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Cycling to Żurrieq - 23/03/2013

Gerard and Mark on their way

When we all arrived and met near the M4 Supermarket at Attard, we decided where to go. We starting by passing through Attard, Ta' Qassati, Ħal Muxi in Żebbuġ, then to Siġġiewi, Ta' Ħaxxluq, Qrendi and Żurrieq. There after a coffee break, we started cycling again back to Qrendi, straight…

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Cycling to Lippija & Wied il-Għasel - 08/12/2012

Thomas with some watery enjoyment

After we decided where to go, we left from Attard, and cycled our way to Ta' Qali. From there we went through Mġarr bypass, and left to Binġemma. We turned right to L-Iskorvit, and off-road at Ta' Lippija. After a small break and a group photo, we proceeded to the…

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Cycling to Dingli - 20/10/2012

Antoine and Robert while cycling

As we all met at Attard, we decided to start our adventure by cycling through Ta' Qali, Mtarfa, Fidden, Ta' Baldu and Dingli. From there we proceeded to Laferla Cross, downhill from there to Ta' Brija. Then left to Rabat, Ta' Qali and back to Attard. We cycled for approximately…

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Chiaramonte Gulfi - Pantalica - Sicily - 30/09/2012

Great time in Sicily

As always the twinge of apprehension was evident in the group to 25, in the dark shadows of the early Sunday morning. An smooth uneventful trip, where breakfast, shoelaces and bandana were seen to brought us to our neighbouring island in time and the loading of bikes into the coach…

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Cycling in the Rain - 15/09/2012

Roads wet? No problem!

It was raining and undecided whether to go ahead with our cycling adventure, we stood there waiting for the skies to clear a bit. With our rain vest, we started our journey from Attard, to Ta' Qali, Mtarfa, Fiddien, Wied il-Busbies, Ta' Baldu, Il-Ħawlija, and Dingli cliffs. From there we…

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Down to Tal-Granċijiet - 08/09/2012

The Sprockets cycling their way.

Tal-Granċijiet was a good idea where to go, after the storm last Monday, so we left Attard, passed from Ta' Qali, L-Imtarfa, Fidden and Tal-Merħla. From there we went down in the valley of Baħrija, and after passing through a stream of water we went uphill to Baħrija. There after…

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Back to Laferla Cross - 25/08/2012

The Sprockets on their way.

The decision was made, so off we cycled from Attard to Ta' Qali, Mtarfa, Fiddien, 'Cina Wall' at Ta' Baldu and stopped for a group photo. From there we passed via Il-Ħawlija to Dingli, to Laferla Cross, at Girgenti, Ta' Brija, straight to Rabat and back to Ta' Qali and…

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Uphill to Ġebel Ciantar - 15/08/2012

Antoine on his new 29er bike.

Usual meeting place, we decided to cycle to Dingli this time, so from Attard, we cycled Ħal Dwin, limits of Żebbuġ, to Il-Ħesri, Siġġiewi, Tal-Providenza, Tal-Bajjada, Ġebel Ciantar and stopped for a coffee break at Dingli. From there we proceeded to Wied Liemu, Nigred at Rabat, and down to Chadwick…

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Straight to Xemxija - 11/08/2012

Marcel and Bjorn on an off-road track.

We all met at Attard, and from there we decided to cycle through Ta' Qali, Mġarr bypass, left to Binġemma, and Mġarr. From there we continued our way to Għajn Tuffieħa, uphill to Manikata, and after a group photo we went off-road down to Il-Miżieb. From there straight to Xemxija,…

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Off-road at Pembroke - 21/07/2012

Julian tackling an off-road track.

So many places to go, but where? After we decided we left Attard, and cycled through Ta' Qali, right to Mosta from bypass, passed over the Victoria Lines and down, left to Bur Marrad. Half way, we passed through Għargħur via Ta' San Pietru, and got lost in the fields.…

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Back to Il-Miżieb - 14/07/2012

William at Il-Miżieb

After we all met at Attard, we decided it was time for a good ride, off-road mainly, so we left Attard, cycled through Ta' Qali, and Mġarr bypass to Żebbiegħ. From there we went straight down to Il-Palma, and left to Għajn Tuffieħa. Then we proceeded to In-Naħħalija, off-road at…

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Cross-country cycling at Il-Palma - 30/06/2012

Hilary leading the way.

