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Riding and rolling

2009 Do Lecture speaker Alistair Humphreys features in today's Guardian website in a neat little article about favourite rides . Inspired by those lists, I refelecte on my favourites; these are the top two:

Off-road: The red-graded Gorlech trail at Brechfa forest, halfway between Swansea and Carmarthen in West Wales. The combination of moss-covered ancient stone walls and dappled beech sunlight on the climbs contrasts beautifully with swooping downhills and some of the best berms in the country.

On-road: Still a relative novice at this, but the 1200 mile ride I did with my two eldest teenage children a couple of years back - they were 15 & 17 at the time - was one of the best holidays ever. We cycled from St Davids to the ferry port at Plymouth, took a ride over the Bay of Biscay to Santander, then cycled home. Hot, varied, fast, slow, tired, thirsty, very happy, and exceedingly fit-making.

Tickets for the Do Lectures are now on sale to corporate and individuals, priced at £2k and £1k respectively, all-in. There's good riding in West Wales too, and anyone who arrives early can come out to play.

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