tarw du at brenin

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tarw du at brenin

Postby crispy1980 » Sun Dec 16, 2012 20:25 pm

basically, we are back off to brenin on wednesday and we plan to ride the tarw trail this time. just wanted a heads up onwhat it is like in comparrison to the mbr?

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Re: tarw du at brenin

Postby alan1985 » Sun Dec 16, 2012 20:45 pm

hey, me and a couple of mates did it a few weeks ago-it's definitely got some good single track but there's also a fair bit of fire road climbing that loops back on itself and when your heading back to the centre don't take the short route back because the short climb is really worth the effort,(and i'd recommend some grippy tyres-lots of leaves on the rocks) and one section of single track is a huge rock garden, I ran a maxxis minion downhill dual ply and it was worth the weight penalty!
On the mbr vs tarw question, I'd say mbr, we live 15 mins away and get there at least once a week and do a mbr/beast combo(turn up the steep hill straight after slipway for dream time and then after bwich head up the hill for abel, cain false teeth ect. have a goodun!

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Re: tarw du at brenin

Postby crispy1980 » Sun Dec 16, 2012 20:55 pm

cheers, pretty tempted just to do the mbr again as its got it all, but thinking we should try the tarw! if only i wa fit enough to do both !

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Re: tarw du at brenin

Postby Northwind » Sun Dec 16, 2012 22:44 pm

Tarw is mint. Does feel like there's too much climbing for the descending, especially compared with newer centres with more interesting climbs, but that aside I loved it. Almost burst my little heart on R74.
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Re: tarw du at brenin

Postby ddraver » Mon Dec 17, 2012 09:54 am

Tarw is the old red bull yes? The one over the road...

It's good yes, but it has way too much fire road. (My mate pointed out that the Red Bull was 18km and the Tarw is 21km....yet they built no more singletrack)

Like all Welsh Centres though, if you can get hold of a map and work out how to cut off the fire road, it's much better...
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Re: tarw du at brenin

Postby Thewaylander » Mon Dec 17, 2012 13:13 pm

Snap crackle n pop sectiosn were good, second from last section good.

The rest bit dull really not a trail i would travel to do, its pretty dull, and the end section in my veiw way to pedally and dull.

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Re: tarw du at brenin

Postby ilovedirt » Mon Dec 17, 2012 20:55 pm

I've only ever done it once, we usually end up doing the MBR or Dragon's Back, but it's certainly worth doing, it's a fun trail. I need to do it again soon really.
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Re: tarw du at brenin

Postby DodgeT » Mon Dec 17, 2012 21:11 pm

Not a patch against mbr imo. I seem to remember it being about 80% fireroad (both up and down frustratingly) and very little singletrack. If (when) I go back, i'll not be venturing onto tarw again. Was not just me either, the other 4 lads who had also done the beast and mbr said the same thing.
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Re: tarw du at brenin

Postby dmorton » Wed Dec 19, 2012 16:38 pm

To be honest you'd see the best of it by just doing the last two single track sections as a warm up (i.e from 40 onwards). Use the trail map (http://www.mbwales.com/en/content/cms/Centres/Coed_y_Brenin/Tarw/Tarw.aspx) to get you there, looks like that from point 7 you just keep following the road round. Not done this but after doing the whole thing last time, I will do next time.

Also on the Dragon's Back/Beast I'd recommend missing out the massive bit of fire road (it goes up AND down on fire road) go straight from point 118 to 123... It's only really worth doing the fire road if you're interested in the views

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Re: tarw du at brenin

Postby ilovedirt » Wed Dec 19, 2012 17:38 pm

dmorton wrote:ragon's Back/Beast I'd recommend missing out the massive bit of fire road (it goes up AND down on fire road) go straight from point 118 to 123... It's only really worth doing the fire road if you're interested in the views

I agree with this, cut out that fire road loop, done it once and I'm never doing it again!
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Re: tarw du at brenin

Postby Northwind » Wed Dec 19, 2012 17:44 pm

Yeah, nip up the wee steep hill. What's weird is that on the map we had, part of the loop showed as singletrack.
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Re: tarw du at brenin

Postby ilovedirt » Wed Dec 19, 2012 18:15 pm

Yeah, it does, which is what made me think it might have been worth it. Turns out the single track is a short climb up a stream...
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Re: tarw du at brenin

Postby ddraver » Wed Dec 19, 2012 18:36 pm

I can't remember exactly where it is but as you come back to the bottom of the valley on the mbr side (almost at the end), you go straight up a short road section then turn off to another fireroad cimb. Again, if you go straight on up t road you get to the same bit of single track but with 1.5 odd km less fireroad boredom.

(I ve deliberately been vague as i can't remember the precise bits)
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