For riders who aren't shy to a challenge, the 2022 Cymru MTB Classic will test your endurance, skill and your relationship. This two-person team stage event is for mountain bikers who dare to face off against the exposed crags and relentless terrain of North Wales.
The Epic Series hosts global mountain bike stage races and is launching its first race in the United Kingdom next year in Coed-y-Brenin Forest. Teams of two embark on this race from beginning to end, overcoming all obstacles and challenges that lay ahead to share the success at the end.
Together, you'll cover a total distance of 150km with 3,600m of elevation over three timed stages. The stages are broken down into Rhobell Fawr, 46km, Dyfi Forest with 56km and Coed y Brenin with 48km. Each stage is a loop, all beginning and ending in the village of Dolgellau.
Over the course of the three-day event, your entry includes a pre-race trail test of 10km for familiarisation. There'll be water and nutrition stops throughout the route, along with professional course tech support, should you suffer from any mechanicals.
After each stage, you'll receive and recovery meal back at the village, where there'll also be food and drink available at the rider's hub. Along with extras like rider gifts and finisher medals, a bike wash is available, along with a safe overnight bike park in Dolgellau.
Qualify for Absa Cape Epic
As this event is a part of the Epic Series, category winners at the Cymru MTB Classic will earn an exclusive invitation to race at the legendary Absa Cape Epic Mountain bike stage race in South Africa 2023.
Some of the rules
Unfortunately for the assisted, e-bikes aren't allowed in the Cymru MTB Classic. However, verified tandem bikes are - after all, it's a team event! Shirts or jerseys must be worn at all times during the race, no freeing the nip. There's a host of other very typical race rules and regulations to adhere to also, which can all be found on the event website.
Registration opens August 4th, 2021 - so, why not find yourself a buddy and set yourselves an epic goal for 2022?