May 13, 2007

Coed Llandegla ride report

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Chris on the boardwalkMe on a bermWheeee. Chris took me to Coed Llandegla today for a damp but exciting blast through the trails there. This was my first major outing for several months so I wasn’t sure whether my legs would keep up the pace over the required three hours, but as it turned out I was fine. The trails are excellent, with a lot of emphasis on jumping; North-Shore boardwalks, tabletops and fast rollers are everywhere, so there’s plenty of opportunity to get airborne.

Unfortunately for me, such opportunities were mostly wasted thanks to a pair of lost cycling shoes and the zero-grip combination of rain, Rowley XTs and Mallet C pedals. For the most part I was forced to adopt a ‘knees together’ stance in order to prevent myself flying off the bike at every jump, but I still had a heap of fun.

The weather started to close in towards the end, but we were spat out right by the trail centre and hot cups of hot chocolate and tea, plus bacon baps followed, before we headed home in the now very heavy rain. I really want to try the Stinky there, aware of course that what goes down, must also be ridden back up, but I have to try those tabletops on a bike with big travel.
Coed Llandegla boardwalkChris takes a berm

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  1. Perkins

    well well…is that you on the boardwalk? Meg bought a new bike a couple of months ago (we’ve both been commuting, me on the dyna tech, her on the trek 6700wsd) and it’s fantastic, we’ve had a ride in epping forest and down at Bedgebury – where there was also some north shore gubbins…the marin is generally good, but I’m starting to find it’s limitations, at least I have a riser now which gives me the tiniest amount of freeride geometry!!!

    hope all is well – I’ll let you know when I’m off to wales – look for me on facebook and you’ll see our new van!! yes, VW transporter – it’s the nuts! already used for a biking day out, and ther’es more to follow!

    want to see more pics of your northshore!!!

    24 May 2007, 13:21

  2. Steven Carpenter

    Hi James – good to hear from you! Not me (or Chris) on the boardwalk in that pic, but we did ride that – you can’t see the drop ramp at the end when you approach so I relied on Chris shouting that I could trust it.Transporter sounds perfect – we said at Llandegla that a van with a kettle would be nice. I’ll take a look at Facebook. Once the new baby is here why don’t we all get together for a big weekend?

    24 May 2007, 20:28

  3. James Perkins

    er…now that sounds like big news! Congrats – the grapevine is truly rubbish these days!

    and therefore absolutely! Some logistics emails to follow! ;-)

    31 May 2007, 08:13

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