Video: Afan Bike Park, Trail Builders (UK)

Mar 5, 2013 at 23:02
Mar 5, 2013
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The Making of Afan Bike Park
Shaun Bevan: Designer/Builder/Rider

I work for back-on-track mountain bike solutions and have recently been working on the Gyfylchi loop at Afan Bike Park. When I heard that we had won the contract at Gyfylchi loop I couldn't wait to get stuck in to it as I knew the hill had a lot of potential after scouting out lines months before hand. The line I was most looking forward to building was a black run, I had previously walked it and spotted the clearing of trees and knew this was the one, it was clear to me that the main jump line just had to go in there as the back drop of the valley and the surrounding trees just looked epic... building the dream is the one..!

Most of the lines that were built on this job were created from the seat of the digger and nothing was tested due to the horrendous weather conditions so to get it all flowing as well as it does in the short space of time that we had was quite an achievement.

Edit dropping later on today. http www.eyesdownfilms.tv

The brief was to make it fun and create a small bike park that would bring on the skills of all levels of riders and give them a taste of what’s to come...

As mountain biking is progressing so are our trail designs, I always try and push the boundaries to what we can get away with building. Fast, flowing feature rich trails are becoming ever more popular and it's a pleasure to be involved with the way these trails are being made. There is nothing more satisfying than having free reign on a mountain, a blank canvas to carve out your own dirt roller coaster, the job satisfaction is when I hear and see how much fun riders are having out of the shapes we have created in the dirt.

Video & Photos : Eyesdown
Words : Shaun Bevan

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61 Comments

  • + 108
 Im Afan of their work.
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 There's just nothing better to say after this.... ^^^ haha
  • + 7
 Cased so bad I needed a lawyer. Hahah Brilliant
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 Pink Bike Comment Of the Year. (PB COY)
Good work Ogalosh.
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 Awesome work guys, so much fun to ride.

Shame as we were in a hurry only got to ride each line a couple of times. Will def be back for some more soon.

Rode it on a 160 but these could be ridden on HT's if you are that way inclined Wink
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 Ide f*cking love to ride with these boys. They seem hell of a laugh especially Shaun bevan!!! His outakes had me week at the knees laughing ; ) top job on the mini lines boys, they're loads of fun to rip around and have endless FUN.
Keep up the great work and thanks. Deuce
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 yeh wicked skills area. i agree with mat74 tho cnt wait to see whats goin on in gethin Smile lucky i get to get my shovel out this weekend so dnt b shy fellas more the merrier
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 I'm off up there as well got my shovel,pick,barrow ready,and dont forget wellies.no sheep joke's boy's 9.30 sat morning by gate to gethin
  • + 1
 would love to get up there and dig but have to work Frown
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 SICK DAY
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  • + 4
 Can't wait to see what the boyo's do up in Gethin wood this year
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 Yeah man i'm well excited to see whats cookin up there.
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 That berm after 2:08 seconds is FAST then straight into a fast right hand berm. I loved it there, it was the clear the fasted line of all the short runs & then theres the black run, big balls for that one!
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 Ha! Saw a guy clearing those tabletops on a friggin fixie yesterday. Just came back from Afan and loved it, wish we had park like this nearer to Bristol Cheers guys
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  • + 3
 Why doesn't australia have trail builders like this
  • + 1
 YOu have to be the builder Build it and they will come...
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  • + 3
 that's some weird dirt you guys have over there.
  • + 2
 well because its so wet over here the track would just become sludge with the amount of hard riding it gets. to combat this we use hardcore, basically lots of little stones all crushed together. all weather fun for us Smile
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 Yea i saw that, very interesting. Iam part of a building group over here and we have to combat a lot of sandy berms and what not was considering trying something similar but not sure if it'd work with so dry conditions.
Did you use DG(decomposed granite -has glue for packing) or just plain old rocks spread and tamped??
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  • + 1
 Great Vid! Fantastic Build-Flowfrikentastik! Outakes-LMFAO! and I would blow up that Pic and cover an entire wall at home with it! Excellent job boys!!!!
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  • + 1
 that looks fun and best of all spot on for my 7yr old to cut his teeth on with his new bike
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 Funny you should say that, my dad took me up to Afan for the first time when I was about 7 or 8, first mountain biking I ever did
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  • + 1
 I love afan, been meaning to go back for ages... might just be on the cards Smile
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 Why don't these style videos play? Won't play on my phone or laptop. Poo poo.
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 Some vids dont work for me with firefox, but work ok with IE....
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 Try Google Chrome
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  • + 1
 Wow...need to get myself over there on the HT, this track was built for bikes like mine...Thanyou builders in advance!
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 Can't wait to get my ass there sunday! Even if I've herd it mentioned to snow then. Woop
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  • + 2
 Cheeky hashtag at 3:57!
#DYSON
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  • + 1
 It sure is a great little area for getting your fix of jumps and berms!! Wales is killing it at the moment!
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  • + 2
 Job done! What a sick flowy track.
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  • + 1
 which are these mudguards ?
  • + 1
 Look like Powa DFender mudguard - made in uk
  • + 1
 thanks man,but its a little expensive
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  • + 1
 looks sweet, I hope to be heading down there end of march Big Grin
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  • + 1
 Which track are all these jumps on as the afan website seems outdated.
  • + 1
 It's a separate area, next to the bryn bettws lodge near the end of the wall trail
  • + 1
 Thanks mate, need to go there it looks ace. Is it a big section that you could stay on all day?
  • + 1
 I've only been to the skills park once, but there's a few different runs. Doing a loop of the wall as well makes a good day Big Grin
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  • + 1
 Damn! You guys got it going on in the UK.
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  • + 1
 AWESOME ! and they ride with X C bikes , just crazy
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  • + 1
 this is exactly what i need in my life. nice work!
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  • + 1
 can anyone else not watch the video at all?
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  • + 1
 Love it there. Big smiles.
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  • + 1
 just shows you dont need a freeride bike
  • + 6
 Hardtails all the way Smile
  • + 1
 But they weren't riding hard tails.
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  • + 1
 What a place ... what a flow ...
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  • + 1
 Hi guys someone the postcode for it plz ???
  • + 1
 SA13 3HG - Google is your freind
  • + 1
 I don't think that's right guys, forestry commission list it as SA12 9SP - Bryn betws lodge. Giant camel in the car park. Enjoy !
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  • + 1
 Was there at the weekend and its brilliant, really good fun!!
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  • + 1
 Best load up the car and head to Afan, looks awesome, nice work.
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  • + 1
 Are they riding all-mountain 150mm travel bikes?
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  • + 1
 Looks fun! I've not been to Afan for years. Great job guys!
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  • + 1
 Was out there last weekend and these boys did a cracking job
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  • + 1
 Where is Rowan Sorrell??
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