Video: Manon Carpenter, Vero Sandler & Monet Adams Ride Llangollen on Trail Bikes

Mar 20, 2020
by AJBlackmore  

Wales in winter might not be your idea of a dream destination, but riding bikes in wet conditions is something the Brits specialise in. What's more, finding a venue with a public road uplift, over 15 trails combinations and everything from steep tech to big triple jumps is not that easy - hence why Llangollen is episode 2 of Euro Dream Trails.

Sheep farmer, trail builder and college lecturer Martin Sands is a man with a plan.

Rain doesn't stop play at Llangollen - fire up the stove in the converted smiddy and make a brew..

Monet and Vero.....ripping the place up with next level bants

Former British Downhill series champion Al Bond joined us - he's got serious credentials and pace. Now carving out a career coaching, Al still puts spade to dirt on a regular basis. The scene has a lot to thank him for.

For a small town in Wales, Llangollen has a lot to offer anyone who loves the outdoors

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 Beautifull area of wales, i was lucky enough to be working as ,a outdoor instructor back in the day. Awesome riding in the area and those trials are steep. on the opposite valley from the mtb you can climb trad and sport in trevor quarry. And in the photos you can see the river dee, you can kayak, canoe and raft and there is 2 camping sites in llangollen . Just over the horse shoe pass is llandegla mtb trials plenty to do for a weekend.
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 I sat around for a while trying to get a shot of someone on the river but had no luck. I genuinely would consider moving there - reminds me of Northumberland a bit but with a more progressive attitude!
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 Yes! I grew up only a few miles from Llangollen and spent many a year at school in this ace little town. I still live nearby although on the other side of the valley and manage to get a ride in on the awesome 'Llan' trails every now and again. If anyone hasn't been to One Giant Leap, it needs to be on your list. Not only is Martin one of the most decent guys you could meet, he's carved out, literally, a fantastic business and the tracks are fantastic and as testing as you'd want. Al Bond also has an ace coaching business,really knows how to teach and has an informative, easy to follow approach. Kudos also to some other local heros, without who Llangollen wouldn't be the even more awesome place to ride than it is. They know who they are and what they do, so thanks.
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 I raced there in 2009 and loved it - so this was my first return in a decade and I couldn’t believe how much Martin, Al and the crew have achieved. Hopefully we managed to give Martin a bit of the limelight that these “salt of the earth” builders all over the world deserve.
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 so lucky to only be 5 mins away.martin is by far the nicest farmer/ person in the industry and deserves so much credit for putting this part of north Wales dh on the map.these trails are literally unbeatable for fast flat out dh theres just something very special about that valley.long live ogl
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 Word! I want to bring him up to Northumberland to convince some of our upland farmers that diversity involving bikes can be a good thing. He’s such a great bloke.
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 We love you Martin, always a great time! Got to love our annual party trip in Feb for Dave's birthday! Long Live Llangollen!
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 literally amazing tracks . friendly locals , and bondy is an amazing coach , who totally transformed my riding and race results , many wc riders practice on and off at Llangollen so that must say something
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 The world needs more people like that Martin Sands fella!
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 He was a pleasure to chat to, hang out with and he tells a fantastic story! One of the most genuine people I’ve met in mtb for a while.
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 Llangollen is awesome! Been there a couple of times, one of my all time favorite towns!
  • 2 0
 im gonna visit when this virus buggers off
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 Great to see Manon back out riding in a video!

Return to racing? Could smash it in Enduro...
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 So many riders doing video series now. It's getting busy
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 I can't be the only person who quick-read the title as Adam Sandler and got kind of excited.
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 she's much more exciting, lol
  • 1 0
 Excited about Adam Sandler? Not since the 90s! Smile
  • 2 0
 Nice vibe! Cool edit.
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 Great vid, a nice way to get ready for the weekend!
  • 1 0
 If Manon isn’t coming back to DH this is just too hard to watch.
  • 1 0
 Manon I missed your smile!!
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 NICE one!
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 Seemed a little bummed not having their double crown forks.

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