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  • MBWales - January Challenge: Wales Coast to Coast
    up for it We wouldn t expect you to complete this challenge in January but get making those plans and thinking about the route and you should be ready to go when the longer summer days arrive It s possible to take on this epic two wheel experience independently but if you d like to make the most of a little expert help then look no further than the Welsh Mountain Biking Coast to Coast itinerary run by Monobo Adventures We spoke to Christy the Founder Director and asked him to tell us more about what to expect cycling from coast to coast From the city lights of Cardiff to the Victorian Pier in Llandudno Monobo Adventures could take you on an incredible off road route through Wales ever changing landscapes Let s be clear This isn t your cup of tea if you re wanting to lounge on a beach looking to top up your suntan but you re not interested in that anyway During this 1 week adventure we cover just over 50kms a day and a fair few contours to boot But Monobo Adventures has all the logistics covered support vehicle mountain guide quality accommodation and bumper food stops along the way so all you have to think about is turning the pedals and enjoying the intrepid route The team at Monobo has had some real fun in putting the route together Most of us are used to doing circular routes We park the car and head out in one direction with a route in our heads to return to the car coming back from the opposite direction There s a pretty sound logic for riding that way too Recently however we found that when we got to the furthest point away from the car we had that little burning desire to explore a bit further That furthest point was usually the best bit as we found ourselves in the most remote part of the route So that got us thinking Why can t we create a route that just keeps on going When we found ourselves on that furthest point on our circular route lets carry on to the next valley and the next and the next And so the Welsh Mountain Biking Coast to Coast itinerary was born We ve made sure that the route drops in on some of the bestsellers Cwmcarn Nant yr Arian and Penmanchno for instance But we re also really excited about the bits in between A route through the Brecon Beacons wouldn t be worth its weight in gold without a visit to the Black Mountains The rarely visited tracks of Crychan and Halfway forests are special in their own right Then there s Llanwrtyd Wells well known for its annual bog snorkeling event and being the smallest town in the UK but we ve found some great tracks taking you through the surrounding open mountain landscape Further North of Llanwrtyd Wells we ve included an incredible wild camp

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    out ride and enjoy the spectacular Welsh trails Tags Afan Coed y Brenin Cwmcarn Llandegla Nant yr Arian Radnorshire Betws y Coed Trail Developments Video Mid Wales South Wales Penmachno Machynlleth Blaenau Ffestiniog Cognation Antur Stiniog Coed Trallwm Bike Park Wales North Wales Posted by Admin at 00 00 00 0 Comments Permalink Wednesday 31 December 2014 Mince Pie Challenge A January mountain bike challenge to get fit and work off those mince pies Tags Afan Coed y Brenin Cwmcarn Llandegla Nant yr Arian MBWales Mid Wales South Wales North Wales Posted by Admin at 00 00 00 0 Comments Permalink Thursday 11 December 2014 Winter Riding Goals We all know that once you re out on the bike you never regret going but it s fair to say longer colder nights can make getting your bum up off the sofa and onto your bike a little more difficult So set yourself a training goal to keep up your motivation I ve put pen to paper to give you a few ideas Tags Afan Coed y Brenin Cwmcarn Nant yr Arian Brechfa Mid Wales Photo South Wales Tips Penmachno Machynlleth Antur Stiniog Coed Trallwm Bike Park Wales North Wales Posted by Admin at 00 00 00 0 Comments Permalink Thursday 17 January 2013 Welsh Winter Riding A short edit filmed over a couple of days during a rare South Wales blizzard Tags Cwmcarn MBWales Video South Wales Cognation Posted by hannah at 00 00 00 0 Comments Permalink Monday 01 October 2012 MTB Digital Community Survey Cartwright Associates has been contracted by Forestry Commission Wales to research and write a digital marketing plan for Mountain Biking in Wales It needs to become a self sustaining business for it to work and to ensure we have covered all avenues we are requesting your feedback views and opinions Most importantly of all how can Mountain Biking Wales website and any other presence become indispensable to its users and generate an income Tags Afan Coed y Brenin Cwmcarn Llandegla Nant yr Arian Radnorshire Betws y Coed Blog MBWales Bases Brechfa Trail Developments Events Video Mid Wales aMTB Photo South Wales Tips 2012 Challenge Penmachno Machynlleth Blaenau Ffestiniog Gethin Woods Cognation Antur Stiniog Coed Trallwm North Wales Gethin Park Posted by hannah at 00 00 00 0 Comments Permalink Wednesday 06 June 2012 Inspiring Welsh MTB Events We ve a wealth of Welsh MTB events and they are not just for hardcore riders Here s a full list of annual MTB events taking place in Wales Tags Coed y Brenin Cwmcarn MBWales Bases Events Mid Wales South Wales 2012 Challenge North Wales Posted by hannah at 00 00 00 0 Comments Permalink Wednesday 28 March 2012 New safety video urges bikers to Stop Stand Speak Forestry Commission Wales has produced a two minute clip which it has uploaded onto the video sharing website telling mountain bikers to Stop Stand Speak whenever they meet horse riders The video called Respect Share the Trail shows how

