Out of Five Rivers and up Castle road, turn right at the old castle and through Ford, then the Winterbournes to Porton (Take care going down to the cross roads in Porton)
From Porton, go right, over Porton Range to the A30. A left and right to go up Clough Lane into Winterslow. Down the hill, then right into Weston Lane, and right again to go past the church in West winterslow to the windmill crossroads.
Left at the windmill crossroads, into Pitton, then left to go over White hill to Farley and East Grimstead, following the road around to West Dean, At the top of Moody’s hill turn right, over to West Grimstead, then through Whaddon and Alderbury back in to Salisbury.
5Rs, Woodford Valley, Great Durnford, Amesbury, Upper Woodford, mile hill over to Gt Wishford, then back to Salisbury via Quidhampton.
Salisbury to Alderbury. After crossing the A36 at the top of the first climb turn left to Pitton. Right at the cross roads in Pitton all the way along past the windmill to cross the A30. Over the range, Gomeldon Rd climb, then right at Winterbourne. Left at the roundabout, then a short stretch along the Portway before turning right to go up to Highpost. Descend Jubilee then make your way back to Salisbury.
Five Rivers to Wilton Road, then drop down Ashfield Road to head out to race course hill via Lower Bemerton and Quidhampton. Over race course hill to Broadchalke and then Fifield Bavant. Right at Fifield B to Fovant, then over to Dinton. At Dinton follow the road back to Barford St Martin and then on to Wilton via Burcombe. From Wilton straight back along the main road to Salisbury.
SRAMcc now has branded t-shirts and hoodies! The t-shirts are available both in regular and technical fabrics.
The front logo is about 100mm wide and is printed above the left breast. The rear logo is printed in the upper half of the clothing item on the back! All clothing items are offered in black only.
Regular fabric t-shirts are £15.
Technical fabric t-shirts are £15.50.
Hoodies are £21.
Please click on each clothing item to see sizing information.
In July, we are going to ride two routes in and around the Brecon Beacons. The ride start and end points are centred on the Visitor Centre in Brecon. The visitor centre or booking.com can help with finding accommodation for those who wish to ride on both the Saturday and Sunday.
These rides are tough, you need to be riding towards the top end of the Thursday rides or a GIOTW regular in terms of your level of fitness.
Riding the roads of Wales in the wet is absolutely no fun at all, so be prepared for last minute changes to the routes. The weather would have to be forecast to be very poor in order for us to cancel the rides altogether, but it is a possibility. When you make your accommodation bookings therefore, ensure that you can cancel without a fee (unless you want to spend a rain sodden weekend in Brecon of course).
Usual ride rules apply, you will need lights (a rear light that will run for the entire ride is recommended), drink, spares, more snacks than usual, money, membership cards and a phone. The wearing of a cycle helmet is strongly recommended.
Lunch stop venues are suggestions only, and of course stopping on route for an impromptu espresso is considered an absolute must.
We rode these routes last year and they were pretty awesome. The general concensus was that everyone wanted to have another go at them this year.
Saturday 14th July
Starting at the Visitor Centre in Brecon at 10:00 on the Saturday.
Address: Cattle Market car park, Brecon, Powys, LD3 9DA
Tel: 01874 622485
140km today taking in the iconic Gospel Pass and The Tumble.
Leaving the start point we head north to Builth Wells, then south to Hay-On-Wye on NCN Route 8. Then it’s a long climb up the Gospel Pass before dropping down in the Abergavenny on NCN Route 42. Here we can grab something to eat (there’s a Waitrose!) before heading up The Tumble.
This is the last climb of the day, before heading back along the valleys to Brecon via Crickhowell and Talybont-on-Usk.
Saturday Evening Meal
For those who are staying over, a curry and beer will be required after such a hard days efforts. Zeera’s is great, and we can re-fuel for the Sunday.
Sunday 15th July
Starting at the Visitor Centre in Brecon, again at 10:00am.
Leaving Brecon we head west to climb Devils Elbow, before dropping down to Glyn-neath. We grab lunch at the Garwnant Visitor Centre. Then follow minor roads past the Llwyn-on Reservoir, followed by a short section on the A470 to Cefn Coed.
North then past the Pontsticill Reservoir and on to Talybont-on-Usk. Heading east to Llangynidr then straight to Bwlch.
Through its membership of British Cycling, the SRAMCC has £10m Liability Insurance related to club activities, committee members and other officials of the club, members acting on the instructions of the committee, and certain non-member participation. Details of the clubs’ insurance policy can be found here on the British Cycling website.
Please note that Individual Club Members are specifically excluded from the British Cycling insurance policy.
Participation in club rides and other events is at your own risk and you are strongly advised to obtain Liability Insurance cover.
British Cycling has confirmed that club runs are a “ride of individuals” who are each responsible for their own actions and for obeying the law. Being on a ride with the SRAMCC does not remove your individual responsibility and liability. Likewise offering to lead a ride does not make you responsible for the actions of others.
Obtaining the required insurance is easy, and is normally done by taking out membership of the following organisations, which also help support cycling in Britain (though other providers do exist).
No one wants to have an accident and therefore the SRAMCC have carried out General Risk Assessments for our club’s social rides.
The assessments highlight potential dangers relating to participation in “club runs” but are subject to a Dynamic Assessment on the day depending on such factors as the abilities and numbers of the riders participating, the prevailing weather conditions and any known issues or changes to the planned routes and destinations. These will be announced at the pre-ride briefing before the rides depart. There may be additional instructions and advice given by the ride leaders and other riders during the ride itself. Communication of information between all riders is to be encouraged to ensure a safe and successful ride.
The MTB Risk Assessment should be read alongside the Road Rides Risk Assessment as it contains a few extra points specific to trail riding.