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Friday 11 July 1997
1900-2140
Evening ride: Chalk FordGood weather
7 present: Tao Burgess, Ryan Edmondson, John Hayes, Michael Jones, Austin Loder, Phillip Oakley, Chris Weeks
Report to be written from the following notes made at the time - please write a full report if you remember the details.

[Buckfast, Brook Manor, Cross Furzes (Ryan powered up the hill). Lud Gate, Frisbees on the open moor. More Frisbees down by Chalk Ford. Buckfastleigh Scout campers walked past. John fell off on (stony) track (to Scoriton) - buckled wheel, cut leg and damaged elbow. Home by 9.40. Weather good.]

Saturday 12 July 1997Weekend ride: Beer YH Day 1Good weather
3 present: Ryan Edmondson, Michael Jones, Oliver Lindley
Video footage from today's ride
Report to be written from the following notes made at the time - please write a full report if you remember the details.

[Car to Starcross. Good weather. Sidmouth café for large ice creams. Arrived hostel 6pm.]

Sunday 13 July 1997
0800-1545
Weekend ride: Beer YH Day 2Rain later
3 present: Ryan Edmondson, Michael Jones, Oliver Lindley
Video footage from today's ride
Report to be written from the following notes made at the time - please write a full report if you remember the details.

[Michael had no cash for Beer caves. Lunch Woodbury Common. Rain on approach to Exmouth. Home by 3.45.]

Tuesday 15 July 1997
1900-2000
Evening ride (Junior): Skerraton DownOvercast, drizzle moving in
4 present: Michael Jones, Marc Nicholson, Sean Nicholson, Gavin Pearson
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[Overcast, light drizzle moving in. Dean Prior, Nurston, Skerraton. Back to Crofters by 8.00 by popular request.]

Friday 18 July 1997
1900-2150
Evening ride: Lambsdown
11 present: Aaron Austin, Ryan Edmondson, David Lee Flay, Tom Fox, Michael Jones, Oliver Lindley, Ashley Loder, Austin Loder, Gavin Pearson, Scott Riley, Chris Weeks
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[Dean hill, shortcut to Nurston road. Frisbees on Lambsdown for half an hour. Home by 9.50. Group of 5 went home early.]

Sunday 20 July 1997
1000-1745
Day ride: Dartmouth CastleVery hot
7 present: Richard Burge, Tao Burgess, Ryan Edmondson, Llewellyn Holmes, Michael Jones, Sebastian Lessware, Luke Whiting
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[Ryan resplendent in new kit. Tuckenhay, main road to Dartmouth. Budgie went into town with Tao, rest around to coastal footpath for lunch. Lots of boats in the light mist. Lots of drinks on the quayside at Dartmouth then higher ferry to Kings Ash Hill (Paignton) and Staverton. Half an hour of Frisbee throwing in the park. Home by 5.45. Very hot.]

Thursday 24 July 1997
1800-2045
Evening ride (Junior): Staverton
6 present: Ryan Edmondson, Michael Jones, Simon Mabin (Junior, Totnes), Marc Nicholson, Sean Nicholson, Gavin Pearson
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[Colston Road, Staverton Bridge. Couldn't play Frisbee in the park because cricketers were there. Played Frisbee outside Landscove play park, Simon got puncture on track. Home by 8.45.]

Friday 25 July 1997
1900-2145
Evening ride: River Dart Country Park
8 present: Aaron Austin, Ryan Edmondson, Michael Jones, Keir Manning, Phillip Oakley, Gavin Pearson, Scott Riley, Philip Stone
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[Hembury Woods, Holne, track to River Dart Country Park where played on slides and played Frisbees. Return through riverside track, home by 9.45.]

Sunday 27 July 1997Morning ride: Huntingdon Warren
6 present: Richard Burge, Tao Burgess, Ryan Edmondson, Michael Jones, Oliver Lindley, Luke Whiting
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Monday 28 July 1997
0700-2300
Tour: North, Mid and South Wales Day 1 Home to Lledr Valley YH (21 mi)Sunny and warm
16 present: Ben Barlow (13, Saltash), Tao Burgess, Ryan Edmondson, Alasdair Green, Kieron Green, Llewellyn Holmes, Thomas Hunt (15, Fleet), Michael Jones, Oliver Lindley, James Lyne (16, Birmingham), Craig McCracken, Casper Oliver (12, Stow-on-the-Wold), Jasper Oliver (11, Stow-on-the-Wold), Daniel Talbot, Luke Whiting, Fergus Worthy
Video footage from today's ride - 2006 DVD Edit
Video footage from today's ride - 2016 Extended Remastered Edit
The tour starts on the afternoon of Monday 28 July near the North Wales coast, at Llandudno Junction railway station, from where you will cycle 16 miles up the Conwy valley. You’ll stay the night at Lledr Valley youth hostel, situated in a quiet valley in Snowdonia National Park, away from the crowds. The hostel is a former quarry manager’s house with a large play area adjacent.
Evening Meal 7pm

Route via Conwy Castle and Gyffin.

