Longest hide of the year so far with some big hills too. Got blown up to Merthyr in torrential rain only for the sun to come out whilst climbing up to Dowlais top. The open cast mine and land fill didnt make the view anymore attractive and the moor road across to Fochriw was windy and hard. The descent to ystrad and onto Caerphilly was fine but then came the big challenge - rather than go around the mountain I was going to go up it... I engaged 34x25 at the railway station and just rode up - 5mph. It was hard going but not excessively so. It will be interesting to see the Tour of Britain go over it in September. The descent into Cardiff was OK, but got stuck behind some cars doing 45mph and my top gear was not that big. Legs tired for the rest of the day mind.
Saturday, 7 May 2011
The year's first rainy ride: not so bad really, only one heavy downpour. No GPS art either but still a nice ride. Good to have the traffic lights with me down the A48 from Culverhouse Cross. Got stuck behind a horse lorry around Newton, I think they must have been lost because they were going to get stuck at some point in those lanes.