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Final results...

Well, I have just been email the final results for both days and to no surprise, day 2 saw me slide down rankings as well as the ground!

My final position for the 'Over 800 GPS' class was 8th (out of 39 riders) and overall I was 41st (out of 130 riders).

So better than I expected before I started the event, and something to aim to beat next year!

A massive thank you to Burt and his team for organising the event, a big thanks to all the marshals and thanks to everyone who attended for making it a great weekend.

Day 2...

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Once again the crows gave their wakening call and to my delight the rain had stopped, although the ground around the tent was somewhat wetter than it was when I got in my tent7 or 8 hours ago. There was no long wait this morning as the first bike was off the start line at 8:00am and my start time was just 30 minutes later. Once again it was a very short ride to the first skills area with just a few changes from the previous days setup. I got a nice clear round and was off on my way for the ten hour plus ride of the 470km route that laid ahead of me, but I was feeling good with the thought of yesterday’s results and rode on with a smile on my face. It was less than two hours before we got to ride in the first forest stage and it was not long before I came across a collection of bikes that had stopped to debate whether they go down the steep slippery mud hill, or pay the price of the longer distance continuing on the forest track. The marshal at the top of the stage said with my more …

Day 1...

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I was awoken by the sound of crows squawking at around 6am, and the morning light was making its way through my tent but I didn’t want to get up just yet so got my phone and looked up the Wales500 website to check on the timetable for the day. As I was doing this I thought it may have been a good idea to have looked at it before now and even printed it in a large font for my tired eyes to view easily. The first official thing of the day was rider sign on at 10:00am so I had plenty of time before I need to get my arse into gear, however it was not long before the call of nature got me out of the tent to check out the nearby facilities. Back at the tent I got my JetBoil out to make a cup of coffee and then find some cereal bars for breakfast as unfortunately there was nothing on-site like a bacon butty van.

The two chaps from the tents to the left of mine were getting up now and the marshal that I had met the night before came over for a chat. After the sign on process we were given our n…

At last, the bike is all packed up, and we're off...

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I was later leaving than I hoped for, but then I often leave things to the last minute so no real surprise there.

And as the sign in my garage says...

'If it wasn't for the last minute, nothing would get done'.








I got to the campground to the Three Counties showground on the Friday evening and after selecting an area to camp I proceeded to get my tent setup and unload the bike into my fabric accommodation for the weekend. 



I spoke to another chap that arrived after I did. He was going to be one of the volunteer marshals of the weekend and as we spoke he told me about his experiences of these types of events and also gave some encouraging tips & advice which was kind of him.


The big event...

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Wales 500 - 2018

THE WALES 500 – A fantastic two day navigational adventure for “Big Bikes”