Gravity Enduro Round 3 Afan - Carrie Poole

August 02, 2018

Having really enjoyed the races I had already competed in this year, I was keen for another. Luckily the next round of the UKGE series was in Afan which is quite near my parents home, so the babysitting was arranged so my husband and I could both race. 
The UK had been basking in sunshine the week beforehand and I hoped this would continue, unlike the thunderstorms at round 2. Fortunately when we arrived on Fri eve, the trails were baked and dusty with a fab forecast ahead. 
Saturday morning it was already hot. We filled up our water and set off for practice. We were surprised to learn that Stage 1 had the shortest transition time ever at only 5 minutes. It was a short trail centre stage full of loose berms. It was all about carrying speed rather than choosing lines. It seemed time could easily be lost rather than gained here. 
The transition to Stage 2 ended in steeply traversing the exposed hillside to the top. The direct heat and loose rubble made this really difficult on the bike and I resorted to hike a bike for a short section. Stage 2 was pretty exciting. Steep and dusty with blown out corners. Some techy sections that could cach you out and send you flying over the edge. 
Stage 3 was a great stage as it was quite varied. Fun, fast and pedally trail centre at the top, a short fire road sprint before dropping into steep corners to finish. 
Stage 4 was super fun. Trail centre turns through the woods to start, before dropping down the steep hillside through awesome dusty rooty fun. 
Stage 5 was fast up top, then a series of bus stops, a short sprint before more dusty turns then a hard pedally sprint on grass to finish. 
We were all sweltering in the heat by mid afternoon when we headed up the hill for seeding. I couldn't ditch my bag as I needed water at the top! The trails were so dry it was running really fast. I got a good seeding run in and came down in 2nd. It was great not to have to wash my bike at the end of the day. Just brushed the dust off and packed it in the van. 
Sunday was set to be another scorcher and it was already hot when the ladies set off for Stage 1 at 9:30. By the end of the race I felt exhausted and happy. It was fab to race on dusty dry trails in the UK, almost made it feel like racing abroad. The course had a good mixture of physical stages for those who were strong and fit, as well as opportunities to make time cornering and taking more technical lines. I was stoked to finish the day 2nd in Elite Ladies. 
Carrie Poole

Size Guide

Women's Tops

UK USA World Bust Hip Length (front)
8 4 X-Small 87-90cm 96-99cm 53cm
10 6 Small 91-94cm 100-103cm 54.5cm
12 8 Medium 95-98cm 104-107cm 56cm
14 10 Large 99-102cm 108-111cm 57.5cm
16 12 X-Large 103-106cm 112-115cm 59cm
18 14 XX-Large 107-112cm 116-121cm 61.5cm
20 16 XXX-Large 113-119cm 122-128cm 65cm

Women's Shorts

UK USA Waist Hip Length (inside)
6 2 70-73cm 84-88cm 34cm
8 4 74-77cm 89-93cm 35cm
10 6 78-81cm 94-98cm 36cm
12 8 82-85cm 99-103cm 37cm
14 10 86-89cm 104-108cm 38cm
16 12 90-93cm 109-115cm 39cm
18 14 94-97cm 116-122cm 40cm
20 16 98-101cm 123-129cm 41cm

Men's Tops

Size Chest Length (front)
X-Small 87-91cm 55cm
Small 92-95cm 56.5cm
Medium 96-99cm 58cm
Large 100-109cm 59.5cm
X-Large 110-119cm 61cm
XX-Large 120-127cm 64.5cm
XXX-Large 128-135cm 66cm

Men's Shorts

Size Size  Waist Hip Length (outside)
28" X-Small 69-73cm 84-88cm 60.5cm
30" Small 74-78cm 89-93cm 61.5cm
32" Medium 79-83cm 94-98cm 63.5cm
34" Large 84-88cm 99-103cm 64.5cm
36" X-Large 89-93cm 104-108cm 65.5cm
38" XX-Large 94-98cm 109-113cm 66.5cm
40" XXX-Large 99-103cm 114-118cm 67.5cm