New MinorTaur Trail extension opens 16th March
5 March 2019 | By billy1979
The long awaited extension to the popular MinorTaur Mountain Trail at Coed y Brenin will open on Saturday 16th March 2019.
Riders of the Jr Antifreeze kids MTB challenge will be the first to get to try the new trail sections with the event marking the new trail sections official opening.
The MinorTaur Trail has long been a hit with rider. This blue graded trail provides many peoples first experience of Coed y Brenin, offering young riders, families and newcomers an exciting and approachable way to experience the thrill of mountain biking while taking in some of the spectacular scenery that the Forest Park has to offer.
The original MinorTaur route was broken into 3 loop sections that could be ridden individually or together to make one single ride of 9km. The new section allows riders to extends the trail a further 3km to 12km in total.
The new loop adds some exciting newly built sections of singletrack trail to existing forest track from the Yr Afon trail to take in the spectacular Waterfalls, disused Gold Mine and Gunpowder works before returning via another new singletrack section, then along the original MinorTaur return route up the valley floor to the Visitor Centre.
The MinorTaur trail has successfully introduced many thousands of people to mountain biking and given them a taste of the adventure it offers. The trail features no steep grades or rocky sections that might knock the confidence of riders as they develop their skills, instead they can appreciate smooth rolling on riverside singletrack, immersed in one of the most beautiful forests in North Wales.
The trails 4 loops progressively add features, introducing riders to new challenges as they further their distance. You can expect to find stone steps, rollers and table-tops, berms and even the occasional (optional) jump. The new sections of loop 4 adds some rougher private track with a steeper, looser climb that some may wish to push but after this there is the reward of a good forest road descent.
If you have kids aged 8 to 14 years who are keen to come and try the new trail why not join us for the Jr Antifreeze event on Saturday 16th March. The event is FREE TO ENTER and you can register online to reserve your space and offers multiple route distances so you can find a challenge suitable for the age and ability of your child. All child entrants must be accompanied by an Adult parent or guardian aged 18+. Adults don’t need to register in the event themselves but they will need to complete the entry and accept a waiver accepting responsibility and stating they will remain with the child entrant. Better still, there’s a little reward for all child entrants that complete the challenge.