Author Topic: This is not a tour. Welsh rides in the spirit of Mike Hall - 2/3rd June 2018.  (Read 25095 times)

Manotea

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Re: This is not a tour. Welsh rides in the spirit of Mike Hall - 2/3rd June 2018.
« Reply #50 on: September 22, 2017, 07:11:08 pm »
...Struggling to get my head around the 600 option. 600km zipping along at 30km/h on smooth tar is one thing. 600km grinding up steep dirt tracks in the dark is quite another.

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Re: This is not a tour. Welsh rides in the spirit of Mike Hall - 2/3rd June 2018.
« Reply #51 on: September 22, 2017, 07:30:06 pm »
The ford is on the Claerwen - Teifi Pools track. Unbridged river crossing. No footbridge alternative. Depending on how much rain there's been it can be anything from ankle to thigh deep.

There's another one on NCN818 but there is a footbridge there so you don't have to ride/wade through it.

The 5th bit of off-road is the Elan Valley cycle path up to Craig Goch dam.
:o thigh deep? :-\
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Re: This is not a tour. Welsh rides in the spirit of Mike Hall - 2/3rd June 2018.
« Reply #52 on: September 22, 2017, 07:46:18 pm »
Not sure I can complete the 600 in time, but that's part of the attraction so that's the one for me. Bring it on!

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Re: This is not a tour. Welsh rides in the spirit of Mike Hall - 2/3rd June 2018.
« Reply #53 on: September 22, 2017, 07:47:16 pm »
The ford is on the Claerwen - Teifi Pools track. Unbridged river crossing. No footbridge alternative. Depending on how much rain there's been it can be anything from ankle to thigh deep.

There's another one on NCN818 but there is a footbridge there so you don't have to ride/wade through it.

The 5th bit of off-road is the Elan Valley cycle path up to Craig Goch dam.
:o thigh deep? :-\
Is that Mr Dulates's thigh or Mrs' ?

If the farcebook servers allow, here's someone else making the dread crossing:
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U.N.Dulates

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Re: This is not a tour. Welsh rides in the spirit of Mike Hall - 2/3rd June 2018.
« Reply #54 on: September 22, 2017, 09:35:48 pm »
Well you'll get wet feet either way.



But be grateful you're not going down the Strata Florida track http://www.wetroads.co.uk/ceredigion.htm


Re: This is not a tour. Welsh rides in the spirit of Mike Hall - 2/3rd June 2018.
« Reply #55 on: September 23, 2017, 12:11:19 pm »
Very keen for this. I've got the right bike now, so no excuses.
Struggling to get my head around the 600 option. 600km zipping along at 30km/h on smooth tar is one thing. 600km grinding up steep dirt tracks in the dark is quite another.

However like a moth to the flame it's hard to ignore the pull.

You've got the right sort of bike,  so that's one hurdle overcome. We both know your ability on the flat, so there's no problems there either. You're familiar with Wales in the spring, so thats another variable taken care of. You will have seen the Claerwen  vid, another unknown sawtid. The event notes also give advice, and there's more on the FB group.

Sounds like you're all ready and good to go. :thumbsup:

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Re: This is not a tour. Welsh rides in the spirit of Mike Hall - 2/3rd June 2018.
« Reply #56 on: September 24, 2017, 03:55:28 pm »
The ford is on the Claerwen - Teifi Pools track. Unbridged river crossing. No footbridge alternative. Depending on how much rain there's been it can be anything from ankle to thigh deep.

There's another one on NCN818 but there is a footbridge there so you don't have to ride/wade through it.

The 5th bit of off-road is the Elan Valley cycle path up to Craig Goch dam.
This is the correct description of the rough sections. The 300/400/600 events were all planned so that the rough sections can be ridden before night fall because we are nice like that. I've also fixed the description on the fast 400km page.
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Smeth

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Re: This is not a tour. Welsh rides in the spirit of Mike Hall - 2/3rd June 2018.
« Reply #57 on: September 25, 2017, 12:28:49 am »
At the risk of winding folk up over the unfortunate clash of dates, is anyone not riding Black Sheep or Lucy's event thinking of using the AUK reunion weekend as a recce?

