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Sorry for the lack of updates recently, somehow the time has been flying by...

Anyway, 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...

So...what's 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?) Photos here....

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

The Black Mountains

Enjoying a snack, Coed-y-Brenin

River crossing, Sarn Helen Roman Road

The Sierra Nevadas, Spain