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|Welcome to the web site of the North Wales Mountain Bike Association. In 2006 is that we have reached agreement with Tilhill UPM to secure sponsorship for the club through its Coed LLandegla MTB Centre and we will be working with all parties to increase MTB opportunities inside and outside of the forest as well as promoting Coed Llandegla across the MTB world for more details>>>
The latest news we have is always to be found in the Blog, to post news updates we need to fire up the stove and get out some blacksmith tools then hammer the article into shape in html then upload to the server. In order to keep ontop of changes and get the news out there we're using our blog that can be updated from mobile phones whilst out on the hills if we need get fresh news out. For the latest news until we get our Joomla site on the road please always check out blog pages when visiting this site.
News for 2011
'Bendromach Deg yn Llandegla 2011' The well respected Scottish promoters No Fuss Events this year are spoiling riders south of the Border by venturing south to Coed Llandegla on 20 August to introduce us to their 10 Hour MTB Team marathons that have now gone from cult to national institutions in the Scottish MTB Calender. Their website is here but any updated news here will be posted on our Blog as it occurs.
'Great Holiday Ideas'
2 - For a nice Autumn long weekend break that is out of the ordinary turn to the Continent and try the EuskadiExtrem 2011 held in the Basque Autonomous Region of Spain on 8 & 9th October. A whole weekend of MTB event in the form of the UK's MTB Marathon but because of Spanish laws the event is able to be run as a race. We'll try and get a translation of the Spanish sorted shortly.
'Chain Reaction Cycles Marathon Series 2011' No prizes for guessing where many local MTB riders can be found on 18th September. The MTB Marathon again returns to Ruthin for the big marathon challenge ride on the sunday and taking advantage of the darkening nights the much enjoyed nocturnal Exposure Lights Big Night Out event on Saturday night returns.
'Extreme Gravity happenings' North Wales is not just an xc paradise it is increasingly being recognised for exceptional gravity disciplines of MTB. Home for some of the UK's earliest dedicated Downhill races it now hosts regular uplift days at Llangollen, Moelfre, Caersws, and the new gem Nant Gwytherin. Already full and no entries left but a fantastic opportunity to see up to half of the worlds top 20 Dowhill riders will be the British Cycling Downhill National Championships being held at Llangollen 23/24 July this year
Not only do we now have DH venues but on the back of BMX then 4x the area is seeing more pump tracks. These small tracks feature big jumps and are ridden without pedalling to develop body skills in manoevering a bike. For the first year the National 4X series organisers are putting on a mini national Pump Track series which is goign to visit the Coed Llandegla Pump track in July. No specialist bikes needed just a simple hard tail with as few gears as possible and lower that saddle.
19 September 2010
'Chain Reaction Cycles Marathon Series 2010' With a new sponsor for this year this popular series returned to Ruthin again we will post photos shortly but here is a short report from Club member who rode this challenge event for the first time this year
2 April 2010
'NWMBA racing 1990 - 2010' On the 17th August 1990 the first MTB race in North Wales held under British Cycling ( then BCF) control was the first event of the North Wales MBA originally founded in 1989 by Sian & Dafydd Roberts and Adrian Walls. For 2010 the 20th anniversary of that race held at Clocaenog Forest ,NWMBA is working with landowners the Forestry Commission and Welsh Water to develop an anniversary event that will make a new milestone in UK MTB Racing. Mixing our experience in top level XC racing and challenge events like the Ruthin Merida and Cyffylliog Challenge a new event on the weekend of the 21 / 22 August 2010 will incorporate an evening social for all past present and future MTB racers who have participated in NWMBA events. Ful ldetails to be announced 7 April.
13 March 2010
'Go Ride MTB events' first race of 2010 for under 18 riders at Llandegla passed on a recent cold weekend round with a good blast for all report here, including the results of the final round of the 21 march at Bryn Gwyn near Mold On the Saturday the club held a training day for our young riders led by UK Downhill legend Nigel Page and manager of the successful international Chain Reaction Cycles Intense downhill team, article on the day here.
18 October 2009
'Go Ride MTB events' third round at Llandegla is now completed final round to be held next weekend before the series moves to North West Wales and Coed y Brenin. For the latest results and race reports check our page here.
1 October 2009
'Go Ride MTB events' has been launched. The project led by Lucy marshall sees a 4 race series dedicated to young cyclists who are looking to try out Mountain Bike Cross Country (XC) racing. Working in partnership with NWMBA and Welsh Cycling the events wil lbe on courses designed with younger riders in mind and with good facilities and electronic results. There will be two series, one in North East Wales and one in North West Wales.