After deciding where to go, we left Attard, and cycled through Ta' Qali. From there we passed through Mġarr bypass to Mġarr. A coffee break, and proceeded to Il-Palma, San Martin and Wardija. After a group photo we turned back to San Martin, and cycled to Bidnija. From there down…

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Down to Ħal Far - 23/06/2012

Raymond and Geoffrey at Żebbuġ

From Attard, we cycled to Ta' Qassati, Ħal Muxi and Ħal Dwin at Żebbuġ. From there to Siġġiewi, Ta' Ħaxxluq, Misraħ Is-Sinjura in Qrendi. Then we proceeded to Żurrieq, Safi and Ħal Far. From there we proceeded to Għaxaq, Gudja, Luqa, Qormi anf bsck to Attard. We ycled for approximately…

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Back to Tal-Granċijiet and Il-Palma - 16/06/2012

Thomas vs. the stream of water

From Attard, we started our ride to Ta' Qali, Mtarfa, Is-Sentini, Fiddien, Wied il-Busbies, to Tal-Merħla. After a brief stop, we proceeded to Wied tal-Baħrija, and Tal-Granċijiet, uphill to Baħrija, Tas-Santi, L-Iskorvit, and Mġarr for a coffee break. From there we cycled off-road at Il-Palma to San Martin. From there…

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Fomm ir-Riħ to Lippija - 09/06/2012

Thomas and Robert off-road at Wied ta' Għajn Riħana

After meeting special guests from Germany from Valletta, we all met at Attard, to decide our route. From Attard, we cycled through Ta' Qali, Mġarr bypass, and left to Binġemma, Ta' l-Abatija and Fomm ir-Riħ. After a small break and a group photo, we went back to Mġarr, Misraħ Miel…

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Back to Valletta and Sliema - 07/06/2012

Robert leading the way to Valletta

We all met at Attard, and after deciding where to go, we started our route to Qormi via Il-Ħotor and Il-Ħammieri. We cycled to Marsa via Marsa Sports club, and the power station. We proceeded to Valletta, and took a look at the break water at Marsamxett. From there we…

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Pozzallo to Ispica - 03/06/2012

Cross-country at Ispica

We were anxiously waiting for this day to come. Something different. For some of us was a struggle to wake up so early, however once there, we enjoyed the great experience we had ahead of us. We all boarded the Catamaran to Pozallo, where we met our fellow friends from…

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Cross-country cycling at Villa Gomerino - 26/05/2012

Anna followed by the others going uphill in the country side.

The same usual spot, we all met and decided where to go. We started from Attard and cycled to Mtarfa via Ta' Qali. From there we proceeded to Wied Għemieri, and Tax-Xini. Then to Ta' Wied Rini, Baħrija, Tal-Merħla, Ta' Baldu, Ta' Cassia, and Dingli. We split up and some…

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Back to Ġnejna and Wied ta' Għajn Riħana - 12/05/2012

Eric followed by the others going uphill.

We all met at Attard, and after deciding where to go, we started cycling through Ta' Qali, Il-Qattara, and passed from Mġarr bypass. Half way, we turned left to Binġemma, Ta' l-Abatija and stopped at Fomm ir-Riħ for a group photo. Afterwards, we proceeded back to Ta' l-Abatiija and downhill…

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Destination Żurrieq - 05/05/2012

John and Robert followed by the others in a cross-country path.

As we all gathered at Attard, we planned and decided where to go. We left Attard, and cycled between the fields at Ta' Qassati, arrived at Ħal Muxi, Żebbuġ, Ħalq Dieri, Ta' Brija, and to Siġġiewi. We then proceeded to Tal-Providenza, Ta' San Niklaw, Qrendi and stopped at Żurrieq for…

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Cycling to Dingli - 28/04/2012

Anna leading the way.

After quite some time since the last time we all went cycling, we met at Attard, usual place, and from there we started our way to Ta' Qali, Mtarfa, Nigred at Rabat, Ta' Dekozzu, Fiddien, Cina Wall to Tal Merħla, for a group photo. From there we proceeded to Ta'…

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Cycling to Fiddien - 03/03/2012

William versus the puddle of water

Leaving Attard, we cycled through Ta' Qali, and headed to Mtarfa. From there we proceeded to Fiddien, Ta' Baldu, Ta' Cassia, and stopped at Dingli for a coffee break. From there we passed next to Buskett Gardens, and downhill to Ħalq Dieri - limits of Żebbuġ. We then cycled to…

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Off-road at Ta' Lippija - 14/01/2012

Thomas, Bjorn and John on their way.

