From the Climach-X Trail head we rode out on the usual route to later access the enduro trails used in the popular Winter Warm Up organised by local hero Carl 'Slate' Jones. A staunch worshiper (bordering obsessive) of the late John Disley (London Marathon in case you didn't know, or haven't yet met Slate), but none the less, a great guy.
So a quick run down 'Builth' and 'Dickos' got us quickly tuned into the trails. The descents are fast and loose, never steep, but the bike can soon get away from you and before you know it, your looking at the rear tread of your tyre as the back end swings round! The Dyfi also has a reputation of being brutal on tyres, and this ride was no exception. Two slices of the Butcher and sticky white solution was spraying out across the trail!! Unbelievably it nearly sealed, but alas a tube was called for.
Onward we went to the full enduro route that is saved for warmer weather and the full enduro distance of 60 (bloody hard) km. The field crossing that in race mode feels like hell was in fact firm, and a pleasure to ride across.
The field traverse is more than worth the effort for what lies beyond. A loose rock descent with some washed out sections that require fast line choice or big kahunas to trust your bike!! Hit the fire road and before you know it you're hitting to further sections that resemble 'Builth' and 'Dickos' all rolled into one very sweet drop!! From here we dropped back down to Corris via the Mountain Centre and a well earned snack.