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Tuesday, 07 April 2015

New singletrack at Nant yr Arian
First new trail at Nant in 10 years - A new section of red grade trail has opened at Bwlch Nant yr Arian. It may be only 400m long but packs in loads of features including 3 berms and loads of jump opportunities. It also sits just above the Mark of Zorro making this epic section even longer and better. Possibly the best in Wales.

The Summit Trail getting even bigger - Natural Resource Wales have made some fantastic new changes to their Summit mountain bike trail. It now includes all of the amazing singletrack that Bwlch Nant yr Arian has to offer including over 400m of a brand new fast flowing section. The length of the trail is now almost 20km, though those wanting an even bigger challenge should try our epic Syfydrin trail, which at 35km includes all of our singletrack and also some of the best technical, exposed and awesome riding in Wales.



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Wednesday, 25 March 2015

BikePark Wales "Trail Crew on Call"
BikePark Wales take a light hearted look at life behind the scenes with their team of trail building experts as they keep your favourite trails in tip top shape during some challenging winter conditions.






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Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Enduro Season Kicks Off!

Race season began in earnest last weekend as Bike Park Wales hosted the One Industries Mini Enduro, which doubled up as the opening round of the Welsh Gravity Enduro Series.

And there’s a scant six days to recover before the enduro action continues, this time at Coed Trallwm trail centre in mid-Wales where Red Kite Events are laying on the first round of the Mondraker Enduro Series. Or you may prefer to take on Round 1 of the 2015 Welsh Enduro Series which takes place in the iconic Coed y Brenin MTB Trail Centre.

And there’s a scant six days to recover before the enduro action continues, this time at Coed Trallwm trail centre in mid-Wales where Red Kite Events are laying on the first round of the Mondraker Enduro Series. Or you may prefer to take on Round 1 of the 2015 Welsh Enduro Series which takes place in the iconic Coed y Brenin MTB Trail Centre.
 
Lewis Day

If you’re unfamiliar with the gravity-style enduro format, expect a series of timed, technical downhill sections, linked by untimed ‘transition’ stages. The rider with the shortest combined time for all the stages takes top step on the winners’ podium.

And to help you get your race face on, Hay-on-Wye based rider Lewis Day has taken some time out from training to come up with 5 top tips for enduro success.

Lewis - sponsored by his LBS, Drover Cycles - knows his stuff - he finished top dog competing last season over the border at Hopton in Shropshire.Over to Lewis - get your shred on!

1. Be prepared
Lay out everything you could possibly need for the weekend. I take pretty much all my riding kit (full-face helmet, jackets, goggles etc). We all know how unpredictable British weather can be so pack for any eventuality. Chances are the stage gnarl factor will also be unknown so take sufficient padding to cover all bases. Also pack a well-stocked tool box.

2. Fuel
There’s often not enough time to eat a complete meal during the race, so flapjacks, energy gels and the like are key to keep you going all day. A solid energy-biased breakfast is also very important. I favour lots of toast, bananas and lots of water come the morning of the race.

3. Timing
You will be allocated a start time for each stage, it’s quite important you keep to these (for most events at least). At some races you’ll be handed a sticker with this info which you can slap on your bike. Failing that, keep a note. I like to use a piece of Duck tape stuck to my top tube where I write my times with a marker pen. Obviously a watch is also handy.

4. Bike setup
In my opinion, some people get too hung up on bike set-up and bike choice, painstakingly tailoring them to each stage. I like to have a base set-up which I feel comfortable with all round, meaning I can concentrate on learning the stages. That way I know how the bike reacts in situation, and there are no nasty surprises. I might alter tyre pressures slightly but that’s all. As for bike choice, a mid travel (140-160mm) full-suspension bike is ideal. The jury is out on wheel size but my choice would be a 650b as it would cope well with most situations. Something like the Commencal Meta AM would be my preference.

5. Training
The best training for this style of event is to simply get as much bike time as you can on a variety of terrain. This will increase your fitness and also give you the skills to cope well with the different terrains you’ll encounter come race day. Fitness is obviously a key factor in Enduro racing so if you feel this is lacking, a Turbo Trainer is a vital tool.


Lewis Day on the number one spot.


Posted by hannaht at 17:42:03


Monday, 09 March 2015

Jumps & Drops with Katy Curd
Katy Curd, current world 4x champion, is at Oneplanet Adventure soon. She'll be sharing her wisdom and coaching her Ladies Jumps and Drops course.
 
 
This course is for you if;
  • You find yourself in the air, but want more control
  • Are looking to learn the techniques to safely and smoothly tackle jumps and drops
  • Want to learn how to overcome technical terrain
  • Pick up hints and tips from the fastest in the world
  • Are looking for a progress from and develop core skills 
 
 
Courses will run throughout 2015 on April 19th, May 29th and September 20th. Costs includes tuition in OAPs private skills areas, lunch and refreshments from their award winning cafe, video analysis / feedback and a OPA usb stick with all the videos from the day.

