Fashionable Clogs for You

  • Trendy clogs via dansko.com
  • Choosing the type of clogs that can be used on all occasions
  • Giving comfort a whole new meaning by wearing Dansko clogs

Women nowadays have a lot of options when it comes to wearing trendy shoes, and donning clogs are one of them.

Clogs only came out not-so long ago. Thanks mainly to the evolution of sandals that clogs came out as some happy addition to that long list of trendy hybrid sandals, particularly if you’re wearing Dansko clogs.

Dansko has all “the right moves” as far as clogs are concerned. And if there is one characteristic to describe what Dansko clogs are all about, that would be “fashionable”.

Yes, Dansko clogs are fashionable. These clogs come with a demeanor of someone who is assured of her sexuality, of her confidence. These clogs are made of quality leather, and that it fits those who are worldly-wise, street smart, savvy, women who can easily crossover to being formal to casual to sexy.

Dansko clogs have heels that are stable and has padding that doesn’t wear your feet in the long run, and allows you to move up and down without exasperating your lateral stability.

Dansko clogs are loved by millions of women because its durable and trendy, and not only that, these clogs are suitable footwears for any occasion, whether on a beach, the mall, or even high up on a mountain. So if you’re not wearing these Dansko clogs still, you might want to start wearing one today.

Just check out www.dansko.com right now and choose from their collection of clogs that bespeaks your personality or feminity. Don’t waste your time using clogs that damages your feet eventually because it sacrifices comfort among other things. With Dansko clogs, however, you get a footwear that doesn’t feel like a disturbance underneath, but something that gives you ultimate comfort and unparalleled style as well.

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Cool Eye Shields and Comfy Visors

  • A unique eye shield from bestfootballgloves.net that increases field view
  • Visors that offer anti-fog properties, allowing you control over atmospheric conditions
  • Visors with lenses that reduces blind spots, enabling you to have clear vision in the process

Unique Sports Clear View Football Helmet Eye Shield is one of Best Football Gloves’ sought after visors lately. And for a lot of reasons. But let us take a close look, though, at this eye shield by bestfootballgloves.net, and see why many are rooting for it.

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  • This visor increases your field of view – If you’re a quarterback of your team, you wouldn’t want some distraction whatsoever before you throw that ball to the receiver. This distraction can either be a light or some weather elements that might make your view anemic, but because Unique Sports Clear widens your view, any distraction might just be minimal.
  • This visor has anti-fog features – an eye shield by bestfootballgloves.net also comes with an added feature, that is, an anti-fog element. Simply put, this feature allows you to perform at a high level on the field still despite weather conditions. It is a visor that enables you to control atmospheric conditions.
  • This visor reduces bling spots – Lens matter also when it comes to visors, and with Unique Sports Clear, you get to use a lens that minimizes blind spots, which means that the sight you see in front of you is as clear as daylight, no unnecessary elements encircling its lenses or on your view for that matter.

Eye shields by bestfootballgloves.net are some of the best eye shields you can get online. And these features will show you why they have become popular over the years, because not only they are durable, they also come in trendy fashion, the kind of football that professional athletes dig, in the first place.

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How to Start Running | How to keep healthy and start to run everyday

Going for a run every day provides a wonderful photograph opportunity. If you run every day and take a photo everyday then you will soon build up a kind of running photo travel log. It also makes your run much more interesting than just re time, speed and distance. Especially if you love to travel it’s a great way to remember places.

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So next time you go for a run take your smart phone with you and take a picture – just one will do. This will make you much more observant of what is around you. Enjoy your running! A better habit could be to have a go pro instead this prevents you from getting distracted and you don’t begin texting, checking Facebook, twitter, Instagram etc. If you are already a pro you can shift your attention to trackers for your heart rate, time per splits etc. A Garmin or Fit Bit could come in really handy.

The key with running is always the 1st step you need to convince yourself that it will get easier as you run more and more.  When you wake up in the morning sometimes the last thing you want to do is go for a run, typically. It is better to start off with a comfortable distance for the 1st month or two following which you can begin to set goals and challenge yourself. It is not a good idea to try to run 10 kilometres on your very first day or even month.

