Our site works best with JavaScript enabled.

Daring Deeds - real stories, expeditions, road trips and adventure

Welsh Ride Thing Part 3

By Paul Pomfret | 07, Feb, 2011

A little slice of heaven... Claerddu

↵⇥For me the Welsh Ride Thing exceeded my expectations, for a lightweight office working southerner used to his home comforts this really was an adventure, the planning the execution, the necessary changes of plan, the remoteness (You rarely saw anybody), the lack of any mobile phone coverage and the not knowing where you are going to stay that night all added to the enjoyment of it all.

↵⇥Trivia: 
12 checkpoints gained 150 miles covered
16,380ft climbing with approx 23 hours in the saddle,
10,813 Kcals burnt and
1 stripy badger tan on my head as I forgot to apply sun lotion.

↵⇥Major pieces of kit:
↵⇥Genesis Io with 32:20 gearing
↵⇥Wee Airic sleep mat
↵⇥Pipedream 400 bag
↵⇥Hunka Bivvybr />↵⇥Mirror Dinghy spinnaker tarp.
↵⇥Airloc extra dry bag under the bars.
↵⇥Vaude 20 l dry bag on the rear rack
↵⇥Gourdon 20l back pack
↵⇥Airpress coffee maker.
↵⇥Ground Effects submerino base layer
↵⇥Ground Effects double happy shorts.
↵⇥Assos chamois cream.
↵⇥Trangia mini stove as Whisperlite was too heavy!

↵⇥

↵⇥So the seed has well and truly been sown and since the WRT the ‘adventure biking’ continues in frequency. Not in the normal high profile climb of the fells in the Lakes or an ascent of a Snowdonia but in our more manageable local area. On almost a monthly basis now myself and a couple of guys from work will head off for a mid week ride into the wilderness of the woodlands of Berkshire, set up camp, get a fire lit and cook some food, down a bottle or two before retiring into our bivvies. An early rise follows the next morning and a blast on our bikes brings us back into the normal world of work and responsibility.

↵⇥Part 1, Part 2

↵⇥This years Welsh Ride Thing takes place in May, see the WRT blog for details.

  • Google+

In pictures

No Comments

Share your thoughts about this article.

Related Deeds

Wild About Argyll
Bikepacking the Wild About Argyll trail
In Daring Deeds
A Serious Undertaking
A stormy start to a Cairngorm loop
In Daring Deeds
Bear Bones 300
Kenny takes on the challenge of the Bare Bones 300
In Daring Deeds
The Iceland National Trail: Part 2
Ben Turner recounts a day on the Iceland National Trail
In Daring Deeds
Teuchters on Tour
Lessons learned cycle-touring Norway
In Daring Deeds

News

Ireland To Asia: A Year On My Bike
Tales from Sean Hoban's journey to Asia
In News
Alpkit Adventure Weekender
Join us in store for an adventure filled weekend
In News
Teuchters on Tour
Fundraising cycle trip
In News
Silk Road Mountain Race
An unsupported bikepacking race in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan
In News
What’s in store bank holiday weekend?
Make the most of this Bank Holiday
In News

Develop

New UK Made Bikepacking Bag Range
UK-made bike luggage shifts up a cog
In Develop
The low-down on Polygiene™
Wear more, wash less: you can't get simpler than that!
In Develop
Seat pack developments
2 new seat packs
In Develop
2016 bike luggage dev part 2
More UK made bike luggage developments
In Develop

Spotlight

Handy Glove Guide
Need a hand finding your way around our new glove range?
In Spotlight
Wild Camping Tips and Kit List
The guide to getting it right when camping out
In Spotlight
What a Difference a Day Makes
What can you fit into the Bank Holiday?
In Spotlight
Long Mynd delights
bikepacking around Shropshire
In Spotlight

Kudos