NE Wales Dates Winter 2009
NW Wales Dates Winter 2009
9 August 2009
'Lucy Marshall' has recently been taken on by Welsh Cycling as one of the two North Wales Go-Ride coach. This scheme is supported by the Sports Council in England and Wales and aims to get more children involved in cycling and with particular emphasis on competitive cycling. Not only feeding into the nations Olympic Success the Welsh project in particular is aimed at Mountain Biking. Lucy wil lbe going into schools for coaching sessions and hopefully encouraging kids to get involved by setting up events.
21 June 2008
'Athertons' have creamed the world championship in the Downhill at the World Championships in Val di Sol in Italy. North Wales based favourite riders Gee and Rachel both will be coming home with rainbow world champion jerseys which go to prove the consistent performance and wins at Andorra show they are going to be the riders to beat for a few years to come. Josh 'Miami' Bryceland grabbed a jersey for the junior men. who wont want training from them this winter at Llandegla.
'One Planet Adventure' whilst mentioning Coed Llandegla will in July celebrate their 3rd birthday. To share the moment with local mountain bikers they are holding a special party themed to an appropriate to mountain biking homage to the earliests days of MTB history the days of the mighty Klunker. A cruiser bike converted to be a bit more mx then raced down the mountains of America. Tickets can be gotten from the centre come dressed in your best retro mtb gear and bring an old bike if you can. profits from ticket sales go to Mountain Bike rescuers the Air Ambulence Service, there will be music to boogie too provided by somebody that should prove to be amusing more details at the One Planet Adventure Web Site.
'Rhyd y Felin' and other news piece that ties to the above two stories... As featured partly in Steve Peats opening sequence in the recent seasons DVD is one of the best downhill courses in the UK and is close to the home of the Athertons , somewhere they often film at and of course managed by Tilhill the owners of Coed Llandegla is host to this years National Championships for downhill. Run and sponsored by Peirce Cycles of Ludlow entries close this week and news can be found out on the press release posted on our blog or from Peirce cycles web site.
18 October 2007
'NWMBA Blog' It's here right now.. just figured how to get it running on the server...have we got anything worth posting on it .. who knows??? but hopefully it's an experiment that wil lhelp us keep you updated with the latest news where ever we may be at the time we find it blog here>>>>>
'Ride like an Atherton' Skills Session It's the truth and the best way to learn how is to get taught by an Atherton.. the locally based world beating family of xtreme mtb riders have just announced they wil lbe running training days over the winter... even better news is they will be at Coed Llandegla and assisted by Badger and Jim from One Planet Adventure for more details follow this link>>>
NWMBA Go-Ride Cycle Sports Skills Session Each saturday morning starting from 13th October 2007 at Coed Llandegla Mountain Bike Centre we will be running these cycle fun riding sessions aimed at kids 9 - 13 looking to get more out of cycling. Our first session on the 13th was an outstanding success with 9 boys and girls coming along to give biking a go and to try to improve their skills all vowing to come back each week and bring friends with them, a number of parents were welcomed along who also had a great time trying to keep up with the youngsters more details here >>>
16 September 2007
Merida Bikes MTB Marathon Series 2007 This weekend sees the final round of the 2007 MTB Marathon Series. NWMBA are pleased again to welcome everyone to enjoy our local riding however can you please all take note and act on this request recieved from local farmers over who's land we are crossing pleaseWith the recent outbreaks of Foot-And-Mouth in some parts of the country we would like to ask everyone and in particular riders from the affected areas - to thoroughly clean their bikes and their riding kit (including shoes etc) before they come up to the event in Ruthin.
Thanking you for your co-operation.
7 July 2007
One Planet Adventure Demo day 7 July 2007 mercy me .. .the hottest rides in the UK all in one place for riders to try.. for more details of how to swing yourself over the latest rides from Kona Cove, Commencal, Santa Cruz and Yeti.
1 May 2007
Fibrax sponsors NWMBA more details after the £800 prize fund from last year for the final round of the Welsh Dragon Series XC race we held is the offer to provide this years club members with free brake bads or shoes to use and provide feed back to Fibrax on performance, a unique and exclusive deal to existing and limited numbers of new members is almost unique in the UK which suports riders who are supporting the development of mountain biking in the UK through club involvement and the valeu of goods will cover the cost of membership.. more details on the club forum and how to claim your brake pads.
