Muddymoles mountain biking in the Surrey Hills and Mole Valley

Off to Wales

Posted by Matt | July 21, 2010 | 2 comments so far

Just a short note about the next few days which offers enough potential adventures for a few write-ups in due course!

We have a Welsh trip starting tomorrow (Thursday) which sees us take in the Cwmdown service at CwmCarn on what promises to be a rather wet downhill course. Well, what better way for me to do something that makes me feel nervous just sitting here than to throw in a bit of rain too!

I know I shall be feeling under-skilled and probably under-biked on my Orange Five as we head up the valley on the first run of the day but hopefully I’ll get to grips with things. At least I’ll have a few of the other moles keeping me company with DaveC, Colin, MarkJ and myself all newbies to the experience. D’Andy, DaveW and Jem are almost pros by comparison!

The next day sees a complete change as the seven of us head to the Doethie Valley for some proper, natural trail riding (as opposed to all this man-made malarky). We’ll be joined by Tony, the world’s best son-in-law who is paying his wife’s folks a visit. They live in Abergavenny, I can’t think why he’s always down there…

In the afternoon we’re also hoping to squeeze in a trip to Cwm Rhaeadr where the SingleSpeed World Champs are to be held this year. Sounds like it’s worth a couple of laps at least.

Topping things off, hangovers permitting, the Saturday sees us tackle the Red and Black (Gorlech and Raven) trails of Brechfa, a visit I’m hugely looking forward to after reading of D’Andy’s experiences last year.

And I haven’t even mentioned the Scottish trip yet have I?

Filed under Lifestyle, Mutterings in July 2010


About the author

Matt is one of the founding Molefathers of the Muddymoles, and is the designer and main administrator of the website.

Having ridden a 2007 Orange Five for many years then a 2016 YT Industries Jeffsy 29er, he now rocks a Bird Aether 9 and a Pace RC-627.

An early On-One Inbred still lurks in the back of the stable as a reminder of how things have moved on. You can even find him on road bikes - currently a 2019 Cannondale Topstone 105 SE, a much-used 2011 Specialized Secteur and very niche belt drive Trek District 1.

If you've ever wondered how we got into mountain biking and how the MuddyMoles started, well wonder no more.

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  1. tony says:

    Trip update! Just heard 11:30am Thursday and one downhill run successfully tackled! No trips to A&E (yet).

  2. Dave says:

    ..and I’m happy to say there were no fatalities!

    One rear wheel is probably for the bin, possibly another. Few tumbles causing heavy bruising but all in all we came away unscathed.

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