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:

Coed y Brenin – Bring it on

Coed y Brenin – Bring it on
The Foundry Skills Area at Coed Y Brenin
The Sideways Slab at Coed Y Brenin

This year I have been focusing on improving my skills and basically plucking up the courage to do more stuff on the bike.

It started with a trip to UK Bike Skills and has continued with me pushing myself where ever I get the chance. Continue reading “Coed y Brenin – Bring it on”

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.

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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!

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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”!

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Coed y Brenin

North Wales Trip 2015

While I did some video editing of the Forest of Dean ride at the weekend I decided to have a clean up of my video files and deleted loads of old footage. But not before I put some clips together from our trip to Snowdonia last year.

It will be remembered for my first bike climb of Snowdon and the fantastic Pont Scethin route (as well as riding the great trails at Coed Y Brenin).

Hope you like Welsh music and terrible singing!

Oh and if you are wondering why I used Vimeo the other day and I ave resorted to Youtube today – well its because there is a 500MB a week limit and I was too impatient to wait until next week to load this to the web.  I may put it on Vimeo next week. Why? Cos I don’t think I will have anything else to upload.

The tunes in the video may not play if you are reading on a mobile device, due to copyrights etc on Youtube.  The PinkBike link  below should work for you:
http://www.pinkbike.com/video/435316/