Cognation meets Manon Carpenter

Posted: 8 February 2013

Cognation mtb trails South Wales were lucky enough to spend an afternoon riding with World Champ Manon Carpenter followed by a quick post ride beer (well we did, she had an orange juice!). Manon enjoyed an afternoon at Afan Bike Park describing it as ‘great fun’ and explained that it ‘was an excellent place for […]


The big list of Mountain Biking Clubs and Groups that ride in South Wales!

Posted: 29 January 2013

Here is Cognation’s big list of Mountain biking clubs that ride in South Wales Cognation is delighted to announce that we now have a big list of mountain biking clubs and groups that you can use to find others to ride with. We all know what it’s like sometimes, it’s great to Free free-credits-report.com scores […]


Afan Forest Park St David’s Day Weekender!

Posted: 23 January 2013

Afan Valley Forest Park St David”s Day Celebration – 1-3rd March 2013 To launch the new Gyfylchi Bike Park officially Cognation will be hosting a St David”s day weekender event for anyone who wants to ride the Afan trails and socialise with other mountain bikers. During the day there will be free seminars on Bike […]


BikePark Wales….it’s beginning!

Posted: 14 January 2013

We’ve been raving about building a new bike park in Gethin Woods, Merthyr Tydfil for the last two years. Cognation was born in 2011, and since then the cogs have been in motion to make a commercial bike park a reality. Numerous months were spent selecting the private company to work on the project – […]


The Cognation official mountain bike game

Posted: 3 January 2013

Been there, ridden the trails and got the T-shirt but have you played the official game yet!? You don’t know it yet but something has been missing in your life… you’ve ridden all the trails South Wales has to offer, you’ve perfected the final descent on Y Wal and you’ve got enough mountain biking gear […]


Dear Santa, for Christmas this year I would like… The best mountain biking gifts 2012

Posted: 19 December 2012

At Cognation we’re not just passionate about the quality of the mountain biking trails here in South Wales we also want to make sure you get what you want this Christmas. To help we’ve scoured the internet for a few choice ideas that will make your Christmas stocking the best ever! “Dear Santa, for Christmas […]


Essential tips for Winter Mountain biking in South Wales

Posted: 21 November 2012

As a follow up to our guest blog post ‘Rain, rain go away’ we thought we’d ask the experts what their top tips are for riding your bike on the Cognation trails this winter. Many thanks to Mountain Bike Tours, MTB Hire, Castle Bikes and Skyline Cycles for contributing. If you have any of your […]


Guess who’s back…back again…Afan’s back…TELL A FRIEND!!

Posted: 8 November 2012

…we're creating a monster!!!! We first started in Afan in the year 2000 with the official opening of 9feet.com – a single-track that some of you will fondly remember. Through the early noughties Y-Wal, Skyline, Whites Level, Penhydd and W2 were names that emerged and dominated. In December 2004 What Mountain Bike magazine featured us […]


New Trails at Afan Forest Park

Posted: 1 November 2012

Cognation HQ has noted that a lot of you are starting to notice new trail developments at Afan Forest Park….so here’s an update. As many of you are well aware the diggers are back at Afan and we are carving into the mountains yet again (steep mountains may I add!). The ‘Rookie’ has been a […]