Sunday 7th

Ok - Windsurfing it isn't. This is the mountain bikers splinter group for when the wind don't blow!

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Post by Adrian » Sat Mar 06, 2010 09:49

Looks like they do not open until 10.00 so will post for tomorrow as soon as I can

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Post by Adrian » Sat Mar 06, 2010 11:11

Sorry Guys - will now be hoping to ride Brechfa as going to Carmarthen this afternoon so might as well stay over

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Post by Matt » Sat Mar 06, 2010 14:53

Eh, are you talking to yourself again Adrian? :D

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Post by NigelP » Sat Mar 06, 2010 17:32

Hi Matt

As Adrian has abandoned us are you up for a ride?

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Post by Matt » Sat Mar 06, 2010 18:25

Maybe, I'd been thinking of going out locally anyway. What's your plan?

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Post by MartinF » Sat Mar 06, 2010 18:58

Royal William, Cranham - 10:30. Looking to do Cranham Woods

Looks like Matt, Nigel & Myself. Anyone else?

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Post by kelvin » Sun Mar 07, 2010 18:22

done this ! and added a few km extra onto it ...



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Post by NigelP » Mon Mar 08, 2010 11:20

Matt guided us around Cranham Woods, including a welcome pub break, which I am sure was less stressful than Kelvin's excursion.

My GPS showed 9 miles and 1,800 ft ascended. A map is attached. There were some great single track sections.

I attached a set of new cleats to my shoes before the ride and I anticipated a few problems, as Crank brother require ‘positive action’ when new. As a result there was one comedy fall at the top of a sharp climb, when I could not get out in time and another after a drop off. This time I could not clip in, so I went over a sharp roll off in a precarious position. The roll off was fine, the two double dips - which I had not seen - were not. So, my body count for the day was two.

Matt caught his bar extensions on the wrong side of a sapling, but I was not there to see the outcome. (At the time I was probably lying down to unclip).

It was an enjoyable ride: the sun shone but the air temperature was freezing (about 1 deg). The frozen tyre ruts added a new level of unpredictability to my riding. And this was just after I had just adjusted to the sloppy stuff. Ho Hum.

Thanks Matt. It was a good ride, topped off by a couple of great pints in the King William :D :D
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Post by Adrian » Mon Mar 08, 2010 12:24

1800 ft of climbing :lol:

As I was in Carmarthen I went to Brechfa and did the raven in the morning with 725metres of climbing :twisted: finished by 11.00 so early snack then rode down to the Gorlech - 3.5 miles by rode thought it was about 2 :???: then did the Gorlech 1071metres of climbing before a return rode ride to the van All finished before 3 pm - Trail condition superb but 33 miles in total and circa 1800 metres meant that even driving home was hard :twisted:

Hope to repeat in 2 weekends time

By comparison a similar ride on the Ridgeway from Cheivley to Home of 30 miles on the long route would be about 300 mtres of climbing

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Post by dro » Mon Mar 08, 2010 16:02

I can just manage one or the other but to do both without even the short connecting road on top is rather !!!!!!!!!
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Post by kelvin » Mon Mar 08, 2010 17:20

The Kel killer route was ? god knows, up the garth was 1080 ft on its own - distance ? 45km or more - time taken just short of 7hrs :lol: but the guys where flaging the last 10km's .
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Post by kelvin » Mon Mar 08, 2010 17:23

a few pics - top of garth mountain dead centre in the background is castle coch .

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returning back view overlooking cardiff

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Post by Matt » Mon Mar 08, 2010 18:52

My stats were just under 20 miles total and about another 700ft of climbing cos I rode up to the rendezvous. :D

Great to have some company on the trails for a change. I didn't see Nigels body dabs though as I was in front at the time trying to avoid the saplings. Luckily the one that got me was at low speed so I stayed on, just about.

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