As I found out a few weeks ago on TINAT… riding gravel is fun. Especially in Wales. I originally planed to do a long road ride but I couldn’t resist riding some more dirt on the Racing Collective WalesDURO.
The route is just over 300km long with 6,500m of ascent and a fair bit of off-road, to be ridden in two days. There are 5 timed segments each day ‘designed to test riders’ strength, bike handling, and determination on a variety of surfaces over mixed terrain.’
I wanted to enjoy the weekend with other riders but ride hard on the segments. I’ve been riding quite a bit this year so I wanted to test the legs. Unfortunately I punctured on the first segment so was never in the running but I still gave the others a go. I bagged KOMs on segments 6,7 and 8 and was quickest rider on the day through 4 and 5! Segments 2 and 3 were only a few seconds in it. All in all very happy with the result!
On the way back into Cardiff I stopped for an ice cream and opened my frame back to find the bottle of sealant I bought on the ride had exploded within my bag. Wales certainly gave the bike a good shaking! At least maybe now my frame bag might be waterproof…