Spend a weekend enjoying the best bits of mountain biking - the downhills! Not for armour wearing full-face-helmet riders, this weekend is more suited to you if you just want to develop your downhill technique and confidence to improve your cross country riding. You'll enjoy some great technique coaching from our mountain bike coaches and get lots and lots of downhill practice. We'll even provide a vehicle to get you up to the top of the hills, minimising the uphill pedalling. It's the kind of weekend that makes you remember what it was like to be a kid.
We’re surrounded by some of the finest mountain biking routes in Europe, with world class single track routes, including the Gwydyr Forest trails and the Penmachno Trail right outside our back door. Other classic trails at Coed y Brenin and Coed Llandegla are only a short drive from our centre. Plus, there’s the iconic ride of Snowdon. But you'll also find purpose-built skills and coaching circuit and bike workshop facility with a wide range of tools and resources, plus maps to help you get the most from the area.
You'll gain confidence when hitting the trails, with better flow on the downhill sections.
* Please note: Itinerary is subject to weather and availability.
What to Expect
We'll cover general rider skills and check your skill level. We'll then move on to coach you in key downhill skills, and you'll practice them on local trails.
You should be competent on blue and most red trails but you'll lack confidence on steeper looser sections. You should be fit enough to ride for 4-5 hours a day for two days.
WHY CHOOSE PLAS Y BRENIN? No hidden costs – other providers may initially seem cheaper but once you factor in everything you’ll need to do a course it soon adds up. Our instructors design and test the courses, as well as training other instructors, so you get trained by the best. A higher standard of accommodation means you rest properly and can focus on the adventure. We have the largest range of kit, so you don’t need to drag your kayak on the train or can try something different. Our drying rooms mean you don’t have to put on wet kit in the morning. Our knowledgeable team can help with advice on kit, techniques and adventures. Our bar and restaurant is full of like-minded people, make new friends and swap tips. We have climbing walls, rolling pool and conditioning suite on-site, so you can train and perfect your technique. Our free adventure lecture series runs Monday, Wednesday and Saturday so you can be inspired by top adventurers from all over the world!
We want to help you focus on achieving your goals. So if you're staying with us, comfortable accommodation (with WIFI included) and good food are part of the deal, you don't need to think about sorting this out for yourself. Support is on hand from our friendly, and exceptionally well qualified staff, to help develop your understanding and personal skills. They also help you to formulate an appropriate action plan for your further development. You'll also have use of our bike workshop facility. And we'll provide transport to move you uphill.
You should bring your own MTB plus your regular MTB equipment and clothing, helmet etc. You can hire a mountain bike locally and arrange for it to be delivered to our base in time for the start of your course.
We recommend that you get out riding as much as possible so that we spend the two days moving your skills forward, rather than polishing up your previous skill levels and confidence, to get he most from this course.