End of Month Ride – Llandegla
The first ever trip to Llandegla for an Ystwyth-MTB end of month ride and it was a roaring success.
There were only three of us from Ystwyth-MTB, Dave, John and myself, but we met up with the Bristol contingent of Jay, Brad, Matt, Beale and Woody in the car park and were already looking forward to our bacon baps as we set of around the trail at Llandegla.
The BBC were forecasting atrocious weather, but the forecast I usually use looked much better, cloudy but very little rain, Thankfully the BBC were wrong and my forecast spot on. The first climb had a thin covering of snow, ice and slush which made it a little interesting in places, but it isn’t too steep so it’s a nice warm up ready for the real action. We caught Kev (a kite-buggier that I met through Forces-of-Nature) on the first climb. We were expecting to meet up somewhere and he joined us for a while.
The descents were good, a little muddy in places thanks to all the recent snowmelt but they just keep encouraging you to go faster and faster. Kev left us as we went onto the black-graded trails, and everyone seemed to be having a good time.
We only had one mechanical when I snapped my chain, but thanks to John lending a second pair of hands we soon removed a link re-joined the chain and were back on our way. We even managed to catch-up with the Bristol lot who had continued on as we fixed the chain.
The end came a little too soon, but we had a quick play on the new pump track and in the skills area before washing off the bikes and having a well earned bacon bap in the cafe. All in all a good day out and a good group of people to share it with. I did take a few video clips which you can see below, I really should make an effort to take more as it looks pretty good when put together.