Tag: Wales

Snappy Sheepy by LJ Leme

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.

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Col de la Sheepy : NYSB#2 by Samian Trollope

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.

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Bleek Race 2018

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”

Tregaron Freeride 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”

Tregaron Freeride 2017

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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…

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Wet and Wonderful in Wales

George Judge

The BDSL (British Downhill Skateboarding League) calendar of events was kicked off with Brianne Collective‘s event in Wales.  Ben Stainer’s account is well worth the read:

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From Survival to Revival to Wonderland

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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.

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Tregaron Freeride / July 2nd & 3rd 2016

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. 

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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


Click here for Rider Waiver Form and Parental Consent (Under 18's) form. 


If you are already convinced click here to take you straight to registration and sign up. 


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!!


Click here to jump straight to the Facebook event page to see if you can hitch a lift with any other nearby skaters attending.


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.
Sadly we only accept people we know and trust to work as marshals. as much as we would like to involve everyone in the business of marshalling an event, being a marshal is too critical of a task to allow anyone to take up the role.


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).


FOOD ???

Supported by the local pub (Y-Talbot) and by Pencefn Feeds Ltd.
The Talbot Pub is only 100 metres from our camp ground and they will be kindly providing us with an evening meal indoors in the Pubs function room on Saturday and a Breakfast there on Sunday morning. The Pub has kindly set aside for us the use of a 110 man function room where rain or shine we will be warm and dry.
The camp ground just 100 meters from Tregaron's Chinese restaurant and pub. 

There will be toilets located at both the camp site and track.

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17:00 –  Campsite open you can set up your tents and relax.
20:00 –  Registration and riders meeting. We hope to get as much as possible done on the friday evening so that we can start as soon as possible on Saturday morning.

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08:45 – Registration opens again for anyone that arrived late the previous evening

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

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08:30 – Heats announced
09:00 – Track opens for  AMRAYS
11:00 – Race to qualify begins. (Freeriders go after each round)
13:00 – 14:00 –  Lunch brake
14:00 – Racing continues
17:00 Prizes and then back to reality. 
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Race Format:

There will be 4 person heats for every category, which will be Open, Womens, Juniors, Ludge and Welsh Championships.

We will be running the same format as Hog Hill, for race to qualify, with tape being attached to each riders helmet and a number given at the finish line, depending on what position you finished. We hope to get the majority of the race to qualify done before lunch.
After the points have been calculated we will then move on to a knock out stage for the Open, Womens, Juniors, Ludge and Welsh Championships with the top 32 from each category from the race to qualify, qualifying for the final rounds. This can mean that there will be people in more than one category, at other events this has caused problems, but because we have a loop road system in place we hope that this can be avoided.



    Brianne Collective :: Bleek Race

    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!