I was up in North Wales last week for a road trip photo shoot with Joe Smith and Steve Jones.
It was my first time in Blaenau and it is a pretty crazy place. It is right in the middle of Snowdonia national park, although apparently not in it, because of the nasty looking slag heaps.
We hiked up into the slate quarries and found some cool stuff to ride on. The views were pretty epic and if you didn’t mind doing a few hours of hiking i reckon you could find some amazing descents.
I was riding one of the Dirt test bikes, a Morewood Makalu, an impressive bit of kit. Although it didn’t look quite as nice by the end of the day as Steve asked me to hit a rocky section just one more time- with a rear puncture! That ended in a crash and a very expensive bit of kit being rag dolled down a slate scree slope. Oops. Not my fault!
Steve also found a spot for a photo that had Joe and myself turning across a piece of rock right next to a 200ft cliff. I was pretty much crapping it. I wouldn’t say i was scared of heights, but i am a bit worried about riding my bike along the top of a cliff. Ah well, i hope i get a good shot out of it!