The first ride for the year, we all met at Attard, and decided to go to Ta' Lippija. We cycled through Ta' Qali, Mġarr bypass, left to Binġemma, L-Iskorvit, Misraħ Miel, and arrived near the tower of Ta' Lippija. After a group photo, we proceeded off-road to Roman Baths, and…

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Gozo Cycling Trip - 26/12/2011

Off-road near the cliffs.

After we all met at Ċirkewwa, we boarded the ferry to Mġarr, Gozo at 7:30am. Arrived at Mġarr, we met with our fellow friend and guide Anthony and his father Raymond. From Mġarr we started our way uphill to Wardija, Ta' Gafan, Tal-Muxi and Qala. From there we proceeded to…

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Laferla Cross Downhill & Off-road - 24/12/2011

Anthony, Johann and Eric cycling to Dingli.

We all met at Attard, from where we left to Ta' Qali, and Mtarfa. After the decision was made where to go, we proceeded to Fiddien, Ta' Dekozzu, Ta' Cassia, and to Dingli. From there we split, and some of us passed from Laferla Cross, then downhill to Siġġiewi. After…

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Off-road at Villa Gomerino - 13/12/2011

John and Albert followed by the others.

We were undecided where to go, also due to the fact that it started raining, and to top it all, Anthony had a puncture. Sorted the puncture we left from Attard, cycled to Ta' Qali, and Mtarfa. From there we proceeded to Is-Sentini, Bieb ir-Ruwa, passed from Villa Gomerino, then…

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Downhill at Wardija - 10/12/2011

Antoine cycling through a stream of water.

As the group was preparing for what was going to be a good ride on a nice day, we left Attard and passed from Ta' Qali, Mġarr bypass, Żebbiegħ, Ta' Saliba, then left to Busewdien, and to Wardija, where we stopped for a group photo and to admire the great…

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Off-road at Wied Liemu - 08/12/2011

Johann, Marcel and Eric, cycling after morning showers.

Early showers in the morning. We left Attard and cycled our way through Ta' Qali, and Mtarfa. We passed from the limits of Rabat, and Ħall Bajjada. From there we cycled near St. Catherine's Church, and stopped at Dingli for a coffee break. Then we proceeded to Ta' Cassia, Ta'…

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Downhill at Mtaħleb - 03/12/2011

William passing through a small river at Chardwick Lakes.

From Attard, we headed to Ta' Qali, and Mtarfa. Then we decided to pass from Wied il-Busbies, Fiddien, and arrived at Mtaħleb. After a group photo and a short break, we went downhill to Wied Miġra Ferħa. From there we turned back uphill and passed at Ta' Baldu, proceeded Baħrija…

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Bike Hiking at Qormi - Wied Il-Kbir - 26/11/2011

Stephen in a rather rocky situation.

It was decided to pass from the valley at Qormi, so we left Attard, direction to Żebbuġ, from Ta' Qassati and left, and straight in the mud and puddles of water in Wied is-Sewda. Nice sceneries, we proceeded our way to the town centre of Qormi, and from there, we…

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Watery Paths at Bidnija - 12/11/2011

John and Bjorn on their way cycling off-road.

Our usual spot, we all met at Attard, and started our adventure to a track only our group's President knew. Not knowing what was ahead of us, we proceeded to Ta' Qali, and Mġarr Bypass. From there we went to Żebbiegħ, and to Għajn Tuffieħa. From there we headed to…

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Off-road at Villa Gomerino - 29/10/2011

Mario followed by the others cycling off-road.

After discussing the great adventure we had at Etna last week, we got on our bikes, and left Attard to pass through Ta' Qali to Mtarfa. From there we cycled to Is-Sentini, L-Andrijiet, Villa Gomerino, Tax-Xini, Tas-Santi, and arrived to Fomm ir-Riħ for a group photo. From there we proceeded…

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Conquering Mount Etna, Sicily - 23/10/2011

Ready for some serious off-road at Etna

This was a trip where some lessons were to be learnt - mainly that the number of cyclists matters and that we should not venture too far from the ferry unless we have a bed to welcome us in the evening. Doubtless we will see the stats of this trip…

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Off-road at Ta' Lippija - 22/10/2011

Marcel followed by the others cycling off-road.

