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An account of my Sea Kayaking and Mountain Biking exploits

Saturday, 5 January 2008

South Wales Mountain Biking

It all started on a trip to Fort William or Fort Bill as Mt bikers appear to call it. We hired some bikes from a bike shop and off we went round Leanachan Forest for a couple of hours. Once back home we bought some real mountain bikes and that was it.
However I had not realised that right on our doorstep was the Mountain bike mecca of the Afan Forest. I spent most weekends of the summer of 2004 up at Afan and promptly wore the bike out. So I had to buy better one, a Specialized Enduro full suss voted the best bike of the last ten years by MBR. I still have the bike but its like Murphys broom ( five new handles and four new heads). I will only change it when I have found a better one and after I have replaced all my old canoeing kit.
Since 2004 I have entered a few events:
The Brecon Beast
The Dyfi Enduro
Penrith Merida
The Rough Ride - see above
SSMM 24 hours
SITS - Sleepless in The saddle, as a pair.
Selkirk Merida

I have now ridden most of the trails in Wales, Cwmcarn - Coed y Brennin - The Marin Trail and The Red Route at Abergorlech as well as The Seven Stanes Trails at Glentress, Mabie and Dalbeattie.

I ride most weekends and one or two evenings in the week in the dark. Mountain biking in the dark is highly recommended.

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