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
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
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
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
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
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
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.