2013 was the fifth year of the WRT and it marked a couple of changes. Firstly it saw the introduction of the WRT-lite which allowed those who couldn't commit to 2 nights out the opportunity to take part albeit in a condensed version. The other was a very welcome change with an appearance by the sun, in fact it's only the second dry, warm start since the very first WRT in 2009.
Over 100 riders gathered at the start, there were the usual last minute adjustments, kit alterations and general faffing. There was also the odd 'oh my god, I've left it at home' moments resulting in begging and borrowing of the all important forgotten items, which in 1 case included a complete bike! After the official WRT weigh-in, competition results and the prize draw it was time for the off.
The arrival of summer couldn't have come at a better time. Although the WRT doesn't have a fixed route, this year the general direction was west which for many meant a trip to the seaside. However, getting to the coast would involve crossing the high mountain plateau which lies below Plynlimon the highest point in the Cambrian Mountains, before dropping down the other side for a seaside paddle and an ice cream.
Blue sky and sun was to remain until Monday afternoon. The forecast had predicted rain, so it was no surprise that many riders tried to race the incoming weather front and beat it back to the finish on Monday. Whether riders returned dry or soggy didn't matter, they were all greeted by the annual WRT cake mountain and never emptying tea urn. By 6.00pm everyone had returned, stories had been told, adventures shared and promises to return next year made.
With the generous support of the riders and prize sponsors AlpKit, Bikepack, Wildcat Gear and CycleMiles, this years WRT raised £1446.57 for the Wales Air Ambulance.
If you are interested to know the WRT's roots, read this pdf.