After a year’s hiatus, we are back! The second volume of our owners day came to the UK and to none other than Caersws Bike Park, a hill in mid Wales that is steeped in mountain bike history. The venue has been lovingly restored by a passionate group of riders and it was the perfect location for The Gathering Vol 2.
October means a shift of seasons in the UK. Sometimes it can bring a very welcome final glimpse of summer, other times it can bring torrential rain, as we dip our toes into the UK’s infamous winter… Around 40 Forbiddens and their owners descended on the bike park on what became quite possibly the muddiest day of 2023. A good mix of Druid and Dreadnought were on hand to tackle the steep Welsh hillside, with Forbidden Synthesis rider Alex Storr piloting something rather special that we’ve all seen on the World Cup circuit this year. High pivots and proportional geometry meant the bikes made short work of letting riders get up to speed on the technical tracks in the slick conditions. The shredding began and it continued until the last lift. Huge grin-inducing trains were the order of the day, with everyone getting stuck into what Caersws has to offer. Nick James was on hand with his camera to immortalise the moments and send everyone home with some killer shots. Check the full gallery out here: Forbidden Gathering Vol 2 – Pictures.
Big thanks to Caersws Bike Park for providing the smoothest uplift we’ve done in a long time, no queues and a rapid shuttle road allowed for as many laps as your hands could handle. And a thank you to Burgtec and invisiFRAME for helping the day come together and letting people go home with some rad memorabilia of the day – not just a bag of a muddy kit!
And a shout out to everyone who made it to the uplift, those who didn’t; know that you were missed. Once we’re done with the cleanup at FBC UK (big jobs, only), we’ll have to start planning the next volume…
Forbidden UK Out.