Corum was contacted by flybe.com and asked if they could interview him about Porthcawl Bike Hire for their in-flight magazine. That was a little while back. We’ve just had this sent to us in an email and he’s in their magazine this month!
What’s your connection to South Wales? How long have you been living there, and what attracted you to the area?
I was born in Cardiff so I’ve lived in South Wales all my life. My parents owned a caravan in Porthcawl whilst I was growing up, so we spent a lot of time here. I grew up surfing and cycling with my dad on the South Wales coastline.
What inspires you about the area?
The scenery, the cycle routes, the waves and the people – all we need now is some sunshine!
Tell us about Porthcawl Bike Hire – how long has it been going and what does it offer?
Porthcawl Bike Hire is a new business in the heart of Porthcawl. We offer bicycle hire to adults and children. We also offer guided tours, cycle repairs and cycle coaching. Our Fat Bike hire and tour is proving a great hit. People really enjoy it as the bigger tyres allow you to ride along the beaches and down the sand dunes.
What’s the most enjoyable aspect of your job?
I get to meet new people every day, and as a lot of my customers are people visiting the area on their holidays, almost every customer comes in with a holiday excitement feel about them. As a qualified coach and guide, I get to take people on guided rides, and I get to ride my bike (my hobby) around my favourite places, with people who are happy and relaxed. I have made some good friendships with some lovely people.
What three things would you recommend visitors should see or do on a trip to South Wales?
Guided fat bike rides are a must, just try them once and you’ll be hooked! We have some lovely coastline and some great waves, and Porthcawl Surf School has just been voted the number one school in the UK. Gorge-walking with Adventures Wales is also a must, and if you just want to relax, then the Gower peninsula has some of the best beaches in the UK.
Where do you recommend for eating and drinking?
There are so many nice places to eat and drink in the area – Cardiff is full of fine wines and dinners. In Porthcawl, one of my favourites is the Globe Inn, a local pub with some nice ales and proper pub grub.
What’s your best-kept secret for the area?
Some great surf spots. If I told you about some of them, I would have to kill you!