Tour of Pembrokeshire
12th May 2012
By Chris Watkins
St David’s was the venue for the Tour of Pembrokeshire on Saturday 12/05/12. On arriving at the free car park it was a short walk to the Oriel y Parc to register, a very relaxed affair. As the 2 newest members myself and Peter Armytage, who was suitably dressed in the clubs colours, had decided to give the 50 mile route a go. It turned out to be a cracking day the sun shone from start to finish and the views were absolutely stunning. Being a novice I found the route quite demanding but worth every minute especially the 10 minutes spent eating the delicious welsh cakes at the 23mile stop-off feed station. With the Tour Hill Climb ahead of us it probably wasn’t such a good idea but what the heck! Besides the many hills the only other thing to contend were the kamikaze flies which were intent on slamming into every part of your body at every opportunity (note to self must learn to keep mouth shut in future).
The Cathedral was coming into focus so we knew the end was in sight and we were nearly home and dry. Talking about keeping dry there was a sharp turning right down by the Cathedral onto the walk-bridge over the moat. Thankfully Pete was in front of me and after seeing his back wheel skidding precariously towards the moat (brilliant skill by the way) he negotiated the bridge perfectly. Having seen this I thankfully had time to slow down and manage the corner in a far less dramatic (boring) fashion but hey who cares I never got wet unlike some. It was reported that a few had not been so successful and had taken an early bath! Then the final ‘killer’ hill into the city centre and back to the Oriel y Parc and over the finish line for a well deserved massage (well recommended). A great day out made even better by the weather and everyone being so friendly and helpful. It was a real joy to take part, here’s to next year!
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