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Last year we had Mach n Back, this year was El-an Back.

For the second January in a row the Bear Bones Add-venture proved to be a cold one. Just over 40 riders turned up to brave the elements and mid Wales terrain … which may have caused a few moments for those not familiar with it.

Weather’s always going to be on peoples minds at this time of year and the start of El-an Back was no different … the main topics of conversation at the start were, is there snow on the mountains, how cold will it get tonight and can I have some more tea. The final stragglers departed around 1.30pm and set off into the rapidly darkening afternoon, no sooner had they gone, it started to snow!

I can’t really tell you much about what happened out in the hills and forests because I wasn’t there … Salsa sponsored rider Paul Errington can fill in the blanks for you. I can tell you that Sunday arrived and brought with it a very heavy frost, a little ice and a chilly north wind!

The first riders back appeared around 10.30am with stories of cold, bogs, steep hill sides and pathless moorlands … so just what was expected really. Cold but smiling people continued to stumble through the doors in search of tea and cake until 2.30(ish) when the last showed up, victorious in their journey to El-an Back.

Next January we’ll go somewhere else and back – stay tuned.

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