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BBQs and sun for the Bank Holiday weekend, plus lots and lots of bike rides! 

 

Team Cardiff cyclists used the Bank Holiday weekend to taper their training. 

Many chose to spend their Bank Holiday weekend winding down from the working week, relaxing and having BBQs in the surprisingly nice British weather. Not for Team Cardiff though. They used their extra day off work as training time to prepare for Tour de Pudsey.

Bank Holiday Monday saw Angela Boakes set off on her final big training ride before the event. Accompanied by her husband (and glorious weather), Angela had an 85 mile route planned that would see her scaling over 2,500m of ascent. The route started off by climbing steadily up towards Blaenavon, passing Big Pit, then passing over Llangynidr Mountain Road (highest point 1906 feet) into the Brecon Beacons National Park. The next few weeks will see her tackle more sedate rides as she tapers down for the big event!

The Brecon Beacons was also blessed by another Team Cardiff rider. Neil Davies has been fighting the urge to get up the mountains on his mountain bike in the lead up to Tour de Pudsey, to try and avoid injury before the main event. However, he saw himself taking a group of 14 lads from South Wales out on a gentle ride around the mountains of the Brecon Beacons. It was slippery to say the least, after two days of rain, and the first descent became an absolute barrel of laughs. Neil found there was nothing like a bit of peer pressure to get them down an extremely muddy bank with minimal grip. They then headed up into the misty mountains towards Penyfan, where a few of the riders had a go at a 6-8ft drop off, narrowly missing a few trees on landing. Neil decided to refrain, for obvious reasons, until later on in September. A laugh was had by all, followed by a well-earned drink in the Aberglais Inn afterwards.

Lucy ventured from her home in the Midlands over to Aberdovey in Wales for the weekend. Here she did a spectacular ride from Aberdovey to Barmouth, which went along the coastal road, across Barmouth Bridge and up the estuary. Before heading back she then took a break in the Old Inn pub in Barmouth to enjoy a Smelly Pig burger and a pint of beer - not something she will be doing on Tour de Pudsey.

Billy Brown would like to say a special thank you to all of his colleagues at Lloyds Bank Stockton Heath Branch. Over the last month they have had collection buckets on the counter for customers to throw in their loose change and, best of all, they have completed a static bike cycle challenge. This involved the Bank Manager, Assistant Bank Manager and Personal Banking Advisor using a static bike to cycle over 100 miles during a working day. Over the course of the day they managed to raise over £200 from collection buckets. The colleagues also did an Easter hamper raffle earlier in the year. Their support has been fantastic and is greatly appreciated by both Billy and the Cardiff team.
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2,500m

Climbing by Angela Boakes

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£200

Raised by Stockton Heath branch

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Lads taken on a mountain bike trip

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1,906ft

LLangynidr Mountain Road