The Next Step (part 4)

The Next Step (part 4)

This ride is the 4th part of the next step rides. It is aimed at those who want to have a go at a red graded trail but at a slow and steady pace with plenty of stops to catch your breath. (See the next step blurb  below) The plan is to do a lap of the Twrch trail then have a drink and some lunch. We can then assess if anyone wants to drag their carcases up the hill again!

The Twrch trail is a classic Red graded trail with quite a considerable climb. Both the climb and the decent will be a good test of your cycling skills and will be a step up in both fitness and technically from trails such as the Forest of Dean Verderers and Swinley forest. Although this ride is marked as novice freindly, it is more suited to riders who are comfortable with trail centre riding or have attended the previous “next step ” rides. If you are not sure if this is suitable for you, please feel free to contact the club and ask for further information.

Terrain details

The Twrch trail is one of Wales’ hidden gems climbing from dense woodland out onto open ridges with clear views of the Bristol Channel. Nearly all the climbing on this trail is done within the first few kilometres. So the start is hard, some of it technical and it will really get your heart going (and test your determination).

It’s well worth it though because the descent is very much games like a rollercoaster ride; it’s fast, swooping and you’ll be exposed to some very steep hillside.

What to bring

Money for the car park and a spare inner tube is always a good idea. Also, some spare brake pads if it is wet. Cwmcarn can eat pads in the wet! Aparently braking is important.

The next step blurb

The “next step” rides are aimed at those who may have tried novice friendly rides and are looking to progress to and build confidence on more technical terrain at a slow and relaxed pace. They would also be suitable for people who have ridden at trail centres before but who may be concerned that they lack the fitness or confidence to ride within a group that may contain some experienced riders.

The intention is to offer a series of rides at some of the nearest trail centres with an incremental level of difficulty. Starting with Ashton Court, then The Forest of Dean and Swinley and Culminating with Cwmcarn. If you are able to make the whole series then they should offer a good progression of challenge to your skills and fitness.
The pace of the rides will be set at slow and steady “Snail friendly” pace with regular opportunities for rests. Where the trails might become more challenging then there will be a chance for riders to look at obstacles in advance and to walk down or ride around anything that might look intimidating.

If you like to crack on and ride fast then these will not be suitable for you. If you enjoy a break, a bit of a faff and some natter on the trail side then these rides might be just your cup of Tea.

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