The Dragon Ride: Going Big (and then going home) —by @bendihossan

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 be my options for a last real “big” ride before the Velothon and a good tester to see how I was fairing. The event is a month before the Velothon so there’s plenty of time … Continue reading The Dragon Ride: Going Big (and then going home) —by @bendihossan

Guest Post: The Bwlch & The Rhigos – A Rite of Passage – By Gareth Thomas

The Bwlch and the Rhigos are seen as somewhat of a right of passage by many cyclists in South Wales. By which, of course, I mean the Bwlch AND the Rhigos, not one or the other. As part of my ongoing, incremental training plan I decided to have a bash at these last Saturday. I chose to do the Bwlch from the Ogmore Valley side this time round, so I headed north out of Cardiff and taking in Llantrisant and Gilfach before dipping down and back up to Glynogwr. The views here are absolutely stunning and well worth the effort … Continue reading Guest Post: The Bwlch & The Rhigos – A Rite of Passage – By Gareth Thomas

Guest Post: From Radyr to Llantwit Major, via the Bwlch – by Gareth Thomas

I’ve had my road bike for a little under four years now, but there was a period when it stayed in the garage for at least two years just gathering dust. I rescued it last summer and have been gradually building up my fitness with the goal of completing Velothon Wales in May. As it was a bank holiday on Monday I’d planned a challenging route (for me) and had always wanted to do the Bwlch from the Rhondda valley side after a handful of efforts from Nant-y-Moel over the years on various different bikes. The plan was to set … Continue reading Guest Post: From Radyr to Llantwit Major, via the Bwlch – by Gareth Thomas

White Lines, by Ashley Said

Whilst many of us are hunkering down at home, hiding from the weather, now is an excellent time to watch a motivational cycling short film. The documentary follows Alex as he prepares himself for the struggle he is going to encounter. Located deep within the Welsh Valley’s lays The Bwlch, one of Britain’s most dangerous and unforgiving mountains. 1.7 miles of tight corners, long straights and narrow roads that run along the treacherous cliff edge. It’s the ultimate performance test for any cyclist. If you’ve been around Cardiff or Penarth for a while, you may well know Alex. I met … Continue reading White Lines, by Ashley Said