Introduction - how this blog works

The idea of this blog is to share some of my favourite bits of mountain biking with the world. Principally so that you too can enjoy the bits I've enjoyed. And avoid the bits I've hated. So many people have given us advice on biking since we started - what bikes to buy, where to ride, how to ride. So this is my chance to feed a bit back to that body of knowledge.

I'd really welcome your comments - what have I raved about that you thought was awful? What gems did I miss when I visited your local riding spot? Is a bit that I said was awful actually sweet singletrack in the summer or when you're riding well? Comments will help this resource be improved for all readers, and also give me some hints as to where to ride next!

I've written a load about what we've ridden over the last year, and grouped it geographically. My plan is to add to it in the future, hopefully using the tags to keep each region together, though I haven't quite worked out how it will work yet. I may just need to start all over again in a year to keep things organised more sensibly - I'm not really sure a blog is the most sensible format - but it seems the best for me as I'm not terribly motivated to learn any more code than the day job necessitates.

Saturday, 4 January 2014

New Penhydd trail at Afan

After several years out of use the new 14km Penhydd trail at Afan is reopened!   It starts with a pleasant switchbacking singletrack climb and short fun descent to a fireroad.   The a long climb up a fireroad to a point misleadingly called the "top" (more on that later).   From here more fireroad climbing to pick up one of the old trail sections "Desolation" which feels quite dull compared to the new stuff.   it also carries a lot of drainage to leave you fairly mud splattered!   Another short fireroad climb to the first of the new red sections which is steep and bermy.   Another climb to some of the old sections - Sidewinder and Dead Sheep Gully - again these feel old and wet now.   Then the final descent which is short sectiosn between fireroads - some technical, some more flowy, and back to join the blue route back to the cafe.  

However, you can go out on another loop on the 7km blue (the Blue Scar).   This is the same to the "top" (which is true this time) and then a long descent back to the cafe.   The berms are just were you need them to pull you round the corneer and the whole thing is wonderful to ride - we really were sad when we reached the bottom.

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