This week I’ve had the pleasure to run some sessions for Machynlleth Youth Club as part of the Powys Xtreme series of summer activities.

Powys Xtreme at Coed y Brenin
Powys Xtreme at Coed y Brenin

Day One was at Coed y Brenin, looking at some underlying MTB skills that can help any rider to improve their riding – braking, wheel lifts, cornering etc. We followed up the skills session with a ride around some of Coed y Brenin’s fastest flowing trails.

On Day Two we headed over the the Dyfi Forest for a long ride around the re-routed Climachx trail, adding in some extra sections of singletrack for good measure. The highlight of the day was  the final descent down Hazels (alternatively known as The Builth Descent) – plenty of rocks, loose wet slate, and that special touch of Dyfi madness.

Hitting the Builth Descent in the Dyfi Forest
Hitting the Builth Descent in the Dyfi Forest

All in all we had a great couple of days – the sun shone, the youngsters rode well, and the trails were mighty fine. I’m really hoping they do it again next year!

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