Posts about just getting out riding.
You know how it is: you wait ages for a new bike and then three come along at once. So far this year it’s a new hardtail, a cyclocrosser, and now a new road bike. Sweet eh? Well, it all sounds good, but what it actually means is that I have to sell something to […]Continue Reading... 1 Comment.
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 […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
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 […]Continue Reading... 2 Comments.
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 […]Continue Reading... 2 Comments.
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 […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
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 […]Continue Reading... 1 Comment.
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 […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
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 […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
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, […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
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 […]Continue Reading... 3 Comments.