Special Instructions given to Tao at the time of the tour:

Make sure you are at Newton Abbot station by 0745 at the latest. Check the displays to see which platform your train will leave (usually the one nearest the entrance to the station). Ask the guard which end of the train will have the guards van, and wait at that end of the platform. Remove panniers. Make sure the bikes are labelled with names and addresses, using luggage labels. When train arrives, allocate one person to load the panniers onto the nearest carriage while the rest of you load the bikes into the guards van. You may need to show your cycle reservation tickets to the guard. Get onto the carriage where the panniers are and then work down through the train to your reserved seats.

When the train arrives at Birmingham you must meet Daniel, Thomas, Fergus and James. Leave the others reserving your seats while you go to the carriage next to the guards van - make sure you are there before the train arrives at the station. Look out of the window as you arrive at the platform to locate four boys with bikes. They should move quickly to the guards van, where you will meet them, help them on with their bikes, speak to their parents and then show them to your seats. If they are not immediately there and waiting there is little you can do except stay on the platform for as long as possible before the train departs. If Daniel and Thomas are missing and you have time, ask a station official to advise whether their train is late in, and if so, ask what they advise to do. Whatever happens, all who are there must continue on the train as planned to Crewe.

At Crewe, if your train is on time you will have more than half an hour to change trains. Look at the displays at Crewe or ask station officials to tell you which platform you need for the 1317 departure for Llandudno. Work together to get to the platform as quickly as possible, and use the same procedure for loading bikes to avoid holding up the train. If for any reason you arrive too late for the 1317 departure, use the timetable or ask station officials to advise an alternative train. In these circumstances you should leave a telephone message with my mother to say exactly what you are doing, where you are and what time you will arrive at Llandudno Junction.

* When you sign up for a cycle tour you always run the risk of bad weather, especially when you visit Wales. This tour was plagued with bad weather from Day 2 onwards, taking much of the fun out of the experience for everyone, but at least the first day was sunny and warm.

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Tuesday 29 July 1997
0800-2300
Tour: North, Mid and South Wales Day 2 Lledr Valley to Pen-y-Pass YH (16 mi)Sunny start, turning cloudy and windy
16 present: Ben Barlow (13, Saltash), Tao Burgess, Ryan Edmondson, Alasdair Green, Kieron Green, Llewellyn Holmes, Thomas Hunt (15, Fleet), Michael Jones, Oliver Lindley, James Lyne (16, Birmingham), Craig McCracken, Casper Oliver (12, Stow-on-the-Wold), Jasper Oliver (11, Stow-on-the-Wold), Daniel Talbot, Luke Whiting, Fergus Worthy
Video footage from today's ride - 2006 DVD Edit
Video footage from today's ride - 2016 Extended Remastered Edit
Day two takes you the 15 miles to Pen-y-Pass youth hostel, located in the Llanberis Pass at the bottom of Snowdon, which at 1084 metres is the highest mountain in England and Wales. Weather permitting you’ll have an opportunity to climb the mountain by one of the quieter footpaths during the afternoon. The hostel itself is very well equipped including lounge, tv room, games room, lockers and a drying room! Evening Meal 7pm.

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Wednesday 30 July 1997
0800-2300
Tour: North, Mid and South Wales Day 3 Pen-y-Pass to Kings YH (43 mi)Sunny spells with cloudy periods
16 present: Ben Barlow (13, Saltash), Tao Burgess, Ryan Edmondson, Alasdair Green, Kieron Green, Llewellyn Holmes, Thomas Hunt (15, Fleet), Michael Jones, Oliver Lindley, James Lyne (16, Birmingham), Craig McCracken, Casper Oliver (12, Stow-on-the-Wold), Jasper Oliver (11, Stow-on-the-Wold), Daniel Talbot, Luke Whiting, Fergus Worthy
Video footage from today's ride - 2006 DVD Edit
Video footage from today's ride - 2016 Extended Remastered Edit
On Wednesday you’ll be starting early, riding southwards through the very scenic Pass of Aberglaslyn and onwards to the coastal road through Harlech with its dramatically sited 13th century castle. You’ll be staying the night at Kings hostel, a country house and annexe set in a peaceful wooded valley overlooking the impressive Cader Idris mountain range. Evening Meal 7pm.

