Dyfi Bike Park – is this the UK’s most extreme bike park?

“We changed because we wanted the freedom to develop the venue,” Dan says. Thanks! Great interview, Hannah. The trails are very well designed and maintained – especially considering the conditions. Parking, uplift, cafe, toilet. The best urban trail centre we’ve ever ridden! You can unsubscribe at any time. The trails are reasonably groomed, so a hardtail isn’t out of the question, but with all those jump landings your body will likely tire rather quickly. Depending on your confidence and fitness levels, consider planning a day to work on the Reds, taking a couple of runs on each to learn the trail and get your speed up, with either a later follow up visit or second day to move on to tackling the Blacks. Contact Us When Dyfi Bike Park opened it quickly gained a reputation for being a place for only the best of riders. Link Removal That’s changed now though, with new ‘Red’ lines being added. Summit Cycles in Aberystwyth are well-stocked (www.summitcycles.co.uk), as are Dolgellau Cycles in Dolgellau (www.dolgellaucycles.co.uk).

Dyfi Bike park opening times. Currently Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 4pm.

It won’t stop their either, the very top of the hill is at 666m leaving potential for a Whistler-style Top of the Wales trail, we reckon. There’s very little woodwork along the way, and what there is has a layer of chicken wire for grip. There are a few spares sold on-site, including tyres and tubes, but it’s good to come prepared. Some features are gnarly, so it’s best to inspect them before you hit them and be careful jumping big if the wind’s strong.”. “And we weren’t sure about how it would really work as a bike park, we were feeling our way — but then it became clear it would work.”. In our experience it’s well worth the trip to the area to ride Dyfi Bike Park. An enduro bike will be great. We had the chance to go down for the day and check out these new trails. “But just from being a rider and going to other bike parks you get a feeling for what works and doesn’t. Nice to see they are adding some reds so there is something I can have a go at. 50 Hits: This is the longest trail in the park and has the most flow. Distance: Four trails from 0.62km to 3.6km. There’s no push or ride up option (yet), even for ebike riders. Big tracks, long runs, feels sooo good!

The downhill trails take the Athertons four and a half minutes… so expect to get down them in double that. This starts right at the top of the hill with the Black lines, and mixes up table tops, berms and twisty woodland sections.

“Running a sawmill, it’s kind of good, most bike parks are governed by Natural Resources Wales and whoever owns the land, but with us we process the oversized timber and it gives us the opportunaitly to run a more considered felling programme,” Dan says. Located in the Esgair Forest, Brendan and the boys “We graded it black as there are a lot of fast guys coming here, there are blind crests on the trails and the guys are cracking on,” he says. Pantperthog By entering your details, you are agreeing to Mountain Biking UK terms and conditions. Could your kids? Dyfi Bike Park: the trail guide. Dan is keen for feedback, so let him know what you liked, and what you’d like changed! A bike wash is being built, and for the moment it’s still portaloos in the car park – though these were very clean when we visited. It’s clearly sign-posted from the main road at Pantperthog. With COVID-19 restrictions reducing the number of riders they can handle to just 50, the uplift queue didn’t seem too bad to us, but Dan seemed frustrated by it and it appears a focus of the improvements he wants to make to Dyfi Bike Park. Dyfi has been built in the same style, meaning it’s for experienced riders but you don’t have to have won a World Cup to have fun.

Sign in to manage your newsletter preferences. No shareholders to pay, just the people who create the content you love to read and watch. Try 3 issues of Mountain Biking UK for just £5! Dan and the team have started to modify the Burtech trailers by adding ATV shocks and tyres, and have found that this makes them survive the punishing haul up and down the track much better. Dan bought the forest where the bike park is built and even moved into a caravan on-site to be closer to the trails. There are a few spares sold on-site, including tyres and tubes, but it’s good to come prepared. The set up is quite basic – we were lucky to have a warm and dry day, and conditions would feel tougher in the wet, not just out on the trail.

Dyfi Bike Park has just completed the purchase of the land, which also includes a working sawmill — handy if they want to build north shore. Uplift is via Landrover and trailer.

Dyfi Bike Park is located on the southern border of Snowdonia National Park, just off the A487 near Pantperthog, between Machynlleth and Dolgellau. And don’t forget to sign up to our newsletter! Our best wishes for a productive day. If you’re stepping up to the Black trails, expect bigger drops, bigger rocks, and the desire for a bigger bike.

DYFI BIKE PARK Pantperthog, Machynlleth, SY20 9AS Email. Rode Super Swooper, El Hippo and Racetrack. Some are big, some are massive, but nearly everything is rollable, There’s nothing graded lower than black, so it’s not for beginner/intermediate riders, Toilet facilities are limited and there’s no bike wash. >>> Guide to all UK mountain bike uplift venues, Dyfi Bike Park Every penny of your membership goes back into Singletrack to pay the bills and the wages of the people who work here. Fast straights and jumps at the top are followed by a mix of bermed and natural turns, drops and technical sections to keep you on your toes.
Racetrack: As its name suggests, this track is the most flat-out ride. And be warned: it ends at the giant jump by the uplift queue, so you’ll have an audience as you face the huge wall of a takeoff. The gradient is mostly fairly gentle, with some steeper corners, but it’s enough to pull you along and if you tried to drag your brakes all the way down you’d have some very hot stoppers by the time you made it to the bottom. Thirty minutes’ drive north of Dyfi is Coed y Brenin, the first mountain bike trail centre and still one of the best. That is a very long time but I do appreciate this is probably down to the current situation.

