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Wales360 will challenge riders physically and mentally – it is likely to be the hardest event most will have ever done. Cycling 90-100 kilometres or more and climbing up to 2,500m on predominantly off-road terrain in a single day is hard. Backing this up for six days on the trot will require incredible stamina and determination, but also restraint and the ability to find a good rhythm. Ever present will be the breath-taking scenery of Mid and North Wales and some of the finest views the UK has to offer. There will be opportunities to build new enduring friendships and you’ll leave with memories to cherish for a lifetime. Wales360 will be a real adventure.

Wales360 will challenge riders physically and mentally – it is likely to be the hardest event most will have ever done. Cycling 90-100 kilometres or more and climbing up to 2,500m on predominantly off-road terrain in a single day is hard. Backing this up for six days on the trot will require incredible stamina and determination, but also restraint and the ability to find a good rhythm. Ever present will be the breath-taking scenery of Mid and North Wales and some of the finest views the UK has to offer. There will be opportunities to build new enduring friendships and you’ll leave with memories to cherish for a lifetime. Wales360 will be a real adventure.

Wales360 may be a brand-new event for 2019, but Wales is already firmly established as a world-class mountain biking destination, with its trails regularly named among the UK’s best. It is a mountain bike mecca worth celebrating and that’s what Wales360 is all about. It is a celebration of superb mountain biking and a celebration of Wales – its mountain ranges, rolling hills and valleys; dense forests; spectacular Victorian dams and reservoirs; food; culture and language.

Wales360 is a six-day cross country (XC) mountain bike adventure. It is a point-to-point event with riders following a 360-degree route around Mid and North Wales. Riders will be able to take advantage of the excellent facilities offered at Aberystwyth University on registration day and at the end of Day Six. On Days One to Five all riders and the event crew will stay in the Wales360 camp, which will relocate each day to the next town along the route. In fact, we’ll have two crews and sets of infrastructure leapfrogging each other along the route to ensure that we are ready to welcome you at the end of a hard day in the saddle.

The Wales360 camp will be comfortable and have all the facilities you need. Expect a hot shower at the end of each day while our crew clean and lube your bike. Once you’ve scrubbed off the sweat and grime you’ll be able to make the most of the relaxed and social environment in camp before enjoying some fresh and quintessentially Welsh food, a bar and some great live entertainment. You’ll be eating and sleeping under canvas with each pair of riders (minimum of two riders per team) accommodated in a four-person tent. You’ll have some power points in your tent and access to WiFi, so you can stay in touch with friends and family.

WHAT IS THE WALES360?

The Wales360 is not a race, but please don’t underestimate the challenge. The distances covered and the nature of the terrain mean only determined and strong riders will be capable of completing it. Expect to be riding your bike for around eight to nine hours per day, with a good portion of that time spent heading upwards where you will be rewarded with wonderful views. Of course, what goes up must also come down and there will be plenty of freewheeling fun, too.

Riders will be able to navigate most of the route at their chosen pace, taking in the stunning scenery and soaking up the experience. However, if you are the type of rider who needs to have their competitive instincts satisfied, there will be opportunities for you to race against the clock on some Special Stages. This isn’t compulsory so don’t be put off if racing isn’t your thing. Details of these segments will be released nearer to the time of the event.

Riders must participate in one of the following categories as part of a team with a minimum of two riders:

  • Male Team Open
  • Male Team Masters 40+ on 31 December 2019
  • Male Team Masters 50+ on 31 December 2019
  • Female Team Open
  • Female Team Masters 40+ on 31 December 2019
  • Female Team Masters 50+ on 31 December 2019
  • Mixed Male / Female Team Open
  • Mixed Male / Female Team Masters 40+ on 31 December 2019
  • Mixed Male / Female Team Masters 50+ on 31 December 2019
  • eBike Team (at least one rider in the team on an eBike)

 

All riders must be aged over 18 on the first day of riding (Monday 22 July 2019).

We anticipate the inclusion of an eBike category will open up the Wales360 to broader participation, but it will still be a very challenging event to complete.

We expect the Wales360 to appeal to experienced mountain bikers with an interest in XC riding and tough endurance events. The Wales360 may also appeal to those who perhaps only have a moderate amount of experience on a mountain bike but do enjoy pushing themselves to their physical and mental limits. There will be some technical challenges along the route but you don’t need to be a World Cup downhill star, just a competent bike handler who knows and respects their own limits.

If you have an XC hardtail then bring that, along with some reasonably resilient but fast rolling tires. A trail bike would be fine too.

For your own safety and for the benefit of our enthusiastic but hardworking event team you will need to complete each ride within reasonable time limits (as a rough guide this will be based on an average speed of around 12km/h dependent on the daily terrain).

Wales 360

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Stage One Map
Start
Aberystwyth

End
Dolgellau
Distance
90km
Stage Two Map
Start
Dolgellau

End
Betws-y-Coed
Distance
97km
Stage Three Map
Start
Betws-y-Coed

End
Llangollen
Distance
106km
Stage Four Map
Start
Llangollen

End
Welshpool
Distance
88km
Stage Five Map
Start
Welshpool

End
Rhayader
Distance
89km
Stage Six Map
Start
Rhayader

End
Aberystwyth
Distance
82km