Reviews written by stumpy_dan

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January 14, 2018 (Updated: January 14, 2018)
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
3.5
Facilities 
 
3.0
Progressive downhill bike park

I went down with a friend in early January to check out the scene. It had been on my bucket list since re-opening but also given it had taken the crown for Trail of the Year it had to be checked out. We did the one and two dot...

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stumpy_dan
January 06, 2018
Latest News
Complete

All done. Thanks or patience

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stumpy_dan
December 27, 2017 (Updated: December 27, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
3.8
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
3.5
Facilities 
 
3.0
England
Packed lots into a small track

Another new track has popped up in London, Beckenham way in Lewisham. This track has a really friendly community, a strong club scene and opportunity for growth. The track is small and only one bike wide but has loads of options so a great blast and really progressive in nature....

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stumpy_dan
September 16, 2017
Quick update on progress with this.

They have had an initial meeting and proposal from specialist track builders Velosolutions Ltd regarding the track in the park. I have enclosed an indicative design below which they have kindly provided. The finished article is likely to be different to the below but broadly similar to a facility they...

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stumpy_dan
September 02, 2017 (Updated: September 02, 2017)
Update from the SBP team: August 2017

We've been busy over the summer getting closer to our dream of all-weather facilities for MTB and BMX in South Yorkshire. Our goal of opening this coming autumn will now not be met as we have hit another legal complication with the building we were negotiating lease terms on, or...

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stumpy_dan
August 27, 2017
Overall rating 
 
3.8
Grin Factor 
 
3.5
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
1.5
England
Great track and friendly community

This is a really fun track with a friendly community. There are 6 lanes so it is quite big. It is only a few months away from being replaced by a national standards track so will soon be even better. It's near our caravan in hayling island...

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stumpy_dan
August 26, 2017 (Updated: August 26, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
3.9
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.5
Facilities 
 
1.0
On the doorstep

This little BMX track has made an otherwise quiet park come alive. It's 2 mins ride from my house and I see it from my bedroom window. My step daughter is now in the club and I'm down many an evening and weekend on my just purchased BMX (first one)....

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stumpy_dan
August 12, 2017 (Updated: August 13, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
3.8
Grin Factor 
 
3.5
Trail Variety 
 
3.5
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
3.0
Great little spot

I came here whilst passing through the area. It's in a big reasonably central urban park a bit tucked away. It has lots of really progressive jump lines for all levels and all ages. It is addictive, fun and the locals are really friendly and happy to give good...

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stumpy_dan
August 03, 2017 (Updated: August 04, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
2.0
Gem of a place

I came here on a day trip with a week off. It was mid week and not the best weather so there were only a few folk in the car park. All the riders I spoke to where really friendly and helpful so there is clearly a good community vibe...

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stumpy_dan
July 26, 2017 (Updated: August 02, 2017)
Value of MTB investment is particularly vague

I'm going to ask for a breakdown of the money. Forest Enterprise Scotland is part funding (£1m) so they should be able to disclose. It would be good to find out exactly how much is set aside for trail development and cross reference that with the total cost and also...

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stumpy_dan
June 18, 2017 (Updated: June 18, 2017)
Winterfold

Winterfold way (Evian, Area 51, secret santa, switchback trail 3 amigos) due to logging and landowner concerns is becoming a keep away territory now. Hurtwood land is different but clearly quite a few concerns around. I sense some form of committee organisation / regulation will be on its way. Tensions...

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stumpy_dan
March 25, 2017
Project - On HOLD

It's evident this project is unfortunately on hold and has been for some time now. Hopefully not indefinitely given the large amount of work already gone int the construction to date.

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stumpy_dan
January 29, 2017
Update from the Extreme Team

At present we are still in the early stages of the project, working closely with the Circuit of Wales team to ascertain which mix of facilities are right to include at this destination, and where they should be located around the site and the exact specifications of each individual piece....

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stumpy_dan
January 21, 2017 (Updated: March 12, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
3.5
Skills Development 
 
3.5
Trail Quality  
 
3.0
Natural feel

This trail is very old school but it's hard not to feel great nostalgia for it. Natural twisting single track with some fun descents. Some sections are really fast and have quite narrow single track rather than the wider version of single track more common on modern...

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stumpy_dan
December 20, 2016
Update Black Mountains Cycle Centre Saved!

