PHOTO WALL – RHAYADER BEC PREVIEW
The penultimate round of the 2014 British Enduro Championship heads to Cwmythig Hill in Wales for the Rhayader 2-Day Enduro. It’s hard to believe but it’s actually eight years since a round of the BEC was last staged there in 2007.
With that in mind Enduro21 decided to take a look at the state of affairs of this year’s championship and see how much has really changed since then…
It’s been eight years since we last visited Cwmythig Hill for a round of the BEC and during that time it seems nothing has changed. Tom Sagar entered it then in 2007 leading the championship on a KTM 450 and he’s doing it again this weekend. Will history repeat itself by rewarding Sagar with a double win that later saw him go on to capture his first BEC crown?
Brad Freeman might be both the youngest rookie of the championship class but he’s more than held his own against the established elite. A brace of top four results sits him fourth overall in the standings and if it wasn’t for his non-score last time out at Knighton he may fair one place better.
Sitting eighth overall in the championship, Rob Johnson is the next best rookie to Freeman in 2014. Gaining confidence race by race, Johnson – now armed with the BSEC U23 title – will be looking to bridge the gap to the leaders.
Mud, glorious mud! If one thing’s for certain about this race in Wales is that you can be sure things will get muddy. Mud scrapers at the ready!
Steve Holcombe has steadily upped his game as the seasons progressed. Third is a good place to be for the Devon based youngster but with Freeman nipping at his heels there’ll be no time to rest in Wales.
Taking a convincing double win at round one in March many had Daniel McCanney pegged to run away with this championship. But since then it’s been a troubled road for the Manxman and only one victory in four races has come his way.
Trailing Sagar by four points, McCanney knows more than anybody that nothing less than a double victory at Cwmythig Hill will suffice he wants to keep his hopes of nailing down that first BEC title alive.
In a throw back to 2007, a certain Paul Edmondson placed as runner-up to Sagar. Sadly Fast Eddy himself won’t take to the start but he’ll be there to guide his son Jack in the Expert class.
Of the championship frontrunners Daryl Bolter is one of the only other riders to have contested the Rhayader 2-Day Enduro BEC. Can he put that experience to good use?
The Rhayader 2-Day Enduro covers pretty much just about everything an enduro enthusiast looks for in an event. Two cracking special tests – one a mixture of motocross and grass tracks that weaves its way around the paddock and the other a true, enduro classic cross-country route. In between that are 40 miles of some of the best terrain middle Wales has to offer. Don’t miss it!