This was a Christmas ride at Crychan Forest organised by Red Kite Events (10% discount on guided rides and coaching for club members). The route started from Llanwrtyd Wells, home of the Ale Wobble. We did some other routes in the area on our MIOWEOW ride earlier in the year.
We started out by riding into the wind along the main road towards Sugarloaf. We soon pulled off this and after crossing the railway line we were climbing up towards the trees. After a ball busting climb up a soggy hill we reached the forest. Once at the top by the radio mast we dived off through the trees with an interesting line over tree roots.
The route cunningly doubled back on itself several times so that every downhill option was covered. As well as rocky tracks there were some really steep descents in here. I wimped out on two of them. I’ll blame the wet mud or something.
Several hours later we had covered 20 miles and a lot of big climbs and a lot of descents. I’ll sort the map and elevation plot later.
Thanks to Neil and the other guys from Red Kite Events. They’ve got some events on in the area later in the year: The Cambrian Bike Bash 19th/20th May and The Red Kite Ride Weekend 28th – 30th September. See their website for details.