Matthew Finch takes advantage of the longest day of the year, by leaving the trail centre behind and going for his longest ride.
I awoke to the manic buzzing and beeping of my phone alarm. It was 3.00am.
There’s something enticing and beautiful about the summer solstice. The 21st June – the longest day. A summit mid-way through the earth’s flight around the sun, where daylight hours reach their ultimate peak before a slow descent back towards a December low point. Today, I’d be utilising maximum available daylight on a solo mountain bike mission in the Cambrian Mountains.
It was cold outside for June, 6 degrees Celsius at 3.20am. I let out a shiver as I secured my bike to the roof bars under an almost full moon and noticed the pale blue slither of sky on the eastern horizon – the first sign of sunrise. The neighbouring houses all looked to be firmly in night mode, their occupiers fast asleep for another few hours before the madness of the Friday commute begins. I planned to be halfway up a mountain by the time everyone else goes into battle with rush hour.
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