Intrepid rider, LJ, writes “So, it’s 2020, the year of crazy. After months of lockdown, no events, no meet ups, no traveling to places such as Wales, where all the best gems are (#WalesistheonlyhillinEngland), the much anticipated announcement finally came to open the doors – and even though things had to be postponed by a week – the season is reopened.Continue reading “Snappy Sheepy by LJ Leme”
With lockdown unwinding, albeit slowly, some of the UKDH skate community got into Wales for a much awaited event. For many, making the journey is as much part of the experience as the ride itself! Thanks to Sam for sharing his experience.Continue reading “Col de la Sheepy : NYSB#2 by Samian Trollope”
After a successful Tregaron Freeride race Brianne Collective brought us the fastest event of the BDSL calendar. A fast straight-away with a technical chicane means tight racing is guaranteed. Continue reading “Bleek Race 2018”
Once again the Brianne Collective did us all proud at this year’s Tregaron Freeride and we saw some of the best in UK’s downhill skateboarding, luge and even turtle and trike! This year’s event also counted as a National Race in the BDSL calendar. Some great photos of the Tregaron event by Kev Hurdle are featured. Continue reading “Tregaron Freeride 2018”
After four years of slumber, the Dragon was awoken. Will Stephenson’s Ride the Dragon Freeride, Race and Taster Day stirred up a weekend of spills and thrills and a fair amount of gnar. Continue reading “The Return of the Dragon”
We asked Canadian skater, Kurtis Dawe, for his review of this year’s Tregaron Freeride
On a recent trip to UK, Kurtis Dawe heard about the Tregaron Freeride, organised by Brianne Collective, and took advantage. Read the account of his first race here in the UK along with Team GB Streetluge and some Turtles…
Ben Stainer’s review of 2016 and preview for 2017. Well-known, well-travelled and well-versed in the longboarding arena, Ben gives us his thoughts of things past and hopes of things to come.
With the brianne collective crew announcing Tregaron Freeride a few weeks ago we thought we would catch up with with them and learn a little bit more about the freeride.
A Dry Wales, The Miracle. For those of you who missed this one, a couple pictures by Lightphonics and a recounting by Ben Stainer.
Brianne Collective – Deepest Darkest Wales – Wetness – Racing
The event info for the last Tregaron Freeride.
29th -30th of August
Full weekend ticket – £65
- Camping Friday and Saturday Night
- Food : A Saturday evening meal and a Sunday morning breakfast provided by the Y Talbot hotel.
- Freeriding the whole time the hill is open. With loop uplifts and a safe fast course there will hopefully be tons and tons of runs crammed into the weekend.
- Racing if you so wish
(For spectators/lurkers/photographers/friends/parents) Camping Only – £10
Need more convincing? Read below for more hype and logistical information.
Situated at the entrance to Gnarnia, overshadowed by the fearsome ‘Gates’ that lead into the darkest depths of Wales, Tergaron is the last settlement that is passed by those who venture out to the wilderness in their pilgrimage to attain Welsh gnar. This year’s freeride hill used to be a pot-hole disaster, but it has recently been resurfaced with smooth tarmac and the hill snakes its way through two hairpins that overlook some incredible welsh countryside. This hill is definitely worth the trip, not only for it's picturesque location, but for the challenging corners and exciting straightaways that allow you to develop your downhill and freeriding skills regardless of how good (or bad) you think you are. This hill gets an unconditional seal of approval from Thrill Magazine HQ because it was initially discovered by us many, many years ago and has been drawing us back to this region of Wales for over 5 years. If the hill isn’t all you want, the ‘Y Talbot Inn’ that is providing the dinner at the freeride has culinary awards spewing out of every pot and pan. If you want to eat well and have amazing fun on a skateboard this month (with uplifts), get to this freeride! It will be the single best downhill skateboarding event in the UK in 2015!!
All are welcome not just skaters. We need paparazzi and marshals too.
- Are you currently out of skateboarding on injury or want to take part in the event but don't feel you are ready yet to skate ?
- We need dedicated and alert marshals to help us run the event throughout the weekend, you will be fed and camped for free and given some sort of compensation for helping us run the event.
- There will be a marshals meeting on Friday evening so that we can tell you what exactly it is that you need to do, and go over some basic safety measures, including your own.
- We will be holding a marshals briefing before and after each day in order to maximise the safety of the riders.
- As an Event marshal you are responsible for:
- Policing a corner or straight of the event making sure any riders that fall over are not hit by riders behind them.
- With the help of our medical team we will work together to ensure riders are safe at all times.
- You will need to be alert at all times and not under the influence of anything.
BASIC PLAN ???
A weekend of skating with loop road uplifts at Pencefn Drysgol lane in Tregaron. Which means that there will be continuous runs, less time waiting for buses, less time waiting to do a run and ultimately more runs! A similar format to what Vandem Freeride in Exeter has been in the past.
The road is perfectly surfaced with 2 hairpins and fast straights, ideal for beginners and pro riders alike. You can try to grip and rip the whole track, get you pre drifts down or even do some no hands down runs, its up to you!
We are hoping to run some races on Sunday, including the Welsh Championships. But if you do not wish to race, the track will be open for freeride, after the heats have gone down (this means the number of runs will be slightly lower).
There will be toilets located at both the camp site and track.
09:00 – Track opens for AMRAYS (as many runs as you survive) all day.
13:00 – 14:00 – Lunch brake (its more for our lovely marshals and uplift drivers than riders)
18:00 – Function Room of the Y talbot for Dinner and Pints.
20:00 – Race registration and riders meeting
There will be 4 person heats for every category, which will be Open, Womens, Juniors, Ludge and Welsh Championships.
Last weekend the Brianne Collective hosted 'Bleek Race' a downhill skateboarding race in Mid-Wales, it was a little bit soggy in the morning, but the Welsh summer sunshine blessed the afternoon with some dry-road racing conditions. Racers were hitting speeds in the mid-50's (mph) and had an epic throwdown!
Photography by willedgecom.be (@willedgecombe)
The next Brianne Collective freeride will be on the 29th -30th August, so check out their facebook page HERE for more details
Podiums – Skateboard Phil 4th , Alex Clark 3rd, Kami San 2nd and Tiago Fanha 1st
Duncan Kay bringing up the rear of the pack
Bleek Race was called 'bleek' for a reason!
The Brianne Collective team working through some organisational matters.
Wales is a beautiful place to skateboard! Make sure you get out there!
Sion Hughes, the 2014 downhill skateboarding champion of Wales takes you down a classic Welsh run.