The year of my dislocated shoulder!
Glyn Ceiriog 'Social' Ride - 22nd Jan
Unexpected snow, given the surrounding weather and the forecast, made this a spectacular ride around the Ceiriog Valley. It's a stunning area with some great trails, which was made even more fun by the white stuff.
On this ride we followed my Gyrn Moelfre - Medium route
Hayfield 'Social' Ride - 12th Feb
This Social ride around Hayfield was definitely one of the most wintery I have ever done. Despite the lack of feeling in our fingers and toes we all still managed to have a very enjoyable ride. There are only pictures of the first half because after that I wasn't taking my hand out of my glove again!
On this ride we followed my Rowarth Route.
Rivington Pike 'Social' Ride - 12th Mar
On this ride we followed my Rivington Pike route.
Hebden Bridge 'Social' Ride - 23rd Apr
On this ride we followed my Hebden Bridge - Heptonstall Moor route.
Clwydian Range 'Social' Ride - 14th May
On this ride we followed my Cilcain Circuit route.
Long Mynd 'Social' Ride - 4th June
Snowdon Ranger - 20th June
Pont Scethin 'Guided Ride' - 01 Sep 17
This was my first proper 'mountain' bike ride since dislocating my shoulder. While the email conversation led to the idea of an XC ride once I met John, saw his bike and had a chat a quick change of plan saw us take on the Pont Scethin route. Thankfully my shoulder held up on the rocky trails and I had a great time riding with John. After all the previous rain we seemed to enjoy a bonus day of summer with warm air and great views. All the better for enjoying some of the best trails in Snowdonia.
Loughrigg Fell 'Guided Ride' - 24 Sep 17
For the first Social ride back after my shoulder injury I decided to go to the Lake District and ride my Loughrigg Fell route. We had a great autumn ride with beautiful colours and wet rocky trails, that kept us on our toes. It was great to be out in such stunning scenery again, which made the pint at the end taste even sweeter
Fremington Edge 'Guided Ride' - 20 Oct 17
For the first day of the Swaledale weekend I guided Brian and Karl around my Fremington Edge route. We had driven through rain and fog to get there but the skies cleared on our arrival, so we were blessed with blue skies for the ride. It was wet on the ground but the riding was still fun. There was also the feeling of more danger when occasionally being surrounded by fleeing grouse with shooting going on all around. After our ride we settled into the wonderful Dales Bike Centre before heading to the pub.
Sarn Helen 'Social Ride' - 26 Nov 17
This ride followed my 'Marin and Moel Siabod' route. The Marin Trail has now changed it's name to Gwydir Mawr but I'm sorry, it'll always be The Marin trail to me. It was a ride where I earned my keep (so to speak as the Social Rides are free). It was cold and the rain came in halfway round, usually good riders were struggling with the after effects of illness which spread out the group, a plus size tyre got punctured which takes some while to get pumped up, trails were closed for felling and Martin's e-bike took him on a mystery tour. Strangely this just added to the 'out in Snowdonia having an adventure' feel of the ride. While many of the group didn't know each other they all pulled together and spirits stayed high. We all made it back, with cold fingers, not having completed the whole ride but with big smiles as we'd had a great day riding in the mountains.