12 MARCH 2010NEWS RELEASE No: 13362
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Crychan Forest near Llandovery echoed to the sound of motorcycles again when the long established Snowrun signalled the start of another Enduro season.
The event, which has taken place in the Assembly-owned forest for the past 30 years, drew 151 of the top enduro riders from all over the UK - though more than half the entrants were Welsh.
The event takes in four laps over the challenging terrain and is organised with the help of Forestry Commission Wales as part of the concordat with the Auto Cycle Union, the sport's official governing body.
The Snowrun Enduro provides a welcome boost to the local economy, with a large number of competitors often bringing their families and attracting tourists to the Llandovery area.
For the local riders, organised events such as this provide a safe and legal means to ride their off-road bikes on challenging terrain managed by Forestry Commission Wales.
Clerk of the course Paul Davies, of the Welsh Trail Riders Association, said, "Without the co-operation of Forestry Commission Wales this event would not be possible.
"Crychan is a great location for getting the enduro season under way and riders return year after year to experience the challenges that the forest offers."
Brian Hanwell, Forestry Commission Wales Local Area Manager for Crychan Forest, said the woodlands of Wales provided a rich resource for recreation and Llanymddyfri Forest District was delighted to help the organisers.
"We hope that by enabling safe, well-organised events such as this we are helping to curtail some of the illegal riding in Welsh forests which puts other forest users at risk."
Future Welsh Trail Riders Association events for 2010 are:
The Redkite Enduro: 4 April 2010
The Beacons Rally: 21 and 22 August 2010
The Cambrian Rally: 16 and 17 October 2010
For more information contact Brian Hanwell on 01558 690314, mobile 07879 848441, firstname.lastname@example.org.