Black Mountains Cycle Centre, Wales

Black Mountains Cycle Centre, Wales

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Trail Grades
  • Blue (Moderate)
  • Red (Difficult)
  • Black (Severe)
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Address
Great Llwygy Farm, Pandy, Monmouthshire, Np7 7pe
Directions
Np77pe postcode sat nav will try to take you to the farm next door

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The Black Mountains Cycle Centre (BMCC) also known as Dirt Farm is a Downhill and Freeride Mountain Bike facility in Monmouthshire in Wales (just 5 miles North of Abergavenny). There is one blue, one red, two black run and a pro jump line option. The lines are mix and match so there quite a few combinations to make up a run.

In May 2015 they launched an alternative red section to the bridge that is slightly easier than the other red with pump jumps, berms and short steep sections as well as a new red/blue section from the bridge down.

You can book the uplift (easily get ten plus runs in a day so great value for money). Also by the time you hit the bottom the uplift is back and waiting. Also, you can pay for push and ride. It takes a good 20-25 minutes to walk up if you go for the push and ride option but then folk often session just the top half section as there are multiple line choices. Either way, you need to sign the waiver.

Development is ongoing and in December 2014 they opened a new blue run and in March 2015 a new black track. There are also rumours for a new red at some point. 

Blue

  • The blue is flowing with berms and jumps galore. It rides fast.

Red

  • The red steps it up a gear and have some steeper more technical rooty sections. It is fast has off camber corners, bridge crossings and wooden kickers.

Black(s)

  • There are two black runs. These are rocky, steep and fast with big jumps, gap jumps, step downs and also passes over the bridge. There is also a huge pro jump line.
  • The more recent new black line is fast flowing and is a more natural feeling trail. It's graded black because of the start and it's steepness on the 3 back to back berms section. They have tried to keep the roots and rocks in too wherever possible. Takes just under a minute to ride.

Other Stuff

  • It was designed and built by Gary Broad and Shaun Bevan.
  • It's open every day as a push-up centre but the uplift runs Saturday and Sunday. 10 - 5 (expect 10-12 lifts in a day) and mid-week (as of the end of March 2015). if demand permits it also opens on weekdays so check out their site.
  • You need to book and pay.
  • You must sign a waiver (available on line when booking) before riding and the Riders Code of Conduct must be adhered to at all times.
  • Limited facilities bar a car park and portaloo so come prepared and bring lunch, drinks etc with you.

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Trail Variety
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Skills Development
Did it develop or push your skills and leave you with more to come back and learn
Trail Quality
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Overall rating 
 
4.91
Grin Factor 
 
5.00
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5.00
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5.00
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4.50
Facilities 
 
5.00

Love this place

Every time I go I just don't want the day to end

User Review

Good Points
Big jumps flowing and fast
Bad Points
None
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Yes
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5.00

A great place

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Good Points
Friendly and genuine Dh trails aimed to challenge riders of varying abilities!
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4.76
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5.00
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3.00

Amazing place and trails

Excellent trails

User Review

Good Points
The uplift is well organised and usually once you have finished a trail you can get straight back on to the trailer at the bottom. All the riders and people there are really friendly and always willing to share advice about the trails. There is also a good variety of trails which are well kept and in hood condition. All the trails allow you to increase your ability as there is nothing that cant be rode around if you dont fancy some of the jumps or obstacles. Another good part of this centre is that you have easy access to the uplift from the car park which is flat and well kept, this allows you the chance to have a good rest throughout the day and take onboard plenty of fluids and food.
Bad Points
Only bad point about this place that i can really think about is the small refreshments and toilet area. But this is easily overcome by taking your own food. But even this point i can overlook as the whole day feels more friendly compared to other uplift days i have been on.
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4.50
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4.50
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4.50
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4.50
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4.50
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4.50

Best trails by a long shot

Just awesome! Love this place

User Review

Good Points
Awesome trails .. super friendly staff .. unbelievable uplift service .. great atmosphere
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None
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Black mountains ?

None

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Good Points
Superb trails with a great uplift service. Great fun!
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None
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Great place, awesome trails. Such a fun day out!

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4.76
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Incredible place

I visit here around 6 times a month as I'm only 1 hour away. I love everything about this place, the dedication of the staff and trail builders is fantastic and the amount of work that goes into this place is top notch. I highly recommend a visit.
I love the fact there isn't a bar or cafe, I have cookers in my van and enjoy cooking for myself and I get to charge my friends for food haha. This is rustic downhill mtb how it should be

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Good Points
This place has all the right things to brush up on like speed, flow and airtime. Very friendly place and the maintenance is non stop.
Bad Points
None
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4.66
Grin Factor 
 
5.00
Trail Variety 
 
4.50
Skills Development 
 
4.50
Trail Quality  
 
5.00
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4.00

Excellent venue

Great trail center will definatly be visiting it again

User Review

Good Points
Great and we'll looked after trails
Bad Points
Lacks facilities
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4.13
Grin Factor 
 
5.00
Trail Variety 
 
3.50
Skills Development 
 
4.00
Trail Quality  
 
5.00
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2.50

tom

still one of the best places I've ever ridden

User Review

Good Points
smooth flowing big jumps that put a massive smile on your face
Bad Points
i don't live near it
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