If you say to yourself that you are going out for a 20 minute run then the likely hood is that the thought of running will fill you with dread. If you say to yourself that you are going to run for just one minute before you can walk then you will be out of the door like nobody’s business. Often when people don’t feel like going for a run they will follow this pattern. Run for just one minute, walk for a minute, etc. This really helps and will probably help you too. (See more here)

The beauty of running every day is that you never have to think about when to do exercise. You know that exercise is incorporated into your daily routine – everyday. You don’t have to run very far each day – perhaps a mile or two but this is enough. It allows you to push myself as much or as little as you want. You can take beautiful photographs on the way. You run for coffee or run to see friends at the pub. Exercise has to get to a point where it’s natural for it to work.

Buy you self some nice running shoes. Something that is suits the shape of your feet preferably. If you have flat feet it is better to make sure you get a shoe that helps keep your feet rounded. Head over to shops like athlete’s foot and you can speak to professionals who will take measurements and find the right shoes for you.

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What is an iHerb Coupon Code?

  • Introduction about iHerb
  • What is a coupon code
  • What do you get from an iHerb coupon code

If there is one thing that iHerb is known for, it is low priced nutritional supplements, beauty supplies and other health related products. Over the years, 20 years to be exact, iHerb has been known to do sales and special deals the whole year round. Most of these deals are in the form of iHerb coupon codes.

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What are coupon codes exactly? When you buy a product online, you will notice sometimes that there’s a box that says “Enter your promo code” at the checkout window. Think of coupon codes as a digital coupon but instead of an actual physical paper you present to the cashier, you enter a code instead. The same rules still apply; you get a specific discount for the code that you entered. It still works as a normal coupon, you get a specific set of discount for a specific brand or maybe for any purchase, expiration date, or maybe number of times used. It will all depend on how the seller is utilizing the code. This is a common marketing strategy for e-commerce sites because it is really effective.

When you are an iHerb customer (this happens when you purchase a product), you will be given an opportunity to input a referral/discount/coupon code. There are several types of codes you can use when purchasing at the iHerb store. There’s the first time purchase code which automatically takes off $5 from your first purchase. This is basically iHerb’s rewards promo that they give to their customers. Once you become a customer, you are automatically qualified to become a referrer which is basically rewards system. There are also other sets of discount codes available for iHerb. Most of them are brand related codes. You get like, 20-40% discount for the brand or specific product that the iHerb code is valid for.

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Ruthin (Wales)

GORE BIKE WEAR Road Sportive (Saturday) followed by the Merida Bikes MTB Marathon (Sunday)

Introduced in 2008 the sportive course in Ruthin put a real challenge out there for the riders. John Lloyd the man behind the Merida MTB Marathon series and the gore bike Wear Road Sportive put years of riding and course building experience into the Ruthin round and created one of the most liked sportives of the 2008 series.

GORE BIKE WEAR Road Sportives
The Ruthin road sportive will be run on the Saturday of the event weekend with an open start from early in the morning onwards. Following the huge trend of non-competitive road events the GORE BIKE WEAR Road Sportives are trying to set themselves apart from the rest by offering a high quality event package with outstanding courses and first class support around the course plus all inclusive camping, parking, facilities, event meal and finisher present…pretty much the same deal the riders of the marathon series have been enjoying since the very beginning.

Two courses to choose from:
The Ruthin road sportives will have two courses on offer – an approx. 80-100mile and an approx.40-50mile loop. The GORE BIKE WEAR Sportives are run very similarly to the Merida marathons by being one loop events with the start and finish being in the same location as the event village, registration and event camping.

Due to legal reasons the Sportives will be started in small waves of riders at set intervals. The start will open at a certain time and will stay open for approximately 1 hour to give everybody the chance to have a relaxing start at the time of their choosing.

The courses are fully marked but every rider will get a small ‘backup map’ given in case that marking is not 100% clear or gets damaged or removed. Around the course our energy food sponsor High5 will be present with energy drinks, bars, and gels as well as with bananas and water. Alongside the energy backup, mechanics will be out there to help everybody with any technical problems. The feeding stations are normally between 25-35miles apart but should not be relied upon as the sole source of your food and drink.

