Freeride trail at Llandegla now open

November 17, 2010

Last Saturday saw the grand opening of the new Freeride Area at the back of the Oneplanet Adventure Centre at Coed Llandegla, North Wales. Following on from the recent additions of the 2.1km of flowing ‘True Blue’ trail and the black graded ‘Parallel Universe’ section, the Freeride run consists of 850m of tabletops, doubles and berms, the guys at Oneplanet saying it’s proving to be an “intimidating piece of trail” for many.

Oneplanet's ex World Cup racer and resident coach Neil Donoghue sends it. Pic by Laurence Crossman-Emms

At the same time as the trail was opened for the masses to damage themselves on, the centre hosted their largest demo day to date, with bikes from Orange, Santa Cruz, Ibis, Yeti, Kona and Ghost on hand as well as clothes, shoes and other kit from Five Ten, Fox and Madison. The demo day managed to raise a total of £930 for the Welsh Air Ambulance service and a total of 255 demo rides were had, the most popular bike proving to be the Orange Five. No surprises there…

However, the day was slightly tempered by a break in early on Saturday morning, staff returning to find that thieves had come in through the roof and taken Jason Rennie’s world record holding Kona Stab Supreme, which he jumped into the record books with a leap of 133ft 6in back in 2006. We’re not sure why anyone would want to steal a bike that’s been hammered that hard but here’s a picture and description of the bike…

Kona Stab (Large) in red white and blue….
Easily recognizable features include J Rennie name on top tube, One Planet stickers on the swing arm, forks and stanchions.
Rub marks at the back of the swing arm due to heavy landings.
Mismatched brake levers as one had been broken.

We hope the next thing it breaks is the neck of the thief, when it finally snaps...

That aside, everyone at Oneplanet would like to extend a huge thank you to all the reps who took time out to come out, so thanks to Jonty from Santa Cruz, Andy from Ibis, Luke and Will from Ghost, Adam from Orange, Stu from Yeti, Joe from Kona, Joe at 5.10, Chris from Fox and Stu and Andy from Madison.

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