Calnefornia to Snowdonia

Last weekend 7 of us headed from Wiltshire to North Wales for what promised to be a good weekend on the bikes.

Friday, 2 of the gang went straight to Coed y Brenin while the rest of us headed for Cadair Idris and a grueling climb in temperatures just shy of 30C.

It was hot and hard work but the views were staggering and the descent simply brilliant!

This was the second time for me and I was keen to check out a short bridleway on the return leg and its fair to say it didn’t disappoint!

Saturday saw 7 tired campers hit a muggy Penmachno at an agreed later time, that almost back fired on us!  One of the guys had a free hub issue and we didn’t leave any time to get to a bike shop on Saturday evening.

Luckily, we bumped into Tom Hutton (MTB Guiding) at Coed y Brenin who arranged to meet us Sunday morning and loan us a wheel. What a gent!

So Sunday, all of us made our way around the Dyfi Forest, around the Climach-X trail north of Machynlleth where we rode the epic final descent, but not before exploring some of the Welsh Gravity Enduro stages still widely used but not sign posted in the forest.

We had a cracking weekend and I want to get back to the Dyfi Forest ASAP..

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Cadair Idris by Bike

Cadair Idris by Bike by TimFromWales

I could write loads and wax lyrically about what a great ride Cadair Idris was and talk about the 10km climb through fields and up the valley with a stunning back drop.

I could mention the amazing sound of jets flying the Mach loop or the simply breath taking view at the summit.

Its possible I could mention that you can ride a lot of it and you have to carry you bike for a portion of it to.

And I could finally state what an amazing 10km descent it is from the summit through gnarly rock sections, over weathered steps and through fields of single track.

Instead just take a look at these pics… Some by me and some by my mate JP.

Cadair Idris by Bike by TimFromWales

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North Wales Trip April 2016

North Wales Trip 2016
Cadair Idris Ascent

Its fair to say we have just had an absolute blast in Snowdonia! 4 days of sunshine and dusty trails against the odds and what the “weatherman” kept threatening us with.

10 of us (not all pictured above) rode a variety of trail centres and up a few mountains and generally smiled and laughed all weekend.

While I think I could have been fitter, I felt my riding skills were spot on thanks in part to a great training session with Tony Doyle the week before.

Antur Stiniog - TimFromWales
Antur Stiniog

I will be writing an individual post for each of the days and locations over the course of the next week so come back soon for some more pics, words and videos!

Cadair Idris - TimFromWales
Cadair Idris

Before I go off to get some work done I must say a quick thanks to my good friend Jonathan for these great pics of me in “action”!

Coed y Brenin - TimFromWales
Coed y Brenin