Last weekend a group of us headed off to Carmarthenshire West Wales and spent a very long day riding around the Brechfa Forest trails – Gorlech (Red) and Raven (Black).
Trails designed by Rowan Sorrel, a forest of beautiful fir trees and plenty of mud – what more do you want?
Well there wasn’t too much mud, though I am sure parts of these trails are never dry!
The weather gods were on our side even though we were deep in to Wales in October!
We had a wicked day and here are a couple POV GoPro edits to give you a feel for whats in store if you decide to pay Brechfa a visit.
First up the Red graded Gorlech. fast and flowy in places, a few climbs and last weekend, a few wet leaves!
The Raven is Black graded trail but shouldn’t scare you. There are some great features on the trail and a few techy switch backs, but its not a Black trail in my opinion and equivalent to a Red at Bike Park Wales.
More info on the trails and links to find out about any forestry work below:
My mate Gary has a drone. A DJI Mavic drone. And now I want one!
I’ve found my wings again this last few weeks at a local spot and we had a great time on Saturday hitting the singletrack and the jumps in the woods. When the woods opened out a little we thought the drone would be a great way to capture some of the action.
Its so cool to see yourself in action like this. Regular readers of my blog will know I like to try and take the GoPro off me and the bike from time to time, but you can’t get footage like this unless you actually get the camera in the air.
Gary has previously flown RC helicopters, but his newest toy is a DJI Mavic and he’s working towards obtaining his CAA Permit to take drone flying a little further. Also if you didn’t know, you actually need a permit in order to legally fly a drone further than 120 metres and out of line of sight (or something like that).
Anyway, enough of me droning on (I crack myself up sometimes), its time to let the riding and the aerial photography do the talking. So here’s the awesome results of Gary’s filming on Saturday afternoon, and go follow him on YouTube or Vimeo here.
All stills and the video thanks top Gary Lee / Ridgeway Drones
And I’m the world’s forgotten boy
The one who’s searchin’, searchin’ to destroy
The point is get out and look for it… Find a trail. Build a trail. Shred a trail. Ok I’m not really a shredder!
Let us finish this, once and for all. I came to this dimension to destroy turtles. The more… the merrier! Now come! Come and face your doom!
Yes another quote, this time from Shredder off of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!
I’m no shredder like I said, but like many of us normal folk I like to think I can tear up a trail from time to time! LOL Who am I kidding!
Anyway, the whole point of this post was to show you a new POV edit of some local stuff, most of which we only found recently. Some built by others, some by us, some made by wildlife, some cheeky little off piste bits but mostly all dusty, dead leaf crunchy stuff within a short pedal of my house.
Go and have a look for yourself, its out there.
I feel I should have ended with another quote…. hmm
Mountain biking doesn’t have to be just a dream you have of far off places.
You don’t have to live in Utah, New Zealand, Canada or even Wales.
Right on your doorstep is something worth riding and you must learn to embrace it and enjoy it.
We are bombarded with clips of dusty far off lands, Surrey Hills shredding, never ending descents to deep blue oceans and Scottish highland rocky trails, but no matter where you live, you will have something right under your nose, I guarantee it!
With work and family commitments its tricky for me to get away, even short drives up to Wales are hard to squeeze in and so most of my weekends are spent riding the Wiltshire Downs.
You don’t have to ride the best trails in the world, you just have to ride!
Excuse the Youtube friendly music – I have lost my original footage so had to overlay some copyright free tunes onto my entire soundtrack to keep YT happy.
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