Once you’ve managed to complete your ride and come over the finish line make sure you don’t just race past the commentator and the timing crew as you would miss out on your unique finisher present and on your chances of getting one of the many spot prizes that we will give away again.

Course Description

Both routes head out of historic Ruthin along the pastoral Vale of Clwyd towards the coast. The climbing starts as the route goes through the centre of Denbigh past its 13th century castle.

Moving up onto the mooreland above the town the route cuts back to pass Lyn Brenig, famous locally for its fishing and watersports. Next stop Cerrigydrudion where the two routes part company. The forty five milers heading back to Ruthin through Clawdd- Newydd.

The eighty mile route carries on to Bala and its famous lake. Back to Corwen through the town centre and over the river before taking the scenic backroads towards Llangollen.

Now comes the final challenge, the Horeseshoe Pass. Chris Boardman still holds the record for the ascent here. Topping the final miles take in a descent of the Nant y Garth Pass before the return to Ruthin.

Statistics – short course (standard sportive)
Length: approx: 45 mile
Climbing: approx. 1,200 meters

Statistics – long course (classic sportive)
Length: approx: 80 mile
Climbing: approx. 2,300 meters

Please note that all course details are approximate and that the course might vary from the details given here.
Download – Further course details (including profiles) – long sportive – PDF File: 1.2mb

Camping, registration and start time:
Camping will be available (included in the entry fee) from Friday night through to Monday morning at the Rugby Club in Ruthin. This location is only a few hundred yards away from the town centre in Ruthin which has lots of restaurants, pubs and shops and is generally a nice place to go for a stroll. So maybe make a proper weekend break out of it and if you have the time you could go to the trails in Coed Llandegla Forest for a spin before you dive into the marathon bustle.

Start times:
The GORE BIKE WEAR Road Sportive will start 8am onwards (open start till 9am) on Saturday the 19th September ’09 at the Ruthin Rugby Club in Ruthin.

Registration opening times:
Friday from 6 – 9pm
Saturday from 6am – 8pm (Please note: from 6 – 9am only road sportive riders can register)
Sunday from 7 – 9am

Entry fees:
The entry fee for the approx. 50 and 100mile long GORE BIKE WEAR Road sportive is £25 per rider.

Discount: If you enter both event at the same weekend we will give you a £10 discount on your over all entry fee.

Your entry fee for the GORE BIKE WEAR Road Sportive includes:
Ride entry
Free post event food
Free usage of service stations
Free usage of facilities
Free skills and riding tuitions (run on Saturday)
Finishing present
Free camping and parking

Location and our man on the ground:
The Ruthin Rugby Club s the location for the GORE BIKE WEAR Road Sportive (19th September) and the Merida Bikes MTB Marathon event (20thSeptember). The event will be signposted from any directions from Friday lunchtime onwards.

Besides looking after the course of the two Builth Wells event John Lloyd is also sorting things out in Ruthin. John is the main man behind the series and has developed into an expert over the last few years when it comes to the roads and trails around Ruthin. Give him a ring on 01982 552923 if you have any more specific questions.

We will add further course news and last minute updates to our regular newsletter. If you have not subscribed yet please go onto the home page and click the newsletter button on the right hand side.
Helping Hands
Keep yourself fit to ride with a little help
MTB Works offers first class maintenance, and pre- and post race treatments to athletes. They provide advice on injuries, self care, stretching and maintenance routines, using a wide range of techniques from orthopaedic massage and facilitated stretching to electro-acupuncture and cryotherapy. In addition to hands-on work they also supply sports supports, taping, medicated anti-inflammatory plasters, anti-contusion liniments and advice on sports nutrition. These services will be available throughout the series – see www.mtbworks.com for more.

RUTHIN
Ruthin lies at the end of the Vale of Clwyd in Denbighshire, North Wales. Ruthin is an attractive market town with a population of about five thousand. It has good examples of Elizabethan, Georgian and Queen Anne styles of architecture, typical of North Wales. There are also Celtic and Roman remains to be found.

