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Brecon Weekend 2019

MB Swindon’s trip to the Brecon Beacons, 19th – 22nd July 2019.
* A ladies’s space is currently available – please contact us if interested*
Following the success of last year’s trip, we’re heading to Brecon again this summer. Although the accommodation is now fully booked, anyone is welcome to join any of the rides over the weekend.
The rough plan is as follows – on Friday, for anyone who can make it, we may have a spin around the trails of Cwmcarn – or possibly a ride near the accommodation. Timing probably late morning/early afternoon.
On Saturday and Sunday, we’ll be riding in the Brecon Beacons. Saturday’s route is yet to be decided, but we’ll make it known nearer the time.
On Sunday, we will be riding the famous Brecon Gap. We will be meeting for the Gap ride on Sunday 21st at Talybont Bike Hub, LD3 7YQ where there is plenty of parking. The ride is approximately 22 miles, and while not especially gruelling in terms of elevation, contains two or three fairly technical, rocky sections so whilst not a truly novice-friendly ride,  the sections are walkable if preferred. It could be described as a perfect ‘first technical ride’.
There is a very good pub opposite the bunkhouse – we ate there last year and are booked in again. There is also a BBQ in the garden of the bunkhouse, and other pubs/restaurants nearby (not walking distance though).
We currently have a ladies’ space available – please contact us if you are interested.

Hills and Thrills

Gary Palmer leads this epic ride in the Stroud area. This will be a big day in the saddle, with a beauty of a climb at the end.

There will be at least one pub stop and maybe a cafe stop later on, if it’s still open!

There will be some great single track, and some big (road) climbs. If the weather is poor we can shorten the ride – we’ll just go with the flow. The pace will be steady, but please consider the 39 mile distance before committing to this ride.

We will be starting at the Shortwood carpark, near Haresfield beacon, nearest post code for car park is GL6 6PP.

Directions from Stroud: 3 miles north-west of Stroud, between A419 and A46. Follow Whiteshill/Edge road from Stroud. 1 mile after Whiteshill village at the top of the hill take a left hand turn, signposted Haresfield. Follow this lane for approximately half a mile and Shortwood carpark is on your left hand side.

There is a £3.50 all day parking charge at this carpark but you can sometimes park outside on the side of the road. Please be at the car park by 9.45 for 10.00am start.

Goldenballs 2019

Hilda-May Latham will be leading the Goldenballs ride, using the route previously used by Richard Ford. This is an easy-paced novice friendly route along the escarpment of the Vale of Pewsey on the Marlborough Downs.

From Knap Hill we will head to Martinsell via a fun bit of single track through Gopher Woods. The route offers some of the best views in the area. We then head to West Woods  for a bit more woodland riding before heading back and enjoying the fun descent down Goldenball Hill.

The car park is a popular spot for outdoor lovers, hence the early (9.00am) start. Please share cars where possible.

Directions from Swindon

  • Take the A4361 to Avebury.
  • At the right bend in the road (after the Red Lion Pub) turn left to take the B4003
  • The B4003 comes to a T junction with the A4.  Turn left.
  • Take the next right (after about ¼ mile).  Sign posted East Kennet.
  • Drive through East Kennet and follow the road to a T junction.
  • Turn right at the T junction.
  • Follow the road for two miles.  The car park is on the left just after three houses on the right.  Be careful, it is rather difficult to see until you are right on top of it and quite easy to drive past.  If you start going down the hill into the Vale of Pewsey you have gone too far.

Sunrise at Avebury

It is the Summer Solstice and Wailun Chung is planning a ride out to Avebury to see the sun rise.

We will be leaving the Wichelstowe Co-op store car park at 2.00am (YES… 2.00am!) on Friday morning. The route is about 15 miles there. We will be there for an hour or so and will ride back the same route.

Please bring lights (if you haven’t got any Chung have a set you can use), a drink, a spare tube or repair kit , extra clothing and some cash.

Haresfield Challenge

Gary Palmer will lead this challenging ride in the Stroud area on June 15th.

The ride will start at the Shortwood Car Park, near Haresfield Beacon. The route will be about 25 miles with approximately 2500ft of climbing. The climbing and descending can be a bit technical at times so this is probably not a ride for novices.

There is no café en route but there is a pub which we could call in to to rehydrate if people want to. Bring plenty to eat and drink during the day.

Start: Shortwood Car Park, near Haresfield beacon, nearest post code for car park is GL6 6PP. 

Directions from Stroud: 3 miles north-west of Stroud, between A419 and A46. Follow Whiteshill/Edge road from Stroud. 1 mile after Whiteshill village at the top of the hill take a left hand turn, signposted Haresfield. Follow this lane for approximately half a mile and Shortwood carpark is on your left hand side.

There is a £3.50 all day parking charge at this carpark but you can sometimes park outside on the side of the road.

National Trust directions:

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/haresfield-beacon-and-standish-wood#How 

Midweek Ride 12th June

Hi All due to the weather and me not feeling 100% tomorrow’s ride will start from John Lewis 7pm it will be an urban ride about 20 miles and a pub stop. There are parking spaces if you want to drive to the start.

Wailun Chung leads this week’s midweek ride. Meet at the Chiseldon Smokehouse ready for a 7.00pm start. There is also parking if you want to drive to the start.

Midweek rides are usually around 15-20 miles / 2 hours long, and use sections of the Ridgeway and the Marlborough Downs. The rides are novice-friendly and no-one gets left behind.

You’ll need lights, a drink and a spare tube or repair kit. We may call in to the pub for a drink afterwards.

Up the Wansdyke

Graham Burgess leads this longer ride on Saturday 1st June. The route is not overly technical but around 42 miles long, with a shade under 3000ft of climbing – quite a bit on grass which is a bit energy sapping….
Start at Coate Water 9:00am. We’ll head off along Ridgeway, pick up Wansdyke Way at East Kennet, cross Devizes Road and climb up Cherhill to the monument from behind. From there, we’ll drop down to Avebury for a cuppa then back along Ridgeway to Coate.
Photo credit: https://www.silentearth.org/

Midweek Ride 29 May

Steffan James will lead this week’s Wednesday night ride. Meet at the Chiseldon Smokehouse ready for a 7.00pm start.

Midweek rides are usually about 15 miles / 2 hours long and use sections of the Ridgeway and the Marlborough Downs. They are suitable for riders of all abilities and no-one gets left behind.

You’ll need lights, a drink and snack. We may call in to the pub for a drink afterwards.

Steve’s Hidden Landmarks

Steve Jeans leads this novice-friendly ride on Sunday 26th May.

Meet at Barbury Castle ready for a 10.00am start

We’ll take the Four Mile Clump route to the Ogbourne Maizey turn off and stop for a few moments at a landmark that we have passed many times on Club rides, but have known little about. There will be a brief history lesson.

We will then take a nice downhill track into Ogbourne Maisey, cross the main road and carry on into Marlborough on the railway line. By then it will be time for a refreshment stop.

Once we leave the cafe in Marlborough we will head just a few minutes away to a landmark very close to the college that a lot of people are unaware of, and there will be a bag of Jelly Babies up for grabs to the first person that spots it!

We will then start to head back to Barbury Castle on the railway line, cross the road at Ogbourne St Andrew, and take a nice quiet track around the back of Ogbourne St George. This track comes out just a hundred yards from the infamous Smeathe’s Ridge, which is a gentle, sloping grass clearing that extends from Ogbourne St George to the top at Barbury Castle.

Expect to be out for around three to four hours (ish) and cover around 18-20 miles. Terrain is typical rutty/gravely, but not technically difficult.