Special Stages

Thanks to a great deal of planning and effort by land owners, the Wales360 team and police, we are excited to bring you a list of the special ‘race’ stages that you’ll encounter each day.

Whether you save your legs for the hard climb out of Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog, or really push yourself on the descent into Abbey Cwmhir is down to you. We’ve worked hard to balance the reward with the difficulty of each stage to challenge you and put a smile on your face.

Day 1 – Bwlch Nant-yr-Arian Forest

Start:                    11.3km – ‘Mark of Zorro’ / Summit Trail

Finish:                   ‘Spaghetti Junction’ / Summit Trail

Distance:              5.2km

Terrain:                 Technical singletrack descent followed by fireroad climb

Description:         The Special Stage on Day 1 may be short but it packs in a purpose built singletrack descent and a tough climb as it weaves its way through conifer plantations.

Day 2 – Coed y Brenin

Start:                    7.1km – The ‘Beast’ / Mynydd Pen-rhos        

Finish:                   Sarn Helen Roman Road / North of Coed y Brenin

Distance:              17.4km 

Terrain:                 Singletrack and fireroads with loose rocky climbs, gnarly descents, stone fly-offs and berms

Description:         Coed-y-Brenin Forest is home to a network of fantastic all-weather singletrack. The technical roller coaster riding offers stunning mountain views of surrounding Snowdonia that’ll take your breath away. Coed y Brenin was the first forest to be developed for the sport of mountain biking and to this day retains its reputation as the sports premier location.

Day 3 – Llandegla Forest

Start:                    77.9km – Red Trail             

Finish:                   Black Trail            

Distance:              11.8km

Terrain:                 Bermed switchbacks, whoops, water crossings, tabletops and boardwalk

Description:         Gradual forest ascents, followed by a series of more technical challenges. Unsurfaced singletrack and steep flowing sections of trail cut through the more remote areas of the forest. A test of stamina and skill at the end of a long day.

Day 4 – Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog

Start:                    13km – Ty-du / Upper Ceiriog Way

Finish:                   Pen-yr-allt           

Distance:              4km

Terrain:                 Loose rocky technical climbing and steep sided gulleys in open country

Description:         A short route starting with a steep and very technical climb that requires skill and concentration to avoid dabbing the brakes and a losing momentum. Expect plenty of loose gulleys with steep sides, where you’ll need to pick the right line.

Day 5 – Abbey Cwmhir

Start:                    57.3km – Abbey Cwmhir / Cwm Cynydd

Finish:                   Abbey Cwmhir / Y Glog     

Distance:              3.9km

Terrain:                 Rocky singletrack and fireroad

Description:         You’ll be able to attack some local enduro trails that throw you down the hillside along rollers, jumps and drops.

Day 6 – Claerwen Reservoir

Start:                    21.4km – Claerwen Dam

Finish:                   Teifi Pools           

Distance:              13.2km

Terrain:                 Rolling gravel road punctuated with a few short punchy ascents

Description:         Starting atop the stunning Victorian Claerwen Dam the route traces the shore of Claerwen Reservoir on a rolling gravel byway before climbing up towards the open wilderness of the Teifi Pools.