BPW; So good it's p**sing me off!
Churlish rant time.
We went to Bike Park Wales about two weeks ago and it was absolutely brilliant, so much so that we are prepared to drive for a 7 hr round trip just for another day.
However finding available uplift for 2 people on a convenient day in the next two months has proved impossible.
So we started trying to organise inconvenient days; still no luck.
But finally this afternoon two places became available for the end of next week. We sorted work, we cleared it with our other halves (and it was Valentines day!), went to book…. Sold out!
I know it’s good for them and all that and I applaud their success, but I now basically don’t want to even think about going there for a while as it’s just proved too much organising and disappointment.
End of tantrum.Posted 4 years agophilwarren11Member
Its starting to get stupid now. Every weekend is fullyu booked into May now. Ive watched them sell out in hours as well, one saturday came online at midnight and sold out by 10am in the morning.
Im pretty lucky, local and have done 6 days there now but booking is still at three months at a time.
Even on opening day which i had an uplift day pass the trails were pretty quiet.
They need more buses before they build more trails. Also, running two together then one, as they were on running 3 at one point aint the way forward. Build some new passing spots and run single buses more frequently!Posted 4 years agoelsubstarMember
They need more buses before they build more trails
Hit the nail on the head!
Im just puzzled why BPW wouldn’t lay on another bus. They must have enough drivers, maybe they don’t want too many people on the trails in this weather, but that’s what all weather surfaces are for. I would be so happy if they would lay on another bus for the dates that are currently booked up on their site. 2 or more buses Friday to Monday is a no brainer to me. It is so frustrating wanting to go and enjoy their great trails using the uplift but being unable to due to the small amount of seats available.Posted 4 years ago
@ empire – no. I haven’t, as I tend to share the same view as wwaswas. I do recall a heady mix of pedal, push, pedal, swear, sit, push, pedal, swear etc with my old Bullit over in BC though, so I take your point.
No troll intended btw, as I said, I haven’t been, so don’t know the set up or scale of the place or if an ‘easier’ access trail is in place.Posted 4 years agocookeaaSubscriber
Im just puzzled why BPW wouldn’t lay on another bus. They must have enough drivers, maybe they don’t want too many people on the trails in this weather, but that’s what all weather surfaces are for.
IIRC it’s more that they are restricted in how much traffic they can sensibly put on the forest access roads, if you’ve been on the uplift you’ll notice they are only able to pass one another at a few points. in good weather they were getting a Van away form the pickup point every 5-10 min’s or so (Running 3 or 4). I did talk to the Drivers and running more than four busses at once just makes the logistics a bit more complicated, and probably won’t improve turnaround times hugely, I think they do run reduced number during the week and then lay on more capacity on the weekends to fit peaks in demand.
And of course Vans ain’t free, if they buy another one, it’s got to be able to pay its way, they don’t want “over capacity” it just dents profits, and it is a business after all.
From a profitability point of view it’s better for BPW to have more Demand than Supply, if they can pretty much guarantee high/full occupancy and full bookings months in advance (especially when the weather is shite) then they are not going to be throwing away money, laying on extra seats for people who don’t actually want to come.
Laying on more busses would probably mean investing in upgrades/changes to the access routes, not the trails… I’m sure they have a plan, but there is a limit to how many bodies and bikes you can sensibly shift up and down the hill.
Personally Next time I visit I just plan to take my HT and maybe a little change in case the vans have a spare seat, but I want to pedal up as much as I can manage, makes me feel like less of a Nancy…Posted 4 years agofuzzheadMember
I’ve been a few times and although you can easily ride to the top and hoon down, the number of runs you can do in a day compared to using the uplift is way less (obvs).
I love the trails and it would be great to have uplift on tap, but I know this would come at a cost – I’m sure the BPW crew are aware that people would like to have more uplift.
Last time I went up there I checked in at the desk as the iPads weren’t working – when I was asked if I was uplifting I replied jokily with something along the lines of “don’t be daft, I didn’t book 3 months ago”. Lady behind the desk responded with a face like thunder – I think they’re aware of the situation and there must be a cost/logistical reason why they haven’t laid on more buses to date….Posted 4 years agoBushwackedSubscriber
Last time I went I really enjoyed riding up a few times but then had a few uplifts too.
Perhaps what they need is the ability to record those who would have booked the uplift had their been space which also acts as a reserve list too. Would give them chance to understand demand in a more quantitative way.Posted 4 years agomilky1980Member
OP I feel your pain. My boss won’t give me my rota more than 4 weeks in advance so it’s virtually impossible to book that far ahead! Managed to get a booking for Feb 20th as I was booked off all week so haven’t had to wait too long since it opened!!
I live 25 miles away and pass it every time I go see my parents or sister, plus work takes me there 2-3 times a week. It’s been taunting me since they started building it, to say I’m gagging for a play there is an understatement!!
I’m staring at it right now, grrrr!!!!Posted 4 years agomaxtorqueMember
Having been the other week, in a mid week slot, i’d say that even with the uplift fully booked, you can get on the bus a bit. Certainly, the first bus of the day, and the first after lunch were not full as i guess people were still phaffing around and not ready etcPosted 4 years agovalleydaddySubscriber
Capacity was always going to be an issue as you can imagine and by not over using the trails with unlimited numbers would cause the trails to degrade a lot faster and not allow Billy and the trail maintenance crew keep up with their work. As a local it is frustrating that we can’t use the uplift as often as we’d like but I guess it’s easier for us to chance grabbing the odd uplift when we can.Posted 4 years ago
Regarding riding up, I’m a really good hill climber, I train and race both on the road and off road. I ride a hardtail (with big forks but it is set up as a singlespeed because I like singlespeeding).Posted 4 years ago
I can do the climb a fair few times, sure. If I used my race bike I could do a lot of climbs, but that’s not what I want from this place.
I discovered the delights of uplifting at Antur this summer and now as a real change from the norm I want to do a few more days. There’s something very social and enjoyable about hammering down the runs, having a chat then bundling into the bus for yet another run. By the end of the day the camaraderie in the bus was great and we we all chatting and laughing because we’d spent all day together.milky1980Member
can’t be gagging for it that bad if you cant even face a 25 minute climb.
If I wanted to ride up and down all day I’d go somewhere different. BPW is primarily designed as an uplift venue so is best enjoyed, strangely, using the uplift. Plus I’d like to save all my energy for hitting the downs as fresh as possible so that I A: get the most enjoyment out if it and B: don’t risk crashing through fatigue. I also don’t fancy a few 25 minute climbs in full face and body armour.Posted 4 years agophilwarren11Member
They were running 3 vans up until christmas, they didnt have enough drivers. Then waiting for a bus and two turn up out of the three takes the piss a bit.
I love the fact the buses are sponsered by Mercedes Vito but the vans were bought by BPW and are Ford Transits.
I’ve said above in my post, more buses and more passing points needed before more trails. You hardly see anyone over on melted welly/blue belle.Posted 4 years agoMad PierreSubscriber
It’s because it’s easy to get to for the southern shandy swillers! 😉 I’ve been once and it was ok despite the Welsh weather – but not amazingly better than Revolution, Antur, Bringewood, Hopton etc etc. There’s plenty of great uplifted DH venues in the UK. Try some others.Posted 4 years ago
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