Tagged: Cycling

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Cyclo-cross 2016 Round Up

The final overall standing in the Welsh Cyclo-cross 2016 league have been published recently. It’s therefore time for a little round-up of my first ever season racing Cyclo-cross. Why Cyclo-cross? Before I get into the results and how I fared against my competitors, a quick recap on why I chose to do Cyclo-cross in 2016....

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Cross Biking in the Hills of Mid West Wales

I like to do my best to fill the time between Christmas and New Year with activities and this year the weather seems to have been helping. Yesterday was cloudy and cold but dry at least. After checking the surf which was good I had to choose between surfing, cross biking, surf-skiing or something else....

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Braving Storm Barbara – Windsurfing and Biking

What a day that was! There has been very little wind for what seems like ages. Very little apart from the mad, short-lived and very destructive squall that we had back in November. The forecast for the run up to Christmas was looking good wind-wise though so I was chomping at the bit and ready to...

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Llanerchaeron Cross – Welsh Cyclo-cross League Round 8

Round 8 of the Welsh Cyclo-cross league was at Llanerchaeron, just outside Aberaeron. Although still a 50 minute drive from here it was my local event of the series which meant a fairly lazy start to the day. I was still up early though. Early enough to see the sunrise and to get lots of...

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Melin Mynach Cross, Gorseinon – Welsh Cyclo-cross League Round 7

After a weeks hiatus from Cyclo-cross last week for the Cross Mountain event it was back to it for round 7 of the Welsh Cyclo-cross league. This weekend it was quite a drive away in Gorseinon on the outskirts of Swansea. I didn’t have to leave early though as my race doesn’t start until 12:15pm so I...

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Crosstober Abergavenny – Welsh Cyclo-cross League Round 6

Another weekend and another cyclocross race, This time on a Saturday in Abergavenny as part of the larger Crosstober event. This not only saw the Welsh Cyclo-cross races on the Saturday but the more prestigious National Trophy Series races on Sunday. As usual my V40 race started at 12:15 so there was no need to leave...

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Showground Cross Carmarthen – Welsh Cyclo-cross League Round 4

Another weekend, another Welsh Cyclo-cross League race and yet more sunshine. In fact it was a glorious day with wall to wall sunshine, bright blue skies and barely any wind. The dry conditions meant that – uncharacteristically for the showground in Carmarthen – there was very little mud. In fact, the organisers had made a few last...

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Pembrey Dune Cross – Welsh Cyclo-cross League Round 3

Despite a 6 hour mountain bike ride in the Tide to Tide on Saturday I was due to race in the Pembrey Dune Cross on Sunday. This was round 3 of the Welsh Cyclo-cross league. I was awake fairly early so left Anna sleeping in the tent and headed off into Pembrey Country Park for a walk as...

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Tide to Tide MTB Race

I haven’t done much mountain biking over the past few years but a number of things prompted me to sign up to the Tide to Tide race in Pembrey Country Park. I had a new mountain bike. I had recently serviced my full-suspension bike. The race was associated with Round 3 of the Welsh Cyclo-cross league...

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Llanishen Calfburner – Welsh Cyclo-cross League Round 1

I entered my first ever Cyclo-cross race at the weekend: Round 1 of the Welsh Cyclo-cross league at Llanishen High School in Cardiff. A new Challenge I’d never done any Cylco-cross before, I’d never even seen a  Cyclo-cross race and therefore had no idea what to expect. I had watched a few videos of Cyclo-cross...

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Cyclocross – A New Bike, A New Sport

Ask any road cyclist what the worst aspect of riding is and they will undoubtedly say: One, “The Traffic” and two “Bad road surfaces and potholes”. Ask a Mountain Biker what the worst aspect of riding is and they’ll say: “Long hard slogs uphill on a heavy bike with knobbly tyres” Ask ANY cyclist what...

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