A CLUBMAN'S RIDE TO SHIRENEWTON.

30.09.12

I cycled down to Newport on a Sunday morning to meet Nick again after his night-shift at Maindee Fire Station. We then cycled out of the city using the cycle track that follows the main A48 road towards Chepstow. There was something strange going on this day, it was a bit cold and blustery but what we were seeing was a new phenomena, there were quite literally scores of cyclist out, on their own, in groups, in couples, it was the like not known for many years. The Brothers were used to seeing the occasional club-man out on a Sunday but nothing like this! The Bradley Wiggins effect was certainly changing the whole countryside - people were out cycling and they seemed to be enjoying it! The road to Llanfair Discoed was taken and then the fantastic climb up the narrow lane toward Shirenewton was followed. The village was bypassed on a rough old track that arrives out on the Usk road. Pies were eaten at the same spot as a couple of weeks previously. More cyclists were encountered on the fast descent to Usk. Usk has seemed to become a hub for this new breed of cyclists for their expeditions. Like ourselves they have found out that this small town is an excellent springboard for the start of rides in to the beautiful landscape of Gwent. The excursion was finished off on our 'traditional' route home via Prescoed, Coed-y-Paen and the Treherbert road....60 km with  812 metres of climbing.

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