- Blaenau Ffestiniog new downhill tracks – Architrail
Oh here we go – short section of one out of four trails that’s aren’t open yet and it’s already too easy for someone on STW.
To balance things out, I’ve seen photo’s of some of the other sections they’re planning and it’s not all going to be like the video shown here.Posted 5 years agolucienMember
Grum – I was more making a comment about the lack of use of the natural environment, terrain, natural resources etc rather than a comment about how easy or not it is to ride. A beautiful part of the world, where so much more could have been made of the location. I’m sure it’s as easy or hard to ride as one wants to make it or has the skills for.Posted 5 years agokaren805Member
Does anyone know what the latest is on the new DH trails in Blaenau Ffestiniog? The latest update from Architrail was in December with construction of the tracks being started.
I was hoping they’d be finished for June as I’m in Snowdonia on holiday, but I’m guessing they’re not going to be finished for then.Posted 5 years ago
Grum – I was more making a comment about the lack of use of the natural environment, terrain, natural resources etc rather than a comment about how easy or not it is to ride. A beautiful part of the world, where so much more could have been made of the location. I’m sure it’s as easy or hard to ride as one wants to make it or has the skills for.
I was actually replying to geetee but then you joined in too. 🙂
From facebook:Posted 5 years ago
Most of the filming was on the c & d freeride trails, the rougher more gnarly stuff will be on A & b, looking forward to the summer now!!!!
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The fuel’s long gone, takes about 5 years to cool and then it’s removed to sellafield, then most of the site is cleared, 50 years after that the reactors are cool enough to be dismantled and taken away.
And there’ll be no three eyed fish as the ‘cooling water’ that’s circulated through the lake is probably three of four closed loops away form the the reactor. The reactor is cooled by carbon dioxide gas under pressure, which is cooled against water which boils to drive the turbines, then that might be cooled against lake water.Posted 5 years agosaxabarMember
A beautiful part of the world, where so much more could have been made of the location.
Living not too far away and having walked the majority of the tracks on a visitors day the guys up there have done an awesome job. Yes, some of the trails are easier than others but none are Green status! My overriding impression wasn’t “this is like Llandegla” but “**** me this is rocky!”. As you’ll see when you ride it, the builders have made excellent use of the mountainside and the various features and boulders strewn about it. There’s something for the slopestylers, full-on DHers and the rest of us. Roll on July 😀Posted 5 years ago
My overriding impression wasn’t “this is like Llandegla” but “**** me this is rocky!”. As you’ll see when you ride it, the builders have made excellent use of the mountainside and the various features and boulders strewn about it.
Erm…. excuse me don’t come in here with your ‘first-hand impressions’ and your ‘actual experience’ – the STW panel of armchair experts has seen at least 30 seconds of video and I think their judgement counts for a bit more than yours sonny. 🙂Posted 5 years ago
well it looks ace to me
videos always flatten out trails and it was obvious the guy was carrying a lot of speed without having to pedal= steep!
it may look a bit smooth there but i expect that exposed piece of snowdonian mountainside may experience a teeny bit of weathering now and again 😉Posted 5 years agosimonralli2Member
All I can say is that if a video like this means less grumpy riding Gods of STW on it, then all the more space for people like me who will be riding it and then glowing with more radiation than any decommissioned nuclear power station at the bottom. That looks amazing, an absolute blast and something that someone like me could potential have a go at. 😀Posted 5 years agosaxabarMember
£5 per day to ride up and this gives you access to the jump park at the bottom of the trails.
Cut and pasted from their Facebook page:
We are talking about season ticket’s, and mid week season passes ( summer hours ), prices are still being discussed, also we will be thinking about the guys who want to push up and dont want a uplift ticket, if we can access a push up path to the top that wont have people walking up the track, and creating a hazzard to other riders riding down we will cater for that, and charge a minimal fee ( £5 ) a day, you will also be able to use the pump track, and jump site for that price.Posted 5 years ago
Cost of the uplift will be £25, for this you will get a nice plush 16 seat minibus and trailer uplift x 2, so 30 people per day will be able to book the service ,if the demand is there we will purchase another minibus and so on.You will be able to book on the uplift through the website once it is finalised, a couple of week’s tops hopefully! We ran tests yesterday and it took 7 mins to go from the visitors centre to the top of the trails, and 5 mins back down to the pick up point.
The 4 trails ( 2x black, 2 x red / blue ) will vary from 2.30 to 3.30mins for good riders, and then dependant on your ability a lot longer!! I would think that up to 15 runs is possible before your arms fall off, but we will run test uplifts there once one of the trails is fully complete, and see how many runs we can get!!EvilseaSubscriber
Hi, to all those that are already knocking this “new” course just stop and think for one tiny second.Posted 5 years ago
Anything that promotes this sport is a “good””
Anything that can generate money into the local economy is a “good” thing.
Embrace it, don’t knock it because it looks smooth or easy, we all started somewhere, wish I had this kind of thing all those years ago.
I for one relish the thought of riding it.
This is the group for the centre itself I think. Looks like mid July is still the aim for opening.Posted 5 years ago
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