Monmouth-Brecon Canal 200th Birthday

Hubby and colleague cycled the canal towpath from Rogerstone to Brecon on the canals 200th centenary. A gruelling ride in freezing temperatures.

A ride (approx 60km) is planned for Saturday 19th May for 200 people to celebrate the event.

Full details can be found on 

Keep cycling and mind the mud

Friend and I have managed to keep up our weekly bike rides over the last few months despite the bouts of cold, wet and windy weather.

On a recent route from Gilwern round the country lanes and into Crickhowell we then ended up on the Monmouth -Brecon canal towpath. The fun soon started when we hit the mud baths; amazingly we managed to keep upright and avoided a dunking in the canal. A couple of bad stretches had been really churned up and we came home not looking too pretty!

A cycle ride in colour

Had a great ride this week in a blanket of reds, oranges and yellows- yep, all the leaves are falling and it’s just a great time to cycle the country lanes.

Still warm enough for cycle shorts and single layer top. Friend and I did a short route out round the back of Crickhowell and then along the canal towpath home (16 miles) – recent rain made it a bit muddy but it was a great way to start the week.

The countryside here in Monmouthshire is just so fantastic at this time of year – the Autumn colours, the blue blue skies and the fresh, sharp air.



Family Cycle Ride in Monmouthshire

Had a great family ride last weekend alongside the Monmouth -Brecon canal. Wonderful, bright day so set off from Govilon and took just over an hour to reach Goytre Wharf.

A few bridges along (No 69) we got off and had a great Sunday lunch in The Horseshoe pub in Mamhilad.

On the way back we stopped at the cafe at Goytre Wharf and finished off with an ice cream and coffee.

Great way to get that essential bit of exercise and some fantastic Welsh fresh air.

Cycling success

Well done to hubby who completed the 208 km ride of l'etape Issoire to Saint Flourie Sunday 17th July. Dreadful weather with wind,rain and hail but he completed it in 9 hours -fantastic. Training in the Welsh countryside has obviously helped him conquer the massive climbs and ultimately the unfortunate weather conditions. A hero's welcome waiting for our brave cyclist!

Abergavenny Cycle Festival 2011

8th to 10th July sees the return of the Abergavenny Festival of Cycling.

Opening Friday evening with professional cyclists racing around the town in the Get Connected Wales Open Criterium. Youngsters races will also be taking place plus the local traders.

Saturday 9th Iron Mountain Sportive offers races of 19, 50 and 100 miles.

Sunday 10th -regarded as the Welsh etape -sees the Tour of the Black Mountains. Three tough cycle races of 63, 101 and 120 miles.

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