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New Downhill Mountain Biking Trails Comeing to Snowdonia

Published on 8 Mar 2012 by Gwion Llwyd

New Downhill Mountain Bikeing Trail

I visited the people at Antur Stiniog today. It was the usual bad coffee and powerpoint type affair. But I’ll forgive them, as the project really is an exciting one. And they’ve got some proper money to spend, £1.5 million being one of the few bullet points I remember.

As part of the ‘Snowdonia, One Big Adventure’ initiative, work is well underway to develop a world class Downhill Mountain Biking centre at Llechwedd Slate Caverns in Blaenau Ffestiniog. This is a specialist type of mountain biking where nutters, sorry, I mean ‘enthusiasts’, are ferried up to the top of a steep mountain so they can then throw them selves back down on the back of a bike.

A walk along one of the easier trails highlighted the fact that this was proper hard core stuff. Not for the light harted or uninitiated. The riders are skilled and the bikes are highly specialised machines. The five ridiculously steep and rocky trails should be ready by the end of July. A jump park, a new visitors centre and links to more conventional cross country trails should be ready later on in the summer.

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