CLUBMAN'S RIDE TO SHIRENEWTON
The first two weeks of February were icy cold, making cycling not a good idea on our favourite remote lanes. However the weather, although freezing, promised to warm up as I cycled to Newport to meet Nick at Maindee fire station. It was a Sunday morning and the roads out of the city were quiet. The ride continued on the flood plains of the Nash moor which is alongside the massive Severn estuary. After the flat ride through Redwick and Magor there was some climbing to do, over the main M4 Wales to London road. Before long the small village of Llanfair Discoed was passed through, the lane up to Shirenewton from here is one of the Bike Brothers favourite climbs. The great Fred Hando, many years ago, wrote about finding February treasures in this area, and indeed we found them today! After stopping for lunch in Shirenewton the ride continued with commanding views of the Severn Estuary. Some of the Great Britain Olympic team cycled past us going the opposite direction, indeed there were many cyclists out that morning. Further crystal-clear views, this time of the Black Mountains, were enjoyed before descending toward Usk. The Sun had been trying to shine all morning, eventually it came out but could not warm us up from the relentless headwind we had cycled into for most of the ride. From Usk the 'traditional' route home was taken, via Prescoed, Coed-y-Paen and the Trehebert road....46 miles.
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