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Pembrokeshire Bikes assembled a team of the finest mechanics the west country has ever seen for IRONMAN 70.3 Exmoor. It was a great adventure with absolutely no mobile signal or wifi, and even the GPS struggled to work at times. Myself, Ollie, Glenn and Dan left the shop late in the afternoon fully loaded and in great spirits for the weekend ahead. It took us what seemed hours once we had left the M5 to find our accommodation in the national park, and pulling the trailer up the serious, steep climbs on the skinny roads was a bit hair raising at times and definitely wore on us as the journey went on. It was a massive relief to finally get to the accommodation,  a beautiful well furnished converted barn in a bunkhouse style with lovely views and countryside all around.

Day one at the IRONMAN expo was great, the atmosphere was buzzing and we were flat out all day repairing bikes and selling race day essentials, the only issue was the lack of signal for both our phones and our card machine! For people paying by card we had to take a walk over to the lakeside cafe and use the wifi to FaceTime the shop and take payment that way, far from ideal! The Race Ready Check proved popular as always and we know that we saved many athletes weekend carrying it out.

We spent the evenings cooking up good food, driving up to the top of the hill to get signal to call our wives/partners and relaxing with a couple of drinks.


The Sunday is always the worst part of the trip, a 3am start to get to T1 for the mechanics briefing and positioning. We split into our groups and provided mechanical assistance to the athletes around the course in the vans. The tight, windy country roads of Exmoor proved quite a challenge to navigate with the vehicles, it took some pretty serious driving from myself and Dan to keep ourselves out of the way of faster riders as we made our way to different incidents. All in all it wasn’t too bad of a day, a few broken chains, bad punctures and rear derailleur issues but nothing catastrophic.
Once all the athletes were off the bike course we made our way back to the expo where we waited for riders needing assistance to pack their bikes down ready for travel, and packed up our shop. We managed to get on the road before too long and made it back to Pembs tired, but fulfilled in knowing it was a job-well-done!