One of the areas we aim to explore in 2017 is bikepacking. The idea of putting a few things in a bag and heading off down the road to spend a night or three under the stars is something that appeals greatly. However, when there are no stars to see, the wind is howling and conditions turn biblical sometimes a brick & mortar shelter is the order of the day. Bothying As people started to retreat from their remote farms to look for work in the cities, many of the buildings they vacated were left where they stood. Some of these … Continue reading Bothies…

Route: The Short, Sharp Shock

Sometimes you need to get out for a training ride, but you don’t have a lot of time. It could be at the end of the working day, or you could be fitting rides in between family or work commitments. This route has a few slightly unpleasant junctions to navigate, which is why we can’t recommend it for beginners, plus it has a couple of significant hills too, so it is one for the keener cyclist…with a lack of free time. The Route Once again starting at Plan2Ride, you head up the hill towards Castell Coch and keep on going … Continue reading Route: The Short, Sharp Shock

Get involved in the Vale of Glamorgan's Active Travel Consultation

Whilst we have been a little pre-occupied with Cardiff’s Active Travel Consultation, it’s worth remembering that our neighbouring counties are going through the same process. Cardiff is actually quite small and quick to traverse by bike, meaning that many of us may start our journeys in the Vale, Caerphilly, Newport or RCT. We need to be sure the key routes link up. The Vale The Vale is holding a series of workshops across the county over the next few weeks –follow the link below for details of the nearest one to you. Come along to one of the workshops and share … Continue reading Get involved in the Vale of Glamorgan's Active Travel Consultation

Guest Post: Not another 100 Climbs – by @GarethEnticott

I have a confession. I don’t like the series of 100 Greatest Climbs books, particularly the new Wales book. Its nothing personal, but it’s a couple of things. Increasingly I don’t like the fetishisation of the climb. It might work in the Alps where riding up the Galibier might take most of your day, but in south Wales where the climbs are 1-3km, a ride isn’t about one climb, it’s about the route, or where you are going to. That’s what makes cycling interesting. And then there’s some of the choices, and omissions. Take the road to Penrhys. Seriously, one … Continue reading Guest Post: Not another 100 Climbs – by @GarethEnticott