300km – Brevet de Randonneurs (The fast 300)

Distance: 314km in 21h48
Date: Saturday 2nd June 2018
Time: Saturday 05:45 to finish by Sunday 03:33
Starting from: Llandrindod Wells
Speeds: 14.4-30kph
Total Climb: 5780m
AAA: 5.75
Category: BR
Rough sections: 5 plus 1 ford
Ideal bike: Gravel/adventure bike with fast rolling 650x48c or 700x40c tires

Fee: £8.50
Entries open: 1st October 2017

Enter: http://www.aukweb.net/events/detail/18-465/

Event details

314km cycling route starting from Llandrindod Wells. Controls at Tregaron and Llanidloes, plus 3 information controls.

A multi surface 300km event, based on the 400km events. Styled to take riders on an adventure to test not only a rider’s strength, but also their capability to plan a ride. This ride is not to be taken lightly!

Starting from Llandrindod Wells, the ride takes the road to Beulah and onwards to Tregaron. As a ‘warmer-up’, the Devil’s Staircase is the first challenge of the day. After a breather passing through the nature reserve, the ride heads back East on tracks alongside the Claerwen Reservoir to The Elan Valley. Rising up The Elan Valley and down to the head of The Cwmystwyth Valley, the ride then takes the lane through Llangurig and onto Llanidloes. There will be a choice of nominated control cafes here. The ride then continues through the Hafron Forest, Staylittle, Machynlleth to the coastal town of Tywyn. Onwards to Dolgellau along NCR82. Rising out of Dolgellau on through Dinas Maldwydd the ride then heads along fast roads to Caersws before taking quiet lanes back to Llandrindod.

The event will require the rider to plan for some stages with rough lanes, and at times narrow lanes. The entire route is on public rights of way, some stretches are on recognised National cycle routes, and some sections are traffic-free.

Reconnaissance notes

Five lengthy rough sections, one river fording required, multiple steep climbs and descents, long overnight sections with no available services and little access to the railway network for self-extraction. This is a slow, technical but adventurous route.

Think again about entering this event if this is your first ever 300km ride, if you normally take the full 21 hours to ride a 300km or if you are unhappy about riding gravel. Depending on your pace, plan to pack 100-130km worth of overnight supplies.

Fast rolling 700x40c or 650x48c tyres would be perfect. Could be ridden on narrower tyres if you’re careful. Below 28c not advised. But that’s your call.

If you’re not sure you’ll make the time cut off and wish to sample some of the best bivi spots and ‘Audax hotels’ (bus shelters) in the country, then consider entering the 300km Brevet Populaire.

Track and profile overview