This years event takes place over the weekend of May 3rd and 4th in Machynlleth, Mid-Wales.
We started out small, with the rugby club as HQ, 250 or so riders, a one speaker PA playing Queen out the back of an Austin Maestro van with Dia Donkey as MC. The idea was to bring new riders to the area, inform them about the Mach 1, 2 & 3 natural routes, the Dyfi forest based Climach-X trail, and remind riders that there is more to Wales than trail centers.
We got a mixed bag of entrants that first year, from established XC racers, to local commuters on borrowed off-road bikes, which was exactly what we wanted, anyway we did something right, riders (almost) unanimously praised the event and its trails (there were a couple of notable exceptions who thought we should be locked up), Pretty quickly we got to the point where we had to cap entries.
With assistance from of a loyal band of helpers, some great sponsors, and friendly landowners the event has grown to be one of the most popular in the UK, with entries selling out faster and faster each year.
We now run two events a year, the howies sponsored Dyfi enduro, which is always the first May Bank Holiday weekend of the year, and the Coed Y Brenin enduro, which is normally the first weekend in October.