The Shelf

With it being close to two months off the road bike it was definitely time I got back on it.


Not wanting to go too crazy for my first ride on it in a few weeks, we drove over to Loggerheads for a loop on country lanes including one of the top 100 climbs in the UK, named ‘The Shelf’.

However, this loop did involve going down another top 100 climb, Pen Barras. That was steep…very steep. I was thankful to get that descent out of the way…ha! 


On a narrow country lane with moss and debris down the centre. Old stonewall cottages. Bare trees overhanging with their auburn leaves converting the embankments on either side of the lane. We were climbing ‘The Shelf’.

Out of the wood the rolling Welsh hills came into view bordered by weather-beaten barbed wire fences. Ever changing gradients playing havoc with my legs.


A final kick of a climb we hit the top with my hands still toasty and warm thanks to some new Mavic Winter gloves. 


Heading back to the car park through what felt like a totally different world through the quiet villages of North Wales, we’d covered nearly 16 miles with a fair amount of climbing.

Sometimes it’s not about the long miles, but just a short loop to get the legs burning. 

Things Only Wales Rally GB Fans Will Understand…

1.When the valleys start rumbling, early morningsĀ become a necessity rather than a chore.

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2.Driving in a train of cars on Welsh A Roads at 6am…it becomes pretty obvious where they’re all going.

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3.We’re as just as much about rallying as we are about rugby.

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4.It’s normally a family affair with smiles across the mini rally fans faces as they run round in their wellies and waterproof onesies and find every muddy puddle possible.

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5.Rally fans will travel from far and wide just to watch the rally cars tear through our muddy autumnal forests.

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6.Everyone knows everyone, but even if you don’t…with the common love of rallying…rally fans will talk to just about anyone.

And when the valleys go quiet…we wait for it to start all over again a year later.

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COMPETITION: What is your biggest accomplishment on your bike this year?

I’m kicking off the weekend with a ‘Lucy’s Life and Bikes’ competition and I want to know….

“What has been your biggest accomplishment on your bike this year?”

How to Enter:

Tag me in a post on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook (make sure it’s public!) telling me your biggest accomplishment this year on your bike.

You can follow/tag me with:

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Up for grabs is:

  • Fenwicks FS-10 Bike Cleaner

When I was working at Alf Jones Cycles I was soon converted to using Fenwicks products and I haven’t used anything else since. Reasonably priced and it does the job perfectly. Free from damaging substances such as silicon, it is safe to use on all bike parts including carbon fibre, disk brakes and delicate anodised parts.

  • Fenwicks Foaming Chain Cleaner

The low mess formula required to degreasing that clogged up chain this Winter…and all year round.

  • Fenwick Chain Cleaning Sponge

Used with the Foaming Chain Cleaner Fenwicks offers this alternative method to other complicated chain cleaners.

  • Fenwicks Wet Weather Chain Lube

For making sure your chain is running smooth this Winter.

  • Lezyne RAP-6 Multi-Tool

As well as the Fenwicks products, I also came across this multi-tool whilst working at Alf Jones Cycles. After a few months of use I can honestly say I have had no issues with it. It’s strong and not too bulky for a bag to hit the trails or a road cycling jersey pocket.

The reason for choosing all of these products? Because they are ones IĀ trust.

Feel free to spread the word about the competition and good luck!