We depart the Millenium Centre in Cardiff at midnight (meeting 11.30pm latest), fortified by local encouragement, and head up to the A48 as far as Bonvilston. We then hit quiet lanes and gentle climbs on to Llantwit Major, and if we’re lucky we’ll see the moon shimmering on the sea as we pass by, gently wafted by the prevailing easterly breeze.
After the stop at Ogmore-by-Sea we have a few more hills, but regular Fridays note that there’s nothing to compare with the set piece climbs of Turner’s Hill or Ditchling Beacon.
The end of the journey is – in many people’s estimation - the finest finish of any Fridays route: the path round Swansea Bay to Monaco Mumbles, taking breakfast by the pier. About 65 miles in total.
Expect a convivial pace, waymarkers, Tail End Charlies and a 3am stop for food and a brew. We re-group every few miles and no-one gets left behind. Experienced riders are on hand to deal with mechanicals and punctures, and make sure you don’t get lost.
Trains back east are plentiful with mainline trains having space for six bikes. Take the opportunity for some post-breakfast re-hydration so we don’t all go to the station at once.
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Organiser: Steve Ransom
Ride Leader: Claudine Conway