All dates can be booked hereLadies Jumps and Drops with Katy Curd



Posted by hannaht at 19:27:15


Wednesday, 04 March 2015

Mountain Bike Dirt Days at Cwmcarn
Mountain Bike Dirt Day at Cwmcarn Forest on Monday 30 March 2015, with world champion Manon Carpenter. For Welsh riders aged 13 – 16 who want to take their mountain bike skills to the next level and get into racing MTB XC. It's free but you must register. #ibikewales #mtb
 
Visit Welsh Cycling to find out more. 
 


Posted by hannaht at 15:05:16


Monday, 02 March 2015

The 2015 Welsh Enduro Series
 
Mike Marsden of Borderline Events and Adrian Bradley of Antur Stiniog are proud to bring you The 2015 Welsh Enduro Series.

The events will be held in the heart of Snowdonia, and in 3 of North Wales’ iconic Trail Centres, Coed y Brenin, The Marin Trail, and Penmachno. 

There will be 3 timed stages per event that will challenge both riders technical ability, and their fitness. All stages will be on existing Trail Centre trails and will suit everyone from novice first time racers to full on G.E. experts. Entry fee will be £39.50 for each round. No licence required to race, and no personal insurance needed although it is recommended. Full face helmets are recommended but not compulsory as are knee pads and body armour. The timing will be the same as the successful Penmachno Enduro last year with the dibber system, and the results will be instantly available on your return to H.Q.

The emphases will be on putting on a great event in a relaxed environment, and you will be able to ride, and race in a group of up to 8 of your friends with no restriction on riding with anyone from any category.

Entries are now live on the Borderline Events Website.

We would like to thank our Series Sponsors, Continental Tyres, Lapierre Bikes, and Alf Jones Cycles.

 Here is what Martin Astley at Lapierre had to say;
‘It's great to see a National Enduro series for Wales finally. There is no denying that Wales has some amazing riding and plenty of fast riders, so it is guaranteed to be a great series. The Lapierre Zesty and Spicy were made for this kind of riding so it was an obvious fit for us to come on board as a sponsor’.

We would also like to thank Antur Stiniog, Beics Brenin, JTech Suspension, and Purple Moose Brewery for Category prizes for all rounds.

Round 1: (Less than 90 places left) The Series kicks off on the 22nd home of Mountainbiking’ the iconic Coed y Brenin Mtb Trail Centre. We will have 3 great stages with a twist at the end of Stage 3 that not many riders will have ridden before, and will be a fantastic addition to an already awesome event.

Round 2 on the 31st  of May takes us to another thoroughbred, The Marin Trail in the Conway Valley. Stage 1 and 3 promises to be flat out descending whilst we will mix it up with Stage 2 with some technicality thrown in, fitness will be the key! Some nice additions have been made on the trails to keep more speed and get some air time, thanks to Mtb Ranger Andy Braund for keeping his finger on the pulse!

Round 3 on the 6th  of September will take us to another favourite, Penmachno Bike Trails. 2 new sections have been built recently and will be included, as well as a change to last years event with another section being used.

All events will be ridden in the morning prior to racing in the afternoon, and will be a 9-10mile loop at the 3 venues, with the timed sections ranging from 4-9 mins long so you better get training! You can book on at http://www.borderline-events.co.uk/

There will be Trophy’s and prizes for the Top 3 in each Category, and both Mike and Myself look forward to welcoming you to what will be a fantastic




Posted by hannaht at 17:39:05


Friday, 27 February 2015

New Black trail “50 shades of black” at BikePark Wales
BikePark Wales announce their newest trail “50 shades of black”. It's their longest and gnarliest black trail to date with a classic Welsh mix of rock, roots and mud.

The trail is named 50 shades of black due to the varying surfaces, topography, trail style and vegetation all within this single trail. 50 shades uses an as yet unused part of the hill on the south side of the mountain. Opening on the 27th February 2015 the trail descends the full 280 metre vertical drop over its 1.8 kilometre length.

Additionally BikePark Wales will soon be opening a new pro-line section which peels off the lower slopes of 50 shades which will be known as “Join the dots”. This new pro-line option uses natural rock ledges and boulders to create step downs, hips and doubles that will test even the very best of riders.

Check out the video edit below showing Trek World Racing rider Laurie Greenland giving 50 shades of black a test session earlier this year.




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Thursday, 05 February 2015

Welsh MTB Events for 2015
Holy Moly! There has been a positive boom in mountain biking events in recent years and 2015 is set to be the best yet. No excuses this year! There is simply something for everyone including downhill, enduro, cross country, bikepacking, multi-day, beer drinking and bog snorkelling. So check out the schedule, pop the date in your diary, sign yourself up and get training.

