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    2013 With the start of a new year we all make resolutions and most of us have broken them by February but that s no reason not to try is it Here s a few of your bike related resolutions Tags Blog MBWales Mid Wales South Wales Tips 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 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 Tuesday 25 September 2012 Skills Tuition and Guiding at Coed Trallwm A days guiding and skills tuition for the recent Great British Adventure winners Ed and Jenna in Mid Wales Tags Blog MBWales Mid Wales Tips Coed Trallwm Posted by hannah at 00 00 00 0 Comments Permalink Monday 17 September 2012 Wales by Bike and Bothy A Welsh multi day biking adventure video from Maia Media The trail in front of you best friend beside you and your world on the back of your bike It doesn t get much better than that Tags Coed y Brenin Nant yr Arian Blog MBWales

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  • MBWales - Busy at Brecha
    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 Busy at Brecha The trail pixies have been really busy recently in Brechfa If you ve not been for a while you ll find bigger jumps smoother berms and fewer puddles Here s a quick update and photos so you can see how nice it rolls On the Gorlech trail there have been improvements on the Gardens second to last section of singletrack redirecting water and repairing the trail after a landslide earlier in the year also rebuilding the last berm in a set of four to bring it back up to its original height On the final decent of the Gorlech just past the bridal way crossing there is new trail layout to prevent water causing a huge puddle Harvesting is now complete at the furthest point of the Raven close to the red route the singletrack up there is barely recognisable now the trees have gone and give great new views over the Cothi valley The Raven has had a lot of work done on the Jump Park redesigning the tabletops the last table top is now much bigger than it used to be Some repairs have also been done on the Raven s Gully berms the decent that comes out on the forest road where it meets with the green before the green blue cross roads Finally some repairs have been done on the Derwen s green trail second to last section of singletrack All of the works are riding really well and the recent dry weather has

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  • MBWales - Bog Snorkelling Triathlon 2014
    To be honest I think that they too are also overwhelmed by my new status as no one has approached me yet about it Do you think anyone wants me to turn on their Christmas lights HMBT We are fans of mountain bikes around here How did you find the mountain bike leg of the race EM The mountain bike part of the race was the one that I felt most prepared for prior to the event and the least prepared for during the event I have completed a couple of sprint triathlons and a standard aquabike but in those the bike bit came after the swim and before the run I found that completing the run then the snorkel and then the bike really took its toll on my calf muscles in terms of cramp I suspect that the cold water in the bog do I keep harping on about this It was cold and in the pond sized epic puddles on the MB course played a role in this The course itself was really quite pleasant although the grass and field parts at the beginning and end of the course was physically challenging HMBT And what s it like snorkelling in a bog Stinky EM I don t know if I want to make this common knowledge if I want to defend my title next year this year only 2 women in race I was prepared for really dirty stinky water and you know what it wasn t A pleasant surprise HMBT Can you give us an insight into the type of training you did to prepare EM I didn t run for 3 months and sat on my arse instead studying for my PhD Aha ha ha ok the first part is completely true I ve just finished seeing my physio who I ve been working with for the past couple of months trying to sort out my wonky biomechanics This was my first run back and I wasn t sure if I would be able to complete it In addition I d never run further than 7 2km before and that was by mistake when in the 1st triathlon I did someone made a miscalculation However that said I do usually go swimming twice a week once open water long swim once triathlon club swim training cycling 2 3 times a week a mix of hill reps time trials and longer rides as well as a mix of circuits yoga and metafit 3 4 times a week I suppose now I have no excuse not to go back to run training HMBT Will you enter the Bog Snorkelling Triathlon again or has it put you off for life EM I cant believe you have even asked this For me Bog Triathlon is not an event its a way of life It s a mind set I ll be back next year to defend my title Furthermore I might even do some run training and wear appropriate

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  • to create a sustainable future for this amazing facility Our ever expanding trail crew are flat out not only maintaining but also upgrading existing trails Checkout the all new Insufficient finds trail as well as improvements on Zut Alors Willy Waver and Enter the Dragon as well as a new start to Vicious Valley And now for the really exciting news to celebrate our first birthday we will be opening the first of two completely new trails for 2014 on Sunday August 24th jump trail this red graded trail is a work of art each lip and landing sculpted with love and care from Welsh rock and dirt Created as a collaboration between trail building company Back on Track and our own trail crew A470 Line is set to be a new favourite for visitors to BikePark Wales from across the globe If you aren t excited enough already take a look at this short edit by Liam Murphy the first in a new series of BikePark Wales diaries which will keep you up to date on happenings at BPW This first episode features Trek World Racing rider Laurie Greenland shredding A470 Line in a recent test session The aptly named A470 line is the UK s biggest and best A470 line will open on Sunday 24th August We will also have many of our great sponsors in attendance to enjoy the weekend with us so stop by and say hello to the guys from Mercedes Benz Vito Sport Mojo Fox Trek and Shimano as well as the guys from MBUK Thanks again to everyone for making our first year such a great one this is just the beginning there is plenty more still to come from BikePark Wales Build it and they will come To book online and find

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    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 Monday 15 December 2014 Epic Cymru A multi day stage race Have you heard about Epic Cymru It will be the first ever MTB stage race to be held in South Wales launching this summer Held on August 15th 19th the event features some of the very best riding Wales has to offer Tags Afan MBWales Events South Wales Cognation Bike Park Wales Posted by Admin at 00 00 00 0 Comments Permalink Monday 17 November 2014 Penmachno Trail Video Great new trail sections added to Penmachno Tags Betws y Coed MBWales Bases Trail Developments Video Penmachno North Wales Posted by Admin at 00 00 00 0 Comments Permalink Saturday 27 September 2014 Busy at Brecha Brechfa has some amazing trails and they ve been given a some recent tender love and care Perfect for all the family Tags MBWales Brechfa Trail Developments Mid Wales Photo South 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 Wednesday 03 September 2014 Bog Snorkelling Triathlon 2014 An interview and a video with this years female World Champion Bog