Since 1993 Ruthin has been twinned with Canton of Briec in Brittany. The Welsh spelling of Ruthin is Rhuthun, ‘Rhudd’ means red and ‘din’ means a city. This reflects the large amount of red sandstone that Ruthin is built upon.

From wherever you park in Ruthin, if you head uphill you find yourself in St. Peter’s Square. This hilltop town centre is unique in its rich architectural mix and lofty views of the surrounding countryside.

See www.walesdirectory.co.uk/Towns_in_Wales/Ruthin_Town.htm for more details on Ruthin, its history and what you can do while you are there.

Local Information
For information about the area please log onto:
www.visitruthin.com
www.clwydiancountry.co.uk

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Results

This page is for everyone who missed out on picking up the finishing time at the various events. Just click on the relevant event and you can read up on it. We will try to get the check times of the events in within a week after the event. If you have any questions just get in touch.

Due to legal restrictions we are not able to give more details on the results than provided here. We are very sorry of that causes frustration on your part. It certainly does on ours but our hands are tied. I hope you understand and still enjoy the events as what they are – non competitive.

If you have any questions regarding the timing or can’t find your name on the lists please get in touch with John Lloyd on 01982 552923.

 

2009 SELKIRK SPORTIVE RESULTS:

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE SELKIRK WELLS SPORTIVE RESULTS IN MICROSOFT EXCEL FORMAT.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE SELKIRK WELLS SPORTIVE RESULTS IN ADOBE ACROBAT PDF FORMAT.

For finishing times of the Selkirk round of the Merida Bikes MTB Marathon Series please CLICK HERE>>.

2009 LLANWRTYD WELLS SPORTIVE RESULTS:

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE LLANWRTYD WELLS SPORTIVE RESULTS IN MICROSOFT EXCEL FORMAT.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE LLANWRTYD WELLS SPORTIVE RESULTS IN ADOBE ACROBAT PDF FORMAT.

For finishing times of the Llanwrtyd Wells round of the Merida Bikes MTB Marathon Series please CLICK HERE>>.

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Please be aware that Gore Bike Wear is not responsible for the organisation and the running of the Gore Bike Wear Road Sportive Series and is also not in charge of the content and layout of this website.

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Selkirk (Scotland)

GORE BIKE WEAR Road Sportive (Saturday) including the ‘Extreme-distance’ followed by the and Merida Bikes MTB Marathon (Sunday)

Selkirk has been very popular over the last few years amongst the Mountain Biker fraternity through being the hosting town for the Merida Bikes MTB Marathons and the TransScotland 2007. Pete Laing is our man on the ground and besides having extensive knowledge of the trail and road network of the Scottish Borders. He works closely with road clubs and road enthusiasts of the region to create a fantastic sportive course which hits the balance between challenging course and breathtaking views just right.

For this event he put some extra effort in by not just putting two but three courses together.

The Selkirk round of the GORE BIKE WEAR Road Sportive series is the only round that features 3 rather than 2 different courses. The ‘Extreme-distance’ was created to give the experienced sportive riders a challenge of a new level. Please keep in mind that we recommend this event only for experienced and well trained riders.

 

GORE BIKE WEAR Road Sportives
The Selkirk road sportive will be run on the Saturday of the event weekend with an open start from early in the morning onwards. Following the huge trend of non-competitive road events the GORE BIKE WEAR Road Sportives are trying to set themselves apart from the rest by offering a high quality event package with outstanding courses and first class support around the course plus all inclusive camping, parking, facilities, event meal and finisher present…pretty much the same deal the riders of the marathon series have been enjoying since the very beginning.

Three courses to choose from including the Gore Extreme Loop:
The Selkirk road sportives will have three courses on offer – an approx. 80-100mile, an approx.40-50mile loop and the extra long ‘Extreme distance’ which is approx. 130mile long. The GORE BIKE WEAR Sportives are run very similarly to the Merida marathons by being one loop events with the start and finish being in the same location as the event village, registration and event camping.

Due to legal reasons the Sportives will be started in small waves of riders at set intervals. The start will open at a certain time and will stay open for approximately 1 hour to give everybody the chance to have a relaxing start at the time of their choosing.

