Mountain biking- Llanwrtyd Wells

 Last weekend 12 of us headed to deepest and darkest mid Wales for a weekend of mountain biking, walking and attempted paddling. Some arrived early on Friday night and had a civilized meal in the next door pub, others went to xmas meals in Liverpool first before heading down and some just spent a long time driving and fighting with bike racks to get there. By 2am sat morning we had all made it there with our funmobiles loaded with bikes and boats waiting for action when daylight arrived.


On Saturday some guys went off for a walk followed by tea and cake. Others including myself went mountain-biking. The 18 mile route started with a lot of uphill climbing on forest tracks round Llyn Brennin followed by a stinky lung bursting and leg breaking hill which had us all off pushing our bikes up at least some of it. Finally at the top with a wonderful view we enjoyed a fast downhill ride before dropping onto single track that traversed its way down a valley. It was a great ride with lots of bog and icy puddles that made us all fall off at least once. The final climb back up to the cars was a killer. My legs were cold and tired and refused to cycle in any thing other than granny ring. Tired and happy we were all ready for the feast that Sue had organised for us back at the lodge. We ate as much beef stew as we could manage followed by cheese and port. An open coal fire kept us all warm. This is what every weekend should be like! After some more wine and port I found myself asleep on the bed. Whoops.


 Sunday saw some of the guys aiming to go and paddle the Usk but they ended up having a nice walk cos the river was a bit low.  Myself and others went biking on the man made trails near where we were staying. We ticked off the red and blue runs and headed to Hay on Wye for some bargain book shopping followed by tea and cake. Yum yum.  Thanks Sue for organising the weekend. It was fab. Great place to stay. Next stop new year!


2 Responses

  1. It was a fantastic weekend.
    A link to Wills blog…
    Really looking forward to New Year! Hope to be out on my bike again 😀

  2. Thank you lots for letting an old git from Reading come along too and drink all your wine and eat all your food and play with the fire 🙂

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