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Cycle Brecons Weekend
The Brecon Beacons and South Wales Black Mountains form a spectacular range of upland wilderness within easy reach of the South East of England. This is true off road mountain biking in a Cross Country Style, utilising mountain bikes to their full potential to explore the wild uplands of South Wales. Be ready to have your breath taken away!
With a good selection of trails both in the valleys and high on the hills, we are able to construct long off road sections, good leg burning uphill and adrenaline fuelled downhills. For this weekend we will make available several leaders, meaning that you will be able to select your cycling level – from easy to moderate and up to a fairly arduous two days of mountain biking, including some technical sections. Note this is an autumn or spring time ride, and so the weather, especially in the hills in South Wales can be somewhat unpredictable. So you are going to need suitable protective gear, and a sense of adventure.
Arrival in Brecon Beacons – by 19:30
Prepare Lunches & Pack Gear
Depart Bunkhouse by car – 10:00
Variable Distance of Ride – between 20 and 40 miles – group may break into two. Ride will include some forest riding, some upland riding, some steep ascents and some descents. Please let us know if you prefer a more sedate ride. Helmet wearing will be compulsory.
Latest End of Ride= 17:30
Prepare Lunches & Pack Gear
Depart Bunkhouse – 10:00
Finish Riding by 16:00
Depart Brecon – Approx 16:30
Simple basic Bunkhouse accommodation is booked for you. You will need to bring a towel (if you would like to wash!) and a warm sleeping bag. Your breakfasts are also provided. Please advise if you are a vegetarian. Our normal bunkhouse is a real winner—great accommodation, hot showers, great hosts, and simply the best in good hearty food—just what the doctor ordered after a tough day on the mountain!
What is a Level 3.5 Cycling Challenge Like?
These challenge rides are either longer, with more ascent, or span several days. In the case of single day events, you can expect up to 10 hours cycling. In the case of a multi day ride, you can expect lower daily durations - but of course - the effort is sustained over a longer period. You need to be a keen cyclist for these events, and to enjoy training, and to ride regularly. If the ride is outside the EU, it is likely to be easier in terms of the physical riding, however, you will need to be more resilient - due to more basic living conditions (in the case of Asia / Africa especially)
How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 3.5 ‘Bike Ride’?
You need to have good endurance for these events. You must be used to doing long rides in the countryside - 6 hours + . You should be doing regular exercise - with some serious cycle training. Your typical comfortable cycling speed will be at least 22-24 km/hr, and you should be able to cycle at high speed for up to 1 hour or 25 km. You may also be concentrating on other types of exercise - but for longer periods of time (ie sessions in excess of 1.5 hrs.) - however cycling is the best preparation (obviously!)
Please note, it is extremely important for this physical challenge that you are in good health. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, please consider carefully whether you should be joining the challenge. Please ensure you fill in the booking form accurately and honestly, this is important. In the case of serious conditions (epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions, recent illness or operations), please discuss the challenge with your GP. Please also ensure you notify us of any allergies or similar.
It requires stamina and good aerobic fitness - but good willpower will also come in handy! Failure to disclose medical conditions is a serious omission - that could have serious repercussions on any of our challenges.
Travel insurance is required for all overseas adventures and can be purchased through Ventureguard using the link on the left hand toolbar of the website.
Travel insurance is not compulsory for UK adventures but it is advised. For further information, please don't hesitate to contact the Café.
Included In Trip
2 x Accommodation, 1 x Breakfast, Guiding for the weekend.
Excluded From Trip
Transport to and from the event, most meals (breakfast included), Bike Hire (available, please ask for details)
Road Bike / Hybrid Bike / Mountain Bike (with Touring Tyres) - please call us for guidance on type of bike on a trip by trip basis
Water Bottles (bladder system/cycle water bottles)
Cycling Gloves, Bike Lock, Neck Scarf
Small Rucksack (or small pannier)
Small Holdall (for overnight gear)
Lamps (front and rear, head torch can be worn)
Under Saddle Pouch (recommended - can be used to carry asterik* items)
Duck Tape (small folded piece off the reel)*
Puncture Repair Kit*
2 x Inner Tubes*
Multi-Tool (with allen keys)*
Pump (suitable for your valve type)
Vaseline, Painkillers, Sunbloc
Pack Towel (lifesystems recommended), Soap (small bar)
Medium Weight Fleece, Lightweight Gloves, Fleece Hat
Cycle / Overnight Clothing
Lycra Cycling Shorts, Cotton Shorts
Long Cycling Trousers (Tights/Tracksuit Bottoms)
Cotton T-Shirts for evening
Short Sleeve Cycling T-Shirts (Dryflo type material) or Cycle Top with rear pockets
Cycling Shoes (approach shoes suitable)
Sandals / Spare Shoes for after ride
1 Set Casual Evening Wear
1 Pair Cotton Trousers
1 Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (gore-tex, e-vent) - comfortable to cycle in
1 Pair Outer Waterproof Bottoms
Camera, Memory Card
Wallet, Credit Card, Cash
Sunglasses, Mobile Phone
Penknife, Snacks for Cycling Days (dried fruits, nuts, flapjacks, cereal bars etc)
Make sure you do not ‘over pack’ - bring only what is essential for the trip
A final kit list will be provided in your ‘Final Joining Instructions’ pre-departure..
By nature all activities contain an element of risk.Your leader will be first aid qualified and will carry the appropriate safety kit for the activity, such as mountain safety shelters, walking rope and from time to time mobile radios. Safety equipment carried will be appropriate to trip. The leader's primary role is to ensure your safety, but it is your responsibility to listen to their guidance and instructions.
The weather could go either way from warm temperatures to freezing cold – so be ready for anything – make sure you pack according to the list! Remember that layers are the key, allowing you to adjust your level of warmth more easily.
We will almost certainly experience some rain during the weekend, so make sure you have suitable waterproof gear—both top and leggings.
Notes on Cycling Events
This is our standard range of Cycling Challenges in the UK, Europe and further afield. However, we offer completely tailormade itineraries to your specification. Call us to discuss!
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