We’ve all been there, pushing a 40+lb downhill bike up a track which is bad enough to walk up let alone lug a weighty steed up as well, or even favouring the easier push up a road that takes 3 times as long but isn’t so knackering. Well Darrel Axford has come up with the answer to all our cursing and swearing.
Cwmdown Uplift Service, Cwmcarn, Wales
Darrel started the Cwmdown Uplift after seeing an advert in Dirt for a commercial uplift at Cwmcarn and with much careful planning and business model development he started the project himself. He wanted to offer a professional service which gave people the opportunity to ride whenever they wanted instead of a single packed Sunday once every two months and without bikes being scratched and damaged in the backs of farm trucks being hauled up a rutted bumpy track. Being an ex-aircraft engineer, designing the bike racks for the trailer was not a problem, the racks being custom fabricated by a company in Portsmouth and then fitted to a standard Ifor Williams trailer, arguably the most resilient in the world. Additional sponsorship was provided by Mojo along with a lottery grant to get the service going.
5-trip ticket £14, any spare lifts can be carried over to another day
1-trip ticket £3.50, these are only sold when there is excess capacity with priority always going to all day ticket holders. t is best to phone ahead in any case to check availability.
Many thanks to Darrel for the last few spaces on the uplift for the Rotec RL9 test ride.
Photos by James Kidney