Video: Continental - Up from the Slate

May 22, 2013
by Laurence Crossman-Emms  
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The Welsh countryside offers a vast untouched wildness of roaming forest and distant mountains, whilst the towns and cities can be the complete opposite; a thriving and overcrowded environment, filled with bustling businessmen and pencil pushers. Once upon a time, Blaenau Ffestiniog was the latter, a slate industry-driven town, where mining and quarrying were its biggest investments. Over the years, the thriving industrial town has seen a drying-up of many of its resources, with a slow decay in its wake. Business in the quarries is still pushing on, and the slate that comes from this area is still some of the best in the world, but the mine tours and corner shops selling sticks of rock don't bring the crowds in like they used to.

In the interest of driving tourism back into Blaenau, the locals turned to bikes and one man, Adrian 'Bud' Bradley, who took it upon himself to open the darndest, most root'n'est toot'n'est attraction for miles, Antur Stiniog. And boy, did flocks of bikers come!

Antur pricked the attention of the Continental Enduro Team, who felt it was a great place to capture the essence of what this place is: the views, the scenes, the copious amounts of slate, and most of all the riding. Great trails and an all-round joyful day ensued with Rob Scullion and Mike Inman, two of the three-man team. Rob and Mike are looking quick and on form for this year's gravity-based enduros in the UK...crazy how they manage to find time to train around their full time jobs.

Videography: Laurence Crossman-Emms // www.laurence-ce.com

Screenshots from the latest Continental edit where the boys from the enduro team hit of North Wales hottest downhill venue - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com
Screenshots from the latest Continental edit where the boys from the enduro team hit of North Wales hottest downhill venue - Laurence CE - www.laurence-ce.com


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  • 25 6
 I love Scotland but Wales is fast becoming the uk's Mecca. With bike park Wales later in the year people could come from abroad and have a great time travelling the centres and bike parks. I know there are weather issues but it's all pretty much weather proof. And snowdonia in the sun - that compares to anywhere for scenery: downhill antur one day, loose yourself in gwydyr the next. I'm an advert for Wales.
  • 25 23
 Scotland has 11 trail centres, a World Cup track, Glencoe and another 50+ trails we dont advertise. Scotland is the centre stage of UK Mountain Biking...your dreaming.
  • 4 3
 WOOOOOOOOOO! why has this got neg props???
  • 15 1
 coz it sounds like he's being an arse. true as it maybe ...i have got his props back to zero, I'm pretty sure wales has as many places to ride as Scotland. and whilst we do have 2 lift access trails the weather can spoil that more often than not, especially due to excess wind. having ridden in wales, its pretty good and trail centrewise its on a par with scotland. as for secret local stuff i have no idea....so no point commenting on whether or not its better than scotland
  • 23 3
 dont forget midges, u cant take a breath without sucking in a good 10 grams of midge protein in scotland.
  • 10 13
 I was only being patriotic and sticking up for my own. The neg props is just Welsh people doing the same thing.
  • 6 0
 Guys,i live in London,Wales is just about a day out,Scotland as much as i love it is 'kin miles away !!
  • 2 3
 Wales is just as bad for midges!
  • 1 0
 London to Wales...337km! Amazing how distance is perceived in different countries...! I'd drive/train it that distance to ride that trail any old day...
  • 1 1
 For natural riding Scotalnd wins hands down though.. Wales has very few decent paths that you are allowed on in the mountains.
  • 1 0
 Although, Antur Stiniog is one of the weirdest places to ride, every run there was different weather, it even snowed at one point!
  • 4 0
 Pfft, doesn't matter if you live in Scotland or Wales, ether way you're not going to be complaining about a lack of great places to ride.

Collectively Wales got £12m-ish (£6m in the North, a smidge under than in the South) to build new stuff for MTBing - there's new trails and centres opening all the time, great time to be a MTB'er.
  • 6 0
 best thing about the whole thing is how professionally and well run it is. icing on the cake is never having to wait longer than 5mins for uplift so only thing to hold your run number back is forearm fatigue!
  • 6 1
 Whoever said smooth above don't be fooled. It's an absolute rockfest. Your forearms should be dead by the end of the day. Then there's the harder double black which is super steep. It's one of the best places I've ridden (even compared to the Alps etc) ...
  • 4 0
 Fully agree to the rockfest. Looks smooth in videos, but in reality it is not. Only disadvantage is that you have to book weeks in advance because it is always fully booked on weekends. But on the other hand you have your seat reserved for every single shuttle run, that is simply awesome.
  • 3 0
 Ah man I miss North Wales, used to ride here when I was at Uni, Llanberis, Snowdon, Betws-y-Coed, Coed-y-Brenin. Now lucky enough to live in San Fran with some amazing riding on my doorstep but Wales easily equals it.
  • 1 0
 i see this dudes are doin quite a jumps with this bikes, but the real shock looks like it's not with coil! and i have a question if anyone can help me please i am thinking to buy a new bike i like jumps like that but i thought for jumps like that you should have rather downhill bike or can a bike like that or enduro like would also be good for this stuff ? bthw sick video!

thnx in advance!
  • 1 0
 In theory you can jump almost any bike, with air or coil shock. Has more to do with rider skill.

