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Re: Cambrian Series Permanents
« Reply #375 on: June 13, 2015, 01:44:36 pm »
If this year's shown anything it's that the time of year makes little difference to Welsh weather ;)
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Re: Cambrian Series Permanents
« Reply #376 on: June 13, 2015, 04:43:58 pm »
If this year's shown anything it's that the time of year makes little difference to Welsh weather ;)

true , true but at least in `summer` it`s cold, wet and windy rather than cold , wet , windy and dark...... ::-)
....after the `tarte de pommes`, and  fortified by a couple of shots of limoncellos,  I flew up the Col de Bavella whilst thunderstorms rolled around the peaks above

caerau

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Re: Cambrian Series Permanents
« Reply #377 on: June 14, 2015, 11:59:57 am »
Yup
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Re: Cambrian Series Permanents
« Reply #378 on: June 14, 2015, 05:32:21 pm »
Bah, I was looking forward to that ride report! But echo sentiment re family coming first. Anybody done the 3b so I can compare route options, and am I right in assuming you can start at any control and go in either direction (but then have to follow them in that prescribed order)
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Re: Cambrian Series Permanents
« Reply #379 on: June 14, 2015, 07:04:30 pm »
Bah, I was looking forward to that ride report! But echo sentiment re family coming first. Anybody done the 3b so I can compare route options, and am I right in assuming you can start at any control and go in either direction (but then have to follow them in that prescribed order)

Its only put on hold. 

As for your question - yes you can start at any control and go in either direction (clockwise or counter-clockwise) as long as you preserve the sequence of controls.  You can also start/finish between controls if you like - I started the 4C from Caersws which was between the named control points of Llanfyllin and Llanidloes, but had the extra convenience of a train station and a Spar (Society for the Preservation of Audax Riders) shop as a start/finish control.
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Re: Cambrian Series Permanents
« Reply #380 on: June 14, 2015, 09:20:19 pm »
My only other question is how do you control if no cash machine and an obscure hour of the day. Okay maybe I lied (second question); how do I go about ordering all the 100 brevet cards for a rainy day
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caerau

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Re: Cambrian Series Permanents
« Reply #381 on: June 14, 2015, 09:43:03 pm »
CET does 10 brevet cards for a discount as I recall.  I did this but still have only used two.  I didn't realise the AAAness of them intially.  I'll use them in time though.
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Re: Cambrian Series Permanents
« Reply #382 on: June 14, 2015, 10:44:16 pm »
Yes but how do I order to take up the deal :)
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Re: Cambrian Series Permanents
« Reply #383 on: June 14, 2015, 11:06:07 pm »
Talk to CET, his email address is there somewhere.


PM here works too as I recall, he's a nice bloke but don't trust his offers to ride with you, I'm reliably informed he's a monster speedmerchant ;)
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Re: Cambrian Series Permanents
« Reply #384 on: June 16, 2015, 10:28:57 pm »
Are any of these routes online somewhere in gpx/map/eparchment form? Its a logistical challenge for me to start anywhere in Wales except Chepstow (and that's non-trivial), so i'd like to look at what options are worth the effort.

(yes, I know the control town names are on the event pages - but if anyone has done the 'next step' and put it online, that would be fab!  )

The 2b has a control in Chepstow . I rode it a couple of years ago with Hammerman it is an enjoyable ride. Perhaps unwisely we started in Brecon then had the climb over the mountain road between Builth wells and Brecon right at the end of the ride and in the dark.

If I do it again I would start either in Monmouth or Chepstow.

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Re: Cambrian Series Permanents
« Reply #385 on: June 18, 2015, 06:47:05 pm »
Thanks banjo.

As it happens, I think Phil Chadwick once took a few of us round that route (starting from Chepstow) as a January DIY (I dont think he knew about the proper Perm).

We did Builth->Brecon. Ridiculous climb, fantastic views :)

V nice route overall (apart from the ice, but hey ... )
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Re: Cambrian Series Permanents
« Reply #386 on: June 20, 2015, 10:03:34 pm »
My only other question is how do you control if no cash machine and an obscure hour of the day. Okay maybe I lied (second question); how do I go about ordering all the 100 brevet cards for a rainy day

AFAIK the only Cambrian control points without an ATM are Llansannan on the 8A and 4G and Devils Bridge on the 8A/10A and 4F.  These only have pubs and shops.  In extremis the old trick was to have a stamped addressed postcard to the organiser, write the time on it and post it, I can then check the post mark.  There are postboxes in both locations.  You can also try to collar a passerby and get them to sign a card. If you are smart with tech you may well be able to take a picture of yourself next to the town / village sign and email it to me from your smartphone.  There's nearly always a way to get brevidence.

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Re: Cambrian Series Permanents
« Reply #387 on: June 20, 2015, 10:04:56 pm »
150th completed brevet since I started logging the rides.  Thats at least 500km of collective ascent.
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Re: Cambrian Series Permanents
« Reply #388 on: June 28, 2015, 10:57:50 am »
I'm getting a lot more demand for 100k rides and so am thinking of some new routes.  Also - the rides in the South seem to be a lot more popular than those in the North.  So here are a couple of thoughts

Chepstow - Raglan - Blaenavon - Brynithel (has post offices and shops) - Usk - Chepstow - just over the 100km and 1650m ascent
Abergavenny - Hay - Tredegar - Blaenavon - Abergavenny (probably 106k and 1700m ascent

Whilst I am about it - are there any other areas of the musical principality you would like me to open up.  There is also the possibility of a 12A.
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Re: Cambrian Series Permanents
« Reply #389 on: June 28, 2015, 11:39:01 am »
PM sent suggesting a couple 100s around the Presteigne / L`dod / Newtown area but visiting lesser known hills  ;D
....after the `tarte de pommes`, and  fortified by a couple of shots of limoncellos,  I flew up the Col de Bavella whilst thunderstorms rolled around the peaks above

Re: Cambrian Series Permanents
« Reply #390 on: June 28, 2015, 03:07:10 pm »
Vale of Glamorgan and Afan Valley area seems very sparse for Audax routes.Only a couple of Calendar rides and no perms that I know of here.

