hi all, i rode this trail this week and these are my honest thaughts of the trails for people to get a nice insight if theyr thinking of visiting bleangarw.
first of all the parking is good and very easy to find, postcode is CF328AT, head into blaengarw and ask the locals if ur not sure, theyr very helpful!
i rode both the black and blue trails twice, the blue trail being the shorter one ide say.
all told i think both trails add up to about 6km which is short but quite sweet.
the first climb from the carpark up to the first undulating blue section is nice and gradual and warms u up nicely, ul spend a minute or two climbing and rolling up and down until u come to a crossroad where you can either go left to ride the blue trail alone or you can turn right and add in the black trail.....now this is where i felt a little bit deflated, the climbs from here on arnt long but steap (which wasnt the problem at all) the black trails surface was very rocky and very loose.....not to my liking at all, the layout of the trail was great, well thaught out, jumps, berms, drops, techy rock gardens etc etc but it was the riding surface that spoiled the black for me being that i was only riding a 100mm travel bike, it may have been a lot more forgiving and enjoyable on a longer travel more plush bike! thats not to say that i didnt enjoy the "downhill" part of the black but it was quite hard on my bike.
going back to the crossroad where u can go left for blue or right for black, if you decide to go left ur in for a real treat, its a shame its so short but its extremly fast and fun and to be honest ide make the 100mile round trip on a nice blue sky day just to loop the blue over and over trying to beat times on strava, as i said its FAST & FURIOUS......there arent realy many jumps on the blue run but the surfce is perfect for my liking, it hardpack and feels well bedded in already!
i cant help but feel that is the black run was mostly the same surface as the blue that it would be one hell of a fun place to ride!!!
please dont let that put you off riding at bleangarw though because ide say its deffinetly worth a bash!
i can imagine riders with 140-160mm travel bikes will get much more out of the black!!
anyway, its so nice to ride new places and its great to see another little trail open in south wales....as mountain bikers were very lucky!