The courses are fully marked but every rider will get a small ‘backup map’ given in case that marking is not 100% clear or gets damaged or removed. Around the course our energy food sponsor High5 will be present with energy drinks, bars, and gels as well as with bananas and water. Alongside the energy backup, mechanics will be out there to help everybody with any technical problems. The feeding stations are normally between 25-35miles apart but should not be relied upon as the sole source of your food and drink.

Once you’ve managed to complete your ride and come over the finish line make sure you don’t just race past the commentator and the timing crew as you would miss out on your unique finisher present and on your chances of getting one of the many spot prizes that we will give away again.

Course Description

Last years Gore Bike Wear Sportive followed an 80 mile loop that followed quiet roads in the Tweed, Yarrow and Ettrick Valleys; a fairly easy route that featured only two proper climbs. Feedback after the ‘08 event showed that most sportive riders are after something a little tougher, so, for the Selkirk round of the ’09 series, there have been some BIG changes.

Gore Bike Wear have asked for a 120-130 mile challenge route to sit alongside the usual 95 and 47 miles options. This has given us the chance to plan three completely new circuits taking in some remote and little used roads to the south-west of Selkirk, and to include loads of climbing!

Each route makes the most of the network of narrow hill roads linking the river valleys that the Scottish Borders is so famous for. The climb tot-up for each distance is… 47 mile: 4 climbs, 95 mile: 8 climbs, 120 mile: 10 climbs. None of the climbs are Alpine in scale but only one is less than 100m vertical and if you check the course profiles, there isn’t a flat road in between, so the ascent total soon builds up. The 120 mile route especially is a bit of a beast with 3600m of ascent. Note: Climb highpoints are shown in square brackets.

Everyone will head out of Selkirk [120metres] along the picturesque Ettrick Valley, with 2 miles of easy spinning before hitting a singletrack road that snakes its way up onto the Woll Rig [334m]. After a fast descent to the village of Ashkirk, you start a lovely undulating moorland road that takes in Blawearie, Alemoor Reservoir and The Rankle Burn before reaching the first feed stop at Tushie Law in Ettrick Valley. Here the 45’s turn east and take on two of the best climbs in the Borders, The Berry Bush [380m] and Witchie Knowe [362m] before an easy run back to Selkirk along the valley floor. Everyone else turns left and makes for the wilds of Eskdalemuir.

Given a calm day, it’s a big-ring churn up to the source of the Tima Water near the glamorously named Foulbog [334m] and on past Samie Ling Tibetan Monastery. Stop for tea and contemplation if you want but you may be persuaded to stay (in silence) for 3 years, 3 days, 3hours, 3mins ….you get the drift. At Eskdalemuir village (two houses and a tree) it’s a right turn and a tough peck over to Boreland through he endless Spruce plantations of Castle O’er Forest. Look for a well-stocked feed table at the village.

After more sticky roads, a near miss with Moffat and a marvellous 10 mile climb alongside Moffat Water (blink the sweat from your eyes long enough glance at the areas’ highest waterfall, the Gray Mares Tail if you can.) the Dumfries/Selkirkshire border marks another high point [338], the return to civilisation and the start of a 45 minute rolling descent past the Borders’ best known beauty spot, St Mary’s Loch. Feed stop #3 soon comes into view at The Gordon Arms Hotel.

Next up is The Witchie Knowe [362], 167 vertical metres of hell for tired legs and the last climb of the day for the 95 milers who turn left on reaching the Ettrick Valley road and follow the same return route as the 47’s. Psychological trauma sets in for the full distance boys and girls because at this junction they have to go in the opposite direction and tackle another 30 miles and two fair sized climbs before reaching home base. Climb #9 is The Berry Bush over the Gordon Arms again and climb #10 The Paddy Slacks [360m] starts straight away and takes any gibbering wrecks still left in the event over to the Tweed Valley and a lumpy run back to Selkirk by a leafy back road along the south bank of the river.

The clockwise direction of each route means that the outward leg will be into the prevailing wind and unlike last year, there are no busy main roads included; in fact on some sections you’ll be lucky to see a car. The new courses are going to be a challenge for most but choose a distance that suits your current level of fitness, get some miles in well before the big day and the reward will be some of the best sportive riding to be experienced anywhere in Britain.

