Through the Heart of Darkness.

It’s been a great winter this year as we’ve had some fabulous evenings in the dark at Coed y Brenin on the Wednesday Night Rides. Thanks to all the youngsters (and oldsters) who came along for the ride, and to the parents and grandparents who ferried riders through the cold winter months!

We finish with the Heart of Darkness as the Unbearable Lightness of summer takes over. Roll on next winter!

We finish with the Heart of Darkness as the Unbearable Lightness of summer takes over. Roll on next winter!

I’m sure that summer will be a treat, and the warmth and light will make the riding easier, but I’m already looking forward to next winter!

Night Ride at Coed y Brenin

Only 3 days before the full moon, and with 90% of its eery light enhancing the monochrome beauty of the forest, last night’s ride was a corker. Coed y Brenin at night is a really special place – the trails are unfamiliar, disorientating, and deserted (save for the odd scuttling rabbit and rapidly vanishing deer), and the trees cast weird, twisted shadows to trick the eye. Tonight the frost glistened on the trails in the lower valleys, and ice crackled under tyres as we lit up the trees and turned the forest from grey to green with our lights.

This second ride was as fast (perhaps a little faster) than last week’s and we headed a little further afield, warming up on the Minotaur before heading up to the highest of the MBR sections, where the contrasting moonlight and shadow (especially in the twisty sections) made for some interesting riding, as well as highlighting the benefits of helmet mounted lamps.

The youngsters rode really well, I fought to keep up, and Andy and Mike made sure we hadn’t dropped anything. A minor repair to Tim’s light held out for the final descents and we made it back to the centre warm and buzzing from a great ride. Thanks to Tim, Katie, Luke, Andy and Mike for a grin-inducing night out!

Next week, even more climbs! (I’m probably kidding)

We do have room for a couple more riders – you’ll need to be competent on red trails, have lights, and wrap up warm!

Upcoming events for Summer 2013

Saturday 29th June. Skills Session
Skills session at Coed y Brenin. Meet at Maes Gwm side ready for a 10 o’clock start If possible. Please have flat pedals for this session.
Thursday 4th July-Led ride Coed y Brenin
The ride (aimed at faster youth riders) will leave Coed y Brenin visitor centre at 6pm, Please book in advance. For more information and to book please contact steve@wheelism.co.uk Bike hire is available for this ride at discounted prices.
Saturday 6th July. Skills Session
Skills session at Coed y Brenin. Meet at Maes Gwm side ready for a 10 o’clock start If possible. Please have flat pedals for this session.
Thursday 11th July-Led ride Coed y Brenin
The ride (aimed at faster youth riders) will leave Coed y Brenin visitor centre at 6pm, Please book in advance. For more information and to book please contact steve@wheelism.co.uk Bike hire is available for this ride at discounted prices.
Saturday 13th July- Family ride
Meet at Coed y Brenin main visitor centre car park for a 10 o’clock start. Please bring suitable clothes and water (this is a guided ride not a led ride so all children need to be accompanied by an adult).
Thursday 18th July-Led ride Coed y Brenin
The ride (aimed at faster youth riders) will leave Coed y Brenin visitor centre at 6pm, Please book in advance. For more information and to book please contact steve@wheelism.co.uk Bike hire is available for this ride at discounted prices.
Saturday 20th July. Go Race series
5th round of the mountain Bike series, racing at Nant BH, for further details please contact mike.tong@welshcycling.co.uk
Thursday 25th July- Welsh Cycling-Skills Academy
Based at Nant BH, for more information please contact scott.bugden@welshcycling.co.uk
Saturday 27th July.
Session cancelled If anybody would like to arrange something for this date please let us know and we will advertise it for you.
To be confirmed
Saturday 3rd August- Family ride
Meet at ………. at ………. for a guided ride (this is a guided ride not a led ride so all children need to be accompanied by an adult)
Thursday 8th August- Welsh Cycling-Skills Academy
Based at Maes Gwm Coed y Brenin, for more information please contact scott.bugden@welshcycling.co.uk
Saturday 10th August-Skills Session
Skills session at Coed y Brenin. Meet at Maes Gwm side ready for a 10 o’clock start If possible. Please have flat pedals for this session.
Thursday 15th August- Welsh Cycling-Skills Academy
Based at Nant BH, for more information please contact scott.bugden@welshcycling.co.uk
To be confirmed
Sunday 18th August. Family ride.
Llandegla- meet in the main carpark at Llandegla for a guided ride at 10.45 for 11 am departure (this is a guided ride not a led ride so all children need to be accompanied by an adult)
Thursday 22nd August- Welsh Cycling-Skills Academy
Based at Nant BH, for more information please contact scott.bugden@welshcycling.co.uk
Saturday 24th August-Skills session
Skills session at Coed y Brenin. Meet at Maes Gwm side ready for a 10 o’clock start If possible. Please have flat pedals for this session.
Thursday 29th August- Welsh Cycling-Skills Academy
Based at Nant BH, for more information please contact scott.bugden@welshcycling.co.uk
Sunday 1st September. Skills Session
Skills session at Coed y Brenin. Meet at Maes Gwm side ready for a 10 o’clock start If possible. Please have flat pedals for this session.
To be confirmed
Saturday 7th September- Family ride
Meet at ………. at ………. for a guided ride (this is a guided ride not a led ride so all children need to be accompanied by an adult)
Sunday 15th September-Go Race series
6th round of the mountain Bike series, racing at Coed-y-Brenin, for further details please contact mike.tong@welshcycling.co.uk The Dragons are hosting this round of the series so anyone prepared to help can you please contact Elize on cyb.dragons@yahoo.com

