Bike Park Wales’ new trail ‘Root Manoeuvres’ looks awesome

Bike Wales just launched a brand new trail called Root Manoeuvres …and it looks right up our street.

The BPW crew have never been afraid of natural, unsurfaced trails and the new Root Manoeuvres trail looks true to form. It’s their longest red trail so far at 2.5km and is, they reckon, the gnarliest of the reds in the park.

The trail packs in loads of rocks and roots, loads of berms and is proudly NOT a surfaced trail so “bring your waterproofs, you’re going to get muddy” say BPW.

You can ride Roots Manoeuvres from Thursday 26th October. If you’re at the park, the trail is shown as A10 on the map and starts next to the black graded ’50 Shades of Black trail’ and ends down at the bottom of ‘Terry’s Belly’.

The sharp end

The new trail is another sign that Bike Park Wales is pushing more and more effort into proper, technical mountain bike trails.

Where trail centres and ‘built trails’ have typically got more beginner friendly, BPW is chucking loads of spade time at the sharp end of mountain biking.

They’re building some beautifully gnarly trails that are loose, steep, technical and great for both experienced riders and anyone looking to step their skills up a notch.

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We chatted to BPW’s chief trail builder Rowan Sorrell recently and he told us that they’re making a real effort to give riders a new experience every time they visit, either through constantly building new trails or by tweaking existing ones.

Rowan also told us that they’ve spend the time since BPW’s opening getting a strong mix of trails that bring downhill style riding to trail bike riders. With that in place, they’re now looking to work on widening their appeal by building more beginner green trails and more advanced black and double black trails. That means more big, freeride style jumps and technical riding.

Great stuff we reckon, more please!

You can visit the Bike Park Wales homepage here.

Oh …and thanks BPW, that’s today’s playlist in the Wideopen office sorted.


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