day 7, the last day
Bike Park Wales
this was a complete unknown, we had seen the videos online, it looked good so we decided that this would be a good last day.
extra rider today aswel, another mate, called Ben, he drove up for this one day because of the vids online so we were hoping for a good ride.
so i'll give you a little review:-
shop=top chaps, mainly because they offered to look after my spare bike as there have been van break ins in the car park,
trails= good and bad,
we climbed to the top, wasn't horrendous but it was a hard climb especially after 6 hard days riding, then the trails are very much downhill orientated, don't get me wrong, they are good but basically they feel like a downhill race course as opposed to a trail centre downhill, and all trails lead to the cafe if you go to the bottom, as we couldn't get an up lift we decided to stay high on the mountain, meaning ride to the top, do a section then ride back to the top, this meant we were only ever climbing half the mountain at a time but this meant most climbing was fire roads, easy but dull, we also felt that the blue runs were better than the reds, the reds are more technical but the blues have more of the elusive 'flow' and tend to be longer, I don't consider myself a downhiller as such so I didn't do the black runs. My feeling is that they have miss advertised the place, it IS a downhill bike park but they are trying to market it to everyone and until they design in something more like an actual route as opposed to runs then it doesn't work unless you pay for the uplift. Both Adam and Ben were a bit disappointed, basically you decide to do another downhill run based on whether you can be bothered to climb the mountain again.
All the downhill trails start in one place and finish in one place which can mean constantly doing the same climb over and over again
So basically, it's worth the trip if you get the uplift or you have super climbing legs after every downhill and you don't mind the same climb each time!
also, FYI, the uplift is booked so far in advance that the next available booking is in late october
so there you have it, 7 days, 7 trail centres, overall, an awesome trip
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