_63 7 Laps of Bike Park Wales

06/12/14

Route map here

For the second part of our trip to Wales we rode at Bike Park Wales (Link) which is not far from Merthyr Tydfil, it turned out that Danny Hart had heard we were riding there too so he turned up on his new Mondraker for the day to watch us ride. Since I had joined onto the trip a bit last minute with the guys I was too late to book a place on the uplift and was actually quite happy to spend the day pedaling up and down the hill, I ended up getting 7 runs in (and even one cheeky free lift up the hill on the uplift at the end of the day) and those guys got around 8 or 9.

We spent the night before in a local ‘Inn’ which was an interesting place, we paid for cheap, local accommodation and that is what we got, it certainly had some character though. The place was nice enough and very warm which is just what we wanted after being out in the cold all day however as we sat down in the pub ready to order a take away curry expecting a quiet few pints for the evening we were surprised when the place filled with an unusual gang that looked something like the cast of the local Welsh TV series ‘The Valleys‘  … only much worse followed by some rather loud house music and chart anthems on the pub sound system, so much for our quiet night. Luckily it only lasted for an hour or so when a taxi arrived and they all cleared off and we were able to enjoy our curry in peace (when it finally arrived)

Good day riding and was pretty knackered by the end of it. I ended up having quite some time to kill in Newport at the end of the day so went for a cycle round and spent quite a while eating my fish and chips, perfect post ride food on a cold wet day.

I was ever so helpful in putting the bikes on the car in the morning.
I was ever so helpful in putting the bikes on the car in the morning. (note the ‘secure’ bike storage in the background as advertised on the website, this was made secure by parking the car in front of the garage door so that it could not be opened).

 

Merthyr Tydfil in the distance as I look down one of the many runs in the park
Merthyr Tydfil in the distance as I look down one of the many runs in the park
Some pretty magical morning light shining through the trees as I made my way up the ascent track in the morning.
Some pretty magical morning light shining through the trees as I made my way up the ascent track in the morning.
Can you spot Danny Hart?
Can you spot Danny Hart?
The last part of the ascent track, its rather exposed so even though it is flat it doesn't make for easy going.
The last part of the ascent track, its rather exposed so even though it is flat it doesn’t make for easy going.
The light through the trees
The light through the trees

 

Fish and chips at the end of the day.
Fish and chips at the end of the day.

 

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