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 steady rolling section, and adds another couple of kilometres to the blue-graded trail. Nice.

What made it really special today though was that I got to ride it on the MTB Ranger’s shiny new Specialized Stumpjumper Comp Carbon Hardtail 29er (thanks Andy!). This is one quick, quick bike! In fact it’s so quick I’d go so far as to say it’s cheating. So, I’ve ordered one for next year. Roll on 2013!

Ben and Caitlin hitting the trails
Ben and Caitlin hitting the trails

After the fast-blast on the Minotaur I spent a few hours running a Beginner’s MTB Coaching Session with Caitlin and Ben from Dorset. Even despite the rain we had a great time, and it’s always a joy when I see young people really taking to the sport. Both Ben and Caitlin learned quickly and we managed to squeeze in a couple of more advanced red trail sections before heading back to the Visitor Centre. Awesome!

Wiggo!
Wiggo! Wiggo!

To round off the day I made it home in time to see Bradley Wiggins absolutely nail the Olympic time trial. What a joy. I almost cried when he came over the line 42 seconds clear of Tony Martin. This man has done more for cycling in the UK than he can ever comprehend, and if I don’t hear the words “Arise Sir Wiggins” soon I’ll eat my hat.

 

So, all in all, it’s been one of those days.  Days like these. I want some more.

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