10-12 May '19 – SHABI trip to Wales

Updated: Jun 12, 2019

Dear Shabi’s

Blog for 10th - 12th May 2019 – The SHABI trip to Wales 2019


For many many years the SHABI’s have been travelling up to Wales in search of the ultimate “mountain biking “experience. Over the years, and with sheer luck, we have come across a formula that seems to work. Training Friday, epic ride Saturday and play on Sunday.

Most years when the “official invite” goes out, only one or two brave souls have been stupid enough to come along. However, this year the change could not be more dramatic with twelve riders putting their names forward. A further two requests were turned down as the applicants were not “regular riders”.

Based on our last epic trip in 2017 (Machynlleth to Nant-y-Arian and back), we decided to use a guide, and Steve Beech was recommended for the onerous task of leading the SHABI’s for two days.

With so many riders who had not ridden under the SHABI banner in Wales, strict pre-qualification instructions were issued by Smashie, along with a plethora of technical advice. It is gratifying to note that this “advice” was well received and most complied admirably.

Tragedy strikes with Tonka getting 'the squiters' (his description of the symptoms is unrepeatable) so he has to stay home. Fracker breaks his bike at the last minute. Evans Cycles cannot get the spares, so Smashie’s “spare bike” is called into action. Note for next time – do not ask Evans Cycles to “service your bike” one week before a big ride.

Two days before this blog starts, Steve E-mails Smashie to set out he itinerary for Saturday and Sunday which includes climbing Cader Idris. A short description of Cader Idris follows:

Cadair Idris or Cader Idris is a mountain in Gwynedd, Wales, which lies at the southern end of the Snowdonia National Park near the town of Dolgellau. The peak, at 893m, is composed largely of Ordovician igneous rocks, with many isolated bastard rocks with classic glacial erosion features such as cwms, moraines, striated rocks, and roches moutonnées.

Cader Idris - this is the pic that was meant to reassure the nervous SHABI's that they would be 'fine in Wales'

So the Blog starts with the prequel at the Forest of Dean training day on Friday with “Pedal a Bike Away”.

Day 1 – Training

Warm sunshine and soft gentle winds welcome the fleet of cars and vans arriving from all corners of Great Britain including; Spanner in the Vintage love bus, Big Ring with Slumpy as navigator, Smashie and Chauffer Chuffy in the new van, Genghis with Algy to keep him company along with Sir Fallalot, Fracker and C2C7 – yes 10 riders in total.