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Mountain Biking UK - - CONTENTS -

One of the dri­est sum­mers on record has made farm­ers de­spair, but for us moun­tain bik­ers it’s meant sun-filled days and dry, dusty trails. The lack of wa­ter has also opened up some un­usual rid­ing spots, as Welsh­man Ajay Jones dis­cov­ered when he went ex­plor­ing in the Bre­con Bea­cons.

“After watch­ing old BMX videos from Cal­i­for­nia as a kid, I al­ways wanted to find a full-pipe or some sort of man­made con­struc­tion that I could ride,” he ex­plains. “I spied this quar­ter-pipe back in 2002 but it wasn’t un­til this year that we had a long enough drought to dry it out. I was on hol­i­day in Greece when I heard about the hosepipe ban in Wales and I was wor­ried I wouldn’t get home be­fore the rain came and I’d miss the op­por­tu­nity. The moment I landed, I went straight to the spot to check it out and struck gold – it was bone dry! I re­turned a week later with pho­tog­ra­pher Andy Lloyd.

“I was ab­so­lutely buzzing that we got this shot and that I got to ride it after years of dream­ing. It’s mad to think that, over 100 years ago, when it was built, the en­gi­neers would have never ex­pected some­one to be air­ing a bike 3ft out the top of it! I’ve al­ready got my eye on an­other spot. Maybe I can get it done be­fore sum­mer ends, or maybe I’ll have to wait an­other 16 years!”

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