Upcoming Events for Spring 2013

Just to let you know what is going on over the next couple of months. Hope to see as many of you as possible…..
Thursday 25th April (and Thursday eves through summer)
Welsh Cycling Project 2018 Led Rides at Coed y Brenin. Meet at 6:30pm outside Beics Brenin. £2.00 per rider, open to Junior A and Junior B riders.

Contact: Steve Beech – steve@wheelism.co.uk

Sunday 28th April

Family ride Coed y Brenin Trail centre Guided ride not led ride all children must be accompanied by an adult

Meet at 10am at the trail centre car park.

Sunday 5th May

Dyfi Enduro Marshalling. Details to follow.

Saturday 11th May

Skills session cornering and braking. Meet at Maes Gwym 9.30am

Sunday 19th May

Fitness session. Meet at Maes Gwym 10am

Sunday 26th May

“Annual Mawddach Trail Family Chip Shop to Pub Ride” meeting at Dolgellau at 10.30am

Thursday 30th May

Scott Bugdens skills academy. Coed y Brenin. Details to follow

Saturday 1st June

Family treasure hunt. Meet at Maes Gwym side at 10am.

Sunday 9th June

Go Race Alyn Waters

Saturday 15th June

Fathers day family ride starting from the ClimachX car park at 10.30am.

3 different skill levels guided ride not led ride.

Beginners (forestry trail), Improvers (some single track), Experts (Ant guided). All younger paticipants must be accompanied by an adult.

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If you are interested in any of the above activities can you please let Elize know.

Upcoming events for March 2013

Sunday 3rd March RACE
Welsh mountain bike series at Coed y Brenin for further information please visit for more information go to www.britishcycling.org.uk/wales and follow the links advertising the series.
Saturday 9th March SOCIAL RIDE
Mothers day family ride at lake Vyrnwy. This is a 12 mile flat bike ride around the lake mainly on tarmac, Can everybody please meet at the cafe car park to be ready to leave by 10.30 this is a social ride so can all children please bring an adult and wear bright warm clothing.
Saturday 16th March GO RACE
Go race at Nant BH for further details will follow but any enquiries please contact mike.tong@welshcycling.co.uk
Sunday 17th March LADIES ONLY SKILLS SESSION
Ladies Only skills session at Nant BH there will be 2 groups, learners and improvers, for more details please contact Mike Tong at mike.tong@welshcycling.co.uk
Saturday 23rd March SKILLS SESSION
Skills session at Coed y Brenin Led by Ant Taylor and Andy Freeman subject, Balance and rider position
Saturday 30th March FAMILY FUN SESSION
Pauline’s mystery Easter Egg hunt, meet at Measgwym Coed y Brenin at 10.15 for some family fun.
For any enquiries please contact Elize Freeman at cyb.dragons@yahoo.com or Nikki Taylor at nlr@broddyfi-hs.powys.sch.uk
Happy Riding !!!