Last Friday marked the official opening of Dyfi Bike Park near Machynlleth. The park is the brainchild of Dan, Gee and Rachel Atherton!
Between them the family have amassed 8 World Championships and 49 World Cups but they have always been equally passionate about encouraging others to try the sport they love.
Dan Atherton, the eldest of the three siblings is as renowned for his trail-building skills and “creative genius” in sculpting mountain-bike tracks. He and Rachel have been based in the Dyfi Forest for the past 5 years and they are passionate about the community that exists in the area.
Dan said “I had always dreamed of finding a forest with this much potential. For the past four years the Dyfi dig crew have worked tirelessly to create four black trails that offer the most diverse and exciting riding we could imagine. We have an amazing blank canvas here with 650 acres of forest, the land falls from a 666m peak at Tarren y Gesail almost to sea level, on the South side of the mountain we have mellow gradients and amazing dirt, perfect for our jumpline “50 Hits” and on the North, slabs of bedrock, roots and rocks create the perfect natural terrain for the downhill tracks.
Cutting a red ribbon at the stunning start ramp to the trails Rachel Atherton said “It’s amazing how much appetite there has been to come and ride, we’re over the moon! We couldn’t have achieved any of it without the support of the brilliant community here that have welcomed us with open arms, that’s what today is all about, saying thank you to the people who have supported us.
We are delighted that Partho Bose and Stephen Beart from HSBC UK could be with us today – their belief in our dream was strong enough for them to agree a commercial mortgage that enabled us to buy the forest. And Oliver Anhuth from Continental MTB joins us as our official tyre partner. We’ve only scratched the surface here, there is so much potential, expect to hear a lot more from us!”
Stephen Peart, Area Director for Business Banking, HSBC UK, said: “The Atherton family have been extremely successful in world mountain biking. All three siblings share the same passion and desire to help nurture the future talent of British ridersand the park will provide them with the space and resources to do this. HSBC UK was committed to supporting the family to help realise their ambitions and we wish them the best for the future.