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  • Cwmcarn Pwca blue – getting to start
  • Premier Icon pedlad
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    Missed it completely last time as I’d assumed the start was off the shared start of the two reds. Hoping to do it next time as a warm up before heading onto Twrch or Cafall. Looking at trail forks, it’s off the road you cross on the last descent of Twrch but with no obvious track to ascend…whats the best way up? Cheers.

    Premier Icon PhilO
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    Your first guess was correct. You turn sharp (>90 degrees) right at the multi-way junction where the shared climb, Cafall Descent and Numeracy Trail all come together. It’s pretty obvious, but very steep initially, so easy to assume that it’s a footpath I imagine.

    Premier Icon P-Jay
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    Dude, there’s a fuggin’ massive sign ha ha.

    As PhilO says, its about 10 mins into it.

    Also, whilst it’s ‘Blue’ it’s very easy to go very fast and have it bite you, I know loads of people who’ve crashed on it.

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    Follow the first climb from the car park, then immediately as it flattens out you’ll get to a junction with some signs. One of these is the blue Pwca one you missed 🙂

    Premier Icon dirtyboy
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    And your thighs will be screaming halfway down

    Premier Icon doomanic
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    Also, whilst it’s ‘Blue’ it’s very easy to go very fast and have it bite you, I know loads of people who’ve crashed on it.

    This. At “blue” speeds it’s fine but start to press on and some of the lips can catch you out.

    Premier Icon joebristol
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    It’s hilarious – once up the short steep climb it’s just like a rollercoaster / pump track all the way down. Berms and rollers everywhere – some are nice to clear, some I sort of attempted to manual last time I did it.

    Premier Icon pedlad
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    Ok ta will look. Not sure how two of us managed to miss the signs 😅

    Premier Icon chuddee
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    Drop onto it on the final descent of the Twrch just before the bridge that crosses it.makes a much better ending to the Twrch if you ask me

    Premier Icon joebristol
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    Drop onto it on the final descent of the Twrch just before the bridge that crosses it.makes a much better ending to the Twrch if you ask me

    That final bit of the Twrch is flat out fast and roller coaster like….not sure I’d want to skip it.

    Although I do love pwca too – for the sake of 15-20 mins I’d just do Pwca seperately I reckon

    Premier Icon plastercaster
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    Blasphemy! I love the last descent of Twrch. Proper fast.

    I tried Pwca once and felt like I had to pedal through most of it. Maybe I need to work on my pump track skills.

    Premier Icon P-Jay
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    it makes a much better ending to the Twrch if you ask me

    Heresy! Burn them!

    Premier Icon joebristol
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    I tried Pwca once and felt like I had to pedal through most of it. Maybe I need to work on my pump track skills.

    I did it twice last year and I don’t remember huge amount of pedalling once up the first steep bit – just lots of pumping, doubling up smaller rollers and berming

    Premier Icon dove1
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    Head up the climb out of the car park until you get here:

    Then go through the gap in the wall on the right and you’ll see the sign for the 3 trails:

    You then almost double back on yourself to start Pwca:

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