BikePark Wales will be 5 years old this August and it’s amazing to look back just a few years to 2013 when we first opened with 22 trails. The dream was always to reinvest and continue to grow our trail network and we are over the moon to be opening 7 new trails this June, taking our trail network to a whopping 40 trails in just 5 short years!
This project has been the biggest trail building project since we opened in 2013. Trail builders Back-On-Track have been on site for the last 4 months and have put in over 3000 man hours, have snapped 2 digger booms, moved hundreds of huge rocks and imported zero material. To say it’s been busy would be an understatement! So, what exactly have we been working on? Well, throughout June we’ll be opening 3 blue trails, 3 reds and 1 black.
The eagle-eyed amongst you may have noticed that we’ve also introduced a new style of trail named “BPW Blend”. Previously our trails have been built to be either flow with wider, generally smoother surfaces and berms, rollers and jumps, or tech with more rock and root features and rougher more technical surfaces.
A blend trail literally does what it says on the tin and mixes the two styles together. Take Watts Occurring our new red blend trail for example, one minute you’ll be railing berms, flowing over sculped jumps and the next you’ll be picking your way through a huge scree slope filled with rocks! Blend trails really allow us to work with the huge variety of terrain that we have here at the park and offer riders a truly unique riding experience.
Another exciting addition is the introduction of our first blue tech trails, Fforest Bump and Off – Grid. Previously all our blue trails have been surfaced flow trails. Fforest Bump and Off-Grid offer an introduction to tech trails and are unsurfaced so will develop into more rooty and challenging trails giving riders the perfect introduction to tech riding before jumping onto the red trails.
So, when exactly are the new trails open? The team have been working hard to have as many trails as possible open for the 1st of June. We’re stoked to say that AC DC, Watts Occurring, Blackadder and Off Grid will be open from 1st of June and the remaining 3 trails will open shortly after.
We’d normally open one new trail at a time, why are we all of a sudden opening 7? Well, we love nothing more than building new trails and seeing stoked riders enjoy them and as we announced in a recent press release we are really stepping up the development of BikePark Wales. Additionally, National Grid will be replacing the large overhead power lines that cross part of the park. As a result, as of June the 1st we’ll need to close Roots Manoeuvres, 50 Shades of Black, The lower section of Terry’s Belly and the lower section of Hot Stepper for one month. To help offset the disruption, The National grid have been awesome and have made a contribution to help us build the 7 new trails.