A dose of Monday Motivation by way of a new, week-long mountain bike stage race encircling northern Wales this coming July. Six days of point-to-point mountain biking, Wales360 links 552km of riding & 12,700m of climbing together sampling some of the best Welsh trails around Snowdonia National Park. Meant to be both an amateur race & a mountain biking getaway, Wales360 slips a timed enduro stage in each day amongst all-day scenic riding and its traveling caravan atmosphere with the 500+ participants sharing a pop-up camp each night…

Wales360, a 6-stage 550km UK mountain bike event

Wales360 aims to bring some of the feel of legendary events like the Cape Epic or BC Bike Race a bit closer to home for Brits & Europeans, taking in the raw, lush & rocky beauty of the heart of Wales. The entire race is being run as an all-inclusive trip. And while the £1310 per person entry sounds steep at first, it looks like you’ll get a lot for that.

Included in the registration fee, you get a hotel stay the night before riding starts, then again the night after you return to Aberystwyth where Wales360 starts & finishes. In between, set off to ride each morning after they feed you, with four feed zones along the way everyday. Race organizers haul your gear to the day’s finish, and a local Welsh dinner including beer & cider awaits at the roving “boutique tented village” where you’ll spend each night, with power in every tent to recharge you GPS, phone & power banks while you sleep. There will even be equipment to dry gear that gets soaked along the way between many creek crossings & whatever the weather dishes out.

Wales360 track – 552km long with 12,700m of elevation

Wales360 6-stage 550km Welsh Wales, UK mountain bike event off-road stage race

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While the full distance itself isn’t a race, timed enduro segments will give you a chance to satiate your competitive side. And the chance to win prizes & bragging rights along the way. The event has categories for both solo rider and two-person teams, and expects most riders will end up riding in groups staggered out along each long day on the bike.

Wales360 6-stage 550km Welsh Wales, UK mountain bike event off-road stage race

Trails itself vary widely over the long distance taking in “a mix of bridleways, byways and forest land fire roads & singletrack”. It even hits some man-made Coed y Brenin & Elan trail centre tracks too to keep it interesting. If you haven’t already watched that video, go back and get a taste from the tracks of stages 2 & 3.

Wales360 6-stage 550km Welsh Wales, UK mountain bike event off-road stage race

The event runs from July 22-27 tracing a clockwise loop over its course, making it the only point-to-point off-road event of its kind in the UK. Registration and more information are available from the Wales360.com website, with a registration deadline set for April 30.


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