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Best Time of Year: Year Round

Max alt:  405m

Dist:  90mi

Min age:  16

Duration:  3

The Giants Ride to Cadair Idris

Bike Adventure

Ride over the English Welsh border, and across Offa's Dyke into the heart of Wales - heading West and straight through some of Wales' finest countryside. But also - head straight for some of its best trails - riding towards Cadair Idris - the 'Giant's Chair'. Our ride will be a combination of off road and on - culminating in a wonderful circuit of Cadair - total distance for the weekend - approximately 145km - a challenge and a half!

Our route will head across the upper stretches of the River Severn, and then across and into the border country of Wales and England. Then as we travel further westwards we shall cross the Dyfnant Forest, and into the heart of the Cambrian Mountains - the long chain of hills that runs the length of Wales. The terrain will get progressively more majestic, but at the same time more challenging - as we encounter longer hills - but of course more exhilarating downhills! We shall take in offroad stages around the Dyfnant Forest, and then further west as we leave the Afon Dugoed behind - for a challenging climb over to the Dyfi River. Then we have an enjoyable and dramatic ride through the mountains to Dolgellau. On Sunday our ride will take us out South from Dolgellau taking in the circuit of Cadair Idris - on a series of good offroad trails, and with some interesting and exciting off road riding. We shall head out towards Barmouth Bay at around lunchtime or just after - before our challenging ride back over the shoulder of the mountain and back to Dolgellau. Here we shall enjoy a little time to savour our achievements - before being whisked back to Shrewsbury and some weary challengers will make their way back home once again.



Day 1
Meet at 19:00 for dinner and pre-event briefing. Check in to accommodation in Shrewsbury.
Day 2
Breakfast 07:00, meet for bike checks - 08:00. Depart by 08:30. Ride to lunchtime (with some trailside breaks / mid morning café stop). Lunchtime to be taken in Welsh Village of Dolanog. Majority of morning ride on B roads, then following on with afternoon offroad stages. This will allow us to make good progress into the heart of Mid Wales, and to reach Dolgellau by the Saturday evening. As the afternoon progresses we shall find ourselves riding through increasingly mountainous terrain. We shall cover approximately 90km today - including a few off road stages. Expected arrival time - 18:00.
Day 3
Breakfast 07:00, meet for bike checks - 08:00. Depart by 08:30. Full Offroad bonanza day - taking in the circuit of Cadair Idris. Get ready for exciting and challenging off road action. Skirting the Southern edge of Cadair Idris (the Giant's Chair) - we shall follow a large percentage of off road trails down the Tal Y Llyn Valley to the coast - where we shall stop for a lunch break. After lunch we shall make a tough climb from sea level to over 400m, skirting the shoulder of Cadair, before descending via some smaller lower level trails to Dolgellau for the end of the event, for tea, and cakes before we depart back to Shrewsbury. Expected arrival time in Dolgellau - approx 16:00. You will have time for tea and cake before your transport will whisk you back to Shrewsbury for your return home once again - tired - but safe in the knowledge that you have pushed yourself to the limit!



We’ll be staying in comfortable bunkhouse/B&B style accommodation, with bedding provided. We’ll provide breakfast, but you need to bring towel, and wash kit. We are governed mainly by what we have available. You should note that this trip is about the riding - and whilst we will try to offer comfortable accommodation - it depends on what we can find in the locations at the end of each day's ride.


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!)


Medical Issues

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.


Included In Trip

Pre event briefing, Quality Experienced leader, Support Vehicle & Driver (Bike Mechanic), First Aiders, Accommodation in B&B or good quality bunkhouse, Support Vehicle to transfer overnight bags (and to help with any problems en route), Breakfasts


Excluded From Trip

Travel to and from the event, Lunches, Evening Meals, Any mechanical items required to repair an individual's bike will be offered if available at cost price - for materials used.


Equipment Required

Bike Items
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)
Helmet (compulsory)

Suncream, Plasters
Vaseline, Painkillers, Sunbloc

Pack Towel (lifesystems recommended), Soap (small bar)
Toothbrush, Toothpaste

Warm Clothing
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

Waterproof Clothing
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..


Safety Information

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. You should remain within contact of your leader, and should at all times heed any safety instructions given. Helmets must be worn throughout this trip - this is compulsory.



This event will take place in the middle of summer hence warm weather is the most likely scenario, however we will be crossing the Cambrian mountains where we may encounter any sort of weather, therefore appropriate clothing as set out in the equipment list is essential. You could well meet some rain, but equally possible hot weather and sunshine - so be ready for all eventualities.


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! Please note that for overseas point to point cycling challenges we can transport soft cases for bike transport - but not hard cases, due to space limitations on board our support vehicles. On all our cycling events, please pack sensibly and bring a reasonably sized soft holdall type bag. To participate in an overseas Adventure Cafe challenge - you must carry Travel Insurance (to be for the activity you are participating in, and to include repatriation to the UK). Please also note that you should have a good level of cycling experience and be competent to handle your bike. We ride on roads shared with other vehicles - and you need to be able to deal with this safely.


Adventure Cafe Booking Terms and Conditions

By booking an event with Adventure Cafe, you agree to these standard terms of booking. Please ensure that you read the appropriate document for your type of event carefully.

Adventure Cafe Terms & Conditions - For all types of event



Guide price

Price on Application



This Challenge is for exclusive group departures – please call us for more information


Event Location

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