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Monday, 23 January 2012

Brechfa Enduro 2012

(Kelly, Claire and I)

Claire asked us if we wanted to do a mountain bike race, we had a look at the website and decided yeah why not.

We trained pretty hard for it, since Christmas Claire went snowboarding and had a couple of days on the bike, we had few days on the bike and that was considered to be training enough. My bike broke again so I decided it was time to replace it, I bought a new one expecting it to arrive within a few days, i didn't. Fortunately, Leo lent me his for the race. Claire did really well and despite getting stuck behind someone on the downhill stage managed to get on the podium in 3rd place. Kelly shocked herself by coming in 5th and I came 53rd in the Mens just getting into the top quarter of the riders.

A generally good event, a couple of things could be improved but very social and I will be doing again when I can.

Not many photos but some from before, after and the prize giving ceremony.

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Croesor - Rhosydd through trip!!!

(Leo and I)

Described as being something alongt he lines of a death trip in numerous ways this was a trip both Leo and have wanted to do for a while, Leo much longer than me. It was a wet miserable day, no climbing, no snow and I had no bike. That left an adventurous outing down a sketchy mine which requires several abseils, many dodgy bridges and using an inflatable dingy to cross a flooded chamber all underground. Which now has a raft rigged up on a pulley system. I would still take an inflatable in case you get there and it has fallen apart or is no longer there. I didn't think it was too bad, obviously I may have been oblivious to the dangers around me but we had a good trip taking under 5hours underground including plenty of exploration. Could be done in 3.5 if just wanting to leg it through.

Photos of the day and at the bottom a video of Leo.

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