This is great news, thanks to the ride leader training and some momentum picking up from the weekly night riders the club will be offering a monthly XC ride away! This will me a permanent fixture in the club calendar and will be held in between the Ticker Tape & Dig Days each month. With loads of local and not so local trails and routes to explore we promise to keep things fresh.
Full details will be available on the website, via the news feed, Calendar and also the club Forum where you can discuss the ride or make travel arrangements etc.
Our first ride:
The Gap Route - Brecon Beacons
Total Ascent: 1100m
Duration: 5h +
Date: Sunday 21/03/2010
Meeting point: Talybont-on-Usk
Meeting Time: 10am for a 10:30 start
(Parking is on the main road it can be busy, especially if the weather is nice!)
The ride is mainly on existing bridleways that cut through the Brecon Beacons. The highlight of the route is riding through the ‘Gap’ between Cribyn and Fan-y-Big at 599m
A route map can be found here: http://www.ridethequantocks.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2008/05/gap.pdf
And a description can be found here: http://www.mtb-wales.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=Subjects&file=index&req=viewpage&pageid=31
There is a café at about the halfway point, grid reference: SO055175
Unlike trail centres, the tracks were not designed with mountain bikers in mind, and have to be shared with other users.
At some places on the route we will be many miles from civilisation, mobile phones can't be relied upon.
The highest point on the route is exposed to the full extremes of weather.
• Ensure your bike is in good mechanical order
• Always ride within your ability
• Carry enough food and water for a full day
• Carry your own tools and spares
• Even if its sunny when you set off carry a waterproof and warm jersey
• A personal survival bag or blanket is recommended
• As is small backup light
The ride is open to anyone over 18, members and non-members alike.