* Food was not too popular

* Some people picked up a sickness bug overnight which left them feeling a bit weak next day

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Thursday 31 July 1997
0800-2300
Tour: North, Mid and South Wales Day 4 Kings to Borth YH (33 mi)Rain
16 present: Ben Barlow (13, Saltash), Tao Burgess, Ryan Edmondson, Alasdair Green, Kieron Green, Llewellyn Holmes, Thomas Hunt (15, Fleet), Michael Jones, Oliver Lindley, James Lyne (16, Birmingham), Craig McCracken, Casper Oliver (12, Stow-on-the-Wold), Jasper Oliver (11, Stow-on-the-Wold), Daniel Talbot, Luke Whiting, Fergus Worthy
Video footage from today's ride - 2006 DVD Edit
Video footage from today's ride - 2016 Extended Remastered Edit
Weather permitting, day four will begin with the short ride to Minfford and a walk to the peak of Cader Idris, perhaps one of the most impressive, accessible and unspoilt mountains in Wales. Later there may be opportunity to visit the Alternative Energy Centre at Machynlleth before continuing to the coastal village of Borth. The hostel here is an Edwardian house overlooking the sea, with a large, clean and safe beach just across the road. Evening Meal 6pm-8pm.

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Friday 1 August 1997
0800-2300
Tour: North, Mid and South Wales Day 5 Borth to Tyncornel YH (36 mi)Wet
16 present: Ben Barlow (13, Saltash), Tao Burgess, Ryan Edmondson, Alasdair Green, Kieron Green, Llewellyn Holmes, Thomas Hunt (15, Fleet), Michael Jones, Oliver Lindley, James Lyne (16, Birmingham), Craig McCracken, Casper Oliver (12, Stow-on-the-Wold), Jasper Oliver (11, Stow-on-the-Wold), Daniel Talbot, Luke Whiting, Fergus Worthy
Video footage from today's ride - 2006 DVD Edit
Video footage from today's ride - 2016 Extended Remastered Edit
The ride continues on Friday to the wild and remote Elenith area of mid-Wales, where sheep rule the immense, unspoilt countryside. Tyncornel hostel is an isolated farmhouse situated more than a mile from the nearest road - access is by a rough track. Heating is by open fire and there is no electricity - a real next-to-nature setting. Self catering.

Today's ride included a total climb of 906m.

* Michael told a ghost story in the dorm at bedtime.

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Friday 1 August 1997Evening ride: Unknown Destination
5 present: Richard Burge, Julian Duquemin, Jeremy Ford, Phillip Oakley, Philip Stone
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Saturday 2 August 1997
0800-2300
Tour: North, Mid and South Wales Day 6 Tyncornel to Bryn Poeth Uchaf YH (16 mi)Mainly cloudy
16 present: Ben Barlow (13, Saltash), Tao Burgess, Ryan Edmondson, Alasdair Green, Kieron Green, Llewellyn Holmes, Thomas Hunt (15, Fleet), Michael Jones, Oliver Lindley, James Lyne (16, Birmingham), Craig McCracken, Casper Oliver (12, Stow-on-the-Wold), Jasper Oliver (11, Stow-on-the-Wold), Daniel Talbot, Luke Whiting, Fergus Worthy
Video footage from today's ride - 2006 DVD Edit
Video footage from today's ride - 2016 Extended Remastered Edit
After cleaning up the hostel next morning there will be a choice of routes to the next hostel, either 10 miles over the mountains or 37 miles by road. The final decision will depend on weather conditions, but either way there will be plenty of remote, mountainous Elenith scenery all day. Bryn Poeth Uchaf hostel is a former farmhouse and barn with gas lighting, basic facilities and of course no electricity. Located at the end of a mile-long track in the heart of the Elenith mountains the charming hostel offers extensive views of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Self-catering.

Today's ride included a total climb of 482m.

