Introduction

Welcome friends. This humble blog is about the simple observations I discover whilst cycling through lovely Wales. I hope to offer you, dear reader; cheerful reflections upon the days and miles I pedal, along with encouragement to get out and explore on a bicycle! Perhaps too, if I attempt a bit of amusing anecdotes along the way, I may invoke your readership as well. Thanks for stopping by... cheers, cm

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Llangynidr Mountain & the Brecon High Country

Part 1 of 2; Oakdale to Brecon
Distance: 32.2 miles (round-trip)

I began this day trip with a ride heading north toward Brecon. Its roughly 32 miles up through the Brecon Beacon Mountains from our home in Oakdale. We're really fortunate to live so close to this spectacular national park. If you visit Wales and plan to do some cycling, you simply must climb Llangynidr mountain. I've climbed quite a few mountains in the Brecon Beacons including the Gospel Pass and to be honest, I think this is one of the best.




The route starts just off of NCN 46 along the Heads of the Valleys on the B4560 from Beaufort to Llangynidr. I suggest riding out from Beaufort because not only is it easier, but more dramatic.


It's a slow ride at first. The climb is steady and subtle.


But then quite suddenly you reach the top and the valleys just unfold beneath you. In the far distance you can see Talybont-on-Usk, Brecon, Llangorse Lake... while the Brecon Beacons loom up along your right.








Then the ride down to Llangynidr is not one for the faint of heart. It was quite easy for me to reach speeds over 40 mph during the three miles of steep descent and some of the switchbacks are "hairpin turns" which require very long and hard breaking. Needless to say, I didn't get many photos...










Halfway... looking down.


... and looking back.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Looking for Moleman II

I caught some type of chest infection in early June of this year which laid me up for a couple of weeks. The weather had been exceptionally nice and I was worried that I was going to miss some lovely days cycling. But once I had recovered, I started training again on this little route up behind our village.



The road is rather rough in places and it has a steady climb of about five miles.



So this is my short training ride; all of six miles... up to Manmoel and back.
And look at the views!




Then to round off the ride, I generally continue back down the mountain to Blackwood and up the other side of the valley to Hollybush just to tack on another seven miles. It's nothing difficult, but makes for a great start if you've been out of the saddle for a while. There's hardly any traffic and well... it's rather nice, I think.



Sunday, August 24, 2014

Rhymney Meadows







As Fall approaches on this chilly August morning, I cannot help but reflect back over the wonderful Spring and Summer we've had this year.


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