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Dyfed Dirt Bike Club take the heat in Argentina
Report by Gary Jones
Dyfed Dirt Bike Club - the only club team represented from the UK - finished the International Six Day Enduro (ISDE) on a high some seven thousand miles away from home in San Juan Argentina.
The Lampeter based club with active members from as far as Pembrokeshire to North Ceredigion had made the journey to Argentina with their three riders, Neil Hawer, Rhys Evans from NC Emlyn and last minute replacement rider Jack Probert from Llandrindod Wells.
The gruelling six day off road event was however this year made even harder with temperatures hitting over 40 degrees day one saw a high number of riders retire due to the heat but the DDBC riders kept on going refusing to give in.
Midweek halfway through the enduro things nearly came to an end for Jack Probert when the battery on his bike gave up after not charging, quick thinking from the team manager Meirion Scourfield and a phone call back to Yamaha expert Dylan Jones in Llanidloes Mid Wales very late at night for some repair advice Scourfield managed to source a replacement battery from a retired bike from the British Vase team to keep Jack in the running, however more batteries would be needed to change over on the going in the wilds as the battery kept on going flat, Jack kept spare batteries on him and managed to finish his first ISDE to his credit and kept the team alive.
With the last of the biggest loops finished on the Friday it was only the Saturday Motorcross test left to run all three riders managed the day perfectly and gave the DDBC their best team result to date 17th overall in the club teams that had attended from all over the world a credit to the riders Rhys Evans, Neil Hawker and Jack Probert.
Team manager Meirion Scourfield from Llechryd Cardigan said at the finish line in San Juan "Well, we made it. 17th in the team clubs, which is the best we've ever done (I think). But that's insignificant to where we were few days before we flew out. On some days we were hanging by a thread, but we pulled out an amazing result despite all the challenges.
For me, it has to be one of my proudest moments, to have managed this small team and achieved so much greatness. Thanks to all the sponsors and followers, without you, this would not have happened. Diolch."
Rhys Evans one of DDBC main up and coming members with his finishers award in San Juan Argentina