Round 1 of the Red Kite Events Winter XC series took center stage last weekend, as this growing series got off to a great start in the glorious autumnal sunshine of Mid Wales.

"The third annual Red Kite Winter XC Series based around the Coed Trallwm trail centre and café in the heart of Wales got off to a flying start with 50 riders of all ages and abilities tackling a challenging course in unseasonably balmy conditions. Luckily big climbs meant big descents, ranging from the fast and furious to the tricky and techy, including brand-new lines through the trees with roots and rock gardens to test bike-handling skills.

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2014 European Enduro Series winner Rob Williams led from the start and proved fastest uphill as well as down, completing five laps of the 6 km course in a shade under two hours, well clear of singlespeeder Chris Schröder in second and James Joyce in third.

Round 2 follows at the same venue on 14 December. Santa hats optional."

Pictures - CAC Photography

Words - Chris Schroder