WALES: TOUGH TRIALS.
AROUND five thousand fans turned out to watch a world-class day of dramatic motorsport on the Welsh borders in Extreme Enduro's annual event The Tough One, on Saturday.
Now in its fourth year, no fewer than four former and current World Champions went head to head at Nant Mawr Quarry, near Oswestry, pushing their bikes to the limit.
It is the toughest course in the UK, and the rivalry also featured Wrexham KTM riders Andrew Edwards and Rob Reese.
The event is now starting to rival the likes of international scrambling competitions such as the Last Man Standing in Texas and Ezberg in Austria.
Tough One organiser Steve Ireland of WOR Events said yesterday: "For those not aware of this branch of motor sport, it's a mixture of motorcross, trials and sheer lunacy all wrapped up in a two-hour race.
"Riders have to tackle a course containing huge boulders, log hills, jumps, lorries - in fact, anywhere you'd think a motorcycle couldn't go, they go and all at high speed."
Stars of the Enduro included current World Champion David Knight, who had won this event every year.
Young Polish rider Taddy Blazusiak was challenging Knight all the way this year having already won the Last Man Standing, Vegas Enduro Cross and Ezberg.
There is no love lost between the two and this immense rivalry goes to the extreme when on the circuit.
"It was a real coup for us, having both of the best riders in the world fighting it out, giving no quarter, with that little bit of needle thrown in for good measure."
Cyril Despres, winner of the Dakar several times and also one of the best off-road riders in the world, was another world level rider taking part for the first time.
Local boy Tom Sagar was also in with a shout, while four times World Champion Paul Edmonson and the exciting Harrogate-based Wayne Braybrooke were battling in the mix.
Full results will be posted on www.dailypost.co.uk this after noon