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:
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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/