Statistics – short course (standard sportive)
Length: approx: 47 mile
Climbing: approx. 1,600 meters

Statistics – long course (classic sportive)
Length: approx: 95 mile
Climbing: approx. 2,700 meters

Statistics – extra long course (‘extreme’ sportive)
Length: approx: 120 mile
Climbing: approx. 3,600 meters

Please note that all course details are approximate and that the course might vary from the details given here.

Download – Further course details (including profiles) – extreme sportive – PDF File: 1.2mb

Camping, registration and start time:
Camping will be available (included in the entry fee) from Friday night through to Monday morning at the Selkirk Rugby Club in Selkirk.

Start times:
The GORE BIKEWEAR Road Sportive will start 8am onwards on Saturday the 1st August ’09 at the Selkirk Rugby Club in Selkirk.

Registration opening times:

Friday from 6 – 9pm
Saturday from 6am – 8pm (Please note: from 6 – 9am only road sportive riders can register)
Sunday from 7 – 9am

Entry fees:
The entry fee for the approx. 50,100 and 130mile long GORE BIKE WEAR Road sportive is £25 per rider.

Discount: If you enter the road sportive on Saturday and the mountain bike event on Sunday (at the same weekend) then we will give you a £10 discount on your over all entry fee.

Your entry fee for the GORE BIKEWEAR Road Sportive includes:
Ride entry
Free post event food
Free usage of service stations
Free usage of facilities
Finishing present
Free camping and parking
Spot prizes

Location and our man on the ground:
The Selkirk Rugby Club is the location for the Selkirk round of the GORE BIKEWEAR Road Sportive (1st August) Merida Bikes MTB Marathon (2nd August) and the

Our man in Selkirk is Peter Laing who is renowned for his excellent course and trail building. For the last four years running the event in Selkirk was the most loved by the riders and this is certainly down to the excellent skills Peter has been showing over the years. He also has an extended knowledge of the road network of the borders and works closely with local road riding clubs and speortive enthusiasts to create one of the best course of the Gore Bike Wear Sportive series. If you haven’t done this one yet (road or MTB) it is worth the trip!
We will add any course news and last minute updates to our regular newsletter. If you have not subscribed yet please go onto the home page and click the newsletter button on the right hand side.

SELKIRK
The ancient and Royal Burgh of Selkirk stands high above the Ettrick and Yarrow Valleys. Sir Walter Scott served as sheriff here for 33 years and his former courtroom features a fascinating audio-visual presentation telling the story of Scott’s associations with the area and its people.

Halliwell’s House, the town’s oldest dwelling, is now the local museum, with the building’s links with the ironmongery trade recreated, and the Robson Gallery providing a venue for exhibitions. Clapperton’s Daylight Photographic Studio is a working museum and photographic archive.

Visitors to the town can enjoy free parking, and local publications include a Town Plan, Town Trail, mini-guide and countryside walks. Selkirk Common Riding in June is recognised as one of the oldest of the Border Festivals, with a tradition going back to the Battle of Flodden in 1513, with as many as 400 riders taking part. The town’s industrial background is reflected in the number of specialist tweed outlets, whilst local glass works offer the chance to buy products and see skilled craftsmen at work.

Three miles west is Bowhill House, a Georgian mansion, with woodland walks and an adventure playground in the extensive grounds. Its Little Theatre hosts drama and music performances.

The twin valleys of Ettrick and Yarrow contain some of the most glorious scenery in the Scottish Borders, with St Mary’s Loch, Southern Scotland’s largest stretch of water.

The area’s rich heritage provided inspiration for such writers as Sir Walter Scott and James Hogg. In the old byres of 16th Century Aikwood Tower, an exhibition features the life and work of James Hogg, known as ‘The Ettrick Shepherd’.
Local places of interest include Aikwood Tower, Bowhill House & Country Park, Halliwell’s House Museum and Robson Gallery, Sir Walter Scott’s Courtroom, Lindean Mill Glass, Selkirk Glass, Selkirk Golf Club (9 hole), The Woll Golf Course (9 hole), Swimming Pool and Fitness Centre.

