North Wales to North West - Road Cycle back home
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Join us on this 115 km ride across North Wales, taking on some rarely-explored routes from Snowdownia to Chester.
This is a follow-up to the Trans-Cambrian Epic cycle ; some of us will have paniers, but join us on the ride home!
You will need reasonable fitness for this ride as the total elevation is 1,800m over 115 km.
We will start at the train station in Bangor and head towards Pen-y-pass via some back roads. We will then follow the valley down to Llanrwst. From there we will head into the back country, going through the Clwydian range to reach Mold. It is then all flat up to Chester, where we will have a well deserved tea at the pub. Coffee stops will be at Llanrwst (those familiar with big spring camp know the place), and Denbigh.
The route can be found here
What to bring
Bike: A road bike is preferred but hybrid accepted if you can keep up with the pace and distance. Note that I WILL carry out the M safety check on your bike in Bangor.
Helmet: OutdoorLads requires you to wear one. I WILL check that your helmet fits properly and is adequately fastened in Bangor.
Clothing: Your favourite cycling bibs, padding highly recommended as this will be a long day on the saddle. Bring waterproofs as the Welsh weather is at best unpredictable.
Footwear: suitable for your bike and pedals.
Gloves: your favorite cycling gloves, even in summer they greatly reduce damage if you fall.
Punctures: 1x spare inner tubes, mini bike tyre pump, 2x tyre levers (in case you break one) and/or CO2 cartridges. I will have spare chain links and a chain breaker for heavier repairs if needed.
Tools: any special tools that your bike needs. In particular, don't forget any special hex key you may have for your wheels.
Small snacks: depending on your diet and requirements. Please let me know of any medical requirements, so that if you collapse I don't end up sticking sugar in you if you're diabetic! If you are on LCHF.
Hydration: I recommend at least 1.5 L on the bike (2x 750 ml).
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Eye protection: I would highly recommend you bring cycling sunglasses. Orange teinted is the most versatile.
Sun cream: you will need some!
Bike lights: even in daylight, front lights increase your visibility.
Mobile Phone: bring a waterproof bag for it.
Food & drink
Bring plenty to drink and appropriate snacks. We will aim to stop at a cafe or pub for lunch, or pick up food from a supermarket.