Distance: 320km (200 miles) in 38hrs 24min
Date: Saturday 16th June 2019
Time: Saturday 05:30 to finish by Sunday 19:54
Starting from: Llandrindod Wells
Total Climb: 8075m
Rough sections: too many to mention
Ideal bike: something with less than 2.1″ knobbles might be hard work
Fee: £12.00 ( £13.00 when paying via PayPal)
320km cycling event starting from Llandrindod. Controls at Pontrhydygroes, Llanidloes, Dolgellau. and Caersws, plus 6 information controls.
An exciting 200 mile ride, off-road for the majority of the route. Surfaces range from tough track to forest track to asphalt, and fording numerous streams. Enough of all surfaces to have you scratch your head over which bike to use. Whilst set in stunning scenery throughout, make no mistake, this is a demanding route! Is it more demanding last years 600km? Who knows? But with generous time allowances, there might be time enough for an overnight bivi. Or just ride it straight through.
After an asphalt start – to warm-up the legs, the route frequently changes in both off-road terrain and a constantly changing profile all the way to the first control at Pontrhydygroes. There then follows a chequerboard of route surfaces, forest track, asphalt, track, more forest track, country lanes and finally a smooth descent to the lunch control at Llanidloes. Onward through The Hafren Forest, to crest the Cambrian mountain escarpment and descend to Machynlleth via tracks and forest trails. Into Snowdonia to tackle more green lanes/tracks on the way to Dolgellau. Climbing out of Dolgellau following a cycle route back down to Corris where more green lanes lead eventually though the first of two wind farms. There then comes a respite section down the A470 to control at Caersws. Then follows an amble along green lanes through another wind farm en route to climbing Bwlch-y-Sarnau and onto control at Abbeycwmhir, the last bit via a bit more off-road. Onward via lanes through Llanfihangel Rhydithon to crest and traverse mountains, passing ‘Break Neck Waterfall’. Continuing with the off-road theme to crest Gwaunceste Hill before dropping down a quiet green lane to the final stretch back to arrive. This final stretch is on quiet asphalt lanes and a final km on main road.
Controls will be sited where food can be obtained – but be prepared to carry your own food during the event, particularly outside normal shop hours.
Route and profile overview