Last year I discovered the L’étape Wales, AKA: The Dragon Ride, and decided I would like to ride it. It was too short notice at the time to take part so I made sure to mark it in the calendar for 2018 so I wouldn’t miss out. There’s an abundance of routes to choose from and I’d decided that the 100km or 153km routes would … Continue reading The Dragon Ride: Going Big (and then going home) —by @bendihossan
Not every day is a good day on the bike. Sometimes your body just won’t cooperate, but that won’t stop your ride, or the challenge, being any less epic. Continue reading Epic Rides: Castles & Cathedrals: A Lesson In How To Suffer —By @bendihossan
As a route it was one in two distinct halves, with the first half being a little hilly but beautiful in places and the second half being a fairly forgettable slog through urban sprawl.
However, the controls were a definite ray of sunshine. Continue reading Epic Rides: Ferryside Fish Foray – A 225Km Audax
Whilst circular routes certainly have their place, sometimes you want to get on your bike just to end up somewhere else. Fortunately for us we’re already in one of the most beautiful countries on this planet and we are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing where to go. We’re a stones throw away from a national park and an entire coastline of blue-flag … Continue reading Epic Rides: Cardiff to New Quay
Well, we did warn you there was another Audax post on the way. This one may be a fraction over 200Km, but it represents quite a good entry point for the budding randonneur. Dr Foster’s Summer Saunter is an annual event, usually held around the beginning of August. It has a winter version as well, Dr Foster’s Winter Warmer that makes a few changes to … Continue reading Dr Foster’s Summer Saunter – A Flat-ish 200km Audax
A far cry from the crowds and meticulous organisation of the Velothon just a week earlier, an Audax is nearly always a low-key affair. Paris-Brest-Paris is as glamorous as it gets for those of the randonneuring persuasion. This, you could say is Cardiff-Midford-Cardiff, but that doesn’t have quite the same ring to it. It was a milestone for me nonetheless. You see, my aim is … Continue reading Epic Rides: Cardiff to Midford and Back Again…
It’s been part of the Welsh cycling furniture for well over a decade and it continues to provide all sorts of experiences to love and hate, along with an amazing personal challenge to cyclists of all kinds. My bike has been cleaned up and my leg muscles are still humming. I’ve been there and literally got the t-shirt. Overall, I’m pretty pleased with my second … Continue reading Guest Post: The CARTEN100: Marmite whatever the weather – By Dan Allsobrook @eggynewydd