WGES Mash Up & BNES Round 1 Afan Race Info

By 1st April 2019News

Haibike Welsh Gravity Enduro Series Round 1



Lapierre British National Enduro Series Round 1


13th-14th April 2019

!!Entries are now closed for both races!!



Bryn Bettws Lodge
Gyfylchi Farm,
Port Talbot.
South Wales.
SA12 9SP


Sat- Nav:  SA12 9SP to Pontrhdyfen then follow brown signs and race signs to the venue.

The venue is reached up a forest gravel track

Parking & Camping:

Parking and camping are all in the top field below the 4x track, please follow signs and park responsibly with regard to your neighbour.

There are areas of hard standing for campers and large vans on the way up to the field.

Camping can be booked onsite when you arrive but there is plenty of space for everyone.


Phone: 01639 644037, 01639 642040 or Mobile 07772031093

Email: enquiries@brynbettws.com

LITTER!! Please put it in a bag and place it in the skip provided.

The event village and sign on will be in the top right corner of the field.

Food & Catering:

StrEatery will be providing all your catering needs from Friday through to Sunday!

Menu overview

– Segafredo Barista Coffees & Hot Chocolate
– PG & Twinings Herbal teas
– Selection of Cold Drinks
– Homemade Porridge (milk & coconut milk option) served until noon
– Breakfast Rolls & Crepes
– Chilli & Rice (meat & vegetarian options) served from midday
– Sweet & Savoury Crepes (gluten free option)
– Burgers & Hot Dogs

Opening Times

– Friday from 5pm
– Saturday 7am until 10pm
– Sunday 7am until 4-5pm

Spares & Repairs:

Pedal Addiction and Amped Cycleworx have teamed up to bring you a one stop shop for spare and repairs. Alongside then we have Stans and Goodyear on hand to help you with your tyres and tubeless setups.


Haibike, Lapierre and Bird will be on site all weekend with their latest bikes for you to peruse.

Toilets & Showers:

The main toilets & showers are situated  just on the left hand side as you approach the lodge.

There will also be portable toilets up in the event field for you to use throughout the weekend.




Friday 12th April: 17:00-18:00

Saturday 13th April: 08:00 – 18:30

You must bring a credit/debit card as a deposit for your timing transponder.

You will not be allowed on the stages without the correct number board fitted to your bike!

Mash Up competitors have until 18:30 Saturday to pay the £20 supplement and  collect the BNES number board if they wish to race in Sunday’s race, you will keep the same timing transponder for Sunday.

Timing transponder has to be fixed to the right fork leg as low as possible. For Lefty forks ask at Sign on.

Please return your timing transponder once you have finished all of your races.

BNES & WGES Stages:

Helmets are compulsory and must be worn at all times while riding a bike, they must also be secured properly at all times, they must carry a Snell, Kite mark or EN 1078.
If a rider is seen without their helmet on a transition whilst on their bike, a penalty will be imposed.
A full face helmet is NOT compulsory, but it is highly recommended.

Stage 1: “The Mountain Bike Chalet”



Stage 2: “Ride Southern Spain”


Stage 3: “Bird Cycleworks”


Stage 4: “Stans”


Stage 5: “Goodyear”



Stage 6 E-Bike Only: “Haibike”




On stage signs:

Stage Starts

Stage Finishes

Stage warning sign,  start and finish of each stage

Triple arrow down sign means the trail suddenly steepens or becomes more technical, Use caution.

Practice times for all competitors:

Practice is ONLY on Saturday the 13th April at the following times:

Stage 1:  09:15 – 17:00

Stage 4: 08:30-17:00

Stages 2, 3, 5, 6e:          08:30 – 11:25  &  15:35 – 17:00

(Stages: 2, 3, 5, 6e Will be closed for the Mash Up race from 11:25-15:35, only Mash Up competitors can access these stages during this time period)

Also please note:






WGES Mash Up Round 1:

3 stages plus an Ebike specific stage 13km and 500m approx of vertical gain

11:30-15:30 on stages: 2, 3, 5, 6e


Stages 2, 3, 5, 6e are closed to all non Mash Up competitors from 11:25 – 15:35

Those who have raced the mash up and wish to race the BNES on Saturday have until 18:30 to sign on and pay the £20 supplement to collect Sunday’s number board.

You can do as many runs as you like within the 4 hours of Live timing in any order you like….





Sunday 14th April:

BNES Round 1:

5 stages over 34 km and 1000 m approx of vertical gain

Riders will leave in time and category order from the arena (podium) from 08:30 am in the following order:



Under 15 Men

Senior Women

U21 Women

Master 35+ Women

Grand Veteran Men

Veteran Men

Master Men

Under 21 Men

Under 18 Men

Senior Men

This is the order of running for the day with 3 minute category gaps.

Ebike, Hardtail, Under 15 Men are non-points scoring categories for the BNES.

Transition times:

Transition times are based on my time to do the transition from the end of the stage to the start of the next stage on a 160 mm Enduro bike plus a loo stop, selfie stop, bit of a rest then I’ve added 15 minutes so you have plenty of time!

Stage completion times are estimated.

Just don’t stop for a picnic!!

There are no penalties for being late but please stick to your start time as you will be seeded based on your ranking from entry and previous results.

Arena to stage 1: 60 mins (10 mins allowed for stage 1 completion)

Stage 1 to Stage 2: 55 mins (10 mins allowed for stage 2 completion)

Stage 2 to Stage 3: 35 mins inc food stop time (5 mins allowed for stage 3 completion)

Stage 3 to Stage 4: 10 mins (10 mins allowed for stage 4 completion)

Stage 4 to Stage 5: 45 mins (Finished)

Stage 6 E-Bike: 1-5 minutes depending on where in the field you have parked

Transition signs:

Please follow these signs, information regarding the destination will be on these too.

Caution Cycle Ahead means you are approaching a crossing point of a stage.


Podiums and Prizes:

There will be podiums for the top 3 in each category in Mash Up and BNES

WGES Mash Up podium will be at approx 17:00 on Saturday

BNES podium will be at approx 16:00 Sunday

Attendance of podiums is compulsory or prizes will be forfeited.



Please bring a credit or debit card to sign on as a deposit for your timing transponder

Please note there is NO PRACTICE or RIDING of taped trails from 09:00 8th April until 08:30 Saturday 13th April, If you are caught riding the taped trails within this timescale you will be disqualified and publicly branded an idiot!

Please direct any questions directly to Charlie at gravityenduroworld@gmail.com

And please keep checking the website for updates as we get them.

Happy trails,

Charlie Williams