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Re: This is not a tour. Welsh rides in the spirit of Mike Hall - 2/3rd June 2018.
« Reply #58 on: September 25, 2017, 10:22:39 am »
At the risk of winding folk up over the unfortunate clash of dates, is anyone not riding Black Sheep or Lucy's event thinking of using the AUK reunion weekend as a recce?
No: I'm doing Phil Dyson's (always very well-attended) event!  :)
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Re: This is not a tour. Welsh rides in the spirit of Mike Hall - 2/3rd June 2018.
« Reply #59 on: September 25, 2017, 07:34:33 pm »
At the risk of winding folk up over the unfortunate clash of dates, is anyone not riding Black Sheep or Lucy's event thinking of using the AUK reunion weekend as a recce?
If you ride the rough sections in November, be mindful that the weather maybe more of a factor than in June. Ie, it will be colder, darker, wetter under wheel, the ford higher, etc. Just saying.
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Re: This is not a tour. Welsh rides in the spirit of Mike Hall - 2/3rd June 2018.
« Reply #60 on: September 25, 2017, 07:48:15 pm »
So it's an off road audax in November?  Has there been a risk assessment?

Re: This is not a tour. Welsh rides in the spirit of Mike Hall - 2/3rd June 2018.
« Reply #61 on: September 25, 2017, 07:54:44 pm »
So it's an off road audax in November?  Has there been a risk assessment?

 ???
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Smeth

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Re: This is not a tour. Welsh rides in the spirit of Mike Hall - 2/3rd June 2018.
« Reply #62 on: September 25, 2017, 11:16:15 pm »


If you ride the rough sections in November, be mindful that the weather maybe more of a factor than in June. Ie, it will be colder, darker, wetter under wheel, the ford higher, etc. Just saying.

Good points appreciated and noted. A recce of some bits as a day out on the bike, no sleep deprivation and can turn round if the river's 4 ft deep. "Better drowned than duffers. If not duffers won't drown" A. Ransome.

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Re: This is not a tour. Welsh rides in the spirit of Mike Hall - 2/3rd June 2018.
« Reply #63 on: September 26, 2017, 01:31:13 pm »
Pic 5 in the instagram feed, what road is that?
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Re: This is not a tour. Welsh rides in the spirit of Mike Hall - 2/3rd June 2018.
« Reply #64 on: September 26, 2017, 05:42:50 pm »
Pic 5 in the instagram feed, what road is that?
If we mean the same photo then it's along side Clearwan Reservoir.
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Re: This is not a tour. Welsh rides in the spirit of Mike Hall - 2/3rd June 2018.
« Reply #65 on: September 26, 2017, 05:46:06 pm »
Pic 5 in the instagram feed, what road is that?
Or 5 from the other end of the feed is looking down Bwlch-y-Groes
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SoreTween

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Re: This is not a tour. Welsh rides in the spirit of Mike Hall - 2/3rd June 2018.
« Reply #66 on: September 27, 2017, 07:52:41 am »
Bwlch-y-Groes was the one I meant, thanks. The OS map is quite arrowey just there isnt it  :o My knees are exceedingly pleased to see the 300 doesn't go that way.
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I'm in for the fast 300  :thumbsup:

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I've signed up for the Fast 400 but I'm now wondering if I've been soft and should be doing the 600.

mattc

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I am surprised (in a good way) at how many people are going for the 600  :thumbsup:
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I decided on the fast 400 too as I'm going to attempt the Mersey roads 24 just over a month later and if LEL was anything to go buy I'm not sure I would fully recover in time if I did the 600 (getting old , getting sensible, getting Grumpy 🤔Pick any two)😎

I am surprised (in a good way) at how many people are going for the 600  :thumbsup:

How many are going for the 600 ?

Smeth

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I am surprised (in a good way) at how many people are going for the 600 

How many are going for the 600 ?
Er.. me. Glad there will be quite a few.

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