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  • MBWales - 7 Things I Like About Winter Riding
    that s no reason to put your bike in the garage for the next 4 months Winter riding is a heap of fun especially in Wales Here are my top reasons for getting out on your bike between now and the first sprouting daffodils 1 You get to go night riding Night riding is some of the most fun you will ever have on a bike Bikes lights crammed full of lumens are pretty cheap now Bung one on your helmet and one on your handlebars and you are good to go I find your senses become heightened and you assume the concentration of a beginner again Fortunately you should also have more skill to overcome obstacles instead of running into them Obviously be sensible take extra clothing and ideally ride a trail you re familiar with 2 It s Quieter Lots of people are summer bikers so by making that extra effort to get on your bike in the colder months you ll be rewarded with considerably quieter trails 3 Maintain your fitness By remaining active you can still keep up with the best of em when it comes to spring again Or if you ve been trying particularly hard you may find you overtake a few more people on the trail All this additional fitness without the need to sully yourself with any indoor bike sufferfest malarkey 4 Eat more cake Sticky toffee pudding and mince pies are all great winter food and if you hit the trails you ll feel all the better for having earned them too 5 Getting muddy Who doesn t like getting muddy More rain means more puddles which means considerably more fun 6 Warming up by a log burner at the end of a great day It s that combination of ice

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  • MBWales - The Dyfi Winter Warm Up 2013 - A Girls Eye View
    for being a very challenging ride that all my friends were scared off So I resigned myself to riding alone which isn t quite as appealing photos by Peter Jones Luckily on arrival at the Corris Craft Centre I bumped into a friend who was riding with two other lads join us they exclaimed I knew by looking at them that I could start the ride with them but they would soon leave me behind on the first hill I was right they all left me behind but I did manage to catch up with one of them at the top of the first climb and we rode together from there With around 300 riders and only around 6 women that I was aware of I did feel in the minority where were all the girls The first climb was 2 miles long up a forestry track I remembered the climb from the Enduro so knew how long it was I certainly didn t feel very fit as people just kept passing me up the hill but I just kept my head up and kept pedaling steadily having a bit of a chat to people on the way The first descent was really really muddy sticky lots of tree roots and I had forgotten to unlock my suspension so went bouncing uncomfortably downhill in an uncontrolled fashion It was at this point that I likened riding in the Dyfi Forest to giving birth you don t remember the scary bits Having been only riding for 2 years now it takes me a while to relax into rocky singletrack and this first one was pretty grim due to the conditions Luckily they got better after that and once I had turned my suspension back on had a little word with myself c mon girl get yourself together relax breath soften up I found myself really enjoying the ride The singletracks were wet some of them were rivers all the way down they were rocky muddy but fun The adrenaline was starting to kick in my focus was improving my reactions were getting quicker I did lots of loud whooping down some of the scary bits being cheered on with Well done lads oh and lady by the really friendly stewards and then we were back to the uphills which were long but steady The weather was lovely that day the first bit of sunshine revealing the distant hills with the odd invigorating hail shower now and again It was really nice to get round the 12 miles of the first lap to the food stop where some lovely ladies were handing out delicious flapjack and sausage rolls it was too cold to stop for long though especially with wet feet legs and bottom After a quick discussion with my new riding buddy we decided that it would be pretty wet to wimp out on only one lap so we went for the second The first uphill of the second lap was

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  • MBWales - Welsh Event Training
    train hard to be at the top of his game so I asked Huw what three top tips he would give to both novice event riders and more serious riders alike This is what he had to say A little more about Huw Huw is currently the UK and European 24 Hour Solo MTB Champion Sponsored by Loco Tuning he rides for Niner Stans Ergon UK Huw is also supported by Rab UK and Rapid Racer Products RRP Huw works full time for the Forestry Commission as a Project Manager for Sustainable Flood Management He spends most of his spare time training and riding his bike and spending time with his lovely wife Lou who is No 1 Support for his solo race efforts Huw was the 2011 UK and European 12 Hour Solo Rookie Champion and ended his 2011 season by winning the Howies Coed y Brenin Enduro and the senior solo male 24 hour at Relentless 24 Keep up to date with what s going with Huw on Twitter MTBHuw Tip 1 Wales is hilly You can expect upwards of 1 500 2 000m of climbing perhaps more at any of the Welsh MTB events so head for the hills on your training rides leading up to the event For those wanting to be more specific during their rides start to take in some hill intervals perhaps up to 5 to 10x 2 3 minute intervals at high effort during your rides This will build aerobic fitness tolerance to hard efforts and improves recovery between efforts If you ve not done this kind of training before you must build up to the higher and longer efforts Tip 2 Stay hydrated and fed One of the most common things I hear from people coming away from these events is that they got cramp The exact cause of cramp isn t 100 clear but one thing is certain riding long distances at high intensity combined with fatigue and heat can bring on cramps One of the causes is thought to be an imbalance of electrolyte in the body as your body loses minerals such as calcium magnesium potassium and salts There is no cure to cramp and it is often just one of those things that happens but staying hydrated and fed with suitable liquids and food during a race can do wonders Try and drink and eat what you would in a race during your training rides In my opinion it is no use expecting your body to know what to do with an overload of energy gels and drinks during a race if it has never been given these during a ride before Your digestive system needs to be trained to handle and make effective use of this type of food or drink in my opinion and experience If you do cramp then in my experience the worst thing that you can do is stop If at all possible spin in a light gear until it clears If

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