This was suppose to be a nice and easy ride before our great event at Etna - Sicily tomorrow. However after a long debate, we decided it was time to practice some off-road for tomorrow's event, and what if we go to Ta' Lippija? The decision were to go was…

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Uphill at Tas-Santi - 15/10/2011

Cycling Uphill

We all met at Attard, and after some comments and jokes we headed our way to Ta' Qali, Mġarr Bypass, and left to Binġemma. From there we went off-road at 'Saliba's Leap' as it's known to us, and uphill at Tas-Santi. From there we proceeded to Għemieri, Tax-Xini, Is-Sentini, and…

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North & South of Malta with Pozzallo MTB Club - 24-25/09/2011

Cycling with Pozzallo MTB Club

This time we all met at St. Julians, Paceville, near the Intercontinental hotel, to meet with our friends from the Pozzallo MTB club in Sicily. After sharing greetings, Elvio presented us 'The Sprockets' a gift from the 'Pozzallo MTB Club' as an appreciation of our friendship. From St. Julians, we…

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Nigred to Girgenti - 21/09/2011

Cycling from Girgenti

After we all met at Attard, we left to Ta' Qali, and Mtarfa. We cycled to Nigred, Is-Swatar and Ħall Bajjada at Rabat, Ta' Dekozzu, Wied Liemu, Ta Cassia, Dingli, Girgenti, Ta' Brija, Ħalq Dieri, Rabat, Ta' Qali, and back to Attard. We cycled for approximately 26km.

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Għargħur - On Top of the World - 17/09/2011

Godwin going uphill at Wied il-Għasel

We all had agreed to go cycling and swimming, however, because of some delays, fixing the first puncture, we changed our plans and route. From Attard we headed to Tal-Mirakli, Mosta, off-road at Għargħur, and on top of the world - which is the highest point overlooking a beautiful scenery…

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Laferla Cross Downhill & Off-road - 10/09/2011

William cycling downhill from an off-road track.

We left from Attard, and passed from Ta' Qali, and headed to Mtarfa. We proceeded to Mtaħleb, Fiddien, Ta' Baldu, Il-Ħawlija, Tal-Veċċa, at Dingli. After a group photo, we cycled to Siġġiewi, from Dingli cliffs. Then we decided to go to Laferla Cross. Again a couple of photos, and downhill…

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Back to Tal-Granċijiet - 08/09/2011

Cycling at Bidnija after a tough uphill.

Today was a beautiful day and a public holiday as well. We met at Attard, our meeting point. We left to Ta' Qali, and immediately started with a puncture. After the fix, we headed our way to Mtarfa, Fiddien, Tal-Merħla, and downhill at Baħrija, to the valley of Baħrija, well…

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Cycling for a Swim at Mistra - 03/-9/2011

Antoine and Jeremy downhill at San Martin.

After deciding to go at Mistra for a swim, we all met and started our cycling journey from Attard. We proceeded to Ta' Qali, Mġarr bypass, to Żebbiegħ, then right to San Martin. From there we headed uphill to Xemxija, and down to Mistra Bay. After a refreshing swim, we…

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Off-road at Miżieb & Bidnija - 27/08/2011

John and John uphill at San Martin.

As we all gathered at Attard, and decided where to go, we started cycling towards Ta' Qali, Mġarr bypass, to Żebbiegħ, then right to San Martin. From there we headed uphill to Xemxija, and down to Mistra Bay. After a small break, we cycled uphill to Selmin, from where we…

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Off-road at Buskett - 20/08/2011

Anna and Luke enjoying off-roading.

We all met at the same exact spot as always, and soon as we decided where to go, we started cycling from Attard to Mtarfa, Rabat, Ta' Dekozzu, Wied il-Busbies, and straight to Tal Merħla. From there we went to Ta' Baldu, Ta' Cassia and stopped for a break at…

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Cycling for a Swim at Qawra - 06/08/2011

Anthony and Hilary on their way to Qawra.

Our aim today was cycling and swimming, so after leaving Attard, we cycled through Lija and Mosta, near the Mosta Techno Park. From there up the hill and straight down to Wied il-Għasel. Cycling near the limits ot Naxxar, we proceeded to the Victoria Lines, and some off-road at Għargħur.…

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Off-road at Rdum l-Imdawwar - 30/07/2011

Anthony and Henry going uphill.

We all met at Attard, from where we left and passed from Ta' Qali, Mtarfa and Wied Għemieri. We cycled through Tax-Xini and downhill to Tas-Santi. From there we turned right for some serious off-road, and then proceeded to Fomm ir-Riħ. We continued to Ta' l-Abatija, and uphill to Pellegrin…

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Valletta to Birkirkara - 23/07/2011

Winston on his way to Valletta.

