In early October, we were hit the first big storm of the autumn, Storm Ali. Whilst she didnt bring too much rain, there was a vicious westerly that many riders on the TCW have felt over the years. Day two from Rhayader to Llangurig is the most affected, and slows the ride down at times to standstill, and saps your energy in the process. The Wales Rally GB was also in mid Wales, and would be flying through Tarenig Forest during Saturday. How inconsiderate! So with all of this
That was the summary from Thomas, born and bred on Ibiza now residing in Harlem, Holland. Thomas is Polly's younger brother, far left in the picture below modelling a fine Addict jacket from our Madison collection. He's never really needed a coat for riding his bike on Ibiza, so this was quite a new addition. When it came to riding through water, that was a whole new experience too, and one that he revelled in!! It was such a pleasure to have Thomas join us in late September,
There were a few aspirant movie stars for our first TCW in July. Joby from Newson Media in Llanidloes joined us at various point to produce a short story about riding the TCW. The result? Absolutely fantastic!!! Joby also filmed it in real time while we got on with the job of guiding, Joby would then appear, or not with just a drone above, along the route over the three days. This route planning was done using a meticulous, in depth planning meeting of just 5 mins before we d
Our last weekend of a very busy and crazy June was a TCW under a blanket of blue skies. Mid Wales looked more like spanish mountainside in a drought. When the conditions have been this dry for so long, the ground is rock hard meaning we travel that bit quicker, in fact, a lot quicker! The fast rolling conditions meant we finished on average 35-50 mins earlier each day over 4 TCW weekends. Great if you want to finish early, not so for tired legs!! #transcambrian #wales #mtbwal
The first all women Trans Cambrian of 2018 rolled out of Knighton on May 11. A group of four friends, and four 'other' ladies had pretty much booked their place late last year, selling out in just a few days, showing just how interested everyone was in joining us this year. Of course I cant guide for obvious reasons, and so Polly yet again gets to have all the fun, and I sit on the end of a phone or in the support van all weekend :-( It was a very chatty breakfast, so i'd ima
Our first TCW of 2018 rolled out of Knighton on the last weekend of April. It's always a gamble so early in the year, and just a couple of weeks earlier, we were under 2ft of snow! However the weather gods had decided to be kind, and it only rained on the Friday, leaving day two and three completely rain free and dry, well, from the sky that is!! Andy, Phil, Chris and Vicky all ride together up in Macclesfield, and were joined by Stu (Stourport), Arwel, Gareth and Aron (Carma
Trans Cambrian Way in 3 words 1) Excellent 2) Challenging 3) Rewarding. Just do it.
Day 1 I would say was an easy intro, it's all relative as you will find out. Plenty of ups and downs on grassy trails, with stunning opportunities to view the Welsh countryside. I say opportunity as the weather really needs to play ball to capitalize, unfortunately for us it did not on this occasion, but it is Wales and it does rain sometimes. All I can say is you can only get wet once, then