Local Information
For information about local services and accommodation please get in touch with the local Tourist Information Centres and check out the local web sites.

SELKIRK

Tel: 0870 6080404
Fax: 01750 21886
Email: HYPERLINK “mailto:info@scot-borders.co.uk”info@scot-borders.co.uk
Address:
Halliwells House
Selkirk
TD7 BL
Web: www.scot-borders.co.uk and www.selkirk.bordernet.co.uk

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Llanwrtyd Wells (Wales)

GORE BIKE WEAR Road Sportive (Saturday) followed by the Merida Bikes MTB Marathon (Sunday)

This year’s summer’s 1st GORE BIKE WEAR road sportive round, moves from Builth Wells to Llanwrtyd Wells. The event is located in a stunningly scenic area in the heart of Mid Wales and an ideal place for one of the most breathtaking and challenging road sportives in the 2009 series.

John Lloyd is once again putting two challenging sportive course together and makes use of his extensive local knowledge from countless hours in the saddle of his road bike. Only a short drive from his home town Builth Wells the move to the new location open a completely new area and will allow him to give the riders what they are looking for. Known all over the world through events like the Man vs. Horse and the Bog Snorkelling Word Championships Llanwrtyd Wells will offer the ideal backdrop for the new event/location of the 2009 Gore Bike Wear Road Sportive Series 2009.

The event village is situated a few hundred metres from the town offering lots of drinking and eating places – ideal for a quiet shandy before the big ride on Saturday or Sunday.

The event village/camp ground/start and finish location will be signposted from every direction from Friday afternoon onwards and will stay open for the campers till Monday morning. So if you want to make a long weekend of it – this is your chance.

GORE BIKE WEAR Road Sportives
The Llanwrtyd Wells road sportive will be run on the Saturday of the event weekend with an open start from early in the morning onwards. Following the huge trend of non-competitive road events the GORE BIKE WEAR Road Sportives are trying to set themselves apart from the rest by offering a high quality event package with outstanding courses and first class support around the course plus all inclusive camping, parking, facilities, event meal and finisher present…pretty much the same deal the riders of the marathon series have been enjoying since the very beginning.

Two courses to choose from:
The Llanwrtyd Wells road sportives will have two courses on offer – an approx. 80-100mile and an approx.40-50mile loop. The GORE BIKEWEAR Sportives are run very similarly to the Merida marathons by being one loop events with the start and finish being in the same location as the event village, registration and event camping.

Due to legal reasons the Sportives will be started in small waves of riders at set intervals. The start will open at a certain time and will stay open for approximately 1 hour to give everybody the chance to have a relaxing start at the time of their choosing.

The courses are fully marked but every rider will get a small ‘backup map’ given in case that marking is not 100% clear or gets damaged or removed. Around the course our energy food sponsor High5 will be present with energy drinks, bars, and gels as well as with bananas and water. Alongside the energy backup, mechanics will be out there to help everybody with any technical problems. The feeding stations are normally between 25-35miles apart but should not be relied upon as the sole source of your food and drink.

Once you’ve managed to complete your ride and come over the finish line make sure you don’t just race past the commentator and the timing crew as you would miss out on your unique finisher present and on your chances of getting one of the many spot prizes that we will give away again.

Course Description

Both routes start from the Show Field, Llanwrtyd Wells, the two routes split immediately on leaving the venue. The 50 mile route heads west through Llanwrtyd Wells towards Abergwesyn. The 90 mile route heads east, gently descending towards Llangammarch Wells, then along undulating B roads through Garth and Beulah and then west to rejoin the shorter route in Abergwesyn.

Both routes then turn towards Tregaron, eventually reaching the Devils Staircase, one mile long and very steep, this has been on route for both the Milk Race and the Kelloggs Road Race.

After the staircase you drop steeply, only to face another climb almost as steep and a bit longer. On descending from this second climb you will turn south down the Tywi Valley towards Llandovery, reaching the first feed-station and checkpoint at 33 miles for the longer course and 25 miles for the shorter course. A viewpoint overlooking the Llynbrianne Reservoir. This stretch being in one of the most beautiful valleys in Wales. The road leads through Rhandirmywn passing The Royal Oak Public House.

