Adaptive Mountain Biking

Dolgellau has become something of a pioneering centre in the evolving field of adaptive mountain biking. The Mawddach Trail has always been an attractive route for adaptive cyclists, but a number of new developments have made it possible for adaptive riders to have genuine mountain biking experiences. 

The MinorTaur Trail at the Coed y Brenin Trail centre

Minor Taur trail at Coed y Brenin was designed to take wheelchairs and adapted mountain bikes for disabled ridersThe MinorTaur trail, at the Forestry Commission Wales Coed y Brenin Trail centre, is a blue-grade mountain bike trail and was built to plug the gap between the ‘easy’ Yr Afon green route and the significantly more challenging red and black routes within the forest.  

The MinorTaur follows a ‘daisy-chain’ design with loops of trail leaving and rejoining the Yr Afon trail, giving plenty of opportunities to tailor a ride to the desires and abilities of the group.

By no means being an ‘easy’ trail, the MinorTaur was designed to give a progressive introduction into technical mountain biking, and is engineered to be wide enough to take adaptive mountain bike trikes and quads along its entire length, making it a fairly unique facility in Britain.

Prior to the trail offically opening, a try-out by interested parties put a wide variety of adaptive bikes down the first exciting sections. Make no mistake though, this is no all ability trail; there are significant climbs, bermed corners (a series of 10 back to back in the ‘Slipway’ section alone) and step-drops.

The MinorTaur is a great place to learn and hone your skills, but for all riders the trail will take a degree of fitness, skill and nerve to complete in style.

With this trail open every day of the year, the centre is able to offer genuine mountain biking experiences to a wider range of riders, though as with mountain biking in general, it is not going to be appealing, suitable or indeed possible for every adaptive cyclist. Equally, the rough nature and steepness of sections of the trail will mean that it might not be suitable for all adaptive bikes.

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