It’s National Bike Week!

Elan Valley TrailRhayaderCyclingActivities & Sports.Did you know that this week is National Bike Week? All around the UK, people are finding out lots of reasons why two wheels are better than four (or six, or eight, or even your legs), combining exercise with a fantastically relaxed way of exploring the landscape (as long as you’re not in a race, of course). Here are a few reasons why cycling is a great way to explore the Cambrian Mountains…

Welcoming cyclists of all kinds…
Whatever kind of biking you’re into, there’s a route or a road to enjoy in the Cambrian Mountains. Mountain bikers can indulge in some of the best downhill riding the UK has to offer, combined with tough mountain ascents and dense Welsh forests. Alternatively, the high roads cutting through the Cambrian peaks make for truly scenic road cycling (the Tour of Britain will be cutting a trail through here a little later in the year).

Guides and upcoming races…
Keen to make the very most of a cycling trip in the region? We wouldn’t blame you for booking a guide to show you around. Red Kite Events offer guided mountain biking and road cycling trips, using experienced local guides who are willing to tailor trips specifically to you, whether you’re after an hour’s exercise or a mighty multi-day tour through mid Wales. There’s also Clive Powell Mountain Bikes and Hefren Cycles in Llanidloes.

And once you’re done practicing, the region is also home to numerous cycling events throughout the year. This August, there’s even a World Alternative Games MTB Weekend to coincide with Llanwrtyd Wells’ famously quirky annual games. The weekend kicks off in the UK’s smallest town and offers riders the choice of a 60k, 80k or a colossal 130k route options.

By Red Kite Adventures ©

By Red Kite Adventures ©

Cycle-friendly towns…
Llanwrtyd Wells, as mentioned above, is the starting point for many a race/event, as well as being home to some superb road cycling. In Rhayader, the father of British mountain biking, Clive Powell, offers bike hire and guided tours, plus you can bed down in the cyclist-friendly Riverside Lodge. To the west, Tregaron offers the giddy heights of mid Wales combined with the relaxed cycling of the Welsh coast, just a few miles away.

The National Cycle Museum…
The museum offers a fascinating journey through cycling history, from penny farthings to the latest carbon fibre frames – all accompanied by photographs, posters and other period specific memorabilia that any avid cyclists will find extremely interesting. Fittingly, you’ll get a discount on entry to the National Cycle Collection if you arrive by bike!
http://www.cyclemuseum.org.uk

For more information on cycling in the Cambrian Mountains, why not read…

* A COMPLETE BIKE GUIDE TO THE CAMBRIAN MOUNTAINS
* THE NATIONAL CYCLE COLLECTION

 

 

 

 

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