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  • MBWales - Trail Review: Black at Coed Llandegla
    the route isn t a winch up fly down repeat You are going to need to bring a set of legs with you as every descent is matched by a brilliant ascent to get your lungs working Technical features coupled with fast flowing singletrack make this a stunning all round tester of a route Llandegla s most prominent feature is the well groomed nature of it s trails and the black route is no exception There are still plenty of exciting features to test you and you ll have to keep your wits about you but it s a real speed merchant of a route The start is shared by all trails and quickly gets you to the top of the hill some nice flowing singletrack takes you down into the valley where optional black lines start to give you a flavour of the route As you ride through the forest past some great windfall trees a vista opens up to you looking down the Morwynion Valley The wide open valley gives you some stunning views and is a great place for that group photo or quick snack Here you are presented with the start of the black proper The singletrack is fast and flowing twisting through the trees Beautifully crafted singletrack tugs you this way and that down the side of the hill After 100m or so you can choose one of two lines Parallel Universe which is a more jump focused line or Big Jim s a more singletrack route down the hill Both offer huge grins but are very different in flavour The later sections of black throw in some great macro features like the elevated boardwalk and B line Afterwards you reconnect with the red route and head back to the trail centre There s still

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  • MBWales - Beer & Bike Countdown
    June 2012 4 July 2012 2 August 2012 4 September 2012 3 October 2012 2 December 2012 1 January 2013 4 February 2013 1 March 2013 1 November 2013 1 December 2013 3 March 2014 4 May 2014 1 June 2014 3 July 2014 5 August 2014 3 September 2014 4 October 2014 2 November 2014 2 December 2014 5 January 2015 2 February 2015 2 March 2015 5 April 2015 2 January 2016 2 Beer Bike Countdown I m a firm believer that no two words go better together than Beer and Bikes If you add Welsh in front Welsh Beer and Bikes then all the better So this week we begin our roadtrip across Wales pedalling at some of the best Welsh trail centres and drinking some of the tastiest Welsh beer We ll be calling in at Afan Forest BikePark Wales Coed y Brenin Afan Lodge Purple Moose and Grey Trees Brewery to name but a few stops At the end of our journey we ll put together a write up and a video so you can follow in our tyre tracks Until then follow our journey on both Facebook and Twitter We ll be using the

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  • MBWales - Night Riding Tips
    a real beginner not because I m making guff errors on the trail but because I often find I have a heightened sense of focus and intensity when I ride So October s MBWales 2012 Challenge is to take up a night ride adventure Here s my 4 top tips to get you started Image by badbobevil from the MBWales Flickr Pool Night Riding Top Tips 1 Take time to set up your lights The ideal light setup combines a helmet mounted spotlight and a handlebar mounted broad beam light But if you can afford only one I would recommend a helmet mounted light Mount it close to the centre top of your helmet and aim it at least 8 10 feet ahead The bonus of helmet mounted lights are that they direct the light where you are looking rather than what s in front of the bike 2 Ride a trail that s familiar At least for your first few times night riding it s better to ride a trail that you know like the back of your hand It will be a completely different experience anyway and it will help your confidence if you don t come across any unpleasant surprises Last year both One Planet Adventure at Llandegla and Wheelism at Coed y Brenin organised night riding sessions within the week so if you don t feel like taking the plunge on your own why not join a group of other like minded night riders There s also the possibility to hire lights but it s best to book in advance first 3 Wrap up warm Temperatures at night can drop rapidly so make sure you re prepared for riding the trails but also have an extra layer incase something doesn t go quite to plan If

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  • MBWales - MBWales 2012: A Year of Adventure
    July 2012 2 August 2012 4 September 2012 3 October 2012 2 December 2012 1 January 2013 4 February 2013 1 March 2013 1 November 2013 1 December 2013 3 March 2014 4 May 2014 1 June 2014 3 July 2014 5 August 2014 3 September 2014 4 October 2014 2 November 2014 2 December 2014 5 January 2015 2 February 2015 2 March 2015 5 April 2015 2 January 2016 2 MBWales 2012 A Year of Adventure So it s the start of a new year and most of us feel a little reflective and maybe we ve set ourselves new goals for the coming 12 months Some of those challenges will be more achievable than others Well forget those fad diet promises you know that takeaways and beer will be slipping back into your life by February anyway and embrace the MBWales Year of Challenge Over the course of 2012 we ll be setting monthly challenges for you aimed at helping to improve your skills fitness and knowledge related to all things mountain biking We ll be teaming up with hardcore athletes seriously creative people and awesome service providers Together we hope to inspire you to think about Wales and mountain biking somewhat differently Each month we ll provide you with inspiration and then it s up to you to accept the challenge Some will be easy to begin immediately whilst others may require a little planning or practice Most will be free and light on your pocket If you do accept or at least try any of our challenges we would love to hear your feedback so please let us know how you get on Show us your photos on Flickr tweet us at mbwales and join us on Facebook I ll be seriously impressed if anyone