The BMCC were successful in being rewarded retrospective planning permission! Positive result at The National Park. Happy Days! Big thanks to all who support.

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stumpy_dan
December 03, 2016
Moving forward

We've spotted that are good friends from Firecrest are involved in speaking to the council about moving forward Bike Park Cornwall

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stumpy_dan
November 27, 2016
Introducing a Bayesian Average (makes it harder)

As well as removing the Index from show. We have raised the criteria again. As well as each trail needing a minimum of 25 reviews of which 10 must have been written since 1st Jan 2016 to be eligible for the index we have also introduced a Bayesian Average which...

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stumpy_dan
November 12, 2016
Pronouncing new name

Colin Down from FlatTyres MTB Guiding advises me the new name is pronounced G-wid-ear More. Ta Colin

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stumpy_dan
August 29, 2016 (Updated: December 28, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
4.0
Gnarly steep and fun

Had an awesome ride at Devils Punch Bowl today. Lots of fun descents that are gnarly, can get quite steep, the occasional (breath holding) shute down on top also. There is a massive expanse of trails with a myriad of options. It can get quite technical and the ups can...

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stumpy_dan
August 20, 2016
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
The original and best

Coed y Brenin is a truly epic trail centre. The first of its kind it has continued to develop and keep at the forefront of its game. The terrain is rocky and the ups and the descents can be quite technical. It has loads of flowing grin factor as well...

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stumpy_dan
August 20, 2016
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Customer Service 
 
5.0
Value for Money 
 
5.0
Quality of Work 
 
5.0
Bike Shops and Hire
Maker of Dreams

The guys at Pedal and Spoke are second to none. I have been using them for maybe 6 years now. Sorting me out with bikes, advice and kit. They recently managed a frame swap from my Butcher to a New Santa Cruz Nomad. Top service, advice, go the extra mile....

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stumpy_dan
July 27, 2016 (Updated: August 04, 2016)
Update

Folks, iBikeRide have made contact and had an initial conversation with the MTB ranger from NRW. We've also had someone from the local riding community step forward to help represent.  We have made an introduction between the two and conversations are ongoing. Thanks for all your valuable feedback.  ...

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stumpy_dan
June 11, 2016

GAWTON introduces bins due to #TrailTrash. Just wrong they have to do this!

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stumpy_dan
April 03, 2016 (Updated: April 03, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Grin Factor 
 
3.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.5
Skills Development 
 
3.5
Trail Quality  
 
3.5
Facilities 
 
4.5
England
A neat surprise not too far from home

I don't normally go this way and didn't have too high expectations but found myself nearby so thought I'd give it a try. I was very pleasantly surprised.  The XC is very short but it is what it it says it is i.e. the blue is blue (flowing and...

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stumpy_dan
November 12, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
3.5
Facilities 
 
5.0
Fantastic Alps Holiday base

I've used Les Gets a few times now as an Alps holiday base. Once to do the Portes du Soleil and then back a few years after just to redo the best bits. It's a great base and a neat town. Close also to it's sister site Morzine. The...

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stumpy_dan
November 12, 2015 (Updated: November 12, 2015)
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
3.0
Modern well run track

This is a really neat BMX track that I have only ridden once so far but as it is a couple of miles from home I know I will be back often when I want that quick Sunday afternoon blast to add the icing to the weekends big ride or...

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stumpy_dan
August 20, 2015 (Updated: August 20, 2015)
Overall rating 
 
3.9
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
1.5
Great Friendly DH centre

Had a great couple of hours for the first time at Rogate on the way back from Portsmouth to London. It was mid week and quite early in the day so it was quiet. The few locals around were really helpful and gave great tips. What really surprised me is...

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stumpy_dan
August 13, 2015 (Updated: October 08, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
2.3
Grin Factor 
 
2.0
Trail Variety 
 
2.5
Skills Development 
 
2.5
Trail Quality  
 
3.5
Facilities 
 
0.5
England
Croft Trail Blast

I recently rode the Croft Trail on the way back from an Afan Trip. It was just off the M4 Swindon way. There is a car park but no other facilities. The trail is really short single track and it is quite flat as you would expect in Swindon. The...

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stumpy_dan
May 01, 2015 (Updated: October 16, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
3.0
Hidden Gem! Get in there before the word spreads.

