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What to Expect

Riding between 90 and 108 kilometres across largely off-road terrain on consecutive days around very hilly Mid and North Wales is not only possible but it’s also a fantastic life-affirming experience. You can take our word for it because we’ve done it as part of our event planning. We did a lot of our early recce riding in November; July should be warmer, drier and faster! That said, regardless of the season, Wales360 is likely to be the hardest challenge most participants will ever have taken on.

Riding between 90 and 108 kilometres across largely off-road terrain on consecutive days around very hilly Mid and North Wales is not only possible but it’s also a fantastic life-affirming experience. You can take our word for it because we’ve done it as part of our event planning. We did a lot of our early recce riding in November; July should be warmer, drier and faster! That said, regardless of the season, Wales360 is likely to be the hardest challenge most participants will ever have taken on.

You will start each day full of delicious Welsh breakfast and with a sense of purpose. Unlike most of your rides you will not be riding in a loop; you’ve got to make it to the finish town and you will tackle all sorts of terrain en route – forest roads and trails; rocky bridleways; flowing singletrack; pasture; green lanes and small country roads. You’ll take on very steep climbs both long and short, and some great descents. There are some established mountain bike trails along the route but significant sections will rarely have seen any bicycle traffic at all. The views throughout are picture postcard perfect; with rolling green hills and valleys, distant mountains, dense forest, lakes and reservoirs, bubbling rivers and big expanses of sky aplenty.

Wales360 riders will be spread thinly enough along the route that each of you will be able to enjoy a sense of isolation in places while resting easy in the knowledge that assistance from our crew will never be that far away should you require it. You will follow a GPX track of the route but there will also be route markers placed at regular intervals to reassure you that you are heading in the right direction, and to mark changes of direction and hazards.

Feed zones will provide an opportunity for some brief respite from the physical effort and to grab some supplies to sustain you to the next stop. Our technical teams will also be able to help you with any bike maintenance issues along the way.

There will be a sense of occasion at each day’s start and finish, with professional event infrastructure and an announcer. As soon as you arrive in the Wales360 camp at the end of each day you can grab some refreshments and head off for a hot shower while our crew clean and lube your bike.

We are aiming to create a laid-back festival atmosphere in the Wales360 camp where we will provide all the facilities you could need. You’ll share a four-person tent with your team-mate (we may have some two-person single occupancy tents, too) which we will provide along with sleeping mats. You’ll have access to power points and WiFi as well. There will be a nice evening meal made from fresh Welsh ingredients in our marquee each evening and access to a bar serving Welsh beer and cider. There will also be a nightly programme of entertainment planned. Of course, riders are welcome to go off and explore the local area if that’s what they’d like to do.

The Wales360 is going to be televised and therefore there will be some TV production crews around. There may also be a number of celebrity riders in attendance. We expect this will just add to the fun and sense of occasion.

DAILY ROUTINE
Note: stated times are a guide and may vary day to day

  • 06:15 to 07:45  Breakfast in the Wales360 camp
  • By 07:50 Sleeping bags and pillows bagged and left in tent. Single bag with personal possessions handed to event crew for transportation
  • 07:50 Briefing on the day’s ride
  • 08:00 First wave of riders depart
  • 09:00 Last wave of riders depart
  • 15:00 Arrival of first riders at the Wales360 camp
  • 15:00 Refreshments available on the finish line
  • 18:00 Arrival of final riders at the Wales360 Camp
  • 18:30 Evening meal / bar service starts
  • 19:30 Daily presentations, entertainment
  • 20:00  Rider waves published for next day’s start
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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