We left Attard, and passed from Wied is-Sewda to Qormi. From there we continued to Marsa, crossed the bridge and proceeded to Valletta via Tas-Samra, Fish Market, St. Elmo Square, Marsamxett, and Beltissebħ. From there we cycled to Pieta and Ta' Xbiex, and stopped for a coffee break. From there,…

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Straight to Siġġiewi - 16/07/2011

Passing by an off-road at Siġġiewi.

We left Attard and passed via Imdina road to limits of Rabat. Cycling to Siġġiewi via Ħalq Dieri, Ta' Brija, and Girgenti. From there we went to Qrendi, Żurrieq, Safi, and back to Siġġiewi. We then cycled back to the limits of Rabat, Ta' Qali, and back to Attard. We…

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Off-road at Miżieb - 09/07/2011

Climbing the mountain.

We decided to go to Selmun, but not all of us liked the idea. We left Attard at around 6:45am and cycled through Ta' Qali, and our way through Mġarr bypass. From there we passed from Żebbiegħ, and passed from Ta' Saliba. Downhill to San Martin, and then to L-Imbordin.…

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Sliema to Valletta - 02/07/2011

John and Robert cycling at Valletta.

We were undecided where to go, but, one of us, immediately spitted it out - let's go to Valletta, and Sliema. So we left Attard, passed from Balzan, B'Kara, via Valley road. We passed from Msida, to Gzira. Then near Manuel Island, to Sliema. We arrived at Tigné Point, where…

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Off-road at Wardija - 29/06/2011

John and Thomas on their way to Wardija

As we left Attard, we passed through Ta' Qali, Mġarr bypass, and left to Binġemma area. From there right to Mġarr, and straight to Ta' Żerb. We cycled to Wardija Ridge with some beautiful landscapes and a great off-road experience. We passed from Busewdien and to Wardija. After a couple…

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Off-road at Dwejra Lines - 25/06/2011

John enjoying the off-road track.

We all gathered at Attard, deciding where to go. We finally made up our mind, and departed via Ta' Qali, started the Mġarr bypass, however turned uphill on the left to Dwejra Lines. We passed next to Bnġemma Gap valley, then to Nadur, Tx-Xini, Is-Sentini, Ta' Dekozzu, and Ta' Cassia.…

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Madliena to St. Paul's Bay - 18/06/2011

Noel and Albert cycling at Madliena.

After we all met at Attard, we left to Mosta, Wied il-Għasel, to Għargħur, Victoria Lines, Wied il-Faħam, Madliena, and to Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq. We cycled the Coast Road to Buġibba, and St. Paul's Bay. After a group photo, Anthony realised he had a puncture. Sorted the flat, we proceeded our…

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Siġġiewi to Mqabba - 11/06/2011

John cycling at Żebbuġ.

It was a nice day, wasn't that hot, thanks to a slight breeze. After all of us decded where to go, we left Attard, passed next to Mt. Carmel Hospital, and crossed the fields to get to the bypass to Żebbuġ. From there we cycled through Ħal Muxi and Ħal…

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Cottonera, The Three Cities - 07/06/2011

Cycling our way to Cottonera.

No one had any idea where to go on a public holiday however, our President proposed to go to The Three Cities. A long way ahead, so we left Attard, passed from Ta' Qassati, Wied is-Sewda, Ta' San Ġwakkin at Qormi, all the way to Marsa sports club. We crossed…

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Back to Ta' Lippija and Wied ta' Għajn Riħana - 04/06/2011

Antoine tackling an off-road track.

We all met at Attard, and after deciding where to go, we left to Ta' Qali, Mġarr, and to Ta' Lippija for some serious off-road. From there we headed back to Mġarr for a coffee break, and left to Bidnija afterwards. We passed from Wied ta' Għajn Riħana, and proceeded…

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Downhill - Kunċizzjoni to Fomm ir-Riħ - 28/05/2011

Norman enjoying the off-road track.

After we all met at Attard, we started our adventure passing through Ta' Qali, and Mtarfa. From there we proceeded to Is-Sentini, Bieb ir-Ruwa, and Għemieri - limits of Baħrija. We arrived at Kunċizzjoni - Ħotba ta' San Martin, for a great downhill, off-road to Fomm ir-Riħ. After a group…

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Back to St. Catherine's Valley - 21/05/2011

John leading the way.