On reaching Llandovery the shorter route turns east and climbs over the Sugar loaf and then descends back to Llanwrtyd Wells. While the longer route follows the main road for a few miles before turning onto B roads towards Brecon. The second feed station is near the village of Cradoc, at approximately 67 miles. Just past Cradoc the route turns left towards Upper Chapel and then left again over the Eppynt Military Range, descending to Llangammarch Wells and continues back through Cefngorwydd to Llanwrtyd Wells.

Statistics – short course (standard sportive)
Length: approx: 50 mile
Climbing: approx. 2,200 meters

Statistics – long course (classic sportive)
Length: approx: 90 mile
Climbing: approx. 3,600 meters

Please note that all course details are approximate and that the course might vary from the details given here.

Download – Further course details (including profiles) – short sportive – PDF File: 1.2mb

Download – Further course details (including profiles) – long sportive – PDF File: 1.2mb

Camping, registration and start time:
Camping will be available (included in the entry fee) from Friday night through to Monday morning at the Show Fields in Llanwrtyd Wells.

Start times:
The GORE BIKEWEAR Road Sportive will start 8am onwards on Saturday the 4th July ’09 at the Show Fields in Llanwrtyd Wells.

Registration opening times:
Friday from 6 – 9pm
Saturday from 6am – 8pm (Please note: from 6 – 9am on Saturday only road sportive riders can register)
Sunday from 7 – 9am

Entry fees:
The entry fee for the approx. 50 and 100mile long GORE BIKE WEAR Road sportive is £25 per rider.

Discount: If you enter the road sportive on Saturday and the mountain bike event on Sunday (at the same weekend) then we will give you a £10 discount on your over all entry fee.

Your entry fee for the GORE BIKE WEAR Road Sportive includes:
Ride entry
Free post event food
Free usage of service stations
Free usage of facilities
Finishing present
Free camping and parking
Spot prizes

Location and our man on the ground:
The Show Fields in Llanwrtyd Wells is the location for the Summer Merida Bikes MTB Marathon event (5th July ‘09) and the GORE BIKEWEAR Road Sportive (4th July ‘09).

Our man in Llanwrtyd Wells is John Lloyd – I don’t think we have to introduce him at all. John is the main man behind the series and an expert when it comes to the area around Llanwrtyd Wells where he first started Mountain Biking and road riding many years ago. Give him a ring on 01982 552923 if you have any more specific questions.

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LLANWRTYD WELLS
The beautiful Llanwrtyd Wells in the Secret Heart of Wales – officially the smallest town in Great Britain – being located at the centre of one of the last remaining wildernesses with the cleanest air in UK has to offer.

With its beautiful clean air and low light pollution, it sits astride the River Irfon and the A483 between Builth Wells and Llandovery. The River Irfon begins in an SSSI (site of Special Scientific Interest) and is an upper tributary of the River Wye to which salmon return to spawn each year. The river flows through the town joining the River Wye at Builth Wells. The most spectacular scenery; forests, mountains, hidden valleys and many conservation sites surround Llanwrtyd, providing a habitat for many rare species of flora and fauna. If you are lucky enough you may also have the privilege of spotting rare red squirrel. With the successful repopulation of the Red Kite following its near extinction in this area, you will be certain to see them soaring wild and free in the skies above the town.

Local Information
For information about local services and accommodation please get in touch with the local Tourist Information Centres and check out the local web sites.

LLANWRTYD WELLS
Telephone: 01591 610666
Address:
Ty Barcud
The Square
Llanwrtyd Wells
Powys
LD5 4RB

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Event Locations

The GORE BIKE WEAR Road Sportive Series will have three events at three different locations:

Here you will find all the info you need about the various locations, the courses, the directions to the event villages, the timetables and everything we could think of that might be of interest to you.

In case we did not cover all the things you want to know just click on ‘Contact’ and fire away. We will try to get back to you within a day and include it on the page if necessary.

Alternatively you can give John @ John Lloyd Racing Events a ring on 01982 552923

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