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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Adventure X event at Coed y Brenin
The Rhinog Raptor Adventure X Race took place on July 13th 2014. Calling in at Coed Y Brenin it was set amidst the rugged beauty of the Snowdonia National Park. Steep climbs, wild terrain and all sorts of off road surfaces from fire roads to grassy singletrack made it a genuinely tough day out. The long route circumnavigates Rhinog Mountain Massif and is approximately 95% rideable, with one section which was a carry climb for most, if not all riders! Check out the video. 



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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Snowdonia Greenway Bike Shuttle Bus
The Greenway Shuttle Bus will connect you and your bike to the start of some of the best cycling routes in Southern Snowdonia.

On Thursdays and other selected dates through out the summer holidays, the South Snowdonia Greenway Shuttle will transport you and your bike allowing you to leave the car behind or make a longer point to point ride.

The shuttle links Dyffryn Ardudwy, Barmouth, Dolgellau, Coed y Brenin and Llyn Trawsfyndd. Make the most of a days riding at Coed y Brenin, riding the Mawddach Trail or mixing it up with the bike and canoe facilities at Llyn Trawsfynydd.

The South Snowdonia Greenway itself is a 43km route on quiet roads and cycle tracks.

The first Shuttle of the summer season runs on Tuesday 29th July and the last on Thursday 4thSeptember. Places can be booked at http://www.southsnowdoniagreenway.co.uk/shuttlebus.html


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Sunday, 20 July 2014

Afan Lodge: Bike Friendly Accomodation
A little shout out to the very wonderful Afan Lodge who invited us to stay with them on our recent Bike and Beer road trip across Wales earlier this month - more on the road trip coming soon.

Afan L0dge
If you're not familiar with Afan Lodge it is ideally located between Afan Forest Park Visitor Centre and Glyncorrwg Mountain Bike Centre. Modelled on a 'Swiss lodge' ski chalet it makes for a perfect base camp with all the Afan single track trails available within a short cycle ride from the door. Cwmcarn and BikePark Wales are only a short drive away too.
 
Afan Lodge Skills
 
As a mountain biker you won't feel out of place - in fact you'll feel positively embraced. Bike paraphernalia adorns the walls, there's a pump track & skills loop in the garden, a secure bike lock up on site and huge food portions to sate most appetites.  
 
 
Oh, and there is plenty of Welsh beer available in the bar too.
 
neath ales

A little piece of mountain bike heaven to lay your head after a fun day on the trails.  Next time why not make a weekend of it. 
 
For more info visit the Afan Lodge website



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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Up and Riding: BikePark Wales Celebrate First Anniversary
BikePark Wales is the UK’s first and biggest commercial bike park. On August 24th anniversary. It is hard to believe that this ground breaking facility is in fact less than a year old, so much has been achieved in that short time but there is much more to come from BikePark Wales. A new coaching programme using video analysis and deconstruction techniques has just gone live and is proving extremely popular. Additionally two new trails are now under construction, a red jump trail that is set to be the UK’s longest and most creative section of flowy jump trail and a new, steeper black run designed specifically for long travel DH bikes. This is just the tip of the iceberg, there is plenty more to come from BikePark Wales in the near future.

In “Up and Riding” we join the BPW team 10 months after the park opened and find out what it was like behind the scenes with the mayhem of opening weekend. We also meet the BPW staff for the first time including a hilarious introduction to the BikePark trail crew. There are riding sections with some of the UK’s best riders including BPW locals Manon Carpenter and Taylor Vernon and we get an outsiders view of the park from MBUK’s Doddy.

BikePark Wales would like to thank everyone that has visited and helped make the first year such a success, each and every one of you has invested in the future of the park and we are already seeing the benefits of well maintained trails and new trails being added. We look forward to unveiling our two new trails later in the summer sand enjoying some fresh tracks with you!



Find out more and book your trip to BikePark Wales


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Tuesday, 08 July 2014

Beer & Bike Countdown
I’m a firm believer that no two words go better together than Beer and Bikes.  If you add Welsh in front… ‘Welsh Beer and Bikes’...then all the better.  So this week we begin our roadtrip across Wales pedalling at some of the best Welsh trail centres and drinking some of the tastiest Welsh beer.  

 
Handmade Beer Company
 
We'll be calling in at Afan Forest, BikePark Wales, Coed y Brenin, Afan Lodge, Purple Moose and Grey Trees Brewery to name but a few stops. 

Grey Trees Brewery
 
At the end of our journey we’ll put together a write up and a video so you can follow in our tyre tracks.  Until then follow our journey on both Facebook and Twitter. We’ll be using the hashtag #beerandbikes

Coed y Brenin Freeride
 


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Thursday, 19 June 2014

BPW Launch Bespoke Coaching
BikePark Wales are delighted to announce the launch of their Coaching Programme.

