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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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..

(Bwlch) Nant Yr Arian

Nant Yr Arian Trail Centre

I put Bwlch in brackets cos everyone calls it Nant yr Arian, or actually just “Nanty” most of the time, but lets give it its full name for a moment – Bwlch Nant yr Arian. It translates as “Silver Stream Pass” or “Pass of the Silver Stream” and is named after the silver lead ore that was mined in the area. There’s an old mine and museum just down the road, that would be a great spot to drop off the non-mountain biking members of your family while you have a ride or an additional activity if you wanted to have a longer stay. Continue reading “(Bwlch) Nant Yr Arian”

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