I visited the Black Mountain Cycle Centre and this place is a total hidden gem. Saying that I don't think that will be the case for long. Just as a heads up. The sat nav wants to take you to the farm next door so look...

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stumpy_dan
May 01, 2015 (Updated: October 11, 2015)
Overall rating 
 
3.8
Grin Factor 
 
3.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.5
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
3.5
Facilities 
 
4.0
Short but with some real bite.

I visited Hadleigh Park the day after it had opened. The car park is big so they are planning for busy which I sense It will be. The small pump track at the entrance is confidence building and the skills area consisting of rocky sections, jumps and three progressive large...

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stumpy_dan
December 23, 2014 (Updated: September 03, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
3.2
Grin Factor 
 
2.5
Trail Variety 
 
3.5
Skills Development 
 
3.0
Trail Quality  
 
3.0
Facilities 
 
4.5
Mudfest in the wet

I rode this on my 4X bike on a wet day and as the soil is clay based it was a mud fest and quite a slog. It has a nice natural feel and the type of place you just explore and explore rather than keep to one route. Pop...

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stumpy_dan
November 14, 2014 (Updated: November 15, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
4.1
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.5
Skills Development 
 
3.5
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
Great flow and fun rock sections

Really enjoyed Kirroughtree. It is designed well and rides really fast with fun flow. There arenNeat short rock sections both on the ups and downs to keep you on your toes. Decent facilities form cafe, bike wash and the folks in the onsite breakpad bike shop are really helpful....

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stumpy_dan
November 12, 2014 (Updated: November 12, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Grin Factor 
 
3.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
2.5
Dalbeattie beat me

Dalbeattie is not like other trails. I thought it be rocky like the Lakes. It takes rocky to a new level. It's probably the most technical red trail I have ridden. I was a bit shocked at first by the unusual terrain and it took me a while to get...

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stumpy_dan
November 10, 2014 (Updated: November 10, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Grin Factor 
 
3.5
Trail Variety 
 
3.5
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
3.5
Facilities 
 
1.0
Hills, thrills and more hills

Hopton Woods Pierce XC Red is a rare trail as it starts on a flowing descent that still gives you a fun end to the trail. It's a decent red for England with many short descents full of berms, roots and little drops. Could do with a few more...

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stumpy_dan
November 04, 2013 (Updated: December 30, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
BikePark Wales - Respect!

BikePark Wales is truly an amazing centre. I started on the Blues and they are fast, flowing, confidence building and it's hard not to take air. There is a definite Rowan Sorrell site and some of it is reminiscent of the Verderers in the Forest of Dean (in a good...

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stumpy_dan
July 27, 2013 (Updated: July 27, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
4.6
Biker Friendly 
 
4.5
Facilities 
 
5.0
Value for Money 
 
4.5
Location 
 
4.5
Accommodation
Biker friendly and close to Llandegla trail centre

I came here on a biking weekend to Coed Llandegla. They are situated in a nice town with a good selection of pubs, restaurants and they have a public car park round the back. The hostel has a kitchen, a dining room, a chilled out lounge, bike store, dry room...

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stumpy_dan
May 02, 2013 (Updated: May 02, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
4.4
Biker Friendly 
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
4.5
Value for Money 
 
4.0
Location 
 
5.0
Ace Place to stay by Antur Stiniog and Betws-y-Coed

The hotel is brilliantly situated half way between Betws-y-Coed and Antur Stiniog. Antur Stiniog is just a short 5min drive away. It has a bar and lounge for that we'll deserved post ride drink and a decent restaurant. There is a bike lock up and indoor facilities...

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stumpy_dan
April 29, 2013 (Updated: December 30, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.5
Facilities 
 
4.5
Antur Stiniog On A 6 inch bike

I came to Antur Stiniog having not done that much Downhill for years except a blast last the summer in the Alps. These days I mainly do technical trail riding focusing on reds and blacks. I has heard Antur Stiniog was progressive by nature and had heard only awesome things...

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stumpy_dan
March 03, 2013 (Updated: November 12, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
4.1
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.5
Facilities 
 
2.0
Stoughton. A confidence inspiring progressive DH track.

Stoughton Downhill is just passed the village of Stoughton at the end of the South Downs. The postcode in the listing takes you close to the car park but the car park is prob 100 to 200 metres before the end point on the sat nav. ...

