As these rides are in memory of Mike, we thought it would be appropriate to have a bit of a social to share stories, dreams, fears and bikepacking bag sewing patterns. So all riders are invited to an apres-velo get together at the arrivee. It will be late afternoon on the Sunday. There will be local ale, vino, soft drinks, roast pork baps, vegan option (please shout-out if you are vegan).
If you’re a fast 400 rider or a Saturday 200 or 300, you might want to get some rest after the ride, do some shopping, see the local attractions and then come back and get the party going. yay!!!
For the 600 and slow 400 riders, you could probably schedule your ride to “fin” during the get together. There will be some very drinkable ales waiting for you! Likewise, same goes for the 200k and 110k Sunday riders.
TINAT riders will not be charged for food and drink. However, spectators will be charged £10 to cover costs. Any profits will be going to charity.
If you’re planning to join us for a drink, eat, chat, and have not already let us know via facebook or instagram, please add a comment over on this page. Please use your real name.
As June 2018 approaches, and riders plan their training calendars, so the longer rides are becoming full. We have already closed entrance on the fast 400km but we are also nearly at capacity on the 600km and the slow 400km. As such, we have decided to also close entrance to those rides on the 14th April.
After the 14th April you will still be able to enter the shorter rides on both Saturday and Sunday. We shall continue to monitor entrance numbers on the shorter rides and they may also have to close early.
If you still want to put in some significant millage over the weekend, why not enter a 300km on Saturday and a 200km on Sunday.
One of next summers riders, Graham Parks crunched some numbers on the rough sections and posted them on the facebook group. Here is what he wrote.
“Cross-referencing comments on YACF with various maps and street view, these are the off-road sections for the 300 and 400 (mileages are for the 400) and my estimates of the length of the unpaved sections:
1. 54 km Cors Caron nature reserve (5.2 km, 24 m ascent)
2. 69 km Claerwen Reservoir path (13.3 km, 154m ascent, includes unbridged ford)
3. 94 km Elan Valley cycle path to Craig Goch dam (2.7 km, 51m ascent)
4. 113 km NCN 818 Cwmystwyth – Llangurig (2.5 km, 131m ascent all in one go)
5. 202 km NCN 82 before Dolgellau (10 km, 380m ascent, starts with 300m climb in 3.5 km)
Total unpaved = 33.7 km”
The TINAT team feel this is about right. Use this information plan your rides.
The 2018 Brecon and Radnorshire Urdd National Eisteddfod will be held on the Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells from 28th May to 2 June 2018. This is the same weekend as the rides. As such it might be wise to book hotel and B&B accommodation early.
We have created a static accommodation page with details of camping and B&B options.
Welcome to the ‘This is not a tour’ Welsh Audax bike rides in the spirit of Mike Hall – website. There is much going on behind the scenes at present that we are keen to tell you about. But all in good time.