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As Afan trail centre re-opens the legendary Penhydd line, Cognation takes a step back in time to when fluoro lycra was de rigueur and mountain bikes were still ridden in the mountains!

These days we take spots like Afan, Cwmcarn and Bike Park Wales – with their network of sculpted, graded trails – for granted. But once upon a time in South Wales there was, literally, nothing – until a former postman and a few friends started digging, and changed things forever.

Read Cognation’s brief history of mountain biking in South Wales here, and check out the video on Penhydd’s re-opening below.

Don’t forget we have a huge fleet of mountain bikes for hire, including the Genesis High Latitude 29 – perfect for tackling this sort of terrain – with free delivery within a 20-mile radius if you hire at least two bikes for a day or more.