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MUST WATCH: Dan Atherton shreds his latest masterpiece trails in DyFi

Trail building works of art

Photos: Dave Mackison and Laurence Crossman Emms

You’ve seen just how crazy Dan Atherton’s trails can be at the Hardline or the Revolution Quarry Line but here he shows he can build mellower, flowy trails too.

Deep in the heart of DyFi Forest he’s crafted these two lines full of tables, drops and huge berms. OK, so there’s still some pretty ballsy gaps but compared to his other creations they are walks in the park.

Apparently there’s the same elevation here as at Hardline (500 or so metres) but a shallower gradient, making for a mountain of good times. There’s no better man to test the trails than their creator and he does so with so much style in this edit.

At the moment it seems like the trails have been reserved for Atherton insiders but we’d love to pop up and have a go at some point.

Dan said “ The tracks that you see in this edit have been a ridiculous amount of work, but you only get out what you’ve put in. This project will never really be finished, there are two tracks featured in the edit but they are definitely a work in progress; we’ve been working on these trails for a year and stuff’s already great fun to ride but there’s loads more I want to do.”

“The forest is awesome it’s got the same elevation drop as Fort William or Hardline but there are places where the terrain is relatively mellow, that meant we could build these cool flowing jump lines that you don’t have to brake on.

“Some of the projects I’ve worked on like Hardline or the 4×3 Quarry line have been so intense that you can only ride them when you are right on top of your game, this time I wanted to create something that was fun to ride every day and that we could ride with friends, not just for me, Gee and Rach but for all the guys who were out in all weathers helping to dig it.”

The edit was directed by Robbie Meade of Mount Creative.  It will be the first in a series documenting Dan’s project in the Dyfi Forest. Watch the film in 4K on YouTube!

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