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Talgarth Rally

Words and pictures by Rob Ayres

Had to get the year started with this rally as it was a chance to meet up with some old friends from the west country, and it was an ideal "local" event for my lad's first rally.

We left home at around 4 o'clock on the Friday. The weather was just amazing, although the weekend had been given the thumbs down, and took a very leisurely ride down, don't know what time we got there, (weekends are not for watches!),

The site, next to the rugby club in Talgarth,

is as level as you could ask for

and conveniently situated a very short walk from the town,

where for the first year, the bands were to be playing.

Rapidly pitched the tent, and then went on a mission

for supplies, beer, food.

Talgarth has everything you need, a Co-op and a butcher,

so that was us set for the weekend.

Friday nights bands were a mixed bag, however "The Tower" pub sold London Pride, so most of the evening was spent outside yacking. My lad couldn't believe how friendly people were, (biker in the making), people included him, which was great. It was like having a mate along, only difference being he didn't stand his round!

Back at the site, the organisers had put on a sort of chill out tent where you could sit around, listen to music and eat and drink, which I thought was a pretty good idea

Saturday's ride out was around 80-90 miles around the Elan Valley. Having read Bod's comments, I have to agree with him, superb stuff.

Saturday night was more of the same. The bands were on another level, with the warm up act being a very young group, (Absythne), who played blues well beyond their age, to be followed by L.A.F, loud can guess, who weren't really that loud, but they were good.

Sunday was a very easy going day. We departed late morning in brilliant weather, the threatened rain never appeared, as there's nothing worse than packing wet tents in my book.

Credit the Barrie Reid and those who worked to make this a successful event. I would have thought that most of the 300 people who went had a good time, I know we did.