10 April 2007
The Cyffylliog MTB Challenge is back for 2007. It starts from the small village of Cyffilliog near Ruthin, North Wales and takes and place on Sunday 10th June. more details ...
26 January 2007
2007 see's the first time the MTB World Championships to be held in the UK since the first ever event that got official billing as World Champs was held at Durango in Colorado in 1991. The highlight of the MTB racing year it's is not an event to be missed for any mountain biker and to have it here is a major feat for the organisers Rare Management. NWMBA think this is such a major event in the UK this decade for mountain bikers, and given the Olympic MTB race will be held in a flat town park in Essex , we don't think it should be missed ,check out this World Champs promo trailer.
New paths open in Clwydian Range AONB between Cilcain and Moel Famau which will significantly extend legal riding opportunities in the area. The two new paths have been made available through the Welsh Assembly's Tir Gofal Agri-Environment scheme which helps farmers manage their land to give greater consideration of sustainable ways to protect ecology and create recreation opportunities on land devoid of access. These routes used by NWMBA as part of the course for the popular Merida MTB marathon event based at Ruthin will now be available year round for the next 10 years for any cyclist or horse rider who fancies a new view the routes are challenging single track and not suited to anything less than a good sturdy mountain bike... leave your Dawes Galaxy tourer at home.. more details
Ridetheclwyds.com fund the repair of bridleways near Cilcain. The popular Y Garth Bridleway linking the Resevoirs above Cilcain and the Pen Line gate is being dug up at last to build a drainage syse mt odry the bogs which might at last mean it might be possible to ride down or even up once the repairs have set in. .. more details
Rights of Way Improvement Plans.. the government has asked all councils to examine there rights of way network and has made this a statutory duty.. ie they have to do it. The proces wil lbe known as the rights of way improvement plans all of the Local Authorities in North Wales will have to do one and they are required to both check on the condition of the network and their records as well as carry out a review of the views and neds of users. This is an ideal opportunity for Mountain Bikers give their opinion of whats right and wrong with the network you should chase down yoru councils rihgts of way department to find out more in the meantime Denbighshire CC have announced they are undertaking a consultation of users and there is a questionnaire you can download and print and freepost or email back to them the form can be found here
Other councils ROWIPS details can be found here
Conwy CBC - no sign of a web page yet - Oct 2006
News from Coed Llandegla.... we all know we love the Café so does it come as a shock the report in the Observer on the 22 Oct that it has won a national recommendation as being the home of the best bacon sandwich in the UK an accolade coming from BMW's own sponsored guide to the best culnery experiences in britain that can be found off the beaten track for more details
The Final round of the WCU Dragon XC series results, photos of the event and the podium presentations are now available here
WCU Dragon Cross Country Cross Country Series for Mountain Bikes Round 4 September 24 at Coed Llandegla - New section of Black Trail at Coed Llandegla to open Sept 23rd. - Merida 100 MTB marathon 19th September Ruthin
Don't forget the 4th and final round of the WCU XC series to be held at Coed Llandegla on Sunday the 24th of September at this popular venue used for NWMBA race series. We have posted a handy information sheet for potential entrants as well as an entry forms, also available at Coed Llandegla Visitor Centre, online here at NWMBA web site... for more details
New club tops, Coed Llandegla Open Day, Cyffylliog Challenge, Clwydian Orienteering more Rennie News, WCU Series, Newsletter
The new club shirts are now available at the Coed Llandegla Visitor Centre, the short sleeve xc and freeride tops are in the long sleeve dh tops are due in next week we hope. £42 with a nice discount for paid up members but you must take a valid membership card along to qualify.. if youve misplaced or lost a card we will arrange to refund the discount at a later date.. if your membership has lapsed entry forms are available at the centre and you can rejoin there
Enduro 6 waiting for a report from the club riders who went but we've posted some pics found on Singletrackworld.com for more news click here,
We've been busy, invitations have come in to check out a new shared use mtb walking trail due to be opened this summer on the Denbigh Moors, after a quick shout out on the forum a small group was assembled for a ride and many positive comments and a few possible improvements were offered to the developers for more details
Coed Llandegla finally got its state opening, Welsh Assembly deputy Environment Minister Tamsin Dunwoody AM cut the tape as club riders joined in the photo call to help promote the opportunites for more details
We were also able to take advantage of the Welsh Assembly minister as a clothes horse to launch our new riding top provided by club sponsors Coed Llandegla, we will be selling through the One Planet shop at Llandegla short sleeve traditional tops as well as short and long sleeve downhill tops made by the excellent thecyclejersey.com company of Scotland for more details
Stolen bikes - Chester Area.. please keep an eye out for a 'Dale Scalpel, Giant VT2 and Kenisis Maxlight stolen in the chester area 3 May for further details check the note on the forum
New Feature: Helmet Cameras - We are getting a lot of requests for features and reviews of mountain biking relating stuff that from experience our knowledge will help new riders to avoid some pain from making the wrong choice. The first article is an introduction to helmet mounting video cameras. This will be extended to include tips and examples of what these cameras can produce although probably will require broadband at least to view the movies. read article
Beginners Skills Course : Steve Madden is organising a days skills coaching on the 9th of July at Coed Llandegla. It is open to all and there is a fee of £30 per person although the number of places will be limited to ensure you get maximum attention. All money raised will eb going to club funds and will help us cover the costs we get organising the various events this year. Steve is the clubs rides co-ordinator, a skilled rider and qualified in mountain bike training for more details feel free to e-mail him.
