Wales is amazing

bungalistic
bungalistic Posts: 543
edited April 2009 in MTB general
Group of us went to Wales for the full bank holiday weekend and it was simply superb.

Llandegla was fun, like a bmx track through the woods.
Afan - The Wall was a classic sort of xc route, bit too much fireroad climb but a good descent back to the bottom.
Glyncorrwg - Whites Level was brilliant, 99% singletrack, pretty hard ascent but amazing run back down again, supern trail.
Cwncarn, we weren't going to ride the trail originally but decided we should and very glad we did as it was one of the best trails i've ever ridden, again mostly singletrack with a fairly hard and technical ascent but once at the top the reward was well worth it. Really nice having the freeride play area up there, and from there on it was just superb flowing fast singletrack, through woods or along the mountain side all the way back to the cars.

Biggest thanks to the weather which made the weekend, i'd imagine some of the trails to be very different beasts in the wet but in the dry under a blue sky the trails were a joy to ride. I would highly recommend Wales to anyone and will definately be going back for another trip.

I tried some welsh cakes too and must say I thought they were very nice.

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  • P-Jay
    P-Jay Posts: 1,478
    edited April 2009
    Everyday, when I wake up, I thank the lord I'm Welsh!!!! Ha ha.

    Great isn't it! We rode Llandegla for the first time at the weekend. Pretty stunning once did the full black, and well only two things scare me in the world, heights and riding on wood, ha ha. That big thing is awesome fun, first time I came along it I was bricking it especially as the angle of the down bit makes it blind till you're on it.

    Also got a bit carried away on the last step down thing as you come back to the carpark, I must have been concentrating because me tongue was stick out. Saw it as a little jump to whacked it and fell quiet a distance on the other side and bit my tongue.

    Also tried a night out in Wrexham on Saturday and got taken home by 2 girls which was a first for me.

    Pretty stunning weekend all told, ha ha.

    Big thing :-

    mike-bike.jpg

    I wonder if JC's got anything like this on his "natural only trails"
  • GTi-R23
    GTi-R23 Posts: 175
    :lol: @ the 2 girls comment. Wrexham girls are very friendly like that, just hope you didn't limit the 'protection' to the trails only.

    I'm always up at Llandegla, did the Black run yesterday morning, started off pretty foggy but cleared up nicely, glad you enjoyed Wales.
  • P-Jay
    P-Jay Posts: 1,478
    GTi-R23 wrote:
    :lol: @ the 2 girls comment. Wrexham girls are very friendly like that, just hope you didn't limit the 'protection' to the trails only.

    Too right, remember kids [WESTWOOD] Wrap it up, before you slap it up[/WESTWOOD]
  • projectsome
    projectsome Posts: 4,478
    P-Jay wrote:
    GTi-R23 wrote:
    :lol: @ the 2 girls comment. Wrexham girls are very friendly like that, just hope you didn't limit the 'protection' to the trails only.

    Too right, remember kids [WESTWOOD] Wrap it up, before you slap it up[/WESTWOOD]

    lol I'm gonna have to steal that!!!!
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  • bungalistic
    bungalistic Posts: 543
    Dammit we should have gone out in Wrexham too, could of took them back to our lovely wee campsite ha ha.

    I didn't find anything on the Llandegla trail that really challenged me, not when compared to Whites Level and Cwncarn but it was nice to ride and would quite like to play around on the jumpy section near the end of the route again.
  • shin0r
    shin0r Posts: 555
    It's pretty amazing isn't it.

    You know it's not "real" mountainbiking though don't you <sarcasm>
  • P-Jay
    P-Jay Posts: 1,478
    shin0r wrote:
    It's pretty amazing isn't it.

    You know it's not "real" mountainbiking though don't you <sarcasm>

    Oh no doubt. I was thinking that as I Biked my way over the Mountain thinking. Biking on a Mountain, isn't really Mountain Biking. To do that I've really got to be following some sort of ancient sheep trail along a valley floor hitting some serious pebles and gnarly stream action, ha ha.
  • dave_hill
    dave_hill Posts: 3,877
    Scotland's better :lol::lol: !!
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  • stumpyjon
    stumpyjon Posts: 4,069
    Did White's yesterday, had a really good run, cleaned the black loop twice (it is easier when dry :lol: ), went over the bars 20 yards from the end of the trail though, just before the return on the railway line :oops: , think I was getting too cocky. Tis an excellent route though. Did Twrch at Cwmcarn today, seemed harder than last time I did it, more exposed roots and rocks, I'd forgtten how technical the climb is. The descent's pretty good, think I did it faster than last time I visited. Forks are playing up though, keeping dropping travel by themselves, annoyingly I must have been less than 2 miles from MOJO at the end of the trail.

    Maybe going to do Skyline tomorrow (forecast is for showers in Cardiff, ironcially it's supposed to be dry at home in sunny Lancashire :evil: ), depends on the weather, might wimp and do Penhydd or the Wall again instead.
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  • bungalistic
    bungalistic Posts: 543
    dave_hill wrote:
    Scotland's better :lol::lol: !!

    Ha ha knew you'd pipe in with that, Scotland is closer to me that is for sure. There's a few photos on here: http://fat-tyre.co.uk/?page_id=10 if anyone wants to see me in 'action'

    This is my favourite though, taken at Whites Level:
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  • mhuk
    mhuk Posts: 327
    No Coed Y Brenin? If it wasn't raining it wasn't proper Wales :D
  • bungalistic
    bungalistic Posts: 543
    We'll be hitting Coed Y Brenin next time. And it was nice riding in sun for once usually ride Cumbria and Scotland where it rains far too much.
  • chrisga
    chrisga Posts: 587
    Likewise we did a full MTB weekend in Wales over the weekend and can't recommend it enough. We did Llandegla black on Friday, Penmachno on Saturday, Coed-Y-Brenin on Sunday and Climach-X on Monday.
    If anyone hasnt done Climach-X do it. i wouldnt hesitate to recommend it as a nice trail with an amazing downhill bit at the end.

    Another +1 for the weekend weather - amazing. Not 1 drop of rain apart from some spitting at Llandegla friday morning!
  • timpop
    timpop Posts: 394
    I like wales too, my mother in-law has a place up by coed y brenin so we go up there frequently. Will be there in 3 weeks. Quite a trek from Dorset though. I love the all the trails but really like the floaty sections of single track all over the place. So much fun! I can't wait... :D
    Many happy trails!
  • projectsome
    projectsome Posts: 4,478
    P-Jay wrote:
    mike-bike.jpg
    :shock:

    I'd hate to fall off that. It would hurt seriously bad, although I'd laugh if I saw someone falling off it before asking if they were ok.
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  • REMF
    REMF Posts: 106
    i was in Coed Y Brenin the weekend before easter testing out a Stumpy, ended up buying an FSR XC Comp about 24 hours later!

    so i'll be back there or in Nant-y-arian this weekend coming.