New trails at Cwmcarn?
I tried it last night – probably not a good move since it was pitch black and foggy so I could see next to nothing. However once it dries out a bit it should be great fun. I was expecting it to be rockier like the Twrch but its definitely more natural and so my Ardent/Crossmarks combo just couldnt cut it at the upper reaches. Next time its mud tyres. I really enjoyed the climb up – it got a bit challenging towards the top with some muddy hairpins to get around.Posted 4 years agomduncombeMember
Just rode the Cafall today, very impressed. Bone dry, the only thing on my bike after riding it was a coating of fine dust. This is no meter wide sanitised cycle track, it has quite a few surprises in store. Everybody I spoke to was loving it, big smiles all round. Sure the climb is tough but if if you cant make it up then you have brought the wrong bike.Posted 4 years agomamadirtMember
Two loops? Fair play! I wouldn’t want to tackle that climb twice in one week let alone the same day 😆 . Have to agree though it is a cracking trail 😛 . Met a couple of folks at the top of Hideout last week riding back the same way as they’d had enough . . . can’t believe they’d just denied themselves the best bits.Posted 4 years agomerynellaSubscriber
Rode it today for the first time. Loved it. Really cannot understand some of the mediocre reviews it’s had from some people. How can anyone find the descending boring, it’s as demanding as you’d want from an XC trail, and beautifully varied, I thought, mixing rooty singletrack, almost DH style sections and a little bit of smooth, swoopy, bermy stuff. The climbing was long, and steep in parts, but I liked the fact that that gives us something a bit different from other trail centres in S. Wales. I also like it being in two halves, like Twrch, with most of the climbing in the first half and the descending in the second.
Even though it was busy today I didn’t find it a problem; not difficult to pass and everyone seemed aware that there would be people coming up behind and were pulling over (as did I a few times; I’m not particularly awesome myself).
Did it in 1 hour 40 today – quite pleased with that – then up to do the final bit of Twrch descent.
Beautiful weather made a difference; maybe it’s been the crap weather that’s caused some of the underwhelmed opinion.Posted 4 years agomerynellaSubscriber
Yep, I can imagine it was a slog. I think you’ll find it a lot better now it’s dried out. I’m betting once it’s had a spring/summer/autumn of riding it will stand up to another winter a lot better. Similar terrain and woodland to Twrch, so imagine it will react to bad weather in a similar way (i.e. not too bad).Posted 4 years agomamadirtMember
creamegg – Member
you can even skip hideout if you really want to by carrying on the fire road, round the bend and drop down into the next section (rocky something or other) on the left
Yeh, had planned to do just that last weekend, but conditions were so good I’m glad I opted for the full loop in the end 😀Posted 4 years ago
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