Antur Stiniog – Yeah baby!

This time last week I wont deny I was a little nervous. I’d seen the centre before and it looked scary, it looked bare and it looked like it was going to hurt.

I’m not a fast rider but I do like riding steep trails – Antur Stiniog was going to deliver the steep side and the speed like it or not!

First thing to notice was how under dressed we all felt. This is a purely gravity assisted bike park and 75% of the riders were on full DH rigs and wearing as much body armour as they could. What were we doing?

The Blue run was a belter and enough for some of the group. Recalibrate your trail grading here as this is a Blue DH run not a Blue XC trail.

The Wild Cart (Red) trail was a blast and treats you to some steep chutes, good sized drops  and plenty of steep turns and jumps. Gary and I coped well so we stepped up to Black Powder and buckled in for our first go on the Black! And we survived!

Basically it was an amazing day and its a spot that will push your riding to another level. However I would also add that its not as scary as I thought it would be.

Take your pads and a full face helmet, take your time and you will have an awesome day.

The uplift is pretty slick and smooth as it takes you up tarmac roads rather than bumpy fire road. And the food in the cafe is great too, but it small and gets busy at lunch time so get in early.

The uplift stops for lunch and there’s no push up track, but there is a small gravity fed pump track for you to practice on.

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I’d thoroughly recommend a day at Antur Stiniog – so go and book yourself on the uplift now!

http://www.anturstiniog.com/DownhillTrails/DownhillTrailsWales/

 

MB Swindon Gravity Team

MB Swindon have 2 sponsored teams competing in national events this year. The first team I am going to mention is the Gravity Team.

Gravity Enduro events are kind of new and combine the fitness of cross country riding and the technique of downhill racing. There are various types of event and each one has a mix of timed (usually the down hill parts of course) and untimed sections.

For more info on the UK race format go here – http://www.ukgravityenduro.com/race-info/event-format/

Enduro racing is not a downhill race neither is it a cross country race, its a mix of the 2, you’ll need to have riding skills + fitness for these events, the stages or timed sections are usually pointing down, but can have short climbs and flat sections also, the terrain will also vary from trail centre type to natural root and rock. After each stage there is a non timed section to your next stage, this usually involves riding uphill for some distance and varies on venue and stage.

Each round will consist of 5 timed stages on the Sunday, with open practise from 9am till 3am on Saturday, at 3.30pm on the Saturday there will be a seeding run on stage 5, this is live timed into a finish arena were the baying crowd will be cheering you on. The seeding run sorts the running order out of each category for the Sunday, slowest first with 20 second gaps between riders, it also counts towards your overall time on Sunday.

The rider in each category with the fastest overall times is the winner, we reward the top 3 in each category + the top 5 overall times of the day.

The MB Swindon 2013 Team

James Scott (Captain)
Jason Pinkney
Mike Brazier
Dion Thomas
Pete Gowland
Antonio Fiore.

MB Swindon 2013 Sponsors

Hargroves (http://www.hargrovescycles.co.uk)
Ski & Summer Morzine (http://www.skimorzine.com)
Mike Buss PT (http://www.mike-buss.com)
MucOff UK BikePark (http://www.ukbikepark.com)
Fibrax (http://www.fibrax.com/)

Website – http://www.mbswindon.co.uk/race-teams/gravity-team/

Video courtesy of my friend and race team leader James Scott – having a practice this weekend at Afan.