Bike Park Wales is go!
people have been riding the park early and strava’ing it too!!!
where does the Taff Trail link to it then….potentially this is rideable from my house.
ride up the taff trail to herePosted 4 years ago
as you go under the flyover turn left and up the footpath it goes up alongside the a470 then under the a470 you then go back on yourself. this will take you to the entrance to gethin. you can see it on the map link
Dicks… (I won’t defend it, but a few times I’ve caught folks on closed trails that I’ve been working on and gave them the riot act, sometimes they genuinely are just dicks but generally they just don’t know they’re doing any harm… They think “the trail’s finished but just awaiting official opening” or “it’s just health and safety” or whatever.
So, I reckon signs that don’t just say “trail closed” but “trail still weathering, please be patient, it looks finished but it’s not ready to ride- wait til it comes out the oven” or something might help stop some of those guys.
And for everyone else, pit traps.Posted 4 years ago
The trails were covered in netting though, so they’ve gone to a fair bit of effort to put them off, took one of the trail guys a day to replace it all to give you an idea of how much had been moved.Posted 4 years ago
The names of some of the riders are on strava. One of the names is a bikepark employee who rode it to make the segment to catch others riding the same segment.Posted 4 years ago
You can even see the whole ride they did and follow them home. There are even comments asking how the ride at the bike park went etc etc
We used 40 signs,10 rolls of orange bunding, 175 steaks plus used trees & rocks to close trails. Aprox 35 hours spent putting them up & refitting them.Posted 4 years ago
I set the segments on strava to see who was using it, most have removed their rides now tho.
1 dick came down the freshly raked blue family trail on Monday in his full face & dh bike telling workers it’s the best trail he’s rode lol
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We used 40 signs,10 rolls of orange bunding, 175 steaks plus used trees & rocks to close trails. Aprox 35 hours spent putting them up & refitting them.
If you’ve got a 360 and a good stock of brash, it would only take about an hour at most to build a good pit trap. A little longer if you want to put spikes in the bottom but you could use the glentress variant, fill it with snakes and claim money back from the government for supporting wildlife.Posted 4 years agocookeaaSubscriber
Ooooh I missed this thread first time round and I’ve Been waiting for Gethin to reopen…
Good excuse to plan a bit of a road trip and join it up with some other places.
Looks like I might get my long promised “free weekend” to go riding some time in September now…
So I’m quite tempted to book on the uplift for BPW, maybe chuck in a day at Cwmcarn and/or a detour Via UKBP on the way home make it an all DH weekend and leave my HT at home… HmmmPosted 4 years agocookeaaSubscriber
or spend two days at bpw. it has nothing on cwmcarn
Did you mean Cwmcarn has nothing on it? 😀
I’m booked on the uplift on 16th Sept & have a 2 day pass from the wife so wanted to do a second day at the bike park. Annoyingly the lads I’m going with voted for day 2 at Afan, shame as we’ve all been there before…
Either way I can’t wait
TBH I was originally thinking a bit of variety would be worth while by visiting a couple of different venues, as I’m in Reading using the M4 as the main route for such jaunts makes sense, less motorway time and more riding.
Before I was aware BPW was now open I was more than likely just going to have a HT day at Cwmcarn and then a 2nd day at Afan, not very imaginative I know but a nice trip none the less.
Now BPW is an option I sort of fancy sticking more to just DH riding and only taking the big bike, which I’ve not been getting to ride lately, rather than go to BPW and then Afan and then have to take my HT as well I reckon I’ll exclude AFAN it from my plans…
Basically I want to ride my DH bike as much as possib;le for 2 days, if there’s enough tto occupy my at BPW then I’ll do that but I had thought I’d look at doing BPW and then swinging by somewhere else (possibly something more familiar) on the way back for day 2…
I can imagine Cwmcarn won’t be as busy now, which might be a good thing if I’m a bit tired from day 1 at BPW, and then there’s UKBP a bit more of a detour south but I’ve not ridden there for a couple of years, they’ve apparently done lots of work and I’ve always liked the place and the people in the past, probably one to keep for another time.
Thinking more broadly what sort of scope would there be for similar regular uplift services and trail developments at some of the other older M4 corridor DH locations?
Mtn Ash? Taff Buggy? Rheola maybe?
If Cwmcarn and Gethin can be seen as demonstrating the viability of uplift services in that particular area due to the good transport links, having the right terrain and pre-existing tracks with scope for further development can you imagine what that would be like, a chuffing huge draw for MTBers…Posted 4 years ago
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