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MTB Leadership Level 2
#11
you mentioned fund raising for bikes and kit? be good to put up on here anything that people could donate, im sure we all have enough spare kicking around that we could possible make a couple of bikes. id be more than happy to put wrench time in to getting some working bikes put together or even help maintain them.
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#12
Skid Wrote:you mentioned fund raising for bikes and kit? be good to put up on here anything that people could donate, im sure we all have enough spare kicking around that we could possible make a couple of bikes. id be more than happy to put wrench time in to getting some working bikes put together or even help maintain them.

That's a cracking idea... Currently in cahoots with a dealer who might offer Whyte Hardtails at cost price... Which is a good deal to hang onto...

But the cost has to go through so many commitees it can become a ballache... Will definitely keep that in mind.
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#13
jonboy1066 Wrote:
Skid Wrote:you mentioned fund raising for bikes and kit? be good to put up on here anything that people could donate, im sure we all have enough spare kicking around that we could possible make a couple of bikes. id be more than happy to put wrench time in to getting some working bikes put together or even help maintain them.

That's a cracking idea... Currently in cahoots with a dealer who might offer Whyte Hardtails at cost price... Which is a good deal to hang onto...

But the cost has to go through so many commitees it can become a ballache... Will definitely keep that in mind.

Good thinking, If you can get them at cost price I recon that's the best way to go about it. Once you've got them though offer is there to help maintain them and idea of donating parts to keep them running might work?
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#14
That's awesome! Thanks Skid!
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#15
Sounds like it went really well. Well done for taking this all on!
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#16
Back after successfully passing the Level 2 MTB leadership course. What an awesome few days, got aches in places I never knew I had.

Only needed to be there for 1 day, but going early and exploring some of the trails in the area was well worth it.

If you've never ridden in North Wales you simply must go! It's bloomin gorgeous! Although bring your climbing legs with you!

In the 3 days I was there I rode with some great people and had my eyes opened to what real Mountain Biking is about.
Spent 7¾ hrs in the saddle, covered 53 miles & Climbed 7400ft! (The equivalent of ascending Mt Fuji TWICE!!!)

But every grinding pedal stroke upwards was well worth it for the views, and of course the downhill descents!

Day 1,

Driving to Plas Y Brenin I made really good time so thought I'd check out the Penmachno trail while I was here!
Planning to do the Dolen Eryri (11km) loop but the only signs available from the parking place were for the Dolen Machno (18km) loop.
Then it started pissing down!

Hey ho, what's 7k between friends?

So I followed those signs instead ... Having a great time despite a massive OTB until I came to a sign in an old bike frame saying route 1 left route 2 right
My original plan was to take route 2 for the 11k so followed that
MISTAKE!!!
Instead of taking me back it took me further away! Then following the purple signs I found myself going round in a big circle and back to the North Shore for a second time...
Realising I'd gone wrong somewhere and that it was getting dark soon as well as getting close to my 'check in with the wife time' I decided to make my own way back to a road & get myself back to the car.
On the way I got chased up the road by an angry Ram just at the point when I really didn't have the legs for it and got back to the car with 10 minutes of daylight left!

*Lesson Learned* To never just pop to a trail like that on a whim, pre plan it and remember that 15Miles in North Wales is like riding 35 Miles around Bedgebury. Nevertheless, despite getting soaked I loved it.

Day 2,

Met up with a mate from the course who took me on a guided ride around the Marin Trail, by chance we bumped into the instructor from the course who was to be our assessor the next day and rode with him. What an absolutely awesome trail! Had a great time, despite a puncture interrupting one of the brilliant descents and being watched by the next days assessor while I fitted a tube. Really enjoyed chips at Betws Y Coeds chippy too.

Day 3, (Assessment Day)

Started with a relaxed introduction & chat about how the day was going to go. Then we were given a map with a route marked on it and given 40 mins to prepare route cards, learn the route, sort our kit out and load the bikes onto the trailer to be dropped off at Conwy Falls to start our ride which was an 18 mile ride back to Plas Y Brenin, mostly around the type of terrain within the Level 2 remit, so mostly fire roads, short singletrack sections and short road sections to test our leadership, no gnarly singletrack etc.
On our way round we took it in turns to lead & map read and stopped regularly to complete scenarios including first aid, trailside repairs, kit checks & discuss the theoretical side of MTB leadership. The assessor was great, he had a really relaxed & friendly approach which meant that we covered every aspect that was being tested without feeling too much pressure. Then about 2 miles from the end we were told that the assessment was over so relax & just enjoy the rest of the ride back. The assessor rode far ahead with one of his colleagues while we just rode, chilled and chatted. Then we stopped at a little skills area and were given the good news that we'd passed.

I've learned loads from the course & am really looking forward to using the qualification on the Sea Cadet MTB courses that I'll be teaching this year. I've also got a new found love for riding in North Wales and can't wait to return.

Penmachno:

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The site of my OTB:

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The views from my accomodation at Plas Y Brenin:

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More great views around the area:

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#17
Sounds like you had an awesome time. Nice photos.
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#18
Great write up thanks for taking to time to do it.
Penmacno trail is one of my favourites. Shame the sign posts got you a bit lost on it, if you go again the short loop doing a couple of laps is my preferred way to go, with the last three or four descents being in the realms of totally awesome (skinny fast fun) . Conway cafe on the way out is probably the best cafe in the world to.
So now you've passed this bit are you thinking of taking it further?
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#19
Skid Wrote:Great write up thanks for taking to time to do it.
Penmacno trail is one of my favourites. Shame the sign posts got you a bit lost on it, if you go again the short loop doing a couple of laps is my preferred way to go, with the last three or four descents being in the realms of totally awesome (skinny fast fun) . Conway cafe on the way out is probably the best cafe in the world to.

Cheers, yeah, shame I had the rain & time constraints as well as lack of preparation so I kinda got myself lost more than the fault of the signs. Can't wait to get back there for another go.


Skid Wrote:So now you've passed this bit are you thinking of taking it further?


I don't know, I'd like to. I've only been riding MTB's for less than 2 years, so I think I'd need to fill a much bigger portfolio of rides before I went any further and I need to work on my own ability. Riding in Snowdonia was quite humbling and showed me that regular laps of Bedgebury with little excursions to other trail centers doth not the mountain biker make and it rammed home just how much more riding elsewhere I need to do.

This qualification is what's required for me to teach the Cadets and is the qual that the Corps funded for me to do, so the idea is to use it to run more courses (I've got 8 this year) and then maybe take it further.

Along with the qualification will be some CPD events that are being set up at the moment to keep all leaders in touch which I'm looking forward to, and I'm thinking of contacting other Cadet units to see if I can shadow courses for my own development *cough-holiday-cough*
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#20
Excellent work Jon, congrats on passing & thanks for the write up.
Some superb photo's there too, love that dark n moody rocky rapids shot!
Jay Dubster.
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