that's right, we have a facebook group so join in the fun...
for the lack of updates recently, somehow the time has been flying by...
I have to report the Turner has been retired (sob!) due to completely worn
out rear bearings, big dents in the downtube, being on the second main
frame (first one cracked) and having the swingarm welded twice, then
replaced with a secondhand one, so was starting to worry about fatigue!
very Trigger's Broom...
the replacement? An orange Santa Cruz Heckler (Thanks, Nic!) which I have
just built up with my old bits, new cables, new pedals, new wheel
bearings, serviced fork, new seat and grips so like a new bike. It was
tested out on the Mountain Ash downhill last week in the wet and acquitted
itself really well, so I managed to get over not riding the Turner. Photos
above show the Orange and Santa Cruz at rest as Colin looks on, Mark
slithers down the course, my legs show the July mud (...where is the
dust?) and some graffiti under the bridge (what can you say to that?)
Rides are organised every
weekend on Saturday. The
rides start at 8:30 am from the car park in
Nelson (follow the link on the left for a
map) and cover most parts of the Valleys, with forays further afield to
the Brecon Beacons, Black Mountains, Forest of Dean and Mid Wales.
The Forest Enterprise tracks at Cwmcarn and Afan Argoed are often
visited, and we organise trips to North Wales to sample the Coed-y-Brenin,
Nant-yr-Arian and Bettws-y-Coed routes during the summer months.
The Club attends various organised events
every year, and provides
support to club members thanks to the help of a Sportlot grant which has
allowed the Club to purchase a set of bike tools and a pop-up gazebo to
allow bike servicing in the dry, whatever the weather. If we've gone
camping to the event, we have a club barbeque the evening before the race
and have a good time.
The Club has also organised longer
trips to the Lake District (Tim Woodcock's Lakeland Loop), the Sierra
Nevadas in Spain (check out the excellent http://www.switch-backs.com
to see where we went), Morzine/Les Gets and last year we went to Les Arcs.
We try to offer a varied mountain biking experience
that means the weekend ride is most definitely the high spot of your
week.....why not come along and give it a go?
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View from High Street, Lake District
Top of the Rhondda
Enjoying a snack,
crossing, Sarn Helen Roman Road
Sierra Nevadas, Spain