Absolutely love the place and have 3 more days booked. We set out to find out what the new Red trails are like. If you’re not sure whether you’re up to the trails, there’s always the option of signing up to a coaching day.

There are no drops or gaps on the red lines, so in theory it’s all rollable, but there are sizeable jumps with takeoffs that you’d struggle to get up at low speed. This is Dyfi Bike Park – 650 acres of terrain that constitute the biggest bike park in the UK, and the training ground of champion downhill mountain bikers the Athertons. It’s a great place to improve your jumping skills, if you’re comfortable on the reds but want to hit up some blacks too. Also, Dan is still building, and he’s there riding and listening to feedback to make the trails and park as good as they can be. The jumps are painstakingly well-built. Everything you need to know about Dan Atherton's Mid Wales masterpiece. Since then the Athertons have teased out instagram nuggets and mini-updates but kept fairly tight-lipped about when Dyfi Bike Park … The uplift takes 12 minutes, while the jump line takes around 10minutes to get back down on. Just over an hour up the road is Revolution Bike Park, equally as renowned for its efficient uplift as for its mix of downhill trails, ranging from red to black and orange (pro-lines). Machynlleth The trails have bedded in well, and ‘racetrack’ & ‘original dh’ are not as intimidating post lockdown, as they were in the past. Slab track: Graded triple-black-diamond, this is the park’s most technically demanding trail. Everything was graded shades of Black. A capable modern trail bike will be okay. It’s clearly sign-posted from the main road at Pantperthog. The sweeping corners and berms also encourage a bit of commitment and speed – take a slow or low path and you’ll fine the trail something of a shale pit. It sounds like in an ideal world he’d like to have a chair lift like bike parks elsewhere in the world, but for now he’s stuck with trailers and Landrovers. Already have an account with us? Bookable through the Dyfi website, there are options for one-to-one or small group sessions with Al Bond, former World Cup and Red Bull Hardline racer. Facilities.

Dyfi Bike Park is based in the Esgair Forest three miles north of Machynlleth, just off the A487 towards Dolgellau It’s clearly sign-posted from the main road at Pantperthog. Newsletter Settings, Singletrack Slicy Enduro-DH Ultimate Mudguard, Singletrack Lockdown 2020 Old Van T-shirt – Unisex Organic Anthacite, Premier Partners for Singletrack issues & exclusive subscriber perks, Metcheck MTB Weather Forecasts At A Glance, Singletrack Wisecracker Headset Spacer Bottle Opener, Singletrack Lockdown 2020 426ml Coffee Mug, Whether you like it or not, bikes are political, 6 Reasons Why Mountain Bikers Should Vote, Review: Öhlins RXF36 M.2 And TTXAir From The Swedish Suspension Masters. More importantly, it means DBP controls when and how the crop is felled and the park can minimise disruption to the trails.

The runs down the hill feel long, taking enough time to make it feel like you’re tired by the bottom. Really interesting to hear the progress the Affs have made.

Dan’s prowess with a shovel and a digger are renowned, and riding’s in his blood, but about the nuts of running a bike park?

I’ve been wondering; so thanks for the great insight Hannah !

Dyfi Bike Park is the brainchild of Dan Atherton. This place is amazing. Full face helmets and knee pads are mandatory, and elbow pads are advised. Could you ride Dyfi Bike Park? “We wanted to be open all year round.”. If you like what we do - if you like our independence then the best way to support us is by joining us.

For Red route riders, the main attraction is Super Swooper. If you’ve ever ridden Flat White at the Golfie some of the non-jumpy sections has quite a similar feel to this. Address. Enjoy the luxury of home delivery and never miss an issue <<, “My dad rides the Dyfi Bike Park and he’s certainly not experienced,” Dan says. It’s a mix of tabletops and berms, which are ideal for building your jumping confidence on. And no, the Red Bull Hardline track is not open to the public. It’s suited to those with an enduro or downhill bike, and who are confident in their descending abilities. We’ve all been nervously waiting for the Dyfi Park Park for years, with social media posts teasing and scaring in equal measure.
ride@dyfibikepark.co.uk. It’s a big venue too, 650 acres in size or about half that of BikePark Wales. “It’s more like Revs [Revolution Bike Park] than Red Bull Hardline.” Revs, or Revolution Bike Park, to give the place its proper name, is a gravity venue too with black and red grade trails, roots, tech and where it’s mandatory to wear a full face.


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