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    of the reasons people like to ride their mountain bikes and it encourages people of all ages sizes and abilities to get out ride and enjoy the spectacular Welsh trails Tags Afan Coed y Brenin Cwmcarn Llandegla Nant yr Arian Radnorshire Betws y Coed Trail Developments Video Mid Wales South Wales Penmachno Machynlleth Blaenau Ffestiniog Cognation Antur Stiniog Coed Trallwm Bike Park Wales North Wales Posted by Admin at 00 00 00 0 Comments Permalink Monday 05 January 2015 Three of the Top Five UK Trail Centres are in Wales Wales has been recognised as a world class mountain biking destination with three of the top five UK venues on our very own soil Tags Afan Coed y Brenin Llandegla MBWales South Wales Cognation Antur Stiniog Bike Park Wales Trail Review North Wales Posted by Admin at 00 00 00 0 Comments Permalink Wednesday 31 December 2014 Mince Pie Challenge A January mountain bike challenge to get fit and work off those mince pies Tags Afan Coed y Brenin Cwmcarn Llandegla Nant yr Arian MBWales Mid Wales South Wales North Wales Posted by Admin at 00 00 00 0 Comments Permalink Thursday 18 September 2014 Trail Review Black at Coed Llandegla An overview of the very jumpy and swoopy Black trail at Coed Llandegla Tags Llandegla MBWales Trail Review North Wales Posted by Admin at 00 00 00 0 Comments Permalink Saturday 09 August 2014 Your MTB related photos We re looking for you re mountain bike related photos to use on the mbwales com website Just share with us via Flickr Tags Afan Coed y Brenin Llandegla Nant yr Arian Betws y Coed MBWales Mid Wales Photo South Wales Antur Stiniog Coed Trallwm Bike Park Wales North Wales Posted by Admin at 00 00 00 0 Comments Permalink Tuesday 08 July 2014 Beer Bike Countdown We re on the final countdown to our Welsh Beer and Bike roadtrip Follow us as we taste the best beer and ride the best mountain bike trails Tags Afan Coed y Brenin Llandegla MBWales Mid Wales South Wales Bike Park Wales North Wales Posted by Admin at 00 00 00 0 Comments Permalink Tuesday 23 October 2012 Night Riding Tips Shorter days and longer darker evenings mean it s the perfect time to take up night riding Here s a few top tips Tags Coed y Brenin Llandegla MBWales Bases Mid Wales South Wales Tips 2012 Challenge North Wales Posted by hannah at 00 00 00 0 Comments Permalink Monday 01 October 2012 MTB Digital Community Survey Cartwright Associates has been contracted by Forestry Commission Wales to research and write a digital marketing plan for Mountain Biking in Wales It needs to become a self sustaining business for it to work and to ensure we have covered all avenues we are requesting your feedback views and opinions Most importantly of all how can Mountain Biking Wales website and any other presence become indispensable to its users and generate an income Tags Afan Coed

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  • MBWales - Trail Closures at Bwlch Nant yr Arian
    Trail Review North Wales Gethin Park Archive February 2011 2 September 2011 7 October 2011 6 November 2011 4 December 2011 4 January 2012 3 February 2012 9 March 2012 4 April 2012 2 May 2012 2 June 2012 4 July 2012 2 August 2012 4 September 2012 3 October 2012 2 December 2012 1 January 2013 4 February 2013 1 March 2013 1 November 2013 1 December 2013 3 March 2014 4 May 2014 1 June 2014 3 July 2014 5 August 2014 3 September 2014 4 October 2014 2 November 2014 2 December 2014 5 January 2015 2 February 2015 2 March 2015 5 April 2015 2 January 2016 2 Trail Closures at Bwlch Nant yr Arian News from Bwlch Nant yr Arian Due to the felling of diseased larch trees unfortunately all of the mountain bike trails at Bwlch Nant yr Arian will be closed for approximately 3 months from October 2013 For more information please see the Natural Resources Wales newsletter or get in touch with the Nant yr Arian team on 01970 890453 Rate this page Add a comment Add to Social Bookmarking sites Your Comments Afan Forest Park Coed Llandegla Coed y Brenin Cwmcarn

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