This will be a demanding and adventurous gravel / cyclocross bike ride, with some spectacular scenery and visiting some remote parts of South Wales.
Expect a full 100km ride with approximately 2000m of climbing - the route is suited to those experienced in riding off-road in remote locations - not suitable for those new to riding off-road.
If you are entering This is not a tour , Gritfest or any of The Racing Collective events in 2019, then this ride will be a good test of bike, body and kit - the route will include sections of the 200k gravel ride planned for March too.
As with all such rides, participation is entirely at your own risk and whilst an ethos of camaraderie is always encouraged, ultimately you need to have a plan for getting home should a mechanical (or injury) occur.
The route follows a mix of quiet backroads, remote gravel tracks, National Cycle Network routes, and being in Wales, expect mud and plenty of hills. There is an excellent cafe stop at Corrwg Cwtch at the mid point.
We recommend you bring a helmet, spares for repairs, food, drink, cash for café stops (optional) and clothing to suit the forecast weather. Tyres need to be set up for CX / gravel riding 700x35 or ideally 700x40 tyres are recommended
Please note: riders are solely responsible for their own actions or in-actions on this ride, only come if you're happy with taking responsibility for yourself. It is strongly recommended that you preview the GPX file and route notes, to ensure you are familiar with the routes and the hazards noted.
If you have any questions, need advise on kit, bike setup etc, just pop a question below.
GPX file and route notes are detailed in discussion post below.
Two Outbound route options - both routes are identical, except for the final few km's of the descent in to Glycorrwg. Decide which one is for you and down load a TCX or GPX file for your Garmin or other nav device. The return route is the same for everyone (Corrwg2Diff TCX or GPX) so remember to download a copy of that route too
Standard Route - double track fire road descent into Glynocrrwg
(Diff2CorrwgStandard TCX or GPX)
Demanding Route - very steep (minus 40% in places)and a more technical descent into Glyncorrwg (Diff2CorrwgDemanding TCX or GPX)
There are route notes using the same notation, so please read these as key points of caution are noted.