The Long Mynd

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Some people manage to create routes which seem to be uphill all the time. But let’s start from the beginning. We met at the bike shop in Marshbrook. When half our bikes were unpacked, we were asked to move our cars to the overflow car park. After some last minute bike maintenance by Dan, several toilet trips we were finally ready to set off. The first climb followed and lasted for about 1 hour. The hill was teeming with walkers. There must have been some event since we met again and again groups of teenagers with oversized back packs. One of them stopped us and asked us to identify a flag which no one of us recognized. The flag discussion was a welcome break especially since some mountain bikers on electric bikes zoomed effortless past us. At the top, I was expecting that we would cycle along the ridge, but no it was down hill, at the bottom Jane was smitten by a car again, black with four wheels, then a little bit of road and up again. The second climb seemed to last even longer, but we were told again and again that it was easy going today, nothing compared to the winter trip in freezing conditions. Nevertheless Kev developed some knee problems which were cured by our in house physio Jane.  She rolled him on the floor which made the pain disappear magically. The last descent was truly enjoyable.  We finished the ride off with food and drink at the coffee shop. Really good adventure in really good company.

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A few more photos from Paul:

A classic selfie pose!

A classic selfie pose!


Reaching the top

Reaching the top


Tuck that tummy in!

Tuck that tummy in!


Bit of real time physio!

Bit of real time physio!

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6 Comments

  1. Nice photos and writeup. I think Paul took one or two selfies perhaps he could share with us? 😉
    Was interesting to hear the contrast of riding this in unbearably cold winter conditions compared to today. I think I might possibly give it a miss in the snow, sorry for being a complete whimp guys. Awesome BLT at the pub, biggest ever! Thanks to Kev for organizing and to all our fellow riders who made it such a great day out!

  2. Fantastic day out. Really enjoyed it. Great company , breathtaking views ( and climbs ) plus fantastic stories of survival from Paul. Cheers for organising Kev.

  3. Cracking day, great company, good laugh, Long Mynd in the sun is stunning.
    The climbs certainly took by breath away!
    Thanks for organising Kev and thanks to everyone else for making it a great day out in the saddle.

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