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October '11

British Cycling Insurance

A good friend of ours at 1MTB1, Gary Smith has kindly put together the table below to show what we are covered for as leaders, when we join British Cycling. Up to now this has been a bit of a grey area, but Gary has been on the case, spoken to British Cycling and to the insurers and has gathered all the information together for us.

What a star! If you ever meet him, buy him a cuppa and some cake! Cheers Gary.

 

 


 

May '11

Riding the Trans Cambrian

175km Trans Cambrian Way Mountain Bike Ride.

Day 1 - On 4th May we drove down to Machynlleth and took a taxi (Mach Taxis 01654 702048 £65) to Knighton to the start of the Trans Cambrain Way Mountain Bike Ride. We started off with a few kilometers on the road to warm up the legs before the route took us off up a steep grassy climb up onto a high ridge heading west. The scenery was lovely, boasting long views over rolling hills. After a bit of interesting navigation in some forest we ended up in Rhayader for the night.

Day 2 - After stocking up on butties and cakes, we left Rhayder and took the Sustrans cycle path into the Elan valley. We soon turned off the gentle track and onto the first climb of the day. After some huffing and puffing and a bit of boggy ground we were rewarded with great views of the massive reservoirs to which we were headed. Riding around on a wide stony track took an age but we were couldn't complain with the dramatic scenery and big views. We stopped off for a lunch time Panad (mug of Tea) at the Miners Arms shop in Pont-rhyd-y-groes. They welcomed us in despite our dripping waterproofs and served up a hot oggie to warm us up! A long stretch following the Afon Ystwyth and a bit more tricky forest navigation finally gave us a warm welcome to Glangwy B&B (£20 each 01686 440697) near Llangurig. The Bluebell Inn in the village was very friendly and we left very full after a big dinner.

Day 3 - With tired legs and tummies full of an excellent Full Welsh breakfast, we left for our last days riding. Today was definitely the treat of the trip! The scenery became more dramatic, the riding more challenging as well as fun. One of the descents was 350m (1150 feet) from moorland into a lush valley. There was plenty of interesting natural singletrack with nice little lines to spice things upRiding the Trans Cambrian even more. We finished our ride by mid afternoon and celebrated in the best way we know - Cake!!

 

Stats:

Day 1 - 51km, 1300 meters of climbing, 5 hours

Day 2 - 74km, 1500 meters of climbing, 7.5 hours

Day 3 - 55km, 900 meters of climbing, 5 hours

Top tips: Go when the evenings are light, take a compass (obviously!), use a good map board on your bike, don't go after a load of rain as there are lots of water crossings and boggy areas, take sudocrem for your sore bottom, check your accommodation has secure bike storage, eat lots of cake!

Highs: Amazing scenery. Variety of terrain. Riding for three days mainly off road. Day three.

Lows: Opening and closing more gates than we thought was ever possible. Sheep poo.

Riding the Trans Cambrian

Riding the Trans Cambrian

Riding the Trans Cambrian

April '11

Chloe takes Kim from MBUK magazine for 1:1 coaching session

I've just had a great weekend with Kim from MBUK, I know her from when I used to work on the magazine. It was great to catch up, get out on the bikes and coach her through some riding skills. Click here for the article.