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Nant Gwrtheyrn – Race Weekend News

Nant Gwrtheyrn – Race Weekend News

Billy Thackray Billy Thackray

The first downhill race to be held at the new North Wales venue, Nant Gwrtheyrn is fast approaching.

The dates are the 14th and 15th of August and here are a few reasons why it is going to be one of the best races this season:


• The Track – classic North Wales terrain, steep, rocky and rooty followed by some flat out man made stuff. Arron Gwin’s description from his recent visit was “Sick”.

• The uplift – Using the private tarmac uplift road Simply Downhill have been holding successful uplift days with next to no queuing.

• The venue – The track finishes in the car park of the Welsh Language centre. The venue is the only DH race track I know of with Bar, Cafe, B&B Accommodation at the finish! Great value, great food, great local beer (Purple Moose) & wifi connection. To top it off the beach is about a 5 minute walk away. Anyone wising to stay in the self catering accomadation needs to contact Lois at the centre on 01758 750 334 or lois@nantgwrtheyrn.org

• The Racing – With the great uplift allowing plenty of runs. There is racing planned both days. Practice in the morning followed by 2 timed runs in the afternoon. British Cycling ranking points available on both days!

• The sponsors – As well as a load of great support and prizes from the likes of Revolution Bikes, Howies, Leisure Lakes, Fenwicks, O’Neal, Purple Moose Brewery & Cambrian Tyres. O’Neal will be bringing a load of race kit that you can try out for free and Cambrian Tyres will be sorting out free Continental inner tubes for anyone unfortunate enough to puncture.


As a new venue we need to prove that racing is a worthwhile activity for the guys at Nant Gwrtheyrn to have at the centre. The only way we will do this is if we get a good turnout of riders to support the scene and fill up the bar and accommodation in the evening. Help get this fantastic venue off the ground by logging on to www.simplydownhill.co.uk to get your entry in.

You can also send a postal entry and the form can be downloaded here:

If you want to get involved with the future developments of this great new venue or just follow the progress you can join our facebook group for the latest news.


Thank you for everyone for your support so far, we just need you to get your race entries in ASAP so we can start paying for stuff! Big thanks to the guys at Nant Gwrtheyrn and all our volunteer helpers at the dig and uplift days. See you August 14th and 15th.

Photos by Huw Parry.

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  1. Mark

    “The track finishes in the car park of the Welsh Language centre”

    that’ll be quiet then ;o)

  2. DanB

    arr Im in innerleithen that weekend 😛 hope they do another one Id love to race there

  3. kimbers

    did the uplift day tehre a few weeks ago

    amazing track, stunning location, i cant make the race weekend though :-(

  4. Caradog

    The great thing about that venue is the fact that it’s one of the only place you can do a private uplift since the road has public access :)

  5. Si Ward

    Although you are allowed to drive down the road to visit the centre, it is a private road. The track is not to be riden out side of organised events. The land owners have asked us to enforce this rule and were very clear that all access to the DH track will be stopped if it is abused. We have been very pleased with their positive attitude towards DH races so far. It would be a big shame to loose the venue.

  6. Caradog

    fair enough, but how did team yeti ride there outside of an event?

  7. Si Ward

    Tom and I had arranged special permission for them (and us) to be there. We thought they probably deserved it and we could/would do the same for any more of the worlds top riders if they would like a go!

  8. Caradog

    Can I phone the center up and ask them for permission?

  9. Si Ward

    Be my guest. Good luck with that.

  10. Rootsandrain.co.uk

    Just a thought; phoning up and trying your luck might not be the best idea – the last thing this place wants is countless riders phoning them up and trying to blag it. Maybe chat to them on the weekend of the race, see how they feel about it then.
    If your intention is to get sneaky practice before the race… then you take your racing too seriously (said the man who runs a bloody racing statistics website, WTF?!) – it’s going to be a blind track for the vast majority of people, and it’s not like Simply DH haven’t put on plenty of uplift days (3? 4?) that you could have gone to :)
    Can’t wait!

  11. gert b frobe

    sounds amazing, i’ll be in france then though, hope to catch the next one

  12. Caradog

    I am not made of money so I haven’t been on any of the uplifts. It has been my local track since I heard about it a year ago. I don’t like the idea that it has now been decided that we can’t bike there anymore.

  13. billy

    @Caradog, how about you ride at your other spots and have Nant Gwrtheyrn as a special treat when you’ve saved up a bit?

  14. Tom Laws

    …and to be fair, it’s not like you were allowed to ride there before anyway. The uplift was 23quid, including bacon butties, tea, and more runs than you needed.


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