NEW - Efail T's now available!
With 2017 being our 5th birthday, we've been working extra hard to bring you new designs to celebrate the occasion, including our all new 'Efail' T-Shirts. One of our favourites from this years range, 'Efail' translates to 'Forge' from Welsh. Inspired by our heritage the 'Efail' design brings Wales' industrial past from the forge to the finery.
We have caught up with our newest brand ambassador Marti Pearce who's been testing out our latest products. Keep an eye out for an article introducing him to the team coming very soon on tafia.co.uk. Here's a few pictures of Marti pushing our new product through the paces!
We are proud of our continual support to the Welsh Bodyboard Club and it is here at our online store you can order your exclusive official members T-Shirt!
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On the Sunday of August Bank Holiday weekend we witnessed the 'Machen Trail Builders' Jam. For those in the know, nestled high on the mountain above the small village of Machen, lays some of Wales' most intense and technical mountain bike trails. Trails that even the most advanced riders have to sit back, scratch their head, and work out how they're going to negotiate the complex lines consisting of fast berms, big jumps, and huge north shore drops.
These trails have been produced and maintained religiously by a small group of friends who wanted something to ride that would push themselves and others. Their creation has seen people coming from far and wide and has been enjoyed by riders from across the country. Unfortunately, due to a disease which is now very common in British woodlands, the trails are now at threat due to the felling of the trees. It is because of this the boys decided to hold an event, as a farewell to their labour of love.
After a long, sweaty, humid walk up the side of the mountain, we finally found the riders congregating around a gazebo setup near the north-shore style sections. Staying clear of the trail lines of course with other riders jamming it out through the various sections. There was a great atmosphere in the air, along with some chilled tunes and the smell of the wheel barrow come BBQ getting ready to cook burgers. The boys had even gone through the trouble of dragging crates of beer and cider up the mountain at the modest cost of £1 a go. Marty Pearce took place on the megaphone, doing a fine job conducting the days mini-competitions whilst commentating.
Just as things were ready to roll - during a free ride session - Owain Rees grabbed the first prize of the day, courtesy of tafia.co.uk of course, for the biggest off of the day - breaking his Collar bone before things had even kicked off properly!!! Once everyone had dusted off the cobwebs (or washed them away with a beer) everyone headed up to the top of the trail named 'Kenneth' for the first event of the jam - "The Whip Off" which was over the top double.
For over 20 minutes the boys jammed it out in continuos trains of over 15 riders. Massive whips where going down, along with various no hander/footer combos. Notable efforts from both the local boys Downsey, Mike Yorath and Stoney Taylor, along with Team Skene rider Kyle Fletcher who took the prize, but very kindly handed them over to 14 year old Rhys Barter who stole the show hitting the big boys jumps for the first time! Sick effort kiddo! Marty dished further Tafia T-shirts as prizes for the best efforts including one to Machen Trail Builder - Mike Yorath!
Everyone then headed down to the hip section of "Kenneth", making a pit stop at the gazebo for another beer and burger, ready for the biggest flat. Once again crazy riding took place, soaring through the trees with perfect lighting for photos. Stand out riders being the Beasley bro's and James Shortman, along with some of the Bike Park Wales crew. After that everyone headed back to the gazebo and jammed the rest of the day though 'till dark. A couple of the boys even done the duties and headed all the way down the mountain to carry more beers up!
A sick day was had by all, and certainly did the track justice on its testimonial day. It won't be long now before the loggers move in and take the trees, along with the track away. We are now talking only a matter of weeks, so if you want to ride that section you never got round to, get up there now! One thing the Machen Trail Builders would like to thank is all of those that attended and made it great day. They promise us they will be back though, bigger and better than ever! ;)
Last weekend we sponsored our first Mountain Bike event, the Van Road Trails Dual Slalom 2016. Although the weather didn’t play ball, the event got the green light as riders from across the UK gathered to go head-to-head racing for pride and prizes. We caught up with one of the event organisers, Marty Pearce, to get the run-down of the days proceedings.
“In hope of having an event in the sun this year we scheduled the event for August. Unfortunately the God’s weren’t playing ball, but our dual slalom course has great drainage, we decided to go ahead as people had traveled a very long way. We had people make the journey from Cornwall, Gloucester and other places across the border to attend. With the weather putting a few entrants off, we run five categories.
As we pulled away from British Cycling on this event we were able to offer racing to kids under 10 years old it and proved very popular, as that was the class with the highest entries. it was great to see the youngsters out enjoying themselves. There was also Elite and Masters categories with a mixed Ladies /Senior/Youth class and Junior class. All of our trophies were made from local cut down trees, so all guys on the podium really did take a piece of Van Road Trails home with them!
Despite the weather it was a great day enjoyed by all. The best part for me was seeing all the youngsters taking part. It’s one thing having this great facility here, but for the youngsters to use it in a safe and constructive manner is another thing. They were all absolutely frothing for the event, and they all did extremely well. This a key part of our 4X/BMX club that we run every Wednesday evening through the summer months. The trails are free to use all year round, we just ask people to keep the trails tidy and respect them."