On Friday 29th April 10 of us set of for a weekend of cycling in the Brecon Beacons. Luca had put a lot of time and effort into finding accommodation, planning meals and working out routes – and then to cap it all he got ill and was on doctor’s orders not to do anything silly like riding a bike up a mountain! The accommodation was a remote bunkhouse in Libanus; miles up a track and nowhere near a pub..
Friday the weather was good and most of the group got a 40 mile taster ride in.
Saturday was the main ride – 107 miles and most of it uphill – 2 of the climbs that day feature in Simon Warrens’ 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs; The Devils Staircase (truly a monster of a climb; practically impossible gradients – not welcome at all after the exertions of Liege the weekend before!) and Black Mountain. We had a great mid-ride stop in Llandovery – where Dani went mad for the British delicacy of flapjack and Paul slipped into his Smurf outfit (see the pictures). A great ride – the weather held out, the scenery was amazing and the company was generally okay 😉
To celebrate we went to the local pub (with much needed WiFi so Rob could catch up on Tinder).
The forecast for Sunday wasn’t too good so we plumped for a 60 mile ride in the drizzle! Dani stayed back and went walking with Luca. The rest of us headed onto some quite minor and lumpy roads down the valley to Builth Wells where we sampled the delights of the local Little Chef. This turned out to be a good choice because we could use the handriers in the disabled toilets to dry our kit, The final 30 miles took in another massive climb; Epynt I think. The crosswinds here were pretty fierce and my carbon bike felt incredibly skitty on the descent.
Home at last we dried out and ate. The forecast for Bank Holiday Monday was appalling so we abandoned any thought of riding Monday and started to prepare for home.
The Brecon 10 – Luca (organiser extraordinaire), Pete, Paul, Ian, James, Rob, Ryan, Neil, Dani and myself.