Route 81 - Day 1 - Wolverhampton to Welshpool - 100km
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A 3-day cycling adventure over the bank holiday weekend from urban Wolverhampton to the scenic Welsh coast of Aberystwyth. The route follows National Route 81 which includes; Lôn Cambria, a scenic route that crosses the heart of beautiful Mid Wales through the Cambrian mountains between Shrewsbury and Aberystwyth. You can read about the route on the Sustrans website here.
Day 1 takes us from Wolverhampton through Staffordshire countryside and then right across Shropshire, including through Shrewsbury. We will stop for an initial cup of tea at Cosford RAF museum, lunch around Shrewsbury before the final slog into Welshpool.
If you are joining us for the day, there are train stations at either end of the route and multiple stations along the route.
You can see a map of the entire 3 day route here and the day 1 route here.
If you are completing the entire route, you will need to carry everything you need for the three days. Accommodation is to be arranged individually. Accommodation in Welshpool is rare, your leader is staying at the Talbot Inn in Berriew.
If you have queries regarding fitness or kit, contact the leader.
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IMPORTANT! - Participation Statement
You MUST complete the Cycling Participation Statement in addition to booking your event space before attending a cycling event.
Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, even if they are extremely mild, or who has recently tested positive for Covid-19, is asked not to attend.
Photos: All photos taken by Will Allaway and used with permission.
What to bring
Bike: a road bike or touring bike.
Helmet: OutdoorLads requires you to wear one and so does Will.
Cycling Clothing: lightweight and layered, colourful and/or reflective clothing will make you more visible to other road users. Aim to bring 3-4 sets of cycling outfits, we will have a laundry run at least every fourth night. If you choose to wash the same outfit with Lynx Africa Jon will hunt you like the animal you are.
Footwear: suitable for your bike and pedals. Some bike shoes are ok to walk in, but keep in mind you’re wearing them all day; a slip-on or flip-flop will be a welcome change in the evening.
Gloves: cycle gloves help avoid blisters, and are good in the cold
Punctures: spare inner tube, bike tyre pump and tyre levers
Tools: any special tools that your bike needs
Small snacks: such as chocolate or energy bars
Plenty of water: in bottle/s on your bike.
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Eye protection: avoid getting grit or insects in your eyes, sunglasses are OK if they are not made of glass and not too shaded
Bike lights: be seen and safe - we have long day light hours but are useful in bad weather.
Mobile Phone: keep it in a waterproof bag for use in emergencies.
Ruck sack or panniers: Carrying kit in a ruck sack can become tiresome, I would recommend panniers, though make sure your bike is suitable to attach them. Alternatively buy frame bags that fit behind your saddle and within the frame of your bike.
Evening wear: We will be going out for drinks and meals, an outfit other then lycra would be a bonus for your sanity.
Clothes washing liquid: Useful for freshening up your clothes.
Chamois cream - helps avoids rubbing on the bum cheeks.
GPS Computer - track your progress and go off on your own if fed up of our company
Food & drink
Please bring plenty of snacks, the plan is to stop somewhere nice for lunch and dinner.