- Afan next Monday
My advice would be to start w2 from glyncorrwg, the first climb is more engaging than the walls staggered one. Take some form of wind proof as the cross over between the two trails can be very exposed! Other than that it’s running well and is still lovely and grippy. Enjoy!Posted 6 years agodavid jeyMember
Only thing to bear in mind is a small section of Y Wal is closed, or at least has been this week – Nant y Bar and the very short section that follows that – due to forestry shenanigans, and whilst there’s an obvious diversion in place if you’re just following Y Wal round, I’m not sure the same is true if you want to branch off onto the linking section of W2 that takes you over to the windfarm. I came over from the windfarm the other night to join the top of the Wall to be confronted by a load of machinery – that was the first I knew about it (I may have missed the signs though, it was dark!!). I just threaded through and carried on (everything was parked for the night) but that might not be taken kindly during the day when they are busy ripping up trees…Posted 6 years ago
There are mountains there?!!
So looking at the route map thing, it seems you can start at either end, do a big climb to the top of one of the two trails, then ride that trail’s downhill, then do that same climb again, then across the linking bit past the windfarm, and then down the other trail’s downhill; and then ride back to the carpark along the road. Correct?Posted 6 years ago
You climb up either trail, but on whites you only descend for 1 section before branching off to cross the top to the wall then you do all of the wall descent, after that you climb back to the top of the wall , cross the top back to where you left whites and do the rest of whites descnt back to car park. Enjoy.Posted 6 years agogarage-dwellerSubscriber
Showers (mediocre if I recall correctly) and a bike wash at Glyncorwg.
I haven’t ridden the linked route so not sure how the timings across work out but unless you’re starting early you might only want to do one of them trails if you have to get cleaned up and back into Swansea for a meeting but then again you might be a fair bit quicker than me!Posted 6 years agotheroadwarriorMember
Did it the other weekend, started at 10am and got back at 4pm.. Including a reasonably leisurely lunch at the half way point. Decent into glencwyrg was a highlight for me.. Helped that the weather was perfect!Posted 6 years ago
All the fire road out of Afan was a bit of a downer, possibly worse due to the diversions than normal?
That was fun! Went round White’s Level including the black section. Was a bit dubious about my skillz vs the black bit in the wet (especially after having a really inept ride on Saturday) so it was a shame it was the first descent but it was fine, just had one moment of thinking “this’ll be messy if I crash” on the steepest part, otherwise I was In The Zone.
Made a bit of a breakthrough on body postion / weight transfer so got a nice flow between the jumps/drops and corners. Still not very good at 180 degree berms, am way too slow through them, need to look round to the exit (and beyond) and brake less. Granny ring was once again ignored so 1×9 or 1×10 is looking like the next step with the transmission – I seem to deal with the technical parts of climbs much better in a higher gear.
Good trail – nice variety of gnarly rocky bits, rolling jumpy bits (w00t, air!!!), corners, berms, north-shore (why does that stuff scare me so much?!). The Soul was in its element. The new winter front tyre (Super Tacky 2.35 Swampthing) was great too, very trustworthy. Shame I didn’t have more time because the legs were still working and in the mood for more…
And a excellent full (welsh?) breakfast from the cafe post-ride!Posted 6 years ago
I’d forgotten about that Mr Bear! Thanks to you I ignored the satnav telling me to take junction 36, came off at junction 37, then ended up back on the M4 at junction 40ish, then couldn’t come off at the junction the satnav wanted to take, off at the next and then doubling back alongside the M4 before finally heading in the right direction… I’ll send you an invoice for my time and petrol. 😉Posted 6 years ago
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