South Wales' hidden trails uncovered and explored

MBUK checked out the wilder side of the Afan valley’s spectacular riding

MBUK were invited to sample some of the Afan Valley's lesser-known trails on a guided tour of the local area's riding. Our guide, Ben, from the Afan Offpiste experience has a wealth of local knowledge – showing us the best, gnarliest and raddest riding.

MBUK 319 goes on sale on the 24th July, grab a copy to find out how we got on riding some of the best natural trails South Wales has to offer.

Alex has been riding bikes since he was knee-high to a grasshopper. He first raced back in 2003, winning the Juvenile category on a sketchy hard tail Planet X bike. Alex lived in the Alps for seven years so isn't shy of a climb or two and loves getting out in his bike in all weather. His favorite thing to ride is steep loamy tracks with loads of opportunities to slam the bike into turns and really give it some frame bending welly! He's broken his fair share of frames, so any bike between his knees is going to get a right seeing to.
  • Discipline: DH, Enduro, XC, BMX, Road
  • Preferred Terrain: Epic descents covered in the world's finest loam and hero dirt
  • Current Bikes: Nukeproof Mega 275 / Giant Anthem Advanced 275 1 / LeMond Reno / Deluxe Pro 2 BMX
  • Dream Bike: Giant ATX 1 DH (1999 model)
  • Beer of Choice: Teetotal
  • Location: Bristol, UK
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