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    "Welsh Ride Thing" aka GDR-Wales thread

    A multi day event on the other side of the pond. With only a few weeks to go I thought it would be good to have a thread on here for discussion of kit, tactics, tictacs and lifts.

    I have pretty much sorted the kit list and plan to try if out in the next week or two to make sure it all works and I have not forgotten something / packed too much (my usual fault!) Bike choice is still up in the air but I am 90% sure the drop-bar Solitude 29er will be making the trip with a 20t freewheel as 120miles in mid-Wales on a loaded fixie might just break me!

    Arriva Trains Wales seem to have schedualed engineering works over the bank holiday weekend (who wants to travel then? ) so using public transport is out. I am traveling from Cheltenham with space for 2 other people and bikes if they are on the way and want picking up. The other option is anyone coming past Gloucestershire is welcome to offer me a lift

    So what has anyone else got?

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    How many miles across is Wales? What altitude does the Wales Divide run at?

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    Its not strictly a divide race as it does not run down any mountain chain, or indeed in a straight line. The plan is to start in mid-Wales at the organisers house, take in 6 check points (you can plan the route yourself) and then back to the start. The GDR part comes from the race rules (or lack of them) and the self-supported nature of the event.

    You can indeed ride the length of Wales off-road as that was the plan for my stag (bachelor) party but the inclusion of a road bike and a broken hand meant that it was mainly on road and started from a friends place 1/5th of the way down Best laid plans and all that!

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    I'm still wondering about Morlahach's first question. Got any estimated distance figures? Time to complete? Surfaces? That kind of thing.

    Thanks, sounds interesting.
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    Well as you can plan your own route as long as it takes in the checkpoints the organiser is thinking about 100-120miles, starting Saturday 12pm and ending sometime Monday. Altitude will depend very much on route taken so I will have to let you know after the event

    Surfaces will vary from road to dirt track to moorland singletrack and "there's a dotted line on the map but no trail on the ground" A new trail has been named "George Micheal" after the organiser almost got his shoe sucked off in a bog

    48hrs for 120miles even off-road sounds like a long time if the weather cooprates it could be a lot shorter and more pleasant!

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    Alex - did you see Dave Buchanan's off road Welsh C2C in under 24hrs - http://www.davebuchanan.co.uk/blog/6188369250625428977/

    Very good effort in my book and throws a gauntlet for the UK ultra crowd (which sounds a bit poncey but you know what I mean)...

    His teammate Rich Rothwell is taking that with an England (St Bees-Robin Hoods Bay) C2C midmay.

    http://richyroth.blogspot.com/2008/1...d-idea-si.html

    Stuff's happening :-) I've an idea but not thought it through properly yet.

    Have fun with your event and write us a nice report.

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    Is this different from the Trans Wales event?

    Nice to see someone else from Cheltenham, I live right on Leckhampton hill so access to the trails is a doddle!
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    I live in St Pauls and normally ride over Cleeve Hill way... Until a few weeks ago I managed Williams Cycles in town.

    Nothing to do with Trans-Wales, a total off-the-radar event

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