200km – Brevet de Randonneurs – Route E (Surf & Turf)

Distance: 208km in 14h 27min
Date: Sunday 3rd June 2018
Time: Sunday 08:00 to finish by Sunday 22:27
Starting from: Llandrindod Wells
Speeds: 14.4-30kph
Total Climb: 3418
AAA: 3.5
Category: BR
Rough sections: 2
Ideal bike: Ride something that takes at least 28mm tyres

Fee: £7.25
Entries open: 1st October 2017

Enter: http://www.aukweb.net/events/detail/18-632/

208km cycling event starting from Llandrindod. Controls at Llandovery and New Quay, plus 2 information controls.

A simple rolling 200, partly based on the central section of various Brevet Cymru routes. Controls kept to a minimum thus minimising time losses. Some rough tracks.

Leaving Llandrindod the ride heads through Builth and crosses from the Wye valley to the Usk valley down to control at the West End Café Landovery. The route then continues to roll through Lampeter, and numerous villages and Hamlets before dropping down to the coast at New Quay. The return initially follows a retrace, then cuts across country passing through Tregaron, Ffair Rhos then following tracks alongside the Claerwen Reservoir to The Elan Valley. There’s the option of a café at Elan village, there then follows a few kilometres of lanes before leaving the Wye valley and returning to Llandrindod.

Reconnaissance notes

Two lengthy rough sections, one river fording required, multiple steep climbs and descents, and little access to the railway network for self-extraction. This is a hilly adventurous route.

Think again about entering this event if you normally use the full time allowance to ride a 200km, if you are unhappy about unmanned controls or riding on gravel surfaces.

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.

Track and profile overview