Well, despite the discouraging forecast, 8 hardy souls set out from the H Café in the drizzle to brave the Welsh hills.  Upland roads were avoided as these would have taken us into the cloud, so we stuck to the valleys and enjoyed practising smooth riding skills all the way to our hotel. 

The next morning was dry in defiance of the forecast, and regrets about abandoning the Dawn Raid were expressed by some. A lovely ride along the Elan Valley and even a dry(ish) run on the famous Newtown to Crossgates road. 

A picnic in the garden of the still-closed Radnorshire Arms, then a race to get home before the next bank of rain came in all added to a great few days on the bikes.

Ken Jeddere Fisher

First published in Slipstream July 2019