The Brecon Challenger
The Brecon Challenger is designed to show you the outstanding beauty of the Brecon Beacons National park. The trip will start in the beautiful village of Talybont on Usk were we meet and greet in a local coffee shop.
From there, we head south along the Taff Trail climbing towards Trevil quarry which boasts stunning views of the Talybont Reservoir. After crossing the Darren Fawr, you will be treated to the first significant descent down to Dolygaer Outdoor centre and Pontsticill Reservoir.
After a short break, the ride will start the ascent of the world famous gap climb. This climb slowly and gently climbs up to a height of 599m above sea level. At this point, we have one of the best descents in the UK to get our teeth into descending all the way back down towards Brecon. After this descent, we jump on the towpath of the Monmouthshire canal and head back towards Talybont on Usk for tea and cake.
The Black Mountains Explorer
Do you want to explore some wild mountain biking? Then this is the perfect trip for you! The Black Mountains Explorer has been designed to help you move away from the comforts of the trail centre and explore the real beauty of mountain biking.
The loop starts on the eastern side of Sugar Loaf Mountain and descends north towards the first climb of the day with outstanding views from the top to reward you. The ride traverses the Bal Bach ridgeline where you can see into the deep valleys before another descent back into the Mynydd Du.
The final big climb takes you to one of the best ridge lines in South Wales onto Crag Mawr, 550m above sea level. Standing on top of Crag Mawr lets you see the whole of the Black Mountains, the Brecon Beacons National Park and the Usk Valley in its full glory.
The descent from Crag Mawr has been voted as one of the best natural descents in the UK and will leave you grinning from ear-to-ear. The final section of the ride is along a low lying bridleway which skirts along the side of the Sugar Loaf Mountain before returning to the car park.