Black Mountains Classic loop, Abergavenny

JhnBssll

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I'm off on a road trip tomorrow afternoon from sunny Suffolk across to Abergavenny where I'll be staying at a friends house overnight before we head out on our bikes to tackle the black mountains classic loop :becool:

https://www.mbr.co.uk/routes/big-black-mountains-classic-wales-route-385286

It'll be my first time riding in Wales so why not tackle an epic :laugh: My friend has ridden it a number of times and knows all the bail out routes but has told me to prepare for all conditions, I'm really looking forward to it :becool:

Anyway, bike is all prepped and raring to go and my kit is packed, all being well I'll report back with how I get on when I get home late on saturday. In the meantime I wondered if anyone else had ridden this route or anything nearby and had any stories to tell, epic or otherwise? :laugh:

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Have fun :bicycle:
 
I'm suprised nobody has commented on the turbo trainer or bin I'm taking along too :ohmy::laugh:

The car is all loaded up now, I'll be setting off in to the traffic shortly :rolleyes::laugh:
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JhnBssll

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Location
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Well that was awesome :becool:

It was a tough route, with the first hour or more spent climbing on spongy grass - a real slog! The first descent made it entirely worthwhile, and they only got longer and faster from there :okay: Of course there were more gnarly climbs in between the downs, each one leading me to question my life choices, but again and again the rolling descents made it all worthwhile :laugh: There were a couple of climbs where we had no option but to push the bikes up as the gradient was too tough for even the biggest cassette, and I will freely admit there was one descent where I hopped off and walked/slid down a particularly steep section littered with head-sized boulders whilst my friend careered through :laugh:

Excellent weather but still very fresh on the peaks, we even got above the snow line at a couple of points :becool: In total I clocked 23.3 miles and 4083ft of climbing, I think theres a bit missing due to dodgy auto-pause settings but am not entirely sure :laugh: Anyway, a few pictures from my day:

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