Danny McCanney enjoyed something of a busmanʼs holiday last week competing in the 2012 Welsh Two Day Enduro (W2D). A non-championship event, the W2D (which originated in 1951) nonetheless remains Britain’s biggest enduro by entry, with over 500 enthusiastic amateurs taking part each year in this (largely social!) classic that runs over a significant area of central Wales.
McCanney, riding a Gas Gas EC300 Racing, took the win in the Under 21 class and won the second day outright, but conceded overall victory, placing runner-up to former British champion Ed Jones.
With heavy rain preceding the event and continuing over both days, the event proved more arduous than anyone anticipated with many riders not finishing.
Danny McCanney: “We came to this event really just to enjoy ourselves. Itʼs a great gathering of British enduro enthusiasts and in past years, with sunshine, itʼs been a nice two days trail riding with a little competition thrown in. Unfortunately it was 100% wet all the way this year, in fact it got so bad the organisers had to abandon parts of the route and two of the four tests on day two.
“All the same, it was good practice riding in extreme conditions, although I didnʼt think exactly that when I took a heavy fall on the going on day one! My EC300 Racing was again faultless and didnʼt miss a beat despite the saturating wetness.”
Steve Plain, Gas Gas UK team manager: “Weʼll remember this W2D for a good while – they donʼt come much wetter! Thatʼs a pity as itʼs essentially a fun event thatʼs the highlight of so many amateur ridersʼ year.
“Danny had a nice little ride-out, although Iʼm sure heʼd have been happier spectating, cheering the Sportsmen on, given the conditions. We also took along and displayed some of the new 2013 Gas Gas four-strokes and were very pleased with the public feedback on those. The weather aside, it was a fun two days, as always.”
Danny McCanneyʼs next race is round five of the 2012 Enduro World Championship in Italy, this weekend (June 30-July 1).