I’ve been a bit slack… sorry – 17th March

Not with the riding though, just with the blog.

Big events…. well there was a weekend in Mid Wales, that was good. Stopping at the usual haunt in Machynlleth.

I headed over on Friday. Dropping Sara off at Harlech station (she was spending the weekend with an old school friend in Tywyn) then headed to the beach!

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The idea was to stay on the beach till sunset. It had been cloudy with occasional sunny spells, but soon it became obvious that the sunset was going to be obscured by cloud so I headed back to the car early.

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This meant I could load the bike and get changed in daylight. and as it turned out, also see the parking fine stuck to my windscreen! Yes, I had a ticket, yes, it was displayed, no, the idiot parking officer didn’t look close enough…. the argument with the Welsh parking authorities is ongoing!

I headed to Mach, and spent the evening in the bunkhouse chatting to Rob who’d turned up with his dog Milly

Saturday was set to be a big day out, and the weather was stunning. Steve and Tony had joined us, while Milly was having a day at The Holey Trail bike shop in Mach. The route was a version of a ride I’d done with some MTB Britain guys a couple of years ago. Basically, start on the sea front in Barmouth, up and over a 1800ft mountain, down to the beach at Tal-y-Bont, back up and over a 1500ft mountain, then along the Mawddach estuary to Barmouth.

Looking North towards Snowdonia

Looking North towards Snowdonia

A rest stop at Pont Scethin , after which the route is named

A rest stop at Pont Scethin , after which the route is named

Looking across at the Mawddach estuary with Cadair idris in the distance

Looking across at the Mawddach estuary with Cadair idris in the distance

Heading back across the Mawddach on the Barmouth Toll bridge

Heading back across the Mawddach on the Barmouth Toll bridge

Everyone seemed to enjoy the route, and we only took one wrong turning the whole day!

Sunday dawned drab, grey and misty… what a difference 24 hours makes! We headed for the Dyfi forest. Me Steve and Tony rode over while Rob took Milly in his van. Si from Albany Cycles in Cov was heading over so we met up at the Cli-Machx trail centre car park.

Steve

Steve

 

Tony

Tony

 

Si

Si

 

Rob and Milly

Rob and Milly

We rode part of the Dyfi winter warm up route and had a bit of a nightmare with punctures. The original plan was to ride the Cli-Machx trail, but a broken spoke for me, and a tired dog and sliced tyre meant me and Rob headed back early. Leaving Steve, Tony and Si to carry on.

All in all a great weekend of biking.

Then we had some weeks of horrible weather…… I managed to get out on the new road bike a couple of times, to set it up for the Wiggle No Excuses 80 mile event on 16th…..

But once again the weather was horrible and I rode the shortened to 40 miles (due to rain and high winds) event on the good old Day One. No photos of that event I’m afraid, a combination of the weather and pain from a recently extracted wisdom tooth meant I really wasn’t in the mood to hang about taking photos!

 

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