It might be a push up, but that’s nothing to how hard you’ll be pushing yourself and your bike on the way back down. Don’t think Wales is all about long climbs and marathon XC trails, we’ve got plenty of playgrounds if you’re a full on, full face gravity freak too.
has both a fantastic freeride area and the legendary Y Mynnd
DH course. Pedalhounds DH
trail is a more recent addition for an alternative extreme option. You’ll have seen its huge wall rides, corkscrew bridge sections, rock gardens and jump fields countless times in magazines. With a dedicated uplift service on site too, you can hit the hill all day, without even pushing once.
Much anticipated trail centre, Antur Stiniog
, opened it's doors in July 2012. Set in the historical slate mining town of Blaenau Ffestiniog it's setting is unique to say the least. It hosts various graded trails and uplift is essential which you can book via their website.
is the most recent addition of uplift riding in Wales. Bike Park Wales is much closer in concept to that of a ski hill than your average trail centre. Users can either book the minibus uplift service or pedal up under their own steam.
There’s more pedalling at sites like Afan
, Coed Llandegla
, but we guarantee it’s worth it. You’ll certainly be maxxing out your nerve and your suspension on the radical bermed, tabletopped, North Shored, doubled and dropped descents.
Don’t forget that Wales is home to several legendarily challenging and technical DH courses used by several race series every year, so do your downhilling a favour and come to where the real mountains are.