50 Shades of Black – BikePark Wales’ new Trail Of Woah

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BikePark Wales is opening a new black trail, ’50 shades of black’ on Friday 27th February.


According to the press release, 50 Shades is their ‘longest and gnarliest black trail to date with a classic Welsh mix of rock, roots and mud.’

The trails descends 280m vertically over a 1.8km length over a previously unused part of the mountain, and is apparently named for the “varying surfaces, topography, trail style and vegetation all within this single trail”. Any similarity to a certain movie on wide release is presumably coincidental, therefore.

BikePark Wales has made a sweet little video to promote it with  Trek World Racing rider Laurie Greenland. It’s got lots of atmospheric slomo – Barney approves:

But that’s not all! Join The Dots is a new pro-line section being built on the lower slopes of 50 Shades, which basically means loads of step downs, hips, doubles and other features of gnar designed to test your mettle, cojones (and possibly pads) in spades. It’s not open yet, though, but watch this space…

For more info click here.



Barney Marsh

Singletrack Magazine Contributor

Barney Marsh takes the word ‘career’ literally, veering wildly across the road of his life, as thoroughly in control as a goldfish on the dashboard of a motorhome.

He’s been, with varying degrees of success, a scientist, teacher, shop assistant, binman and, for one memorable day, a hospital laundry worker. These days, he’s a dad, husband, guitarist, and writer, also with varying degrees of success. He sometimes takes photographs. Some of them are acceptable.

Occasionally he rides bikes to cast the rest of his life into sharp relief. Or just to ride through puddles. Sometimes he writes about them. Bikes, not puddles.

He is a writer of rongs, a stealer of souls and a polisher of turds.

He isn’t nearly as clever or as funny as he thinks he is.

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