Good news from North Wales. The ‘Simply Downhill’ team have scoped out a brand new DH venue that’s promising to be fast, technical, suitable for races and with decent uplift access.
Better still, they’ve just had their first official dig-day and are well on track for a launch early in the new year. With any luck we’ll see another awesome race venue to add to the list sometime soon.
I had a quick chat to Simply Downhill’s Tom Fryer following the dig day about their plans and it sounds like they’re making good progress. First and foremost, it’s going to be a ‘race and uplift only’ venue – meaning you won’t be able to ride it outside of official events. But the good news from that is that they’re aiming to be finishing work around Christmas and will organising the first uplift ASAP after that. On the back of Simply Downhill’s experience of organising the race at Wentwood last year, they’ll also be running a catagory ‘E’ race sometime in the year.
The track is set to be classic North Wales stuff – 100% in the woods with a steep start and loads of switch backs, there’s going to be a flat out middle section and a monster of a rock garden. It’ll finish with another fast, open section and a jump into the car park to finish. The whole thing is around the 2 minute mark. To make things super easy for uplift access, there’s a private tarmac road top to bottom.
And where is it exactly? Well… bearing in mind you can’t ride it yet… it’s deep in North Wales, on the Northern Coast of the Llyn Peninsula, near Pwllheli. The actual site of the track is shared with a local education centre which has a cafe, conference facilities, toilets, showers and parking – meaning lots of great facilities for races.
That’s all for now – we’ll keep you posted. For more info keep ‘em locked to www.simplydownhill.co.uk
Thanks to Harry Williams for all the photos and Tom Fryer and Si Ward for the info. Keep in touch fellas!