Our mountain biking is some of the best in Wales with challenging climbs, technical singletrack and swooping descents. It’s all part of a new Cycling Centre of Excellence designed to deliver what aficionados call the grin factor.
You can find out more at the new website www.ridenorthwales.co.uk
It’s a complete guide to everything you need to know about mountain biking and cycling in the area – from downloadable maps and route cards to accommodation providers, bike shops and big events.
You’ll also find ground-breaking 3D flythroughs of the routes, so you can get a taste of the terrain before you ride. They range from flat and family-friendly to 78km slugfests.
The North Wales Cycling Centre for Excellence is financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the European Union’s Structural Funds Programme administered by the Welsh Assembly Government.
Many of its best trails, centres and events are in the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB or just outside. They include:
About 200,000 riders a year visit 650-acre Coed Llandegla, one of the best mountain bike centres in the UK with 44km of custom-built trails covering every grade from green to black – and a dedicated skills area so you can try out the obstacles before you commit. At the Oneplanet visitor centre, you can hire a bike, buy a bike or get your bike tuned up. You can also stoke up in their award-winning café.
More details at www.oneplanetadventure.com
Also perfect for families is the Prestatyn-Dyserth Way, four miles along an old railway line that’s now a wildlife corridor. Ride too fast and you’ll miss the insects, butterflies, voles and kestrels. Return along the Rhuddlan to Rhyl Riverside Path (National Cycle Network Route 84) to make it into a circular route.
Mountain biking events
The AONB hosts several big mountain biking events every year. Get involved yourself or just stand on the sidelines with a burger and see how the experts do it. Look out for the North Wales Downhill Series, the British Downhill Series and the MTB Marathon Series.