Many current top downhill riders first cut their teeth riding Y Mynydd. With a 250m vertical descent through the dramatic Cwmcarn landscape and year round uplift, it’s often seen as the definitive UK downhill trail. Graded Extreme, it offers steep, technical and challenging sections, with some mandatory jumps.
The plan was to build a course that could still be ridden by less experienced riders, whilst still offering something exciting and challenging to even the top elite riders. And that’s exactly what we’ve got.
Because of our location, it drains extremely well. Even when its been raining for a month, the track rolls really fast and is still very grippy. So don’t ever rule it out just because its wet, infact many riders can pull off a quicker run when it’s a bit damp, as the track is a bit more “tacky”. It gets pretty wild when it’s not rained for a while, super fast and loose….
The course is spilt into two runs at the top. The red run and the black run, which both merge about a third of the way down the hill. The red run is the easier of the two so that’s the best place to start if its your first time.
The black run should be left to the more experienced rider as it’s a bit steeper in places. The whole course is rollable, as long as you’re careful. There are some really big jumps at Cwmcarn, but you can easily go round them if you want to. However, if you do like to fly then you’re in for a real treat.
Local rider Rob Williams shows us a full run, top to bottom on Y Mynydd DH track here at Cwmcarn in South Wales. Trail sections featured in this run are Ace of Spades, Endor, then Top Gun to finish. This was after some heavy rain, so you can see the trails here are suitable all year round, come rain or shine. Take a look on our Vimeo channel for more videos.
Visit MB Wales Site about Cwmcarn: mbwales.com/cwmcarn
Visit MB Wales Listing on This for up-to-date info: mbwales.com/y-mynydd
You can see the trail leaflet here: leaflet PDF
If you are unsure, feel free to ask the uplift driver for advice or directions.
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