Can you cycle for 70 miles at 16 miles per hour?
If you can then you are eligible to buy yourself a real treat. Hopeful London 2012 Olympic gold medal winner local boy Geraint Thomas is hosting a cycling weekend at Bluestone National park on the 19th -22nd October.
Geraint was born in Birchgrove, Cardiff and started cycling at the age of 10 with the Maindy Flyers. He won numerous competitions as a teenager and started to cycle professionally. In 2008 he won gold at the Beijing Olympics in the Team Pursuit and when he returned to Britain was awarded an MBE. He now rides for Team Sky and has been selected for the Olympics where he is strongly tipped to win another gold.
He has participated in the Tour de France and this year won World Champion for the Mens TP, UCI Track World Championships in Melbourne. He has not entered the Tour de France this year as he wants to focus on his Olympic preparation and he has been confirmed as part of the British Olympic Squad.
He has suffered for his sport, having had two serious accidents, one which resulted in a ruptured spleen and the other a fractured pelvis and bone in his wrist.
Geraint is a real ambassador for the sport of cycling and does a lot of work in and around Wales encouraging children and young people to cycle more. In 2011 he hosted a weekend at Bluestone National Park which was really successful and enjoyed by all. Although I hesitate to say enjoyed because it featured some intense physical cycling. It was so popular that Geraint and Bluestone have decided to do it all again and once again it features a really good mix of cycling and time spent chatting with the man himself. In addition Bluestone offer the use of their Thermal Spas all weekend to ease your tired muscles and looking at the itinerary you are going to need them.
The weekend starts with an evening buffet on the Friday Night October 19th with a welcome by Geraint which includes a briefing on the planned events for the weekend. The Saturday starts with unsurprisingly a cycle ride starting at 9am and lasting 4 to 5 hours led by Geraint followed by an afternoon buffet in the Landsker Suite. In the evening if you are still standing after your ride Geraint will meet you at the on-site traditional Welsh pub the Tafarn. Sunday is a bit more gentle just a three hour cycle ride kicking off at 9:30am and followed by a 3 course Sunday lunch in Bluestone’s main restaurant the Yard followed by a final presentation.
So if you are a serious cyclist and want to help Geraint celebrate his success we all have our fingers and toes crossed for him in the Olympics add October 19th to your diary and rush to Bluestone’s website. This holiday will be quickly snapped up.