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Beautiful day out in Mid Wales yesterday, we got more than our fair share of sunshine, dry trails, empty mountain roads and it was great craic.

We had some really beautiful views over Llyn Brianne and found no tourist traffic, just loads of cyclists out on the mountain roads. It's been dry for over a week so the Strata Florida was pretty straightforward and the Claerwen road was dusty dry.

Cabbage, Philw and Watts showed us how it's done, Dysan made it look easy on his TA and there was a sterling off-tarmac performance from Mikek3xl on his big varadero, unfortunately he didn't fit crash bars before the ride :( - it looked like hard work on the big beast. Dr Zook made it pretty easy for me with a few wee wobbles but there was no catching Watts on the Caerwen road.

Here are a some photos and a short but noisy vid.










YouTube - midwalesdualsport.mpg

Mucho gracias to all for a cracking day out.

Now lets see some more photos. Or are you all out riding instead of sitting in front of your computers :cool: Off to wash me bike now...
 

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Beautiful day out in Mid Wales yesterday, we got more than our fair share of sunshine, dry trails, empty mountain roads and it was great craic.



Now lets see some more photos. Or are you all out riding instead of sitting in front of your computers :cool: Off to wash me bike now...
Nice!
 

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Looks like you all had a good day...shame I missed it, looks like something that I would have enjoyed. Other commitments meant only a short ride out for me......maybe next time.
 

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Looks like the Varadero has road tyres on. That's some achievement:thumbleft:
Who says the vara is no good off road:thumbleft:
 

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Great day out, what more could you ask for superb scenery and beautiful weather with a cracking bunch. Well done Mike for giving it a go but it was living proof the Vara can do trail riding about as good as a Goldwing. Poor Mike was knackered. We did bump into a couple of fellas one on a Dommi who looked like he was struggling until he saw the Vara mind:D With the days temperature it was almost like being up in the Pyrenees last year:blob5: Nice to meet Dysan and good effort. Great to catch up with Tendays and Mike again. Mike get that XR sorted an you can come on a Wattsy special:toothy7: Had a great road blat back with big Gareth but he was dropping back by the time we reached Merthyr i fancy he was suffering with lack of food:D The XR once again performed faultlessly .
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Phew!!
 

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Crackin pics and video folks, that's great tracks you have to ride down there! Not much of that up here in Scotland, I don't think there are any right of ways left up here. :(

In defence of the Varadero, I think the guy did very well, as he's not kitted out in full MX gear I take it he's just giving it a go, well good on ya mate! Horses for courses, the Mighty Varadero CAN manage tracks but excels in long distance touring. I look apon the Vara as the Range Rover of bikes! It's not a Defender, but I'd rather the Range rover to go touring Europe!

Great to see the bikes doing what they were made for, hats off to all of you. :thumbup:
 

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Well done chaps and hats off to the chap on the Vara :thumbup:. That's a mighty big beastie on which to be tackling such terrain Cracking good job :cool:.
 

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Absolutely bang on guys :thumbup:

That first photo Alistair -- picture postcard stuff :thumbup: , where is it ???

I need to go there :D:D:D




Well done all of you :thumbright:
 

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Superb pics, gives a real flavour.
Care to share a little more detail around the location, or can I PM someone if it's a best kept secret;)
 

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Looks a good day, shame I could not get there.
 

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A superb day out, big thanks to Tendays and Dysan for making the effort to travel down, Mike did outstandingly well on his Varadero on the Strata Florida section, rather you than me buddy :thumbup:.

And as usual it was a pleasure to ride with PhilW and the new slimline Watts :D.

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To all those who made it, thanks for coming :hello1:
To all those who could'nt make it, there's always next time :3some:
To all those who could'nt be arsed, your loss :la:
 

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hi mike here to all those i met thank you for a good day. my legs died on sunday .phill i am working on the xr. and gareth and martin thank you for picking me up when i floped off no moor offroad on the volvo
 

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When I come from Germany I'am going up there might take SHarrie.
 

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I'd just like to say I had a great day and it was well worth the trip down to explore. Many thanks to Cabbage, Philw and Watts for showing us the routes and using their knowledge to organise themselves to get in front for some cool action shots. :cool:

Nice to meet you all and hopefully tendays and I will get down there for a weekend's worth of lanes before too long.

Here's some of my shots from the day. Not great quality from the iphone but never mind.
 

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Dysan, is that you on the black TA? it looks to be sat very low, especially at the front, is it dropped intentionally or is it just my eyes going funny?
 

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Dysan, is that you on the black TA? it looks to be sat very low, especially at the front, is it dropped intentionally or is it just my eyes going funny?
Its certainly not lowered intentionally and I don't think its any different to how its always been, but then over time you don't notice small differences.
 
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