Sparks will fly

If you are a follower of my blog, facebook or instagram you will know I like to take photos, and my Gopro usually accompanies me on my trips too. Well it was only a matter of time before I got a flying camera wasn’t it!

I’m not made of money so the entry level Spark from DJI has been on my watch list for a while and I finally saw a great deal and went for it.

I was also on my way to Snowdonia and the Elan Valley with my mate and his van for the weekend so it was an opportunity to good to miss.

Day 1 I spent most of the batteries figuring out what to do and didn’t get much footage. Day 2 I felt I got a lot more efficient and managed the day with juice to spare.

I wasn’t quite brave enough to fly it out over the reservoirs in the Elan Valley or let it get too far from me in the mountains as I hadn’t quite worked out the “homing” settings.

What do you think of the results of my first drone edit?

I want to mix it up with GoPro footage in the future and think I’m going to have to invest in some decent video editing software sooner or later…

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Brechfa Forest MTB Trails

Last weekend a group of us headed off to Carmarthenshire West Wales and spent a very long day riding around the Brechfa Forest trails – Gorlech (Red) and Raven (Black).

Trails designed by Rowan Sorrel, a forest of beautiful fir trees and plenty of mud – what more do you want?

Well there wasn’t too much mud, though I am sure parts of these trails are never dry!

The weather gods were on our side even though we were deep in to Wales in October!

We had a wicked day and here are a couple POV GoPro edits to give you a feel for whats in store if you decide to pay Brechfa a visit.

First up the Red graded Gorlech.  fast and flowy in places, a few climbs and last weekend, a few wet leaves!

The Raven is  Black graded trail but shouldn’t scare you. There are some great features on the trail and a few techy switch backs, but its not a Black trail in my opinion and equivalent to a Red at Bike Park Wales.

 

More info on the trails and links to find out about any forestry work below:

If you fancy a guided tour around the trails and the rest of the area you should definitely contact Jay and Nikki at Mudtrek.

Go Cafall before Christmas

Vitus Escarpe - Cafall
My Vitus Escarpe VRX

This time of the year my local “trails” are muddy.  I know, so are yours but mine are not very interesting at the best of times so when it gets muddy it simply is no fun at all.

I am not a geologist but I can confidently say we have a heavy clay content in our soil around here so when it gets wet no “mud tyre” or “winter tyre” will cope. So the only  solution if you want a proper ride is to visit a trail centre.

Cafall Trail Cwmcarn

As luck would have it this last weekend a friend (check his blog out here) and I were off to Cardiff to see a great live band called Clutch. Go check them out if you like heavy bluesy rock with a smattering of stoner thrown in. I digress…

As we were going to be in Wales it would be rude not to take in a trail, so we hatched a plan to visit Cwmcarn and ride the Cafall.

Cafall Trail Cwmcarn

I was determined this time to take some photos and with the misty conditions it was certainly moody and picturesque enough for some fine results. Hopefully you will agree.

This ride was great and theres a lot to be said about making the effort to find a trail centre during the winter. They are built to take a battering from riders abusing them and of course the weather, especially in Wales.   A combination of the trees and elevation profile will allow rain to either be drunk by the vegetation or run off down the hillside to join the local rivers out of the way. So save for a few patches we managed to ride around in some damp but not muddy conditions.

Cafall Trail Cwmcarn

Now, there’s not getting away from it, its time to see my face and listen to me talk.  2017 will see me do more video (hopefully much better than this one) so get used to it!

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The Same, Only Different

What a great weekend that was. Popped a couple of MTB related cherries and the whole trip couldn’t have gone any smoother – for most of us anyway!

The plan started about 3 months ago after a group of friends returned buzzing from Llandegla trail centre wanting to return as soon as possible.  I hadn’t been able to make the trip having only just been on a 5 day Snowdonia stay and another weekend away from family duties was deemed against the rules!  So we planned another visit to Llandegla, the only Welsh trail centre I hadn’t visited, and I had my wicked way with the proceedings and included a mountain ride in Shropshire for the Sunday.

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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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