"The next day saw us travelling for just under an hour to reach the Coed y Brenin Forest Park, Dolgellau containing over 120km of purpose built mountain bike trails on which the cadets would be put through their paces.
"First up was basic skills training where the cadets were taught how to manage the bikes down steep hills and small obstacles on a purpose built skills area. After everyone was reasonably comfortable on the bikes the next stage was to try out the blue route, the 4.8km MinoTaur trail, involving stone steps, table tops, fast berms, half hidden sculptures of the MinoTaur and a long steep climb back up to the centre at the end.
"For the more adventurous cadets there was an option to tackle one of the many red routes so the group split in two between the instructors, half repeating the blue at a faster pace and half giving the 12.6km Cyflym Coch red trail a bash. Being a red route there was a drastic difference in difficulty and technical skill required and this stumped a few on the first section which was a reasonably steep climb but over rock gardens as opposed to tracks. However after this first hindrance they got into the swing of things and were soon mounting rocks at speed and were showing much improved technical understanding of how to tackle such obstacles.
"Once both groups had completed their routes it was time for a well deserved, high calorie lunch before the afternoon’s biking. It was during lunch that there was a rare sighting, the two headed offspring of the MinoTaur."
"The afternoon saw most of the group repeating the blue trail but at a much higher speed with cadets swooping round the berms with much improved confidence and zeal. In the meantime a duo attacked another red route, the 8.7km Temtiwr trail. A shorter but much more technical route compared to both the mornings routes. After a steep climb of approx. 2 miles you know you are in for a decent downhill section afterwards and the intrepid cadet was not disappointed showing great skill and competence throughout.
"The minibus was a nice quiet place to be on the drive back to Capel Curig (their base for the week) with hardly a sound from the rear aside from gentle snoring. That night was film night and the film, chosen by our new Lance Corporal, was the Siege of Jadotville which was enjoyed and admired by all."