One Planet Adventure: Part club sponsors based at the Visitor Centre at Coed Llandegla have been busy. They are now stocking the very tasty Cove bikes, which of course all will know is a brand uniquely associated with all things gnarly and sick that come from the North Shore of Vancouver, British Columbia. Made by the famous YESS Canadian BMX factory, they are designed by the Cove Bike Shop at Deep Cove right in the heart of the North Shore famous for its er wooden structures and near impossible riding conditions... This range of bespoke hardcore enthusiast bikes of course very nicely compliment the existing shop range of Kona which covers everything a rider needs from the humble kiddies street bike right up to the record breaking 134'ft jumping Stab Supreme. They have also been appointed a Hope technical centre to add to the same for Fibrax making them a very good Choice to get your brakes looked at. They are now stockists for prime canadian equipment in the shape of Race Face Components, clothing , Body Armour, SDG saddles. Latest software signing is Sombrio the clothing made by freeride lone wolf Dave Watson and worn by many of the best of the showboating dirt jumpers including Cove's great young star rider Gulevich
Llanberis : Beicio Llanberis Cyf is inviting the local community to attend its first Public Meeting. This is being held on 23rd March 2006 from 7pm, at The Royal Victoria Quality Hotel, Llanberis, with the opening address given by Alun Ffred Jones, AM for Caernarfon. Set on the northern outskirts of Llanberis, Glyn Rhonwy benefits from views over LLyn Padarn and across to Snowdon and the Glyders, but without the bad weather of the high mountains. It could also offer Wales its first non-forested mountain biking venue. For more details see Glyn Rhonwy Press Release (32k pdf)
Llandegla: news in that Coed Llandegla has now secured a further grant funding to extend the trails which along with on going improvement and repair of the existing trails means the venue just keeps getting better and better.... On Feb 02 2006 on a frozen day Jason Rennie riding a team Kona Stab Supreme downhill bike assisted by a tow from a Motocross bike set a new world record for a distance jump by a bycycle. The previous record of 116ft set by a BMX bike was extended to 134ft following an 80mph tow behind the bike. Freecaster the europes leading extreme sport onlive video source is now featuring the jump wiht an exclusive hi quality copy of the NWMBA original video made of the event For more details check out the link to Jaason's jump on our Coed Llandegla page.
Wow what a Merida 2005, we were nervous as the new route went through a very sensitive village to avoid last years bottleneck after the start and required some road closures but the climb went better than planned no blockages and those who wanted to ride did. The riders comments afterwards were radiant like their smiles despite scenes of incredible pain as cramping riders crashed on the finish line..check out the racingzone for some more details and results. The 2006 event is already booked and is the 16/17th September and again starts at Cae Ddol in Ruthin. The new weekend will feature not only the marathon but CycleActive will be running mtb skills sessions on the saturday. If you want to develop your bike handling skills, improving control, balance and reactions then sign up for a 30 minute ‘Trials to Trails’ session. If you want to get out for some more practical, on-the-trail training then join one of the ‘Skills Development Rides’ at Coed Llandegla, which usually last between one and two hours, depending upon the riders and their needs. They’ll also be running a drop in ‘Bike Setup Clinic’ to help ensure that rider and machine are matched up correctly and ready for the next day.
