Seek and ye shall find

Ask, and it shall be given you;
seek, and ye shall find;
knock, and it shall be opened unto you

Why not quote The Bible every now and again!

Or by contrast maybe Iggy Pop?

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

Its not Moab but its mine

 

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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Throw Back Thursday – Antur Stiniog

I’ve been thinking about doing a mashup video edit from some old footage and have just been looking at some clips from last year’s trip to North Wales and found this run from Antur Stiniog.

Such an amazing place and remarkably more rideable than I thought it would be.

Its definitely quite intimidating to start with as its very steep, but its all rollable and if you control your speed anyone can find a way down the red trail.

The Blacks step it up a little but you can see that my Vitus Escpare with 150mm front, 135mm rear travel was more than capable of dealing with the rocks.

Here are some more pics from the rest of the weekend…

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I need  to go back..

GoPro video advice, hints and tips

Chest cam footage is boring!

It has its place – for instance its great to view chest cam footage of a trail that you want to ride but have never been to. While GoPro footage is not entirely representative of what something is actually like, its the closest you are going to get without actually being there.

Also its quite  thrill watching course preview footage of world cup events with the likes of Claudio Caluori singing and squealing while trying to keep up with a current top 10 rider.

Ok, what I meant to say is your chest cam footage is boring…

So is mine, and the helmet cam stuff too. Just cut it out!

Don’t hate me, what i am trying to say is if you want your videos to be watchable and enjoyable don’t just upload 10-15 minutes of POV chest cam or similar. Mix it up.

It takes more effort, but a mixture of angles and perspectives will make for a much more enjoyable film and with a bit of luck you might find peolpe share it with someone else.

So I thought I’d have some fun and show you some different angles that I play around with from time to time.

By the way I am not a comedian, actor or TV presenter and this video sounded a lot more fun in my head and the result might be just as boring as my chest cam footage, but hopefully the next time you go out with your GoPro and aim to make a film for your mates to watch the ride back you might get some ideas from this.

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Y Slab at Coed Y Brenin

Y Slab at Coed Y Brenin
I had a brief visit to Coed Y Brenin while in North Wales recently and Tom Hutton of MTB Guiding accompanied me to the top of the Tarw Du trail to show me the new Y Slab section.

It was a really cold day; my Strava record says it was a -2 Celsius average temperature and my toes were numb for about an hour after riding.

 

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Does my thumb look big in this?
While I have been to Coed Y Brenin a few times I had never ridden the Tarw Du, so this and a newly opened trail section was a double treat.
The Tarw Du is a Black / Severe grade trail and certainly has some obstacles that require commitment but ultimately I think its more a “Red +” as I didn’t find this any where near as daunting as say Dai Hard or 5o Shades of Black at BikePark Wales.
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One of the “slabs” on the Y Slab section
Its well worth a trip and Tom was great company as he knows the centre and the trails really well. His business runs guided days and full weekends in Snowdonia as well as the Lake District, Scotland and other parts of the UK.
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Tom Hutton (LEFT) drinking another coffee!
Tom is probably best-known as a guidebook writer and the man behind MBR magazine’s pull-out route guides.  I have been on a few trips with MTB Guiding and highly recommend Tom and Steph as excellent guides and superb hosts check them out on Facebook and the web in the links below: