Organisers of a new charity mountain bike enduro at Afan Forest in south Wales are promising a route that’ll take in lots of ‘secret’ trails that are only known to a select few locals.
Participants in the Macmillan Afan Monster on 25 September will have a choice of 75km or 100km routes, with the longer option expected to take upwards of eight-and-a-half hours to complete.
Organiser Andrew Bates told BikeRadar: “The key aspect of this ride will be the use of lots of great singletrack and trails that aren’t accessible without local knowledge, and integrating these with the best bits of the built singletrack. For example, the route will take in the final descents of Skyline and The Wall.
“With the amount of climbing, from experience I’d rate the 75km option as hard as most 100km events. A mid-travel full-sus bike with 2.2in tyres is probably the optimum bike given the high proportion of technical trails, but there are still plenty of less challenging sections with some epic views along the way.”
Three feedstations are planned, with Bio-Synergy energy drinks, and the route will be waymarked, with good marshal coverage. The event base is at the Tymean Theatre, where there will be food and entertainment in the evening.
More than 100 of the 400 places available have already been snapped up. Entry costs £25. All proceeds will got to Macmillan Cancer Support, and riders are asked to raise sponsorship as well. For more details, visit the Macmillan Afan Monster Page on the Macmillan Cancer Support website or check out the Facebook page.