After we met at Attard, we started by cycling at Ta' Qali, Mtarfa, Tal-Lunzjata, St. Catherine, and passed via Wied Liemu. From there we proceeded to Ta' Dekozzu, Fidien and Ta' Baldu. Then to Ta' Cassia, offroad at 'Cina Wall', and a coffee break at Dingli. We cycled to Rabat,…

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Off-road at Żebbuġ & Buskett - 14/05/2011

Enjoying cycling through Żebbuġ and Buskett.

As usual, we all met at Attard. From there we left to Ta' Qassati, to Ta' Srina at Ħal Muxi. Proceeded to Żebbuġ, off-road to Siġġiewi via Ta' Bordin, and Il-Ħesri. From there we passed near Laferla Cross to Girgenti, where we have seen the island if Filfla nearly covered…

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Return to Ġebel Ciantar - 23/04/2011

Noel and Jeremy enjoying a bit of off-road.

We all met at Attard, from where we left to Ta' Qali, and proceeded to Mtarfa. We passed from Nigred at Rabat, and to Misraħ San Duminku. Our way to Buskett, we turned right to Dingli. After a group photo, we proceeded downhill at Ġebel Ciantar, were we had some…

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Off-road at Xagħjra - 22/04/2011

Adam after a downhill at Tas-Silġ

It was rather windy today, We met at Kalkara near the Kapuċini Monastery, proceeded to Xagħjra. From there to Marsascala, Saint Thomas Bay, and to Tas-Silġ at Delimara. We arrived at Żejtun, and back to Marsascala. From there back to Kalkara. We cycled for approximately 25km. Adam managed to break…

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Off-road at Bidnija - 09/04/2011

The Sprockets going uphill.

It was a windy day, we left Attard, passed from Ta' Qali, and on to the Mġarr bypass. We crossed right to Beżbeżija. We proceeded to the Bidnija, and to Wied ta' Għajn Riħana. After some serious off-road we arrived to Żebbiegħ, and to Mġarr for a coffee break. From…

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Ragusa to Comiso - 03/04/2011

All of us enjoying the 'Sempre l'ultima salita'

It was perhaps the sartorial dilemma, of winter/summer attire, or the anxiety of the early wake-up call, but several SPROCKETS (and guests) team did not sleep well, on the night of the 2nd April 2011. Groggily at 6am on the Sunday, we clambered upstairs on the Ozzie Cat (La Vallette)…

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Three Tough Hills - 31/03/3011

Stephen ready for some Uphills.

A tough one today, we left Attard, and passed from Ta' Qali, and Mġarr. From there we went downhill at Il-Palma, and to Għajn Tuffieħa. Some off-road at Il-Majjistral Nature & History Park, and uphill to Manikata. After a short break, we continued uphill to Mellieħa. Passed from Miżieb,, and…

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Off-road at Buskett - 26/03/2011

William attempting a downhill.

Leaving our meeting spot at Attard, we headed to Ta' Qali, Mtarfa and to Rabat centre. From there we proceeded to Buskett, were we had some off-roading and nice views. From there we went to Ta' Brija and back to Ta' Qali and Attard. We cycled for approximately 22km.

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Ġebel Ciantar Downhill - 19/03/2011

Robert, Peter, and Hilary, on their way.

After we met at Attard, we decided our track, and of we went. We passed from Ta' Qali, Mtarfa and Rabat - Nigret, and turned right to St. Catherine. From there we proceeded to Dingli Cliffs, and stopped for a group photo near the Madalena Chapel and admired the nice…

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Ta' Lippija to Wied ta' Għajn Riħana - 12/03/2011

Hilary and John cycling their off-road track.

After leaving Attard, we headed to Ta' Qali, and Mġarr bypass. Then left to Binġemma, mid-way between Ta' l-Abatija and Tas-Santi, we went downhill to L-Iskorvit and Misraħ Miel. We headed to Ta' Lippija, and after a couple of photos and some serious off-road, we continued our way to the…

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Chadwick Lakes & Tas-Salib Uphills - 05/03/2011

Jeremy leading the way at Tas-Salib uphill.