* Warden charged 50p each for cups of tea

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Sunday 3 August 1997
0800-2300
Tour: North, Mid and South Wales Day 7 Bryn Poeth Uchaf to Ystradfellte YH (33 mi)Very wet
16 present: Ben Barlow (13, Saltash), Tao Burgess, Ryan Edmondson, Alasdair Green, Kieron Green, Llewellyn Holmes, Thomas Hunt (15, Fleet), Michael Jones, Oliver Lindley, James Lyne (16, Birmingham), Craig McCracken, Casper Oliver (12, Stow-on-the-Wold), Jasper Oliver (11, Stow-on-the-Wold), Daniel Talbot, Luke Whiting, Fergus Worthy
Video footage from today's ride - 2006 DVD Edit
Video footage from today's ride - 2016 Extended Remastered Edit
Day seven takes you to the southern fringe of the Brecon Beacons, to Ystradfellte hostel, consisting of two charming cottages one mile south of the village. A network of footpaths enable you to visit a series of waterfalls in the nearby wooded valleys that must rate as some of the best in the country, and a natural swimming pool at Porth-yr-Ogof. Self-catering.

* Everyone was soaking wet on arrival at the hostel. Many had showers immediately and then didn't want to go out for the waterfall walk later.

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Sunday 3 August 1997Afternoon ride: Ride Cancelled
1 present: Richard Burge
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Monday 4 August 1997
0800-2300
Tour: North, Mid and South Wales Day 8 Ystradfellte to Capel-y-Ffin YH (41 mi)Wet
16 present: Ben Barlow (13, Saltash), Tao Burgess, Ryan Edmondson, Alasdair Green, Kieron Green, Llewellyn Holmes, Thomas Hunt (15, Fleet), Michael Jones, Oliver Lindley, James Lyne (16, Birmingham), Craig McCracken, Casper Oliver (12, Stow-on-the-Wold), Jasper Oliver (11, Stow-on-the-Wold), Daniel Talbot, Luke Whiting, Fergus Worthy
Video footage from today's ride - 2006 DVD Edit
Video footage from today's ride - 2016 Extended Remastered Edit
Plan for today:

Monday takes you north east to the heart of the Brecon Beacons and Hay-on-Wye, a charming town famous for its second-hand bookshops. You’ll then continue onwards to the Black Mountains and Capel-y-Ffin youth hostel, situated in the Llanthony valley. This delightful and comfortable hostel allows access to some excellent hill walks that should offer plenty of evening fun if the weather is friendly. Evening meal 7.30pm.


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* Luke's clothes & shoes were still wet even though he left them in the hostel drying room, because the warden cleverly turned off the heater when she went to bed. Luke was very unhappy and was determined to wear his only dry shoes on the ride, against Michael's advice.

* Dry start, but probably a lot of rain during the rest of the day

* Probably rode through Brecon and Talgarth to Hay-on-Wye.

* The group was forced to split for some reason on the way to Hay, possibly a result of a repair, with Michael going on ahead with some and Tao leading the following group. Michael waited at the Gospel Pass turn in Hay for a long time, then went back to look for Tao but there was no sign of him. Eventually, possibly after a phone call to the hostel, Michael found out that Tao had taken an earlier right turn and was already up at the hostel with his group. As it was now late Michael took a taxi up the long climb to the hostel, accompanied by at least Tom.

* Hostel was warm and cosy.

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Tuesday 5 August 1997
0800-2300
Tour: North, Mid and South Wales Day 9 Capel-y-Ffin to St Braivels YH (35 mi)Wet
16 present: Ben Barlow (13, Saltash), Tao Burgess, Ryan Edmondson, Alasdair Green, Kieron Green, Llewellyn Holmes, Thomas Hunt (15, Fleet), Michael Jones, Oliver Lindley, James Lyne (16, Birmingham), Craig McCracken, Casper Oliver (12, Stow-on-the-Wold), Jasper Oliver (11, Stow-on-the-Wold), Daniel Talbot, Luke Whiting, Fergus Worthy
Video footage from today's ride - 2006 DVD Edit
Video footage from today's ride - 2016 Extended Remastered Edit
Plan for today:

On Tuesday you’ll be riding down the valley to Abergavenny and on through Monmouth to St Briavels Castle youth hostel in the Wye Valley. This hostel offers unique accommodation in a medieval castle with original features including a prisoner’s cell, chapel, hanging room and 30ft dungeon. Evening meal 7pm.

* Visited Pound Store in Monmouth where Tom bought a pot of hot chocolate powder

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