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Training

Wales360 will be very demanding physically. Riders will need to be physically strong in terms of endurance and strength conditioning, but also (and possibly even more importantly) they will need a strong mental focus and determination. All participants will face tough long days in the saddle on very physical routes and with unpredictable weather and must consider their physical capacity to cope with these conditions for six consecutive days.

Wales360 will be very demanding physically. Riders will need to be physically strong in terms of endurance and strength conditioning, but also (and possibly even more importantly) they will need a strong mental focus and determination. All participants will face tough long days in the saddle on very physical routes and with unpredictable weather and must consider their physical capacity to cope with these conditions for six consecutive days.

Wales360 is a tough endurance event, not a sprint. You will be riding for around eight hours a day and will need to go at a pace that is sustainable for you. Your preparation should reflect this, so lots of long rides at 60 to 75 per cent of the maximum effort you could sustain for an hour or so. Your legs should feel comfortably uncomfortable! It would be a good idea to get out on some long back to back rides at weekends. Ride in places you haven’t been before and on as natural terrain as you can find. Get an understanding of how much food and drink you need to take on board to keep going.

All Wales360 riders can benefit from discounted training programmes, tailored to match their needs and designed to help them complete this six-day, off-road epic, from Ben Thomas Coaching, our Official Coaching Partner.

Click here to visit the Ben Thomas Coaching website for full information.

Welsh Cycling provides some tips on mountain bike kit, clothing, techniques, training and nutrition on its website here. We’d recommend you have a good look around as there is an abundance of useful information for riders at all levels.


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Watch: how to descend on a mountain bike


Watch: advanced strength exercises for cyclists

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