What a great ride!
now that is out the way lets have some more details…
Attendees: Andy M, Dan S, Steve L, Mike B, Alan T, Claire W, Mark F, Marion F
Day 1 of the bike ride started off with a split group who were doing different combinations of starting points and times. However by chance we all met at the same point just 5 miles from the end. Well done to Andy M, Mike B and Steve L for completing the full 55 miles. Well done to Dan S for buying a new wheel after crashing after just 1.3 miles (into Mike B) and breaking 8 spokes yet still managed to complete 40-odd miles by the end of the day.
Rain in the morning greeted Andy & Steve contradicting all weather forecasts but after a couple of hours the sun came out and stayed with us for the rest of the weekend. Aside from beautiful scenery the Atlantic head winds along with plenty of ups and down meant that everyone was suitably tired by the end of the day. Fortunately a wonderful evening meal watching the sun set over the horizon finished off a great day.
An added bonus to day 2 was that the morning was mainly made up of fabulously smooth and bum-friendly tarmac on disused railway and traffic-free paths. Dan did his best to have another crash almost cycling into the path of a car but luckily sense prevailed. Lunch in Tenby along with a nice saunter through Saundersfoot then gave way to the steepest and longest climb on the trip followed by much more ups and downs before one eipc fast flowing descent into St Clears to round off approx. 48 miles.
We booked into the local Indian for the night unbeknown to us that BBC were filming an episode of Spice Wars. A novel way to round off another great day.
We completed the last day of the ride in glorious sun and for the first time ever as a whole group!!! It was a long but relatively flat 55 miles on the last section across the Gower on disused railway back to the mumbles.
And just as we set off back to our cars Alan’s chain snapped and mike was on hand with his chain tool to repair it. Even Dan made it back safely much to everyones relief…