Route

The Wales360 event takes place across six days of riding in the heart of Wales, showcasing the best trails and riding locations as loved by mountain bikers across the globe. It includess 6 special timed stages to test your abilities throughout the week

The route starts in Aberystwyth where rider registration will take place on the afternoon of Sunday 21 July. Riders will cover 552 kilometres over the course of the following six days of riding, tracing a clockwise route around Mid and North Wales before finishing back at Aberystwyth. Y

Day 1

  22 July Aberystwyth to Dolgellau


Day 2

  23 July Dolgellau to Betws-y-Coed


Day 3

  24 July Betws-y-Coed to Llangollen


Day 4

  25 July Llangollen to Welshpool


Day 5

  26 July Welshpool to Rhayader


Day 6

  27 July Rhayader to Aberystwyth


The majority of each day’s route will be off-road on a mix of bridleways, byways and forest land (fire roads and single track). We’ve incorporated some fantastic trail centre riding too so you’ll enjoy some man-made fun along the way.

There are inevitably some stretches of tarmac on a point to point route. On the Wales360 this totals around a third of the entire route, but almost all of this is on small unclassified roads and in some cases unmade roads. Believe us when we say you’ll learn to look forward to the easy rolling respite these road sections offer. And, of course, the views are just as nice as they are on the off-road sections.

There may be some mud in places, even in summer, but on the whole the going should be good, if a little rutted, rocky and wet in places courtesy of some river crossings. This is a genuine point to point cross-country event and you will be taking a fairly direct route each day riding through and over whatever terrain stands in your way.

Expect lots of hills, including some short punchy ones as well as some longer climbs to test your endurance and strength. Gradients of 25% or more are common as the route cuts across lush green valleys. Those who pace themselves sensibly and have a dose of technical skill will barely need to dismount at all during the entire week (except for a few man-made obstacles), but you will be glad you fitted that big cassette