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stumpy_dan
February 10, 2013 (Updated: March 05, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
4.1
Biker Friendly 
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
4.0
Value for Money 
 
4.0
Location 
 
4.5
Accommodation
A great base for Lancashire MTB

My stay at the Parrock Lumb Cottages was for four nights and I had only plan on staying for three at the place but the place and the riding was so great I stayed in extra night. I think that says it all! There are a number...

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stumpy_dan
February 06, 2013 (Updated: November 04, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
3.9
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
3.0
Gisburn Forest - Simply MTB Heaven

This definitely now goes into one of my top ten. The route is clearly cared for and well managed so respect to the Gisburn Trail Builders, the PMBA and all the volunteers. I started at the Dog and Partidge by the bike shop and rode up...

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stumpy_dan
February 05, 2013 (Updated: June 07, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
3.6
Grin Factor 
 
3.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
3.5
Facilities 
 
3.0
Lee Quarry Finally Conquered

I tried to ride Lee Quarry a little earlier in the week but after two attempts had to bail because of the snow blizzard conditions so coming back I was adamant to conquer it. You ride up from the car park straight up the...

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stumpy_dan
February 03, 2013 (Updated: November 07, 2015)
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Grin Factor 
 
3.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.0
Skills Development 
 
3.0
Trail Quality  
 
3.0
Quantocks sole rider ride

I rode the Quantocks having planned my trip with a map and compass from a magazine guide. It started off great and I was surprised by how exposed yet how awesome the views were. I loved the natural singletrack of which it seemed never ending. Some of the descents...

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stumpy_dan
January 23, 2013 (Updated: December 23, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
3.1
Grin Factor 
 
3.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
2.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
2.5
Great for Expert Downhiller and Dirt Jumper (not sure about the rest of us though)

If you are seriously into Dirt Jumps and Downhill then PORC has it. The downhills are short but packed full of features from steps to steep rooty sections to gaps and drops of all sizes. Dirt Jumps are not my bag but saw some pretty cool skills. Needs a level...

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January 21, 2013
Overall rating 
 
4.1
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
3.0
Facilities 
 
1.0
The Peak District wins hands down for natural trail riding

I have ridden the Peaks a good few times over the years. I have always been lucky enough to have mates that part of the world that can show me around. I think as far as natural terrain riding goes it is hard to beat. The muddy, rocky unpredictable descents...

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stumpy_dan
December 30, 2012 (Updated: October 04, 2015)
Overall rating 
 
4.9
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
The Blue Quercus and the Red Altura South and North Loops.

The centre has great facilities from a decent cafe, bike shop and toilets. We headed off on the Blue Quercus first which is a really well designed trail to ease beginners into mountain biking. It's flowing with a well surfaced wide track and has a good number of sweeping berms....

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December 04, 2012 (Updated: July 23, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
Glentress the MTB Mecca

For the first few years of riding this was the mtb mecca for me. It has everything and the red and the black sections are both great. There is also a bike skills park on the way which is awesome. Do check out the cafe and there is a great...

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stumpy_dan
October 25, 2012 (Updated: November 03, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
3.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
4.5
CwmCarn Y Mynydd Downhill, Twrch, Cafall

The downhill track at CwmCarn in South Wales is one of my favourites. It was designed by Phil Saxena of Full Contact Racing (guy who built World Champs 4Xand Hamsterley) and built by local riders including Rowan Sorrell. In my mind it has everything and for Londoners it is reachable...

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stumpy_dan
October 22, 2012 (Updated: October 30, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
3.6
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.0
Skills Development 
 
3.5
Trail Quality  
 
3.5
Facilities 
 
2.0
Cli-mach X

I have heard it anecdotedly said this is the longest downhill section in Wales. Whether true or not it feels long. The grin factor is supreme. It is a graded red but a red with bite. It is well worth the search to find it just for the descent. ...

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stumpy_dan
October 12, 2012
Overall rating 
 
4.2
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
1.0
Raven - In my top three

The Raven was closed the first time I visited Brechfa and loved doing the Gorlech. Came back maybe 3 years alter and rode the Raven with some IBIKERide buddies and she took my breath away. Loved her. Well worth the trip and now sits in my all time top three...

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