- Anyone ride Blade today? (Afan)
Not looking good for tomorrow 🙁Posted 4 years ago
I rode blade yesterday.Posted 4 years ago
Good length, 15miles with plenty of ascent and descent.
Some lovely swooping Berms, some possibly a little too tight though?
Final descent has more of what the rest of the trail needs imo, rocks. One of the reasons why whites and wall are so all weather is because of the rock base. The majority of blade has been built with same base as BPW and all the new trails seem to be. Great in the dry, but already soaked through, cutting up badly and boggy in places on Berms and out of. Maybe it will toughen over time, but BPW and Swinley are both requiring maintenance already. It has been exceptionally wet though.
YWall and penhydd today, but i did enjoy Blade and its a good addition to all tee Afan trails.mrmoMember
Seriously sludgy in a lot of places. Overheard a comment- “I’m going to complain about this mud”. FFS.
TO be honest a trail centre and mud isn’t really a good sign* mud could be just surface water which is fine, but if it is the trail itself breaking up this early i would be wondering about its durability.
* haven’t seen the trail so don’t know what sort of mud, and it does matterPosted 4 years agoceepersSubscriber
Considered blade but ended up riding w2 today. Surprisingly dry considering and a real fun day apart from a five or six fallen tree climbs. Sounds like we made the right decision. First proper ride on a full sus too. Credit card is now slightly scared!
I have also learnt that not all flat pedals are created equal!Posted 4 years agomrintensityMember
Rode the Blade yesterday…… Very busy… M25 comes to mind… :o)Posted 4 years ago
Defo shouldn’t have opened it yet considering the rain we’ve had….Some seriously deep tyre tracks in places already and plenty of slop….There are a few mechs gonna be ripped off in the next few weeks.
Best bits are the 2 wooded descents, tho’ a couple of switchbacks are tight, and the final down to the finish, where i saw a lot of people walking some of the hairpins… I was round a few at walking pace myself, trials style on my 29er…..
LIke Superfli said, the rest of the trail needs more rocks like the final down has… best part because of the rocks!
Oh… last moan… most of the descents were too short!!pgardner1Member
Rode it for the first time yesterday. It’s a great tril already, and will be even better when it’s a bit drier and firmed up. Best thing about it is how it links with Skyline. creates loads of opportunities to add loops and go back over the best bits. New section called Ghostrider is an absolute classic. Yes it’s a bit muddy but come on……!Posted 4 years agotheragMember
Muddy but still good and will get better, but I was disappointed with the amount of new trail (or lack of) seems bad value for money if I’m right £370000 was awarded from the wind farm development but most of the blade trail is original.Posted 4 years ago
Maybe wrong with figures and happy to be corrected.
Rode Blade (and W2) yesterday. Wet as always, but I have to say that Blade trail is running so much better than when it first opened. The mud/clay/sand has washed into the rocks on the berms and now nearly all the berms are tough and rocky. I noticed that they have had to use some aggregate on 1 section that I remember was falling away, but its been put to good use and completed a lovely flowy descent. The last few DHs were awesome and super rocky – its amazing how much harder it is on your body using a HT! I was on my Soul, last time was on my Heckler.
Superb day! 6 hrs of travel (on my motorbike with bike on back!) and 6hrs of hard riding! well worth it!Posted 3 years ago
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