Afan Trail Centre – advice please?
Looking to head over to Afan with a mate on Friday. I usually ride FoD downhill stuff and Verderers, but I will be riding my new AM bike, so less travel then I’m used too. My friend is bringing a 120mm.
What’s it like in terms of singletrack trails? (If you could compare to verderers that would be useful!)
And what trails would you recommend having a crack at?
Would CwmCarn be more fun? (Bare in mind my friend is not confident when it comes to DH, so downhill trails are a no go )
ThanksPosted 4 years agoali69erMember
I have done all three in a weekend. We started with the Red trail at Cwmcarn. All on 100mm travel bikes. Decent trail, pretty technical climbing at times with small rocky inclines and very rooty if I remember.
Then down to Afan and Glyncorag (Spelt wrong I know), again, great trails. All easily doable on the bikes we had. You will be fine and have more fun because a bit more travel is nicePosted 4 years agogarage-dwellerSubscriber
Afan will be fine.
I am no technical master and i like it just fine on a 140mm hardtail.
He might want to skip the black loop near top of whites as iirc it has a couple of significant drops in. Been over a year since I was last there so my recollection may not be bang on.Posted 4 years ago
Twrch is the only other Welsh trail centre I’ve ridden! I thought the final descent was pretty cool after a struggle up the icy track to the top. So may have coloured my perceptions.
I think I prefer it over White’s Level because it’s got a few more berms I reckon. I like berms.Posted 4 years agophilwarren11Member
Garw valley for me is the best, yes its only 3 miles in total but what you get from it is amazing. Steep climb up and fun packed down.
Dont bother with Skyline if you dont know the route, tree felling has cut the official route down loads and the diversions are shocking to the point it actually misses the still open stuff, but the July descent is still awesome. The whole original skyline loop is still perfectly rideable if you know the area or have GPS maps.
If i was travelling down i’d be doing W2 wih extra stuff on the wall at the bike park. Or if you want some fun, park at the bike park, ride the fireroad up to end of Picadilly and do new 373 and graveyard loop, carry on down ziz zags and take the Enduro shortcut back up then mess about in the bike park and do the extra loop just past the zig zags.
Or you could go do the masts. 😉
All perfectly doable on a hardtail (maybe not the masts), ive ridden them all loads of times on mine.Posted 4 years ago
Might head up to Afan and ride W2 then, and then maybe onwards to Garw, or do Twrch on the way back – depends how long it all takes.Posted 4 years ago
@Garage dweller – I’ll be fine, it’s my friend I’m worried about 🙂 I’m sure he’ll be fine, so long as its not full on DH level trails.
Wall is 44km with approx 1000m climbing. It took us 5 hours with a 1 hour break for lunch at the trail centre canteen. Waiting around for the enduro riders to finish a seeding run, sorting out a number of mechanicals and one rider getting injured and having to go home.
I reckon if you’re pretty fit you could do it in under 3 hours. Else just do it as an all day ride type thing. Wrap up warm, perhaps take a spare pair of socks, and take some food.Posted 4 years ago
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