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Kev's riding pics

welshkevwelshkev Posts: 9,690
edited November 2014 in Your pics and vids
went for a ride last Thursday after work, did the twrch climb to the freeride/airstream section. the I looped around the moors to the top of that cafall trail and did those descents and then climbed back up to do the final descent of the twrch. good ride, but a bit foggy on top

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  • welshkevwelshkev Posts: 9,690
    went for a local xc spin last night, was good :)

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  • crakercraker Posts: 1,739
    Nice! I've never tried getting up there after work (since I cycle home I'd probably be a bit knacked anyway). Best it's nice and quiet that time of the day?
  • welshkevwelshkev Posts: 9,690
    craker wrote:
    Nice! I've never tried getting up there after work (since I cycle home I'd probably be a bit knacked anyway). Best it's nice and quiet that time of the day?

    I got to cwmcarn at about 4.30 and I saw 4 other cars in the car park and no one on the trail

    I left my house at about 6.30 for the local spin and saw 2 people on horses :lol:
  • welshkevwelshkev Posts: 9,690
    went out again yesterday, weather was perfect and then I did this :x

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  • pesky_jonespesky_jones Posts: 2,890
    How the hell did you manage that? Real bad crash? That can't just be from a rough landing surely
  • welshkevwelshkev Posts: 9,690
    How the hell did you manage that? Real bad crash? That can't just be from a rough landing surely

    it was pretty bad yeah. but I walked away relatively unscathed :D
  • welshkevwelshkev Posts: 9,690
    rode llandegla on Friday and then travelled over to ride up Snowdon on Saturday, up llanberis path and down ranger path/telegraph valley

    it was bloody hard work!

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  • jimothy78jimothy78 Posts: 1,407
    How long did the Snowdon climb take you, kev?
  • welshkevwelshkev Posts: 9,690
    jimothy78 wrote:
    How long did the Snowdon climb take you, kev?

    just under 2 hours jim. I think sean was fastest up in about 1 hr 30.
  • bigmitch41bigmitch41 Posts: 684
    Looks ace! How many ft altitude is this?
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  • welshkevwelshkev Posts: 9,690
    BigMitch41 wrote:
    Looks ace! How many ft altitude is this?

    iirc the summit is about a 1000m, so what's that? 2200 ft?
  • JBAJBA Posts: 2,820
    More like 3,300ft.
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  • jimothy78jimothy78 Posts: 1,407
    welshkev wrote:
    I think sean was fastest up in about 1 hr 30.

    Lol - no surprises there, then ;)

    You did well to do under 2hrs, mate, fair play. What sort of ratio ride:carry was it?
  • welshkevwelshkev Posts: 9,690
    JBA wrote:
    More like 3,300ft.

    ah yeah, I'm thinking 2.2 lbs to a kilo :oops: :lol:
    jimothy78 wrote:
    You did well to do under 2hrs, mate, fair play. What sort of ratio ride:carry was it?

    for me it was about 1/4 ride and 3/4 push. the others carried about a 1/4 but my legs were fecked and I couldn't walk up carrying my bike :lol:

    I think the fit ones rode about 1/2 of it though. a lot is rideable but quite steep, some bits are just too steep and rocky to ride.
  • jimothy78jimothy78 Posts: 1,407
    Cool - definitely gonna do it next year - sounds like I'd better get training :shock:
  • welshkevwelshkev Posts: 9,690
    jimothy78 wrote:
    Cool - definitely gonna do it next year - sounds like I'd better get training :shock:

    I wish I'd done more training tbh. it was hard going on the way up. but was fun and absolutely nuts in equal measure on the way back down :lol:
  • FerralsFerrals Posts: 785
    looks like it was worth the climb from your pics on the top!!

    3/4 pushing up 1000m - I'd need a lot of cake to get me up that :lol:
  • welshkevwelshkev Posts: 9,690
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    last night before the bog snorkelling commenced :lol:
  • jimothy78jimothy78 Posts: 1,407
    Lol - looks like Stubbsy needs to lose a few pounds or put a bit more air in that rear tyre!
  • ilovedirtilovedirt Posts: 5,798
    welshkev wrote:
    BigMitch41 wrote:
    Looks ace! How many ft altitude is this?

    iirc the summit is about a 1000m, so what's that? 2200 ft?
    1085m to be exact :) Excellent descent down the rangers
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  • welshkevwelshkev Posts: 9,690
    Quick local XC spin yesterday over to the lower side of the valley. Still over 400 metres of climbing though!

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    Northern Monkey conquering the climb

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  • welshkevwelshkev Posts: 9,690
    My mate niel at FoD last night

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  • welshkevwelshkev Posts: 9,690
    ilovedirt wrote:
    welshkev wrote:
    BigMitch41 wrote:
    Looks ace! How many ft altitude is this?

    iirc the summit is about a 1000m, so what's that? 2200 ft?
    1085m to be exact :) Excellent descent down the rangers

    yeah, parts of it were much more technical than anything I've ridden before! but superb. I also like the flat out descent down telegraph valley :D
  • welshkevwelshkev Posts: 9,690
    antur stiniog:

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    local ride with northern monkey:

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  • welshkevwelshkev Posts: 9,690
    Had a good evening at Bike Park Wales last night, my opinion of the place may be changing :shock:

    Me:
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    Northern Monkey:
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    apologies for the quality, they're stills taken from a video
  • welshkevwelshkev Posts: 9,690
    northern monkey going so fast he's blurry (not my camera skills at all)

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    a few old pics of me that I found:

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  • welshkevwelshkev Posts: 9,690
    rode cwmcarn last night. you couldn't see further than 10 feet in front of you on the top it was that foggy, lights were pretty much useless. we were going to do a longish route that takes in twrch, natural moors and then down cafall. we had to bin that idea off as it was just too foggy to risk taking a wrong turn on the moors and getting lost. so we did the twrch climb as a descent instead (shhhh, don't tell anyone ;))

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  • jimothy78jimothy78 Posts: 1,407
    Kev - when it's foggy, you're better off turning your helmet-mounted light off altogether - it just illluminates the droplets in front of your eyes, which shine straight back at you, reducing the visibility further. Your bar-mounted lights do the same thing, but to a much lesser extent because of the greater angle between them and your eyes.

    It's the same theory as fog lights on a car - they're always positioned as low down as possible, to reduce the effects of thrown-back glare.
  • welshkevwelshkev Posts: 9,690
    jimothy78 wrote:
    Kev - when it's foggy, you're better off turning your helmet-mounted light off altogether - it just illluminates the droplets in front of your eyes, which shine straight back at you, reducing the visibility further. Your bar-mounted lights do the same thing, but to a much lesser extent because of the greater angle between them and your eyes.

    It's the same theory as fog lights on a car - they're always positioned as low down as possible, to reduce the effects of thrown-back glare.

    yeah, sorry jim I thought I wrote that. yeah we turned off the helmet lights. I only put it on for the pic as you couldn't see me when it was off haha
  • jimothy78jimothy78 Posts: 1,407
    Sorry - didn't mean to sound naggy ;)
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