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Equipment and Clothing

Only mountain bikes in good condition are permitted in Wales360. We’d recommend an XC style bike with 100mm front suspension travel as a minimum or a reasonably lightweight trail bike. eBikes must comply with the rules for ‘electrically assisted pedal cycles’ (EAPCs). An ‘all around’ tyre which rolls well but has good puncture resistance would be the best choice.

Only mountain bikes in good condition are permitted in Wales360. We’d recommend an XC style bike with 100mm front suspension travel as a minimum or a reasonably lightweight trail bike. eBikes must comply with the rules for ‘electrically assisted pedal cycles’ (EAPCs). An ‘all around’ tyre which rolls well but has good puncture resistance would be the best choice.

We’d recommend you service forks, shocks and bearings. Fit a new chain and new cassette/chainring if worn and the same goes for your tyres. New cables and new brake pads are recommended also.

Don’t change your setup/position on the bike before the Wales360. It’s 550 kilometres of hard riding and an unfamiliar setup could lead to injury.

If you are riding an eBike you should bring a spare battery with you (this will be transported for you to a point mid-way through each days ride).

It is mandatory that you bring the equipment listed below with you.

Riders must familiarise themselves with all the requirements as described on this website and consider the nature of the event and pack appropriately:

  • A protective helmet that is a good fit, is free from damage and defects and meets internationally recognised standards such as European CE EN1078 or CPSC
  • Suitable clothing – a range of items appropriate to a range of weather conditions from hot/dry to cold/wet/windy; multiple thin breathable layers are the best approach with a waterproof/windproof outer shell layer
  • A whistle and a survival bag (a lightweight metalized polyester bag is recommended), which must be carried at all times while riding
  • A mobile phone
  • A bike computer / GPS device that enables you to follow a GPX track on a digital map and identify where you are; it must have a USB interface
  • A compact battery pack / power bank with device specific charging cables (you will need to carry this on the trail)
  • A basic tool kit eg multi-tool, tyre levers, spare tubes, patches, CO2/pump, a chain link, spared brake pads, etc.
  • Sleeping bag / pillow / towel (dry towel / microfiber style sports towel recommended)
  • Combination locks for your tent and rider bag

 

A combination of a small backpack and saddle mounted bag is recommended for carrying food, clothing and equipment on the bike.

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Start
Aberystwyth

End
Dolgellau
Distance
90km
Stage Two Map
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Dolgellau

End
Betws-y-Coed
Distance
97km
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Betws-y-Coed

End
Llangollen
Distance
106km
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Llangollen

End
Welshpool
Distance
88km
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Welshpool

End
Rhayader
Distance
89km
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Rhayader

End
Aberystwyth
Distance
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