What does it take for WyeMTB to come up with a new guided ride? Simply put….we get out on the bikes and explore some great riding locations!
South Wales and the Wye Valley host a number of amazing trail centres – like Pedalabikeaway in the Forest of Dean (ok, technically it’s just over the border in England but hey!), Cwmcarn in the Risca valley and the Afan/Glyncorrwg centres near Swansea. These sites have been at the forefront of Mountain biking in South Wales for over 15 years!
Times and riding preferences have evolved though, and not everyone enjoys long, pedally climbs to access trails, while others are just keen to maximise their gravity fed riding time!
Uplift days at trail centres and bike parks provide a popular way of delivering a gravity rush and have appeared at many of our favourite spots – Pedalabikeaway, Cwmcarn, Black Mountain Cycle Centre and not forgetting BikePark Wales. All these sites show how mountain biking can really help support a community – creating new jobs and filling up the local accommodation, pubs and restaurants.
At WyeMTB, we really wanted to create uplift assisted rides with a distinct difference. Trips which allow you to really get off the beaten track away from the masses, giving you breathtaking scenery, amazing singletrack, and taking you to areas you might not be able to explore on your own! We have spent years exploring the Wye Valley, Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains and decided to join up our favourite rides with access in our trusty Landrover – taking the strain out of the climbs, skipping the boring road bits and leaving plenty of energy to descend some amazing natural single track.
We launched two vehicle assisted guided rides in 2019:
Wye Valley Off Piste has rapidly become a South Wales classic. A dedicated uplifted guided ride around the Wye Valley taking in places like Tintern, Llandogo, Redbrook – starting and finishing from Pedalabikeaway in the Forest of Dean. This trip has minimal climbing on the bike and takes in some properly challenging descents, with rock fests, flowy singletrack and technical, steep off piste trails. Plus lunch is in a brewery …what is not to like?
Our second day trip is the Brecon Epic, based in the Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales.
This ride is aimed at really getting you right “out there” to explore all the treats the Brecon Beacons has to offer. The trip is a return to the true core of mountain biking; big climbs (maybe even some hike-a-bike), amazing scenery all day, remote riding and some sustained mountain descents.
These two days out are really polar opposites of each other, so this winter we’ve tried to come up with a new trip – something sort of in the middle. We have spent days and days in properly biblical weather researching some new descents and revisiting old favourites and we think we’ve cracked it. Our new trip is called the Black Bomb, and is based around the Black Mountains near Abergavenny – delivering big scenery, remoteness, connection with nature and some mind blowing descending. Our 1st trip runs in South Wales on the 1st March – St David’s Day! Yes there will be some Welsh Cakes guaranteed! If you want more detail please check the website and our next blog dedicated to the Black Bomb landing next week.