Nant Gwrtheyrn, Llithfaen, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, LL53 6PA (North West Wales)
Nant Gwrtheyrn is the Welsh Language and Heritage Centre, an organisation promoting Welsh culture and offering a range of courses teaching the Welsh language at different levels. The management of the centre have agreed for Simply Downhill to run a race event here in August 2010. With the quality of the track, the uplift, and the great facilities at the centre this venue has massive potential.
Please note - The track is on private land and should not be riden out side of organised events.
The course at Nant Gwrtheyrn originally started life as a narrow track carved into the hill by a local downhill rider.Simply Downhill discovered the venue and with the blessing of the original builder approached the centre with a view to developing the track and surrounding facilities into a respected race venue.Fortunately the Nant Gwrtheyrn management team were really enthusiastic and gave permission for the original track to be extended down to the car park in order to create a venue for downhill race events.The facilities available at the visitor centre include car parking, cafe, bar, entertainment room and accommodation, which will enhance the unique and friendly atmosphere enjoyed at UK downhill events.
The majority of the steeper top section of track remains as the original work.This part of the track still offers the most exciting riding at Nant.The trail starts in the woods at the top of the hill and zigzags its way down with a mixture of berms, flat turns, steep drops, rocks and roots.The track then hits a wide rock garden made up of loose fist size rock with a number of lines through it before dropping steeply and crossing the stream.
The track now joins the old access road which has suffered from years of disuse and North Wales weather.Suffered is probably the wrong word as it now makes up a fast part of the track including a foot out flat out right hander.Soon after this the track turns off the fire road onto the first of the new sections of trail.This part of the track would not have been possible without the many hours put in by the keen volunteers.The course here is now very fast and rides like some of North Wales famous trail centers.
The end of this section sees a sprint towards a jump where the landing spits you back onto the forest road.The options here are then to hit the larger step down swerving across the forestry road to get the line or to use the straighter line with the smaller but more technical drop.Both these lines send you at high speed towards a very fun table top jump. Then into the open and flat out, final section of the course providing a great spectator area close to the action in the finishing arena and pit area.
In order for the course to be ridden by a range of downhill ability all of the sections can be ridden keeping your wheels on the ground (as long as you have found the alternative lines around some of the bigger drops - always walk the track before riding).If you already possess high levels of DH skill or as you learn the course and become more confident, you will soon find that some of the lines are quicker in the air, hit faster and off the brakes.
For details on how you can sign up to get on the next uplift day please see the uplift day section of the website.
Chest mounted camera veiw of the track on a recent Uplift Day. Thanks Lew for the camera lend and upload.