300km – Brevet Populaire (The slow 300)

Distance: 314km in 37h 41m
Date: Saturday 2nd June 2018
Time: Saturday 05:45 to finish by Sunday 19:26
Starting from: Llandrindod Wells
Speeds: 8.3-30kph
Total Climb: 5780m
AAA: 5.75
Category: BP
Rough sections: 5 plus 1 ford
Ideal bike: Gravel/adventure bike with fast rolling 650x48c or 700x40c tyres

Fee: £8.50
Entries open: 1st October 2017

Enter: http://www.aukweb.net/events/detail/18-466/

Event details

314km multi-surface cycling route starting from Llandrindod Wells. Controls at Tregaron and Llanidloes, plus 3 information controls. Based on the 400km route, it’s styled to take riders on an adventure to test not only a rider’s strength but also their capability to plan a ride.

Following exactly the same route as the 300km Brevet de Randonneurs event, but with a more generous time allowance of 37 hours and 41 minutes. This is the event to enter if you want a challenging ride but you’d like to seek out that bivi spot or ‘Audax hotel’ (bus shelter). Just note that by entering this event you will be able to claim the AAA points but not the distance points.

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 along side 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 quite 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 you have no experience of riding hilly 200km events or if you are unhappy about riding gravel. Do enter if you normally use the full time allowance to ride a 300km event. Do enter if you are used to riding 200km events and are looking for that next challenge and are not troubled about not collecting the AUK distance points. Planning for overnight supplies is less of an issue as you can stop and sleep, but extra kit might slow you down.

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