Thursday, 8 November 2012

Tour de UK trail centres

Since the race season finished I've been dreaming, almost constantly, of riding singletrack. So last week we loaded up the van and headed off on a tour of the UK trail centres. There are many advantages of trail centre riding: practically fool proof way-marking means that most people - Dave excluded - don't have to navigate; the singletrack:fireroad ratio favours the former; and there's a great cafe to refuel at afterwards while discussing the days shenanigans and near misses. We clocked up the miles in the van but we practically matched those miles on the trails at Forest of Dean, Cwmcarn, Afan, Cannock Chase, Llandegla, Dalby, Hamsterley and Glentress. The weather was great, the trails were fun and the food at the cafes really hit the spot.

With my singletrack craving temporarily satisfied we're now going on a non-biking holiday - the first in 3 years - before winter training starts. It'll be strange not to pedal for a couple of weeks but hopefully my days will be filled with windsurfing, surfing, swimming, running and if things get really bad then I'll possibly be found pedalling a pedalo ;) My diet is likely to comprise of fish and rum :D

It's strange packing a snorkle and mask instead of a bike........



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