Left from Attard, we proceeded to Ta' Qali. We cycled to Chadwick Lakes, and after a group photo, we went uphill to Mtarfa. From there we continued to Tas-Salib, Is-Sentini, L-Andrijiet. Passing from Triq is-Santi, and Triq is-Sajf, we proceeded to Fiffien, Għajn Klieb, and back to Mtarfa. Downhill to…

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Cycling in the Rain - 26/02/2011

Mario and Robert cycling through Mdina

Heading to Ta' Qali from Attard, our way to Mtarfa, we crossed left, uphill to Mdina. We cycled round the silent city of Mdina, and from there to Rabat. We proceeded to St. Catherine area, Fiddien, Ta' Dekozzu, and straight to Dingli for a coffee break. From there we headed…

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King Kong Ride - 12/02/2011

Albert leading the way to King Kong track

As usual, we left Attard, straight to Ta' Qali, Mtarfa, Wied il-Busbies, L-Andrijiet, to Baħrija. From the top of Baħrija, straight downhill to the bottom of Wied Gerżuma. We took a short break for what was waiting us. Yes, King Kong, the same downhill we enjoyed speeding down, now it's…

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Ta' Lippija off-road to Miżieb - 10/02/2011

William enjoying the off-road track to Xemxija.

We cycled through Ta' Qali from Attard, and straight to Mġarr. From Misraħ Miel, we passed to Ta' Lippija. Some serious off-road there, then to Roman Baths downhill to Għajn Tuffieħa, and straight uphill to Manikata. After a small break, we proceeded to Ix-Xagħra l-Ħamra, to Miżieb, and again some…

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Mdina to Dingli - 05/02/2011

Mario enjoying himself diving his bike in a puddle.

From Attard, we passed from Ta' Qali, and headed to Mtarfa. On our way, we cut to the left, up the hill to Mdina. We passed from the narrow streets of this silent city, and downhill, back to Mtarfa. We proceeded to Is-Sentini, Wied il-Busbies in the Fiddien area, then…

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Uphill to Ġebel Ciantar - 29/01/2011

Anthony leading the way!

We left Attard, to Ta' Qali, limits of Rabat to Siġġiewi. We passed near Wied ta' l-Isqof, and near Laferla Cross. Continued uphill and off-road to Ġebel Ciantar. From there we proceeded to Dingli, and after a coffee break we headed to Tal-Virtu' at Rabat. From there downhill back to…

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Off-road to Marsascala - 15/01/2011

John, Jeremy & Hilary going uphill at Bidni (Żabbar)

This time we left from Żabbar, and cycled to Xagħjra, passed near il-Ġorf l-Abjad, off-road to Żonqor Point at Marsascala. From there we headed to St. Thomas Bay, via Jerma Palace (or what is left of it), Tal-Munxar, uphill for some stunning views of Xrobb il-Għaġin. From there we headed…

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Gomerino & Tal-Granċijiet - 08/01/2011

Robert, John, Mario, & Jeremy running after Tal-Granċijiet

We left Attard to Ta' Qali, and Mtarfa. We proceeded to Fiddien, passed from the passages of Villa Gomerino in Għemieri, Tax-Xini, to Baħrija Valley. After some splashes in a stream of water (tal-Granċijiet) we went uphill to Tal-Merħla, Wied il-Busbies, and to Mtarfa again. Downhill to Chadwick Lakes, and…

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Gozo Day Trip - 30/12/2010

Cycling uphill to Għajnsielem in Gozo

We got on to the 8:15am ferry to Gozo. On our arrival to Mġarr (Gozo) we met with our tour leader - Anthony, and up the first hill to Għajnsielem, near Fort Chambray. We proceeded to Xewkija, Ta' Gorgun, Tal-Ħamrija, and to Victoria. Passed from Kerċem, Ta' Klula - Xlendi,…

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Back to the South - 19/12/2010

Adam just got out from a rather narrow passage.

Adam and myself William, met at Żabbar, and cycled our way to Xagħjra. Off-road near il-Ġorf l-Abjad, and continued our way to Żonqor Point at Marsascala. We passed from Tas-Sienja to St. Thomas Bay, then later from Tal Munxar, Ta' Lombardi, Misraħ Stejnu Ta' San Girgor in Żejtun. Then back…

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Long Ride to Ċirkewwa - 08/12/2010

Sandro, Marcel, and Eric enjoying some off-road

We departed as usual from Attard, and headed to Żebbiegħ passing via the Mġarr Bypass, then to Mġarr, downhill to Għajn Tuffieħa. Met with Michael at Golden Sands, we continued to In-Naħħalija, Manikata, Ix-Xagħra l-Ħamra, Wied l-Abjad, Il-Mansab, downhill to Anchor Bay. Proceeded to Mellieħa Bay, uphill near it-Torri l-Aħmar,…

