Time off is great. 5am start on Friday and a four hour drive down to Powys, just north of the Brecon Beacons. Dan Barham and Mike Davis were doing a route guide for one of the big name mountain bike mags that will be appearing soon and I was making up the numbers. It was ace. There is something very special about riding in Wales and it is all of the grassy bridleways and fantastic views. I think we saw at least three Kites and we had probably the best weather of the year so far. That said it was a 48km route and at the end we were all happy to call it a day. There’s a lot of vertical and the wind can be a real killer. Photos are up here.
So it was a big old drive back up to the North and after a brief overnighter, it was time to get a whole load of kit together for another few days of riding and it was off up to Oxenhope for a weekend of riding with friends in the beautiful scenery of South Yorkshire. It was great and the fact that there was some hidden beer up on the moors was an added bonus. The speed drinking of Stella chilled to -5 and then racing immediately afterwards wasn’t necessarily a test of riding skill but rather the ability to withstand the urge to vomit over a prolonged period. Weekend shots are on this page.