Coed Mor

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I was on holiday in Anglesey earlier this year & looking for places to ride.  One place that came up in the Google searches was Coed Mor and it was just 10 minutes down the road from where we were staying.

Getting there:

First thing to say about this place is it’s difficult to find initially as even the website and Facebook page don’t give directions. How I got there was:

Park in the lay-by on the A5 Holyhead road (53°13’20.8″N 4°11’01.6″W) near Coed Mor.  Go through the gate at the end of the lay-by and follow the Anglesey coastal trail path down the hill and through the gate at the bottom towards Coed Mor. The path will change to a boardwalk and you follow a large right turn.  As the path then turns left you’ll see a twin plank boardwalk heading off the main path on your right; follow this to the top and carry on along the path.  After a minute or two the trail comes up on your left.  If you get to the bridge you’ve gone too far.

What’s there?

The next thing to say about this place is I’m not really sure what to make of it – for me it’s got a bit of an identity crisis.  The majority of on-line descriptions label it as a downhill track but I saw one description of it as a jump track and this is more where I’d sit.  It’s sort of a mini 4x track with downhill style jumps, and I say mini because the stuff you read about it being short are true – I timed myself at 16 seconds from top to bottom with no pedalling.  The gradient and fast rolling surface mean you pick up speed quickly and anyone with moderate cornering skills will soon find themselves carrying enough speed to be over jumping landings on the jumps there.  What this place offered therefore was a chance to work on speed control, jump compression, scrubbing etc.  Having said the above though, what this place was was good fun and if I’d had the Omen with me I would have spent more time there than I did.

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My overall feeling on this place was frustration as it had a lot of potential and a lot of effort had clearly gone in to it but it didn’t seem to know what it wanted to be. To my mind there were a few design flaws to the place.  Firstly, the gradient and extensive use of logs mean the track will require maintenance.  When I was there logs were becoming exposed and on one of the big gap jumps a log at the apex of the jump was loose.  Secondly, as a community project aimed at getting kids into mountain biking I would have preferred to see less gradient and more features to allow a greater range of skills to be practiced eg pumping small bumps and cornering skills (though granted I don’t know what the deal was with the National Trust, finances etc). Thirdly, and again as it’s aimed at being a starter track, I felt there was enough room around the track to allow the ‘uplift’ to run alongside the track meaning the jumps and turns could be visualised and sessioned more easily.   It was a good fun little venue and I notice on the Facebook page the National Trust have granted planning permission for further work there so hopefully the development continues.

Adi

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