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Għemieri & Żebbiegħ - 04/12/2010

John & Robert in an off-road attempt

We all met at Attard, passed from Ta' Qali, to Mtarfa, and up to Baħrija. We passed near Is-Sentini, Għemieri, Tax-Xini, right to Nadur and Binġemma. Fixed a chain and some off-road near Żebbiegħ. Down to Mġarr for a break, and back to Attard. In all we cycled for 26km…

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Offroad Għajn Żnuber - 27/11/2010

Albert climbing Uphill at Miżieb

A beautiful day today, for those who missed such an exciting experience at the northern part of the island. We left Attard, and passed from Ta' Qali, Mġarr bypass, to Mġarr, Limiti tal-Palma, to Ghajn Tuffieħa, and uphill to Manikata. At this point we took a group photo, and started…

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Uphill Dwejra Downhill - 20/11/2010

Michael climbing uphills makes it seems easy.

All of us met at the usual M4 spot. There were those who had to carry a pig, but eventually did it. Passing through Ta' Qali, we climbed Dwejra, then the fun off-road bit started, downhill to a quarry next to Mġarr bypass. Three quarters way to Fomm ir-Riħ, we…

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Victoria Lines Downhill - 13/11/2010

Riding after a coffee break at Mġarr.

Left Attard, we passed from Ta' Qali to Mtarfa, Santa Katerina, to Baħrija. Watched some spectacular views and then off-road to Fomm ir-Riħ. Straight to Mġarr for a coffee and back to Attard. We did 25km in all.

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Chiaramonte to Pantalica - 07/11/2010

Spectacular views at Pantalica.

Initially it was a slow start, in the dark hours on a November Sunday dawn, where we, a lone band of 26 cyclists, gathered around monster bikes and other vehicles to board the new catamaran J La Vallette.

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Għargħur & Buġibba - 23/10/2010

Tough hill at San Martin

We left from Attard, passed from Lija, Naxxar and Mosta. Off-road in Għargħur to Magħtab. Passed from the coast road to Qawra, and then to Buġibba, and San Pawl il-Baħar, for a coffee break. Off to the uphill of San Martin, where we split up, and some of us made…

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Għajn Tuffieħa - 16/10/2010

Cycling next to the Roman Baths

As usual, we left from Attard, passed from Ta' Qali, Mġarr Bypass, to Mġarr, Misraħ Miel, some serious offroad to Roman Baths, down to Għajn Tuffieħa for a coffee break. Then back from Wied tal-Pwales (Ta' l-Arġentier) and uphill from San Martin. Started raining, so quickly to Mġarr, and back…

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Ġnejna - 09/10/2010

Uphill at Ġnejna

We left Attard and passed from Ta' Qali, Mġarr bypass, to Fomm ir-Riħ, offroad to Ġnejna, and up the hill to Mġarr. After a small break, we headed back to Attard.

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Tal-Granċijiet - 02/10/2010

Where are the crabs?

Off from Attard, to Ta' Qali, passed from Mtarfa, to L-Andrijiet area, and Tal-Merħla. Arrived to Wied tal-Baħrija, and to the well known 'Tal-Granċijiet'. Some of us feared there was mud (too lazy to clean the bike afterwards), others thought there were crabs, however all made it through including some…

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Tal-Lunzjata - 21/09/2010

Cycling at Chadwick Lakes

Left from Attard to Ta' Qali, Mtarfa, passed from Tal-Lunzjata, to Dingli, Chadwick Lakes, and back to Attard.

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Żurrieq & Ħal Far - 18/09/2010

Heading to Żurrieq

Off from Attard to Ta' Qali, Rabat, Siġġiewi, and Żurrieq. Stopped for a break, and then to Ħal Far, Safi, Siġġiewi and back to Rabat and Attard.

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Offroad Mellieħa - 28/08/2010

Off-road near Mellieħa

Off to Mellieħa from Attard, passed from bypass to Mġarr, down to Għajn Tuffieħa, to Manikata up the hill to Mellieħa. Down to Anchor Bay - Popeye's Village via an offroad, and after some view moments, up the same route. Passed from an offroad in Mizieb to Xemxija, then to…

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Downhill San Martin - 21/08/2010

Uphill before downhill at San Martin

Heading to Għajn Tuffieħa, we passed from Mosta, up the hill to Bidnija, downhill at San Martin to Għajn Tuffieħa. Uphill to Mġarr for a drink, and back to Attard.

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