I have a 100km circular route from llantwit Major  along the coast to Ogmore where it turns inland and over the Bwlch Y Clawd pass at 530 meters before descending back to Llantwit by a different route.

Will PM you the route. If you think it may be suitable I will ride it again and check out controls etc.


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Re: Cambrian Series Permanents
« Reply #391 on: June 28, 2015, 05:43:29 pm »
I have a 100km circular route from llantwit Major  along the coast to Ogmore where it turns inland and over the Bwlch Y Clawd pass at 530 meters before descending back to Llantwit by a different route.
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Re: Cambrian Series Permanents
« Reply #392 on: June 28, 2015, 07:16:20 pm »
Bwlch in this case means mountain pass. Clawdd can mean Hedge or fence maybe has other meanings .Cue @Hammerman.



Of course you don't allways get a view.


Re: Cambrian Series Permanents
« Reply #393 on: June 28, 2015, 09:40:50 pm »
Clawdd also means `dyke` as in Tref Y Clawdd, Welsh for Knighton meaning Town on the Dyke (Offas Dyke in this case).

Be careful get words in correct order though :facepalm:
....after the `tarte de pommes`, and  fortified by a couple of shots of limoncellos,  I flew up the Col de Bavella whilst thunderstorms rolled around the peaks above

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Re: Cambrian Series Permanents
« Reply #394 on: June 29, 2015, 08:44:28 pm »
Five ideas so far:

Cambrian 1F (proposed) – Chepstow – Raglan – Brynithel – Usk – Chepstow (100km) – 1640m ascent
Cambrian 1G (proposed) – Abergavenny – Hay-on-Wye – Tredegar – Blaenavon – Abergavenny (100km) – 1700m ascent
Cambrian 1H (proposed) – Hay-on-Wye – Hundred House – Knighton – Penybont – Hay-on-Wye  (105km) 2250m ascent
Cambrian 1J (proposed) – Newtown – Llanfair Caereinion – Llanbrynmair – Machynlleth – Staylittle – Newtown (110km) 1630m ascent
Cambrian 1K (proposed) - Maesteg – Treorchy – Hirwaun – Maerdy – Mountain Ash – Ferndale – Maesteg (106km) 2200m ascent

1H relies a bit on pubs being open, which will probably mean that no one ever gets to finish it.  On the grounds that if you are able to get proof of passage you won't complete the ride and if the pubs are closed you can't get proof that you did complete the ride.   ;D

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Re: Cambrian Series Permanents
« Reply #395 on: June 30, 2015, 01:48:05 pm »
Sorry Banjo, I was beaten to it,

As far as suggestions for 100km perms, I'm looking into a few ideas, further West. Around the Llandeilo area, my home patch. Got some great ideas for calender events but the main problem is controls being open or even exsisting at all without going into Carmarthen (too far west). I will work something out as this area is very sparse unless you go up to the 200's and above.
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Re: Cambrian Series Permanents
« Reply #396 on: July 12, 2015, 10:19:25 pm »
Off to Pencader visiting family again tomorrow .. 
I think I'm the only one to do the 1E 100k this year !!
Is quite a contrast to my usual flatlands of Kent routes
I'd definately be interested in 100k perms in the Llandeilo Carmarthen area


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Re: Cambrian Series Permanents
« Reply #397 on: July 12, 2015, 11:28:01 pm »
Sorry Banjo, I was beaten to it,

As far as suggestions for 100km perms, I'm looking into a few ideas, further West. Around the Llandeilo area, my home patch. Got some great ideas for calender events but the main problem is controls being open or even exsisting at all without going into Carmarthen (too far west). I will work something out as this area is very sparse unless you go up to the 200's and above.

For the calendars, and not going as far as Carmarthen, don't forget INFORMATION CONTROLS, which are of course a pain, but would serve the purpose, and doubtless you can find them everywhere...
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Re: Cambrian Series Permanents
« Reply #398 on: July 13, 2015, 12:20:45 am »
Cambrian 1K (proposed) - Maesteg – Treorchy – Hirwaun – Maerdy – Mountain Ash – Ferndale – Maesteg (106km) 2200m ascent
sounds great although  some of them controls sound like hopping over and doubling back into same valleys in odd order
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Re: Cambrian Series Permanents
« Reply #399 on: July 13, 2015, 03:33:09 pm »
Cambrian 1K (proposed) - Maesteg – Treorchy – Hirwaun – Maerdy – Mountain Ash – Ferndale – Maesteg (106km) 2200m ascent
sounds great although  some of them controls sound like hopping over and doubling back into same valleys in odd order

I tried putting the route on the map and couldn't work out exactly what CET has in mind. either the controls are not in order or theres an extra one that needs deleting.

Will be a tough old 100kms when its finalized. Enough climbing for an AAA 200.

Will have to give it a go if/when its added to the list.