Hi, I am a novice-level off-road rider who did Brechfa and Hafren in 2017 with a rally-kitted (big tank and headlight fairings) but otherwise stock 1998 XR600R that I bought for 2k for the purpose of doing UK and some of the less extreme European rallies on a very reliable and simple bike with not even a battery and little else that can break or fail.
I found the tracks very challenging but doable, and will surely do them both again, and perhaps some of the other ATRC dates that I missed because of injury or work/family clashes. When I struggled, the guys marshalling around the tracks were incredibly helpful and always ready to assist and on a couple of laps that was really the difference between making it through or not, especially as kick-starting the old beast back into life after dropping it sucks much more energy than riding technical trails…
I noticed a push towards enduro-type technical trails. I don’t think the tracks should be dumbed down, but equally I think that anything more technical and tight will see people like me (let alone those on GSs or Elefants) really struggling a bit too much. At both events, my fork kept twisting and bottomed out 8 or 9 times each lap and while I will mount clamp/steering damper and harder springs, that’s more of an indication of the bike’s limits than of my own very limited skills.
Please don’t change the format, and keep adventure/rally/big bikes on. Looking forward to seeing what you are in stock as separate event, but I really think the current format where you are in the same race with much better riders on much faster and lighter bikes is part of the attraction of being there!