The ‘Castle to Castle’ bike ride is one of the United Kingdoms unique cycling experiences taking you through the entire length of Wales from North to South, complete with legendary tales and mythical gods… the roads aren’t bad either!
Ready yourself as we prepare to ride through more of the United Kingdoms hidden cycling treasures, for this exhilarating 200 mile bicycle ride will take you through some of the quietest and most spectacular landscapes you can find anywhere in Europe. With folklore and legends around every corner we will spend three days tackling high mountains and rolling pastures, with scenes of ancient settlements and river valleys… there may even be the odd dragon to contend with too!
The Castle to Castle is a tough and challenging ride through the length of Wales, it is also an exhilarating cycling adventure, and once completed is an achievement that will leave indelible memories for the rest of your life!
Total Distance 200mi
Total Ascent 4,890m
Max Alt 542m
Difficulty Grade 3/5
Next Departure 5 May 2021
Scenery Score 10/10
Guide Price £595
Wales North To South Classic Route
Snowdonia National Park
Pen y Pass
Coed y Brenin Forest Park
Brecon Beacons National Park
Day 1 – Arrive Cardiff a.m. before transfer to Caernarfon.
Day 2 – Ride Caernarfon to Machynlleth – 118km (74mi)
Day 3 – Machynlleth To Brecon – 117km (73mi)
Day 4 – Brecon To Cardiff – 85km (53mi)
Day 5 – Easy morning before onward journey home.
Experienced Cycle Leader(s), Full Vehicle Support including Driver/Mechanic, First Aiders, Luggage Transfer Through Trip, 3/4 star Hotel Accommodation (4 nights inc Breakfast), Luxury coach transfer to Caernarfon from Cardiff
Travel to Cardiff, Lunches, Evening Dinners
Travel information/timings to Cardiff (muster) will be given on your application. To help us help you, it is important you notify us of any extraordinary travel arrangements you may have that prevents you from arriving at the recommended times. Your personal bags will be carried by the support vehicle throughout the event.
Please do not arrive to the event with rigid bike travel boxes. Support vehicles will have limited space and are unable to stow large solid bike boxes as well as all luggage and equipment through the event. Please contact us with any questions regarding the transportation of your bike, we will be more than happy to discuss this further with you.
Weather & Kit
We can expect ‘mixed’ weather patterns of sunshine and rain and cool temperatures (at altitude) in this region of the United Kingdom. With some luck we will stay dry and the sun will join us for the ride, but if not, remember to bring plenty of layers – not heavy coverings.
This tour through Wales is a road bike tour. Your bike should be well maintained and in good running order with suitable gears and brakes to tackle steep gradients – up and down! A road touring bike (with high gears and robust tyres – 28mm recommended) is ideal but a sports hybrid bike also with high gears and good tyres would also be suitable. We also welcome on to this tour applications from experienced eBike riders.
A full kit list will be issued in your ‘Joining Instructions’ document after your application. We would like to emphasise good quality wet weather gear and warm base/mid layers for your castle to castle trip. We will be glad to discuss any aspect of kit and your bike with you, please call us anytime with any questions.
Fitness & Training
This is a level 3 cycle event. You will be capable of riding comfortably up to 100km in a day and/or used to riding distances up to 80km over hilly terrain (minimum). If you have any doubt as to your fitness regarding participation in this event, please give us a call and we will be more than happy to chat with you.
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Please arrive to the event ready to ride and not rely on ‘muscle memory’ or riding into ‘trip fitness’ – don’t let us or yourself (or others) down…please train to tour.
eBIKE RIDERS WELCOME!
“Better organisation than Team Sky, Jason and Giles where awesome. Every thing ran so smoothly all we had to do was ride!” Richard Moore (Alpine TdF Velo Spectacular)
Castle To Castle Route Map
Castle To Castle Route Profile
Next Departure – 5 May 2021
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Well done folks …very professional indeed, 7days cycling together from Vienna to Milan is no joke …but thanks to you and your professionalism, support and determination the challenge is over with positive feelings…. thank you to all your very friendly team who also go out of their way to give you a memorable experience… Until the next one !!!” Mark Camilleri (Vienna To Milan Cycle Challenge)