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Archive for September 2011

Bob and Geoff go to Wales

Posted on Sunday 18 September 2011 by Bob Davis

We had been unable to take our desired late summer break cycling in France, so decided to sample the delights of south Wales near to Geoffrey’s birthplace in Swansea on a short break. Our destination was the small market town of Llandilo, nestling to the west of the Brecon Beacon range. Three hours on the train to Swansea, and just over an hour on the single coach to Llandilo to settle in to our luxurious hotel for a two night stay.

I was barely recovered from yet another bout of something or other, so was doubtful about my performance. But on our first morning our spirits were lifted by a sharp descent on to the first severe climb of the day. Quiet roads and lovely upland scenery, if you like the sort of thing:

And we do! more »

Shaw’s Corner

Posted on Tuesday 13 September 2011 by Charles Harvey

The website said “Easy ride largely on quiet roads”. And so it proved. It must have been one of the shortest 1* rides on record, only about 21km. After coffee at the start at Welwyn Garden City we followed the Ayot Greenway, a former railway line, to Wheathampstead, about an hour’s ride. more »

Circuit of Kent Sportive: The Razor’s Edge, again

Posted on Monday 12 September 2011 by Martin Hayman

“Like a snail crawling along the edge of a straight razor; that’s my dream, that’s my nightmare” – so Colonel Kurtz in Apocalypse Now. My own waking nightmare is forever descending a wet chip-and-seal road, gripless front tyre affording neither braking nor steering.

So it was for me, again, as the Circuit of Kent Sportive surged forth through the lanes east of the start at Godden Green. I thought I had recovered from the psychological damage wreaked by a previous major episode of wheel wobble. Besides, that had been a different bike; there was no reason that today’s mount, a stock Cervélo, should not behave as seen on TV. more »

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