BikePark was has quickly established itself as one of the UK’s premier riding destinations, with trails to suit all abilities. It has always been an aim to add to the offering at BikePark Wales with an accessible, high quality coaching programme that helps riders to improve their riding skills in a safe and supportive environment. It has taken longer than expected to finalise the coaching programme at BikePark Wales but if a job is worth doing, it is worth doing properly!

BikePark Wales aims to be the UK’s first centre of excellence for mountain bike coaching. Using a unique coaching programme designed specifically for us by Ian Warby and Richard Kelly of B1ke,  our skills sessions help to break down each fundamental skill into its key elements enabling you to improve your riding and understand not only how to improve but also the science behind why. As adults the “why” gives us the trust in our equipment, ourselves and the coaching we receive.
 
 

Part of what makes our coaching package so strong is the use of video analysis. The ability to see that what you feel you are doing is not necessarily what you are actually doing can be very enlightening. It can help riders to identify mistakes that are holding them back and helps riders to work through these with the help of our highly trained coaches.

BikePark Wales offers a fantastic place to learn, with green trail through to black trails, there is no limit to riders development and progress. By breaking down skills into key elements our coaching ensures the skills learnt here are transferable and applicable in all trail situations.
 
Whether you are an experienced rider looking to further improve your technical skills with coaching, or a complete beginner to the sport looking to pick up the fundamentals to get going, we have the coaching session to suit. Initially BikePark Wales will offer the following courses, but we also offer 1 to 1 coaching and private groups. Each course is tailored to the group ensuring all riders take away the skills they need to improve.
 

BikePark Wales Courses
1. Park Essentials and Core Skills
Ideal for first time bike park riders but by no means only for beginners. We will coach you through the fundamental techniques required to have you descending safely and with confidence.

2. Rhythm and flow
Have you ever wondered how some riders manage to carry more speed and ride with seemingly less effort and more confidence? This course holds the answers. If smooth confident and efficient riding over all terrain is your goal look no further.

3. Carving Corners
Often a neglected skill in favour of drops and jumps, however corners can be the most fun part of a trail. Come and learn to ride faster and smoother round corners.

4. Drop Zone
Are you taking the chicken line or walking round drops? This module helps you take the next step and will help you to develop confidence to land softly and smoothly.
 
5. Jump Starter
From small tabletops to large gaps, get the technique right and you can build up to safely tackle larger features with new confidence.
 
6. DH Race Improver
Want to get your head in the zone and knock seconds off your time, this course will help you do it! BikePark Wales is the UK's premier mountain bike destination with trails to suit all riding styles and
abilities. There are options to pedal up as well as a fast and efficient uplift service.

Sessions are available to book immediately on the BikePark Wales website with the first sessions starting as soon as Friday 27th June. 

To book online and find out more visit https://www.bikeparkwales.com/coaching.asp


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Monday, 09 June 2014

Bike Park Wales Demo Day - June 2014
Think this could make a brilliant fathers day present....
 


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Thursday, 05 June 2014

Aber Sessions
The mbwales Flickr group has been established for a little while now and people have added some incredible Welsh mountain biking photos. A few extra interesting photos popped into my feed recently from keen photographer and mountain biker Dan Jones
 
Dan studies at Aberystwyth university and he ended up taking an unusual set of photos after he had just broken his wrist. He told me how he couldn't get too far away from university accommodation because it was exam revision period and obviously he couldn't ride with a broken wrist. But that wasn't going to stop him.
 
"We decided to head out to the closest places to us that we were able to ride and have some fun hooning around the rocks on the seafront" says Dan.  
 
There's not a lot of mud around but Dan's photographic eye and the coastal setting certainly make 'hooning around' look like a lot of fun. It's amazing the different sorts of places we can find to ride.
 


 

 
Check out the rest of Dan's photos on his Flickr photostream - https://www.flickr.com/photos/danjones4photos/
 
And don't forget to submit your own Welsh mountain biking photos to the MBwales Flickr group - https://www.flickr.com/groups/1841960@N23/


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Friday, 23 May 2014

Howies Dyfi Enduro 2014
With assistance from of a loyal band of helpers, some great sponsors, and friendly landowners the Dyfi Enduro has grown to be one of the most popular in the UK, with entries selling out faster and faster each year. 2014 was no exception, in fact it was the largest Dyfi Enduro since it's conception in 2000. It sold out places within 8 minutes of opening. It is a mountain bike event not to be missed. Have you entered yet? maybe next year.

The howies sponsored Dyfi Enduro, is always the first May Bank Holiday weekend of the year, and the Coed Y Brenin Enduro, is normally the first weekend in October.



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Monday, 31 March 2014

British Downhill Rd 1 at Antur Stiniog
The first round of the British Downhill Series at Antur Stiniog, North Wales. A massive success by the sounds of it. And here's a rock music themed video to give you a taste.

Ride IO Shimano BDS 2014 Round 1 Antur Stiniog from Ride.io on Vimeo.


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