Welsh Enduro series at Llandegla
Flow MTB rider Heather took part in the 3rd round of the 2018 Welsh Enduro Series at Llandegla. With the sun shining, 4 varied stages and lots of coffee and cake here’s her race report
Life has thrown me a few curve balls recently and I really didn’t know if I was going to be able to make this race. Luckily a good Samaritan came along in the form of Chris Schröder picking me up from my doorstep and dropping me home at the end of the day. We were soon en route to Llandegla, to be honest I wasn’t too keen to be racing a trail centre, what I love about the Welsh Enduro Series (WES) is that they have a lot of natural techy stages, so this was going to be a huge contrast.
Llandegla was buzzing and we were soon out for practice, it was going to be hot, so I was testing my new Dakine Hot Laps bag with a full 2 litres of water. It actually works really well as with a heavy bag it makes you drink up and get those fluids in early on keeping me well hydrated all day. I loved practice, Llandegla was running really well, the stages had been well picked and had a bit of variety, and man were they quick!
We had planned a good break before our start times to grab food and coffee. I tried to save my energy on the transitions saving my legs to get the power down on the stages. Racing went brilliantly, I had the power I needed for the sprints, nailed a few of the tight corners and boy were those jumps sweet! We got back to the café, and I helped myself to more coffee and some cake whilst waiting for all the transponders to come in.
Yep, it was hardtail for the win! So stoked with my time. On arriving home, I walked my dog, grabbed a shower and headed down to the local pub for some good folk music and a celebratory drink or three. A perfect end to a perfect day. Loving the WES just going to have to be patient for the next round in September.