I decided today to get up really early for a big ride around the Brecon Beacons. Turned out to be slightly longer and higher than originally planned though 🙂
I had thought about cycling from my house to Abergavenny and back, around 60 miles. However, the fact I was out of the house and on the bike just after 7 this morning and the promise of a glorious day persuaded me to push it a little further. In the end I did 86 miles and 5200 feet of climbing, taking in not only Abergavenny, but a mountain climb (up the side of the Blorenge), Crickhowell and Talybont. I even managed to have a breakfast in a great cafe in Talybont and was still home by lunchtime.
Mind you, to be fair, I am somewhat tired now 😀 Its all good training for the France cycling holiday in 3 weeks time and I hope to fit in a 100-miler sometime in the next few weeks too.
The picture above is of a small tarn called Keepers Pond at the top of what is known locally as “The Tumble” and forms a spur of the Blorenge plateau. And I have to say it was a killer of a climb but also an incredibly great feeling to get to the top of it. Mind you, the descent was fast…and a little scary 🙂