Back in the 90s when Dafydd and Sian ran the old centre, a Sunday ride consisted of doing the Karrimor and Red Bull loops on the same day. But it took far longer then with a stop half way round for cheese, beans and egg on toast in a packed, sweat filled cafe that was steaming, oh the good ole days!
Sian continues to cook the most amazing food that is both high in carbs and protein to get you through a weekends riding. The accommodation is 5 star, its just so comfortable. The sofas, a roaring wood burner and a nice glass of wine are just what you need at the end of ride.
Diane and Graham had been guided by me and Polly back in October down at Elan Valley, and wanted to come back for a weekend with more friends. A wild ride around CYB was just what the group ordered, and we set about guiding them on the route we had previously ridden the week before. The weather wasn't great, but that didn't matter. Sarn Helen in, Cain and Serpent's tail twice, Abel, and out to the mid way cafe for cake and coffee. We hit the wild trails south and Miners Path before heading back into the forest and onto the old Pink Heifer and home. It was wetter than an otters pocket on the way back with rivers running down the trail, all I could think of was "thanks heavens for knee high Sealskinz" as we paddled and pedaled back. The other saving grace was a rare tail wind along the Sarn Helen, hallelujah! On arriving back, shower, fire, beer/wine/food and relax.
After a lovely evening of listening to Clive, a guest that was larger than life with an infinite knowledge of wine, we assessed the weather and decided to avoid the planned Pont Scethin. Might have been due to the lightening strikes on Rhinog Fawr!! So we opted for traveling further south to the Dyfi and a play on the classic enduro trails. Builth, Dickos and out along the field on the full enduro trail. Can explain the whole ride in three words, fun, fun, fun!
It was a lovely start to the season, and a big thanks to Diane & Graham, Chloe & Clive and Tony & Dot for their company and easy go with the flow attitude out on the trail.