Welcome to the Welsh Trail Riders Association (WTRA)We have now confirmed our list of competition events for 2014 and will continue with the successful format of recent years. This will see two traditional time card enduros together with two 2-day rallies in forestry around the Llandovery area of SW Wales. The year starts with the Snowrun Enduro, long regarded as the season opener for traditional time card events, due to take place on Sunday 9th February in the Crychan and Glyn Saer Forests. The event will feature a 25 mile lap with an easy time schedule. Entries to the Snowrun are now open The Snowrun will be followed by the Drovers Enduro on Sunday 13th April in Halfway Forest. The event uses the start area and many of the tracks from the early days of enduro, together with that part of the MoD Eppynt ranges still available to off-road motorcycling. The Drovers is an excellent event for riders looking to move up from hare and hounds and compete in their first time card enduro.The Club will then be running two Rally's to complete the year. Both are 2-day events, with a 1-day option on the Sunday for those who are unable to make the full weekend. Also, it is proposed to continue with a 2-lap per day option for Beginners in both events. The first will be the Beacons 2-day Rally on 9th/10th August in Crychan and Glyn Saer forests. Again there will be a Saturday night BBQ/Buffet event and presentation of the 2013 Championship awards.The second Rally will be the Cambrian Rally on 18th/19th October, in the Tywi Forest, incorporating part of the Strata Florida track and stunning scenery in one of the remotest areas of Mid-Wales. Illegal Riding in the Crychan, Glyn Saer and Halfway forestsLocal people living in the area, who have legitimate access, have reported a significant increase in illegal motorcycle off-road activity in these forests. There have also been a number of "near misses" between horse riders and local road legal cars accessing property within the forest and the illegal motorcyclists. As a consequence of this illegal riding, an accident is almost inevitable. Also some of the illegal motorcyclists have been offensive and abusive to both local people and forestry officials when challenged. Some have even tried to make out that they are authorised WTRA officials planning enduro and rally courses.As such the Crychan Forest Association have been in discussion with the Police, local Forestry Commission and Landmarc regarding ways of curtailing this illegal off-road riding activity. Members of the public living in the area will now be gathering evidence in the form of pictures and recording registration details of vehicles and bikes operating illegally within the area. Details of the illegal activities will then be passed onto the Police to investigate. WTRA will give further full support to these actions and pass on details to the ACU, the sport's governing body, to ensure action is taken against the culprits. The future of such classic events such as the Snow Run and Drovers Enduros and the Beacons and Cambrian Rallies is now under severe threat.If illegal riding continues there will be a significant impact on the ability of WTRA to run events on Forestry Commission land. Permission to run events will cease within these forests and popular enduro and rally events will no longer run. WTRA members are only allowed to ride in these forests on the date of the event and for set up purposes, when permits are issued to event officials only.
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