400km – Brevet de Randonneurs (The fast 400)

Distance: 406 km in 28h 12min
Date: Saturday 2nd June 2018
Time: 06:00 Saturday to finish by Sunday 10:12
Starting from: Llandrindod Wells
Speeds: 14.4 – 30kph
Total Climb: 7587m
AAA: 7.5
Category: BR
Rough sections: 5 plus 1 ford
Ideal bike: Gravel/adventure bike with fast rolling 40c tires

Entry opens: 1st October 2017
Fee: £9.75

Enter: http://www.aukweb.net/events/detail/18-463/

Event details

406km cycling event starting from Llandrindod Wells. Controls at Tregaron, Llanidloes, Tywyn, Newtown and Kington, plus 3 information controls.

This is where the idea started. The ultimate memorial multi surface ride, 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!

A route constructed to represent ‘A Good Day’s Cycling’ on some of the races that Mike Hall rode in various parts of the world. 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 (see website header image). Rising out of Dolgellau on through Dinas Maldwydd to tackle Bwlch-y-Goes en-route to Lake Vyrnwy. Onwards over more grass dessert and then a flattish section to Newtown. Climbing out of Newtown to (and through) the sleepy market towns of Knighton, Presteigne and Kington followed by a final stretch along deserted lanes for an arrivee in Llandrindod Wells. The ultimate ‘Day Ride’. The route follows public rights of way throughout, some sections are on rough lanes/tracks.

And to get the ultimate ride experience, Wales has some of the best bivi spots and ‘Audax hotels’ (bus shelters) in the country, that’s if you have time to stop and sleep that is. If you’re not sure, you can then maybe choose the 400km Brevet Populaire. You’ll get more time to finish and take that sleep.

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 400km ride, if you normally take the full 28 hours to ride a 400km or if you are unhappy about riding gravel. Plan to pack 200km 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.

Track and profile overview