Category Archives: Riding

Posts about just getting out riding.

  • After the sun goes down….

    Posted on November 12, 2012 by wheelist in Coaching, Riding.

    Wheelism is once again offering guided night riding sessions at the dark and magical Coed y Brenin over the coming months. If you’ve ever fancied giving night riding a go but aren’t sure about splashing out that much cash on a set of lights, then come along and hire some lights too! We have pairs […]

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  • The darkness returns….

    Posted on October 9, 2012 by wheelist in Riding.

    It’s that time of year again. The darkness has just arrived. Fortunately it’s that time of year too, and so today at Beics Brenin the darkness came in the form of a new bike – 2013 Stumpjumper Comp Carbon HT in super slinky Testbike colours. The last time I rode a bike this stealthy was […]

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  • The Andrex puppy - Coed y Brenin style!

    Chasing the tail of the Beast of Brenin!

    Posted on October 3, 2012 by wheelist in Riding.

    Usually when I ride in an event I try to finish somewhere near the front. I don’t always succeed, but I’m not often very close to the back of the pack. However, this Sunday I had the pleasure of riding the sweep on the second half of the Coed y Brenin Enduro, and that meant […]

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  • Stravation – the need to feed on ride data.

    Posted on September 18, 2012 by wheelist in Riding.

    On Saturday evening I rode the Exposure Lights Big Night Out marathon at Ruthin. I’d been away for the previous two days at a wedding, arrived home late, and had literally thrown my bike kit into the car before heading to work on the morning of the event. So, when I arrived at Ruthin after […]

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  • The Summer is Dead! Long Live the Summer!

    Posted on September 2, 2012 by wheelist in Riding.

    Hurray, hurrah, whoopeee, and root-tee-toot! The summer is over! Now don’t get me wrong – I love the summer as much as the next man, it’s just that the summers here in mid-Wales are when ‘The Outsiders’ come. The school holidays bring tourists by the bus load, car load, van load, and train load, all […]

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  • Garneddwen Ten Time Trial

    Posted on August 30, 2012 by wheelist in Riding.

    It might have been the thunder. Perhaps it was the torrential rain. Or maybe it was the warnings about the road closure. Whatever though, I didn’t predict a great turnout for the inaugral Garneddwen Ten time trial. As it happened though, there were twice as many riders as I’d expected. Two. Me and Andy Braund […]

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  • Days like these….

    Posted on August 1, 2012 by wheelist in Coaching, Riding.

    You don’t get days like these very often. In fact they rarely happen at all. It started with an early morning blast around the Minotaur trail at Coed y Brenin – they’ve just opened the 3rd loop, which climbs parallel to the River Gain towards the waterfalls on the Gain and Mawddach rivers. It’s a […]

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  • Rain? Rain? Go away (to a small island in the Mediterranean)!

    Posted on July 2, 2012 by wheelist in Riding.

    This year in the beautiful mountains of North Wales the summer has been very….erm…..well….Welsh. The sun has come out on occasion but, like everyone else venturing out around here, it has peered through the incessant downpour, seen the flooding, and decided pretty quickly that it’s time to head back inside and sandbag the doors. So, […]

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  • Sometimes you eat the trail….

    Posted on June 16, 2012 by wheelist in Riding.

    There’s an old saying in the world of mountain biking: “Sometimes you eat the trail, sometimes the trail eats you.” It refers of course to the difference in performance and feedback you can experience between rides – some rides are incredible, effortless, fast and furious – the trail is delicious and you just eat it up and […]

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  • Tropical Heat in the Celtic Rainforest

    Posted on May 27, 2012 by wheelist in Riding.

    Last Friday I spent exploring new trails, in and around the Rhinogau (the Rhinog mountain range) to the west of Coed y Brenin, in an attempt to link up some familiar trails for some extended mountain bike guiding. The Rhinogs are often touted as the last wilderness in Wales – not many people walk here, […]

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