Behind the scenes at Grinduro Wales
WRITTEN BY:Christian Smith
Outdoor Provisions co-founder
IMAGES: Dan MacGregor
We actually have previous with Grinduro. Luke and I were at the OG UK version on the Isle of Arran waaaay back in 2017, we even both made the podium. No danger of that now. After a nightmare couple of years for events, the rearranged Welsh addition in the wonderful Dyfi valley was shaping up to be a belter...
We loaded our nut butters into squeezy tubes (yep) and headed for the welsh hills.
Grinduro is technically a race but is also sort of definitely not a race. It's a gravel / cross-country / enduro mash up over 70km in the forests around Machynlleth with 4 very different timed sections. Do what you want in between, but the quickest time over the 4 sections combined wins. The rest get to make big party to disco tunes at the after party. Loud shirts encouraged. Does that make sense?
For those of you who already know the vibe and are just here for the pics, we'll let them do the talking. For the actual event photos, check out @cadence_images, or seemingly 90% of our Instagram feed today.
We've been to our fair share of feedstations before we started OP and thought most could do with livening up - so we decided this one needed the nation's favourite utility snack* deploying in squeezy bottle form. To be squirted directly into one's mouth, onto a banana, apple, another OP bars... or with cheese? All for that slow-release energy goodness.
Our rider for the weekend Ella Conolly snook onto the podium in second place in the Elite Women's as well as getting very involved with the top secret nut butter prototype flavour we took with us.
See you next year Grinduro 🙌