Here’s 4 events which are entirely new for this year;

  • The Coed y Brenin Antifreeze.A multi lap mountain bike event taking place in the majestic forests of Coed y Brenin Forest Park on March the 1st 2015.
  • The Welsh Gravity Enduro. The best of the Welsh trail centres all rolled into a 4 round Welsh Gravity Enduro Series. The dates of the 4 rounds have been decided and further info will be coming soon. Round 1 is on the 14th March 2015.
  • Epic Cymru. A multi day event aimed at the whole spectrum of riders, from XC to enduro. It includes both timed and non-timed XC and downhill sections in some of the countries best South Wales destinations over 5 awesome days between 15th - 19th of August 2015. There’s lots of things to do for the whole family too.
  • Cross Mountain.Taking place on the 9th November this year in South Wales. It involves CX bikers going head to head with mountain bikers on either 35km or 55km route options.

For a full list check out our Events Calendar. And if you have one to add just let us know via the contact form.

 


Posted by hannaht at 16:32:46


Tuesday, 20 January 2015

I Bike Wales
Wales really does have it all when it comes to mountain biking. We have somewhere between 500km - 600km of purpose built spectacular singletrack, all weather trail centres, downhill tracks, freeride hotspots, skills parks and wild natural trails. Everything a mountain biker could want whatever their ability.

I Bike Wales - #ibikewales from Maia Media on Vimeo.

The 'I Bike Wales' video highlights some of the reasons people like to ride their mountain bikes and it encourages people of all ages, sizes and abilities to get out, ride and enjoy the spectacular Welsh trails. Using a selection of still photography from everyday riders on Flickr we’ve managed to manipulate these images into 3D showcasing some of the best reasons to get on your bike.

Redbull recently named Wales as one of the ‘Five places to ride before you die: The spots on Planet Earth you cannot afford to miss on your mountain bike.’ Quoting our spoilt for choice, swathe of modern trail centres and our potential scope for endless back-country escapes as two of the reasons.

Mountain biking isn’t just for adrenaline freaks either – there really is something for everyone. We have over eleven green and blue trail centre routes scattered across the country suitable for beginners and families.

It is time to spread the message that mountain biking in Wales is amazing and suitable for everyone. Get involved by posting your ride pictures, your muddy smiling faces and photos of your group rides on Facebook and Twitter, and don't forget to use the hashtag #iridewales

To find out more about mountain biking in Wales visit www.mbwales.com/

Follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/mbwales and twitter @mbwales

Or add your images to our mbwales Flickr group if you’d like to be included in the next #ibikewales video .


Posted by hannaht at 14:01:18


Monday, 05 January 2015

Three of the Top Five UK Trail Centres are in Wales
It's official! We knew it already but Wales has been recognised as a world class mountain biking destination with three of the top five UK venues on our very own soil.   

Mountain Bike Trail community website iBikeRide aggregate all the reviews and ratings from the UK riding public that are made throughout the year into a Trail Index.  It's this rider generated info that has positioned Wales at the top of the UK rankings.  

BikePark Wales celebrated it's first anniversary in August 2014 and it's already hit the UK second spot.  Much closer in concept to that of a ski hill than your average trail centre it's been built in the heart of the South Wales Valleys. The park offers an uplift service which transports you and your bike to the top in between rides, providing your legs with a little rest before your next run down. Or if you like pedalling it's OK to cycle up too.  You pay £6 for entry or £30 (£32.50 weekends) for the uplift for the day (which then includes the entry fee) and that money goes to retain a full time trail crew to keep the trails in tip top condition. 

Afan Forest Park, managed by Natural Resources Wales is the fastest growing mountain bike area in Britain and hit the iBikeRide 2014 third spot.  With 6 superb flowing trails ranging from 7km to over 40km's and a Bike Park there is plenty of all weather singletrack worth riding.  The new red graded Blade trail launched on February 14th 2014 and is fast becoming one of the most popular trails.    

Mountain bike Mecca, Coed-y-Brenin was the first forest to be developed for the sport of mountain biking in the UK and to this day retains its reputation as the sports premier location. In the most recent poll it proudly boasts the fourth position of the iBikeRide rankings.  The MinorTaur is the most recent blue graded development which complements the established red and black rides. It's specially adapted features make Coed-y-Brenin Forest Park the first truly inclusive mountain bike destination.  

Here's the run down of the top 15 mountain bike trail centres with Antur Stiniog and Coed Llandegla making it into the list too.  

The UK’s top 15 mountain bike trails as voted by the iBikeRide UK riding public
1. Glentress Mountain Bike Trail Centre
2. BikePark Wales
3. Afan Forest Mountain Bike Trail Centre
4. Coed y Brenin Mountain Bike Trail Centre
5. Gisburn Forest Bike Trails
6. Antur Stiniog Mountain Bike Trail Centre
7. Hamsterley Forest and Descend Hamsterley Mountain Bike Trails
8. Chicksands Bike Park
9. Innerleithen Mountain Bike Trails
10. Kirroughtree Mountain Bike Trail Centre
11. Coed Llandegla Mountain Bike Centre
12. Cannock Chase Mountain Bike Centre
13. Glenlivet Mountain Bike Trail Centre
14. Forest of Dean
15. Whinlatter Forest Park Mountain Bike Trail Centre



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