Something Welsh for summer - Big Bear.

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Re: Something Welsh for summer - Big Bear.

Post by ianfitz » Wed Mar 28, 2018 8:03 pm

Bearbonesnorm wrote:I won't say too much just yet but it looks like the first completion is on the cards for later this evening :-bd
I’ve heard the same. Two started, one got close but ran out of time, the other is cranking on to glory :ugeek:
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Re: Something Welsh for summer - Big Bear.

Post by Bearbonesnorm » Wed Mar 28, 2018 8:24 pm

Yes Ian - weary but happy I believe.
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Re: Something Welsh for summer - Big Bear.

Post by slarge » Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:32 pm

There were a few texts last night where 2nd thoughts were happening. Hopefully glory is but a pedal stroke away! :-bd :-bd

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Re: Something Welsh for summer - Big Bear.

Post by ianfitz » Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:39 pm

Bearbonesnorm wrote:Yes Ian - weary but happy I believe.
Still speaking to you stuart? :wink:
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Re: Something Welsh for summer - Big Bear.

Post by Mike » Thu Mar 29, 2018 8:44 am

:-bd 4 days 16hrs. I'm totally battered right now so will put something together in a few days. The route is really good, even all the hard pushing is worth it. I feel like if I never rode in Wales again iv seen some of the best parts from the brecon mtns to the snowdonia range. It was truly stunning. Right now to get a huge plate of food and a coffee somewhere.

To be continued......
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Re: Something Welsh for summer - Big Bear.

Post by Bearbonesnorm » Thu Mar 29, 2018 8:51 am

Well done :-bd
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Re: Something Welsh for summer - Big Bear.

Post by RIP » Thu Mar 29, 2018 8:56 am

Congrats Mike - great achievement and you must have some ace stories! You just gotta design a nice badge now ;.
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Re: Something Welsh for summer - Big Bear.

Post by whitestone » Thu Mar 29, 2018 8:57 am

Nice one Mike :-bd
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Re: Something Welsh for summer - Big Bear.

Post by Mike » Thu Mar 29, 2018 11:18 am

Tired mistake there... 4 days 16hrs :wink:

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Re: Something Welsh for summer - Big Bear.

Post by Bearbonesnorm » Thu Mar 29, 2018 11:24 am

Losing a full day ... that's a special kind of tired :wink:
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Re: Something Welsh for summer - Big Bear.

Post by Mike » Thu Mar 29, 2018 1:06 pm

It took me 3 attempts last night fella to work out my time and I still got it wrong.
I must say having doubted the Brooks saddle I can now confirm that it is possibly the best saddle iv had to date. No aches or soreness, and I can definitely say I put it to test...Best now speak to brooks I'm sure they won't want this back now :lol:

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Re: Something Welsh for summer - Big Bear.

Post by 99percentchimp » Thu Mar 29, 2018 1:28 pm

Epic Mike - well done... very variable conditions this week :-bd
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Re: Something Welsh for summer - Big Bear.

Post by Mike » Thu Mar 29, 2018 2:04 pm

Yes we definitely did, started off wet then we had hot sunshine. Then we got very cold and very wet, and then we both got snowed on for 1hr 1/2 and then the sunshine came back out to see me home. Lets say it was interesting weather we had!

I will be interested and watching to see what the fast elite of us can now achieve on this route.

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Re: Something Welsh for summer - Big Bear.

Post by mje25 » Thu Mar 29, 2018 7:14 pm

Well done Mike, a top effort in a great route. I’m still gutted I couldn’t finish it with you, although on the plus side I’ve been sat in the sun all afternoon! The diwnside is that an unexpected nap on a lounger has left me with a very red face!!

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Re: Something Welsh for summer - Big Bear.

Post by slarge » Thu Mar 29, 2018 7:27 pm

Nice one Mike, look forward to the tales. Were the bits I modified any good?

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Re: Something Welsh for summer - Big Bear.

Post by middleagedmadness » Thu Mar 29, 2018 8:36 pm

Good man yeself mike :-bd

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Re: Something Welsh for summer - Big Bear.

Post by Wotsits » Fri Mar 30, 2018 3:44 pm

Mike wrote:I will be interested and watching to see what the fast elite of us can now achieve on this route.
I reckon you're up there with 'em after this adventure pal :ugeek:

Well done, hope the sense of acheivement makes all the aches more bearable :-bd

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Re: Something Welsh for summer - Big Bear.

Post by Mike » Fri Mar 30, 2018 5:03 pm

@jase haha I came home with trench foot ( 4 days in wet soaks is nasty..Take talc ) a sore knee and a swollen wrist fella but yes definitely worth the discomfort

@Steve spot on pal more enjoyable to ride that section and made a refreshing change to a push after that monster yomp across that plateau above Llandovery, that took us best part of 4hrs I'd say in the dark over the night and in the morning!

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Re: Something Welsh for summer - Big Bear.

Post by BreninBeener » Wed Nov 27, 2019 7:49 pm

Can i have a copy of the Gpx please Stu?

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Re: Something Welsh for summer - Big Bear.

Post by Bearbonesnorm » Thu Nov 28, 2019 1:44 pm

File sent Ian.
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Re: Something Welsh for summer - Big Bear.

Post by mfezela » Fri Nov 29, 2019 2:35 am

GPX please.
Is this feasible in January/February?
I can already guess the answer to: Is this sensible in J/F?

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Re: Something Welsh for summer - Big Bear.

Post by Bearbonesnorm » Fri Nov 29, 2019 8:25 am

Is this feasible in January/February?
If they're dry / cold then no reason why not.
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Re: Something Welsh for summer - Big Bear.

Post by landel » Mon Jan 13, 2020 12:32 pm

Could I have a copy of the gpx too please? Considering a summer ITT. Is there any plan for a group start?

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Re: Something Welsh for summer - Big Bear.

Post by Bearbonesnorm » Mon Jan 13, 2020 12:49 pm

Is there any plan for a group start?
As much as I think it'd be great., trying to find a slot that doesn't clash with other stuff and that interested parties could agree on would be an epic exercise in cat herding, so doubtful.
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Re: Something Welsh for summer - Big Bear.

Post by BreninBeener » Wed Jan 29, 2020 3:48 pm

What would be the best bike for the route?
Will a gravel bike with 650b 47s be ok? Or will my rigid 29er be better?

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