Dragonsback, Coed y Brenin

It was the last Sunday of the month at the weekend, so it was the Ystwyth MTB end of month ride. Usually we travel a little further afield for a longer ride but this time it wasn’t too far, just a short drive north to Coed y Brenin. There weren’t many of us either, just Dave,  and myself which was a shame.

The weather didn’t look great and the MBR trail that we had hoped to do was closed due to felling operations so we decided to do the Dragonsback trail instead. We started off slowly and had quite a few stops to chat. We had also decided to miss out the loop at the far end that is mainly a fire-road climb and then fire-road descent.

Dave was shooting off ahead and we gave him a couple of minutes on each section so that he could take some photos as John and I approached him. We were lucky with the weather, there was the odd bit of drizzle but it stayed mainly dry, and the trails were riding well. The new, heavily armoured sections are going to last a while, and we went back for a second go on lurch.

Before we know it though we were at ‘The beginning of the end’ having had a thoroughly goof day out in the hills and forests of North Wales. Its just a shame there wasn’t a few others out with us, we’ll have to work on that.

Dave and I then went to the visitor centre cafe for a well deserved hot chocolate and blueberry muffin before heading home. Back at home I cleaned my bike only to find that I had snapped 3 spokes in the rear wheel. Oh well, more repairs, and maybe a new wheel so that I have a spare!

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Alan Cole

Alan is a Freelance Website Designer, Sports & Exercise Science Lab Technician and full time Dad & husband with far too many hobbies: Triathlete, Swimming, Cycling, Running, MTBing, Surfing, Windsurfing, SUPing, Gardening, Photography.... The list goes on.

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