News for local downhillers is that there is now a new club set up in North Wales aimed solely for gravity chasing descenders. The Foel Down Hill Riders (FDHR) is not only is a gathering of like minded souls they also have a great new site at Foel Gasnach, Clocaenog Forest with official support from the Forest Enterprise to build downhill dedicated courses, with two already built and a third in progress, they will be having uplift facilities and possibly will hold a race this year. For further details check out their excellent new FoelDHRacing web site.
How did we ever manage to find the great places we ride around the UK before the internet. The club joined in the party in 1996 and has helped riders find the best places to ride in our area. The easy of publishing on the web however has a downside as some riders now maintain sites posting routes that do not follow legitimate routes and often the promotion increases their use undermining the continued development of quality bike routes in the area. We are hearing unauthorised riding in the Alvie Estate in the Cairngorms is not only stopping the racing there but also holding up trail development and local riders are pleading to all those doing it to back off for a bit. If you are looking to find new places to ride we are updating our links page to give the details of web sites where legitimate and good rides can be found to help simplify your planning that great weekend giving local contacts so you can be steered to the best routes
Don't forget to check out the latest racing news there is a lot going on in 2005.... don't miss it, all details of our events will be posted as soon as we can, latest results for Clocaenog TrailQuest check our RacingZone pages - Coed Llandegla WCU National XC championships.
Those nice folks at BikeFax, launched there excellent new guide to North East Wales at the Ruthin Merida, they took time out to say hi and that they are getting so busy they need an extra member of staff thanks to the North Wales Mountain Biking Boom. They are looking for an IT specialist with web design skills so if you think that is you and this is the job of a lifetime check out the details we have posted here on our forum
Nice to see Coed Llandegla win three of the Forestry Commissions 'Woods for Wales Award' 2005
A few new things to check out on the site.. Our video collection slowly expands.. no mad cap lunacy. .a trailer for the Ruthin MTB Mountain Challenge this year hosted by the Merida MTB Marathon. Also the club helmet cam has been out on the head of Jim at Coed Llandegla so you can see his first effort at being camera man on a part of the new Dragon (Red) Trail ( ED. a giraffe's eye view then). Welsh Tourist Board TV adverts to promote getting sweaty if not outright dirty in Wales.
With increasing development of mtb routes and centres around the north Wales area we will try to pull these into a feature this year and any comments from riders for inclusions of likes or dislikes are welcome. Also in response to many e-mails we have a new Rail2trail feature with information for those wanting to get ot the Welsh MTB Trail centres by train
The first feature we have is for the soon to be opened Mountain Bike Centre at Coed Llandegla, just in case our non welsh speakers wonder if it is anywhere near Llandegla Forest.. it's the same place
Latest Riding News for North Wales go here>>>>
Latest Club News
Volunteers step forward....... looks like it's Simon, Tim and Adrian for now
The club had a meeting with the new operators of the MTB Centre being developed at Llandegla Forest and a general principal was agreed to maintain our events there. It is more likely we may try to establish a regular time trial series which will make a lower impact on the forest and opens opportunity to have team orientated and a possible evening series. Anybody with any idea of a new format for events please let us know. We are also looking for somebody to step forward to help plan this years Merida route for Ruthin and link to MTB Marathon the organiser, the existing person is unable to do so this year. For more club news>>>>
Checkout our On-line Bookshop >> for the best guide books for MTB rides, Books on the history of our old tracks and trails, Waterproof Maps, and DVD's and books on Bike riding, maintenance and skills training.
With another great year in the bag for 2004 The 3rd round of the Merida 100 MTB challenge in September was a great success with nearly 1100 riders starting in Ruthin. A five hour MTB challenge event in Clocaenog Forest in April called the Cyffyliog Ride helped raise funds for charity whilst having a good ride. This also has the making of being a classic Enduro event in the future those that missed should try to fit it into next years calender.more details on our racing page>>>>
The 'racingzone' has the details of MTB events, and downloadable entry forms
|Club Shop.. now not only featuring some great books and dvd's of interest to both mountain biking and the area. We now have designed a range of Apres-Dirt casual wear to compliment our existing racing kit. We wil lbe having a new Racing kit out shortly and hope to have more details soon. Also are some very limited tops promoting the riding areas in North Wales so you can show your preference to the corner of the region you like the most.. see you all out in this great gear soon.|
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