After two weeks of marvellous sunny weather, 18 riders of Honda CRF250Ls, gathered on a gloomy morning at the White Lion Hotel in Machynlleth, Mid Wales, with one assistant on a blue bike.
There were men from age 29 to into their seventies (I was too polite to ask!) but unfortunately no women riders, apart from myself who was a leader. Some riders were hugely experienced trail riders of many years, with all levels of experience through to two riders taking their bikes on green roads for the first time. Some bikes were straight out of the showroom, whilst others had quite a few mods.
Three levels of ride were offered: Colin was leading the challenging route, and much to our surprise, he only had two takers, Matt and Steve.
Marianne was leading the least challenging ride, aimed at those with little or no dirt riding experience and people who preferred a more gentle day, such as those with the original equipment Bridgestone tyres which are not at all mud-friendly. Her group included Chris, John, Dave from Anglesey, Dave from Teeside, Kevin, Steve, Jim and Mike.
Hywel, with tail-end assistance from Graeme on the blue bike, led the intermediate group of Hugh, Andy, Dylan, Bill and Mario.