Introduction

WELCOME! I've been cycling through the Southeast Valleys of Wales since 2010 and I can't say (or show) enough about the place. I just love it. So if you've got the interest and would like to spend some time... sit back and let me show you some of the fabulous places I've discovered.

Sunday, 3 February 2019

VOLUME 03 ISSUE 01 
Beginning Again


It's the middle of January. It's cold and wet and miserable outside - typical Welsh weather. As I sit inside working on this blog, I pause to gaze across our rainy back garden and think; come on sunshine! I'm ready to ride.

 
A new day for a new year...


Hello 2019!
Many people don't care for January. The days are shorter and it seems dark all the time; generally a downer after the excitement of the holiday season. In addition to the seasonal drama, I've been battling the flu for the past three weeks, so I'm just fed up with all this nonsense. Come on sunshine.

Looking back over the long hot summer of 2018; I couldn't have asked for better weather. Record heat along with below average rainfall made for spectacular cycling here in Wales. Additionally, the fall turned out to be warm and dry and full of colour.

I'm starting this year's first issue with a quick look back at four little rides that should have been in my Novemeber issue of 2018. If you noticed; I didn't write a November issue, so here we have it!

I've taken a harsh critique in my Year in Review section and come away with some positive ideas for 2019. Hopefully, I will use these lessons to model my future adventures for that perfect ride again.

I hope you enjoy this new issue and as always - thanks for stopping by.

Seeya down the road. Cheers! - cm

Monmouth & Chepstow Fall Classic


MY RIDES - During 2018 this ride became my "got-to" route for cycling 100 miles. I enjoy it so much that I cycled it 10 times during the year. However, my last ride from late October was truely special. Check out my: Monmouth and Chepstow Fall Classic.

Llangattock Escarpment & Fall Colours


MY RIDES - Here's another ride that fell into my newest favorite route group. Again, I was lucky to have cycled this on such a gorgeous day.

Carradoc's Bridge & Valley Ride


MY RIDES - Sometimes ya just gotta go with the flow. Check out this report from when I ran into a a group of fellas who invited me to join them for a ride over Bedlinog Commons. Read; Carradoc's Bridge & Valley Ride

Magor & Wentwood Rewind


MY RIDES - Sometimes a day out on your bike just surprises you. We didn't really know where were going, but much to our delite, this short, but sweet ride turned into one of the year's best. Check out my report; Magor & Wentowood Rewind.

Year in Review
A look back at the achievements, the missed goals, and my thoughts on a spectacular year of cycling in Wales.

2018 Achievements
What I did. A bunch of numbers on a page without any stories or photographs, which ironically represents the core focus of my riding last year.

2018 Afterthoughts
What I think about it. Bigger numbers on a different page followed by reflection and well deserved self-recrimination. Essentially, a cold slap in the face.

2018 RIDE OF THE YEAR - Ogmore-by-the-Sea Odyssey
If there is a perfect ride; this is it. I set off early. I took my time. I explored new areas. I shot loads of photos and I had a great time. What more could anyone ask? Originally posted to Ride with GPS, check out my ride of the year; Ogmore-by-the-Sea Odyssey. Plus I've now added a seperate gallery just for Ogmore Castle. I want more of this for 2019.

2019 Goals
What I want to do. By focusing on what I find to be the most important aspects of cycling and using that to kick start 2019. I was naive in my thinking last year. We'll see if I've learned.
On the Web

Cycling About
YouTube: I fell off a cliff - Yup, he's been in two issues in row now, but Alex continues to surprise me with his adventures. This story is amazing. The video is captivating. This is precisely why he's one of a kind and why I admire him. Sit back and enjoy.

Mike's Imagination
WEBSITE: Big Fat Dummy Fenders - Not only a great photographer and writer, Mike shows us that he's also a very talented wood worker. His latest creation transforms an already awesome fat bike into a beach classic of which cyclists and surfers around the world would dream.

Out From the Archive

The Winding House
MY RIDES / 2017: At one time I had a section in my blog designated just for events. Now that I've stopped organising group rides that section is no longer relevant. However, I thought it worthwhile to re-post this group ride because it was a great one.

Barry Island II
GALLERY / 2017: I made a couple of trips to Barry Island last year. It's quite a unique ride heading out through Cardiff and Penarth. For some unknown reason I didn't write a report for the ride, but I did get a few photos worth noting, so I built a little gallery. I hope you enjoy.

Sexy Bike Alert!

2019 Steel Roundup
There is absolutely no need for this article. I wrote it just because I wanted to. I look at bikes all the time and watch how they are evolving. I ask myself; "what would I buy today, if I were in the market?" These 24 bikes are where I'd start. Take a look and tell me what you think.