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Friday, May 10, 2013

Wales Weekender

Not the biggest of Summit away trips but there were 6 of us in total.  Everyone got 3 days riding if not all together.  The first batch of 4, me, Terry, Nick & Jason, set off on Friday morning & convened in a cafĂ© in Machynlleth in Wales.  It’s a lovely town with a Hollywood style sign with the town name.   With help from The Holey Trail bike shop, we tracked down the start of the CliMachx, a trail built by the locals. We did the 15km lap round the hill which had climbs on fire roads & lots of whooping single track.   The finale is a long technical descent that emerges from the woods into an open logged area & then back into the woods for more zig zagging single track, slab jumps & 8 massive berms.   Woohah! Of course we went back up & did the last bit again with an additional bit of north shore.  Huge grins. 

We were staying north of Aberystwyth in a seaside place called Borth (resort would be bigging it up too much).   The YHA is reasonably basic but cheap with lovely staff & sea views.  There are 3 pubs describes as “refurbished & nice” pub, “hippy” pub & “youth” pub.   After a curry we took in the hippy pub (art gallery, cool graffiti in toilet & lots of knits) & then the refurbed pub.   We were joined there by Ben & Irene who had both driven up.

On Day 2 we went & rode Nant year Arian located 10 miles east of Aberystwyth.  We started with the more enduro Syfydrin trail which is 35 km long. It starts & ends with the fun sections near the trail centre & adds on a large loop of track, field, hill & sheep poo (inevitable in Wales!).  Highlights included failed escaped lamb rescue by Jason & rock bashing by Nick.
There was a half marathon going on and also red kite feeding with over 100 kites circling near the trail centre.  In the afternoon it brightened up & we rode the appropriately named Summit trail which took in most of the best bits from before without the slog.  That is except for the very appropriately named “Leg Burner”.  “Mask of Zorro” seemed to be everyone’s favourite.
For the last day we decided to go back to the CliMachx as it was such great fun.  During the loop we came across a band of drummers who were entertaining the riders in the Dyfi Enduro.   We seem to hit it at rush hour.  No one was tempted to join the hundreds of riders but there was plenty of bike envy.  It was a good break before we hammered down the final section & through the eight berms grinning as much as the last time.  We ended there on a high, leaving Ben & Irene to stay another day.   “Epic gnarly” riding!

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