Owners of X-Press Legal Services Bristol, Bath and Somerset, John and Clare Watt recently cycled the length of Wales- travelling from Chepstow to Caernarfon over three days. They completed the cycle to celebrate John’s 60th birthday, showing themselves that age won’t stop them from making memories and staying active. Joined by a group of other keen cyclists, the pair covered over 200 miles in three days, enjoying the typically Welsh summer weather- tackling drizzle and the strenuous terrain of the Welsh mountains and valleys.
On the first day, the group travelled from Chepstow across the Gospel Pass to Hay on Wye and then west to stay in Llandrindod Wells. During the second day, John and Clare rode up to Bala, travelling 75 miles through central Wales, including a final climb over the Dinas Mawddy with gradients of up to 25%!
John commented: “When we were travelling over the final pass, we met a young woman named Illi Gardener who was riding up the same pass 72 times to get the record for the quickest comparable ascent of the height of Everest on a bike – incredible stuff!”
The final day saw the team ride from Bala to Caernarfon, stopping for lunch at Beddgelert and climbing Pen-Y-Pass in heavy Welsh drizzle.
When asked if he would do something similar again, John said: “Probably!”
(John & Clare Watt pictured 1st & 2nd from the left)