He’ll be testing out a few bikes for us in 2016, shooting some videos and shredding the hell out of some new trails. Expect to see loads more from him from now on.
For his first mission, we teamed him up with Jacob Gibbins and sent him to the Black Mountains Cycle Centre in South Wales.
Black Mountains Cycle Centre – is it worth a visit?
For his first assignment we sent Joel to the Black Mountains Cycle Centre, in South Wales. It’s one of the few uplift spots in the UK with some genuinely big jumps and Joel was raging to go send a few of them. Joel is testing a 2016 Kona Operator for us and BMCC seemed like a great place to try it out.
There’s one trail at BMCC, with various lines to give you options to go as big or small as you want. The trails were built by Shaun Bevan and Gary Broad and designed to be really unique – they pack in loads of jumps, flowy berms, a bridge and are aimed at “intermediate to advanced riders”. Basically, they’re fun but they’re not for beginners!
Black Mountains Cycle Centre is near Abergavenny, South Wales and the address is: Great Llwygy Farm, Abergavenny, NP7 7PE.
“The trails at Black Mountain Cycle Centre flow nicely with some very large features capable of frightening even the most capable riders!
Those jumps are unlike anything else I’ve ridden in the UK. They’ve got proper lips, not just cheese wedges, and actually kick you up in the air long enough for you to realise just how high you are. Don’t worry though, there are more trails than you can shake a stick at and there’s something for riders of every level.
Conditions were pretty wet when we filmed – I wouldn’t say they were “prime”! But that didn’t compromise any of the speed into the jumps. It was great fun, I’ll be going back. “