Cyclists make their way to the hotel in Caernarfon in time to register with the pie crew. Our guides will be on hand to check your bikes and help with any last minute mechanical issues.
Following a welcome speech and safety briefing, you’ll set off in your guided groups heading into the hills and the majestic Snowdonia National Park. Today is the toughest day in terms of distance and elevation, and don’t forget to save your legs for the final sting in the tail as we ride in to the coastal town of Aberystwyth! Our support crew will have your luggage ready on arrival at the hotel, and you will have time to get changed and have a shower before the evening meal.
The profile flattens today, but don’t let that fool you as with 1800m elevation and gradients approaching 20%, it will be a tough test for even the most experienced of cyclists!
Most of the morning is spent climbing up from sea level to 500m and the Tywi Forest. Thankfully the half way point marks the start of a 20km section that (mostly!) heads downhill, before 10km of climbing and a further 15km descent down into Brecon, at the foot of Pen Y Fan. Dinner is taken at the hotel, with views of the famous mountain looming large in the distance.
The final day! A gentle climb out of the hotel will soon get the legs going as we ride west to explore what the Brecon Beacons have to offer. The main obstacle today is Black Mountain – one of the top 100 climbs in the UK and described as “the quintessential Welsh mountain road – wild, remote, desolate and endearingly featureless“….!
After a 15km descent, there’s just one more peak to go before our final approach into Swansea and the chance to savour the sea air as we finish at the beautiful Swansea Bay. For those looking for an extra climb, the cobbled Constitution Hill is but a stone’s throw away…
We celebrate that night with a wonderful meal overlooking the Bay.
An alternate finish location is Cardiff – the capital of Wales!
You are free to travel home. Bike transfers can be arranged if required.