On Saturday 12th February Joey Klein and Kathy Summers from Montezuma in Colorado will visit Afan Argoed near Port Talbot to help build a new mountain bike route that local riders have been working on for the last three years. They work for IMBA http://www.imba.com and travel across America helping to educate both mtb’ers and land managers about the design of sustainable but challenging trails for mountain bikes.
Joey Klein and Kathy Summers from Montezuma, Colorado, assumed the work of Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew Number Two in March, 1999. They have worked closely with the US Forest Service to design and build mountain biking trails at Keystone Mountain ski area.
This will be the first Trail Work Day that IMBA will have been involved in the UK and follows a visit by Jan and Mike Riter (IMBA Trail Care Crew Number One) made to the area in November 1998.
The route that they will work on is located within the Coed Morgannwg forest which is the second largest forest within England and Wales and is blessed with over 250 miles of forest roads but not a great deal of singletrack . . . . until now !
Frustrated by a lack of twisty narrow tracks, a growing band of local riders have been building a new mtb route with the co-operation of the Forestry Commission. Currently the route stands at 9 miles in length and over half is singletrack with the longest section (The Hidden Valley) at over 1 mile in length.
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