Lots of AM / Enduro bikes are made for jumping
  • 1 1
 men, you give aaron gwin bike with air shock he's gonna brake into 2 pieces after a one run! what i meant was which would be more durable cuz i know you can jump even bmx ! but thnx anyway ;-))
  • 1 0
 Just done a second weekend there hittin up revolution bike park an hours drive away being so completely different. This place is fast open and very rocky. Revs is just insane steep and super natural. Great weekend and now I have forearms like popeye.
  • 2 0
 Pretty local for me. Great place and awsome dudes running it. Hitting Antur and Revolution bike park makes for a good weekend of riding. Looking forward to future developments in North Wales! Dalia ati Bud
  • 1 0
 I guess the only thing I'm puzzled about when it comes to all these product video are, What product are they using? Obviously they're riding on Conti's, but which model(s)? One might think in these product vids the actual product being shown might be useful knowledge? Not to complain, great vid, great riding, but?....tire type?
  • 1 0
 We were running the new Der Kaiser Projekts, that Gee and Dan designed. www.conti-tyres.co.uk/conticycle/ti%20kaiser%20projeckt.shtml

check the bike build vid to see more details on the bike www.pinkbike.com/news/Continental-Orange-Alpine-160-Timelapse-Build-video-2013.html
  • 1 0
 Thanks Skully85! a.k.a Rob ;-)

Been looking at those tires, they look like a good choice for all mountain/enduro....
  • 1 0
 this place broke y rear hub within 6 runs, you can get at least 12runs in a day if your there at 10am . ( which meant me sitting in the car while my m8s where still rippin ). BEST ADVISE YOU'LL EVER GET..... take a spare set of wheels or at least spare tubes and tyres cos the rocks are sharp as hell and u want to get as many runs as u can. GREAT PLACE !!!
  • 3 0
 I like the flow. And the non grey driving rain!!! Can't wait to go Av a go.
  • 1 1
 Cool trails and nice riding. But if you have household name sponsored riders that black out their tires to run a different brand you have to ask yourself serious questions. About time you let those three sponsored riders with the same family name design your next generation of tires.
  • 7 0
 They already run Continental across their race program, I think you need to look at some photo's that aren't from 2007 ;-)
  • 1 0
 Huh? At the enduro last week Dan Atherton was running a blacked out High Roller 2.
  • 1 0
 Scully85 couldn't be anymore right. If you look back a week to the 24 Bikes of the Enduro World Series story, you'll clearly see Dan running Conti Rubber Queens. They do get input from the riders when designing tires and they advertise and talk about how they do on their website and adds.
  • 1 0
 Yep in the photo, before the race. Not actually in the race.
  • 4 0
 That's my kind of track
  • 2 0
 Smooth and jumpy
  • 2 0
 you've obviously never been there lol, its far from smooth.
  • 2 0
 I was talkin bout your momma. Just kidding
True I've never been there, but those are not DH bikes, nor does it resemble a creek bed. It does not look smooth like glass either, but the chatter is well within a 6" bike's abilities and the lines flow instead of chopping back and forth allowing for fluid smooth transitions.
So in my book: pretty smooth in terms of flow and even in terms of trail from the looks of it. Just rough enough to justify an enduro bike.
Also, not that jumpy compared to a jump line...
  • 1 0
 The video doesnt do the trails roughness justice, our hands and arms were wrecked by the end of the day!
  • 1 0
 I stand corrected
  • 3 0
 Going in the Summer holiday, fucking get in there!
  • 1 0
 so annoyed my bike got stole in the village the night before the uplift! need to go!
  • 3 0
 wheres the dirt?
  • 3 0
 there ain't any dirt in that part of the world, its pretty much just slate with a layer of grass on top.
  • 1 0
 Disappointed they weren't filmed hitting the biggest feature there. The huge vertical rock drop
  • 2 0
 i want to go there, now!
  • 1 0
 There on Friday, can't wait!
  • 2 1
 Awesome trail!! and some really nice editing right here!
  • 1 0
 Looks really fun!! Great for the economy too!!
  • 1 0
 What bikes are they riding? Can't tell from the pictures.
  • 1 0
 Orange Alpine 160
  • 1 0
 This place is a dream... specialy for AM bikes
  • 1 0
 Those bikes are sexually attractive
  • 1 0
 For once you don't have to worry about trees.
  • 1 0
 that trail is in better condition than the roads in southlanarkshire .
  • 1 0
 Amazing place
  • 1 0
 Roll on Saturday.......
  • 1 0
 should be there too on saturday!
  • 1 0
 Very nice trail
  • 1 0
 song?
  • 4 5
 cute gravel path
  • 3 0
 Trust me bud it ain't no gravel path
  • 2 0
 and it rides at 100% speed in the wet. a massive bonus in our UK climate.

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