Windmill Cycle Club Special Event

Organiser: Andy Ross

Location: Ride Start - Crickhowell, Brecon Beacons. Then on to Afan Forest Park nr. Port Talbot.

Date: 17th & 18th August 2019

Start Time: Brecon Beacons start time: 11:30 sharp!

Note: This is a 'sort yourself out' weekend so please make your own booking at the Premier Inn

For the Brecon Plotaroute Route Details, please click here.

Event Details:

Saturday 17th August

Set off from Hitchin by 7:30am, parking near Crickhowell, Brecon Beacons. Ride sets off 11:30am - 25 mile route, 1275m of ascent.

Back to car late pm, then 1 hour drive further west to Port Talbot. Stay Premier Inn, only £33pp B&B if you pair up.

Sunday 18th August

After breakfast a very short drive to Afan trail centre, park at Glyncorrwg Centre. We will then do the Blade – one of their new trails, really excellent, with a wonderful rocky finish. 15 miles & 800m ascent

Lunch at centre, then shuffle cars to main centre and for those up for more fun, we will do Penhydd. Another new trail, quite different and also ace. 8 miles and 550m ascent.

Accommodation Details:

Saturday 17th August

Baglan Road, Baglan, Port Talbot SA12 8ES

Check availability here

Additional Useful Info:

Preparation

Service your bike, or at a minimum check that it has newish brake pads and the gears are fine. Fingers crossed for balmy sunshine, or at least not pouring rain – this trip will anyway go ahead regardless. Just check the weather forecast before heading off, and adjust your clothes accordingly
Try to get as many cycle miles in as you can, pre-trip.
Bring some warmer clothes, and a spare layer/rain jacket to carry on the ride. Weather can quickly change there, and don't underestimate the potential for a cold wind on top of the hills. Given a lot of the riding is fairly remote, make sure you ride with enough water and snacks.

What to bring

Must have spare bits for your bike:
Rear mech hanger (this tends to be unique to your bike, and can easily be damaged by a rock); chain link (hard to fix a broken chain without it); inner tubes; pump; if running tubeless tyre patch/stans fluid/CO2 inflator & cartridges.
Nice to have spare bits:
Extra set of brake pads, spare gear cable; oil lube; cycle energy gels are great for tired legs on long rides. They really can make the difference between finishing a ride or crashing out. Always have some spare with you. It would be good if someone can volunteer to bring first aid basics.

We've built up a great list of essential equipment through trial, error and experience out on the trails. Click here to visit out Essential Equipment page.