The UK’s most popular uplift venue, BikePark Wales, turns five this year and it’s amazing to think how far things have come in that time. What was once an old DH race venue in South Wales is now home to the biggest bike park in the country, and one that attracts riders from far and wide. Not content to rest on their laurels though, the crew have got some big plans for the coming few years. Here are five reasons we’re excited and you should be too! .
A wider uplift road and the trial of a new uplift vehicle will result in faster and more efficient uplifts. That means more runs and more time on the bike – so everyone’s a winner apart, from your tyres and forearms! The uplift booking system is changing too, so hopefully no more disappointment when you want to go riding, only to realise that all the spaces were booked up months ago.
BPW will be connecting to mains water and electricity, and that means the park will finally have wifi too. We’ll be able to keep our Insta followers bang up to date, but will no longer be able to use “sorry, no reception” as an excuse for skiving off work for the day. It’s the next best thing to relocating the MBUK office though, we suppose.
BikePark Wales’s food has always been filling and nutritious, but it wasn’t about to win any Michelin stars. Now, though, a new chef is being brought in to refresh the menu at the Woodland Cafe and provide us with some mouth-watering grub.
Terry’s Belly, Wibbly Wobbly and Melted Welly have already seen some love this year, and right now the trail crew are building new jumps on the A470 line ready for summer.
The bad news is that National Grid works are going to result in the temporary closure of Terry’s Belly, Hot Stepper, Root Manoeuvres and 50 Shades of Black during June. The good news is that they’re putting up a pot of money to help with the building of new trails. These will be opening as soon as the end of May, and by the end of the summer we’ll have two new blue routes, two reds and one black to look forward to. We’ll do our best to get out there and bring you the latest, so you know what to expect for your next visit.
Staff Writer Ed is a downhiller at heart but has been riding bikes of all types since a young age. He’s raced both nationally and internationally in downhill and enduro and has spent several summers living in The Alps and Canada, riding, roadtripping and living the dirt bag lifestyle. He’s also an avid trail builder and has scraped out numerous steep and technical lines in the woodlands of his native North Yorkshire. These days Ed will happily turn his hand to any discipline and he says that the sign of a good week is when every bike in his shed ends up muddy by the end of it.