Introduction

WELCOME! I've been cycling through the Southeast Valleys of Wales since 2010 and I can't say (or show) enough about the place. I just love it. So if you've got the interest and would like to spend some time... sit back and let me show you some of the fabulous places I've discovered.

Monday, 19 June 2017

VOLUME 01 ISSUE 02 
Content Mangement


I've been pretty busy for the past couple of months. I've kicked up my longer rides trying to go a bit further north and west. Surprisingly enough, I got a call from Parkinson's UK to venture out the Vale of Glamorgan. You can see the results of that trip to Ogmore by the Sea as well as my last Sustrans ride below. I've rounded up some of the details from several other recent adventures along with my take on "humble-bragging" in my 100 Mile Club. Finally, I've thrown in a link to a retro bike from Pashley I quite fancy.



Parkinson's UK & the NGS
I was asked by Parkinson's UK to lead a group ride to promote their relationship with the National Garden Scheme. You can see some of the fun we had visiting seven unique gardens in my Special Event Gallery.



Cordell Country Heritage Ride
I've moved on from volunteering for Sustrans, but you can read about my last lead ride from May of this year. It just happens to be one of my favourites too! See the gang and fabulous weather we shared in this Welsh Heritage Special Event.



2017 100 Mile Club
Many may laugh at the extent of which I track my cycling... but cycling is what I do AND I also enjoy a good spreadsheet. You can view the dirty details in one subcategory of which I am particularly proud.



Fochriw Highlands & Taf Valley
I continue to write reports on my adventures for Ride with GPS. Take a look at the stylish layout offered by RwGPS stylish in my latest installment covering a unique route along the Gelligaer Common as well as a tasty section of the Taff Trail.



Pashley Retro Racer
I've been "eye-ballin'" this beauty for a while. One day maybe I'll have one for myself. Meanwhile, I thought I'd share the love.



I hope you've enjoyed your visit and thanks for stopping by.

Cheers! - cm

Thursday, 15 June 2017

VOLUME 01 ISSUE 01 
Exploring Bike Wales & More...


I've taken a slightly different approach to this latest post in order to showcase some of the additional features of which you may not be familiar.



Gallery
Melanie and I took off this week for a day to explore Caerphilly Castle. It had been on my bucket list for over five years and I was thrilled to finally go there. The weather was outstanding and chasing my queen about the darkened castle was a hoot!



Charts
To be quite honest; I'm addicted to spreadsheets. Many of you know the extent of which I document my rides... but in fact, you may be quite surprised at the ridiculous amount of data I attempt to track. Slip over and check out some of the new data sets I've added to the morass!



Gear
Okay, I admit it. I love a good bit of bike porn as much as anyone. And when it's my bike performing the visual stimulation, well... enough said. If you're interested in viewing some of my latest "portraits", why not head over to the Gear section of my blog and have a gander?



Ride With GPS
If you know me; you know I love RwGPS. Now they've introduced a new feature that I'm absolutely hooked on. Check out some of the latest reports from like-minded cyclists - cycling all over the world. Do it now.



Sexy Bike Alert!
I ran across this little beauty last month and thought you might want to give her a look. She's quite an unusual build in these heady days of carbon-fibre toy bikes. Masi and California have come up with a great blend of modern and retro for the gravel lover in all of us.



I hope you enjoyed exploring a bit... why not add a comment and tell me what you thought?

Seeya down the road. Cheers! ~ cm

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

DAY TOUR 
It's good to chat...


The day started rather chilly and grey, but by noon the sun was out and it turned into a glorious summer day. And it's not often that all the Kingfishers are out together! Overall a fabulous day.

Ivor, Eric, John, Phil, Brian, & Graham






Heading into Caerleon along the Usk at high tide.