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Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Electric Bikes - down in the clay workings!

I have been wanting to go to the Eden Project for a long time, the pictures that I had seen of the ‘biomes’ looked really interesting. When they contacted us and said that they wanted to put on an electric bike event I was very excited about the prospect of going and having a look round.
The site looking lovely as we arrived on Friday afternoon
The whole thing is built in an old china clay pit so there are lots of slopes, a couple of sections have been set aside for testing out the bikes. There is a flat tarmac area for an initial test and then an option of some gentle slopes on a circular route or a more extreme hill climb. The event has really got local visitors and tourists from around the UK talking about the benefits of electric assistance.
A very large bee! at the side of the test track.
I have had a couple of opportunities to have a look round. The domes are quite spectacular from the outside and the inside. The engineering is rather interesting with hexagons and pentagons fitting together to create the domes. The ‘rain forest’ dome has a platform up in the roof with a suspended stairway up to it giving a birds eye view down onto the tops of the trees.

Looking up at the suspended platform

Around the grounds there are all sorts of planted beds with flowers and herbs. Coming at this time of the year many of the trees and the summer flowers are not out yet but the spring flowers are looking good.

All in all it has been an enjoyable experience with some excellent photo opportunities!

Beautiful leaf patterns

Even the robins here at the Eden Project liked the Dash

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Wales was wet but fun!

The weather might have been cold, wet and windy but the welcome was warm at the Hay-on-Wye Bike Fest at the weekend. Sunday morning the gusting winds meant that the marquee required extra ropes and stakes to keep it grounded but the event continued in good spirits.

The response to electric bikes was great, even in the wind and rain on Sunday visitors came to test ride the bikes on the short hill. The gusting head wind really showed to advantage how electric assistance can make all the difference.

We were particularly impressed by the attitude of the many avid cyclists who were entering the organised rides. Electric bikes are often derided by keen riders as cheating or completely unnecessary, but that was not the case this weekend. Everyone was interested in how they worked and really understood the benefits. They were keen to applaud anything that got people out on two wheels. 

Saturday evening we had the chance to have a quick trip round to look at the scenery. We nipped up to the stone circle at Hay Bluff and came back down by way of a picturesque ford.

Friday, 12 April 2013

Hay-on Wye Bike Festival

We are really enjoying the scenery here in Wales even though the hills are a bit misty at the moment. When we arrived in the area yesterday evening we were amazed to see snow still on the tops of the Black Mountains, they are looking particularly picturesque.

Snow on the Black Mountains
The Hay-on-Wye Bike Fest sited in the grounds of Hay Castle is a brand new event organised by Drover Cycles and Hay Tourism. Drover Cycles is a Batribike official dealer and we have come to support their event with a range of our electric bikes for visitors to test ride.

We are looking forward to seeing lots of people over the weekend.

Pink primroses

Hay Castle