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Jim Smith

Sat, 10/09/2021 - 14:51

Been a few times with MTB beds to either Morzine or Finale Ligure. Top class outfit. Can't recommended them enough. There is no better 👌🏻

Ben Plenge

Mon, 08/30/2021 - 13:54

I have just got back from a week at Chalet Chappelle in Morzine and I was blown away by the MTB Beds experience and their team. It is insane value for money when you consider the quality of accommodation, food and facilities. Everybody there was super friendly and full of useful local knowledge and positive energy. The whole holiday was very slick and well run and it helped us all to have an awesome time. I will certainly be coming back to MTB Beds for my next trip. Ben

Explore the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains on our Classic MTB Weekend where we will climb and descend some of the biggest Mountains in this incredible South Wales destination. Mountain biking in the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains is a must for any real MTB enthusiast.

We tick off some real Welsh Mountain Biking bucket list rides including the Black Mountains Big Classic and the Brecon Beacons Gap. With glorious singletrack terrain, long flowing descents and a good chunk of rock thrown in that post-ride beer in the pub tastes simply glorious. If our Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains Big Weekend rides tickle your fancy simply drop us an email or book live below.

brecon beacons big mountain bike ride

Why the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains Classic MTB Weekend is so good - You’ll ride the best Mountain Bike trails in South Wales, the descents in this area go on forever with the highest peak, Waun Fach sitting at 811 metres above sea level is awe-inspiring. Riding these trails you’ll find yourself winding down ancient hills into stunning little villages. You will stay in an old Welsh lodge with all the MTB-specific facilities needed and eat in the award-winning pub next door!

What’s included?

  • Accommodation – 2 nights accommodation in a traditional Welsh lodge
  • Meals – Home-cooked breakfasts, packed lunches and post-ride cake and coffee, beer, wine and soft drinks
  • All guiding – 2 full day’s guided riding with 2 BC Level 3 Guides – maximum client-to-guide ratio 8-1
  • Transport – Travel to and from the trails on day 1 with a dedicated professional driver
  • Safety Equipment – First aid kits and emergency shelters carried by our guides alongside your personal equipment packs
  • Financial failure insurance – Ensuring your money is 100% protected from the second we receive it until we have delivered your trip of a lifetime.

*Evening meals not included, eaten at an award-winning pub across the road, the New Inn Bwlch

Some of the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains Classic MTB Weekend Highlights include riding some of the most iconic Mountain Bike trails in South Wales including the Brecon Beacons Gap and Black Mountains Beast. Stay in a traditional Welsh Lodge and enjoy award-winning pub food whilst being led for the weekend by professional guides so you can just relax and ride your bike! 

Our Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains Classic MTB Weekend riding will always be tailored to suit the group where possible but won’t be suitable for complete beginners. You’d want to be comfortable tackling trail centre Reds as a minimum, and happy to have go, or at least walk, more technical stuff.

Facilities

Amazing food
Local knowledge
True adventure
Single track
Professional guides
Mountain peaks
Local culture
Eco friendly
Bike store

Introduction

Our Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains Classic MTB Weekend is an awesome riding experience through one of the UK’s finest National Parks in South Wales.

What to expect?

The Brecon Beacons are the highest mountains in Southern Britain and are within easy reach of the M4 motorway, making them incredibly accessible for mountain bikers based in the south. Accessible, yes; but definitely not to be underestimated – these are real mountains and the riding in the area is pretty full-on, with big climbs, awesome views and amazing descents. This trip is based in a luxury hostel in the Usk Valley, giving us a chance to enjoy the area’s 2 big mountain classics.

Getting ready for 2 days of mountain biking in fairly full-on, remote locations can be a major task. With 7 riders (plus 2 guides!). These notes will help everybody know what to expect from the trip and what to bring. If there’s anything else you need to know, or want to check, please don’t hesitate to ask.
 

Sample Itinerary

This is only a sample itinerary and can change at any given date, we are always working to improve the trips and alterations are common to improve and adapt.

Friday night, arrive at the lodge in your own time and grab a beer and a few minutes to wind down and meet your fellow riders in the lounge before heading over the road (10 metres in fact)  to the New Inn, an award-winning pub for dinner, table booked for 8 pm to allow folk plenty of time to arrive. Their menu is seasonal and will be sent out to you the week before to make your choices! It is superb!

Day 1 – The Black Mountains Beast loop (or similar)

Distance around - 35km

Ascent around - 1000m

Enjoy a cooked breakfast as well as a few coffees, and we’ll then have a bit of time before loading bikes onto the trailer and hopping into the minibus for the short ride to the trailhead. Weather permitting, we’ll ride a variation of the classic Big Black Mountains tour.

This is definitely one of the best mtb rides anywhere in the UK, and one should be on every mountain biker's bucket list. We’ll finish in the small town of Crickhowell, where if time allows, we can grab a quick beer before being driven back to the hostel. Back at the lodge, there will be coffee and cake as well as a hot shower awaiting us. Saturday night will be more socialising, and more award-winning food – plenty of opportunities to put back the calories you burned during the day.

Day 2 – Brecon Beacons Gap Ride

Distance around - 35km

Ascent around - 9000m

After another cooked breakfast, more calories and more coffee, we’ll roll straight out of the lodge and down to the tiny village of Talybont-on-Usk, where we’ll start a variation of the famous Brecon Beacons Gap Ride. The exact route will depend on the weather and the group, but whatever we decide to do, we’ll eventually climb to a 600m col in the highest mountains in the national park, and then enjoy an almost endless descent to finish. Back at Talybont, we’ll use the village bike wash – yes, the village really does have dedicated bike wash facilities and showers before we start our journey home!

What’s included?

  • Accommodation – 2 nights accommodation in a Traditional Welsh lodge
  • Meals – Home-cooked breakfasts, packed lunches and post-ride cake and coffee, beer, wine and soft drinks
  • All guiding – 2 full day’s guided riding with 2 BC Level 3 Guides – maximum client to guide ratio 8-1
  • Transport – Travel to and from the trails on day 1 with a dedicated professional driver
  • Safety Equipment – First aid kits and emergency shelters carried by our guides alongside your personal equipment packs
  • Financial failure insurance – Ensuring your money is 100% protected from the second we receive it until we have delivered your trip of a lifetime.
  • (Evening meals not included, eaten at award winning pub across the road, the New Inn Bwlch)
     

Riding skills and fitness

Many people ask us about the riding and their skills and fitness. It’s a hard one to answer as difficulty is so subjective and we can have up to 10 different riders, all with different fitness levels and technical abilities.

Riding skills

Firstly, the riding isn’t as tough as it sounds. We’ve chosen routes that give a real Brecon Beacon flavour but still make for an enjoyable weekend without killing you.

There will, however, be some long days (possibly 6-8 hours or more) and some technical downs (some of which probably everybody will walk a few metres). As long as you can keep smiling when you’re tired and pushing your bike then you’ll be fine.

In terms of riding ability, this trip won’t suit anyone who isn’t happy riding red / black grade trails in typical UK trail centres (please ask us if you would like more detail).

Fitness

It’s much more about stamina than speed or strength. There are some long days and we won’t be racing anywhere. On the bigger days, we’ll ride at a relaxed pace that can be kept up all day. We’ll also take more care than we would at a trail centre as a bad fall in a remote place is not good news.

The best training for this kind of trip is actually just getting out riding – preferably longer distances at a steady pace. 30km at a steady pace will be more useful than 15km at racing speed, so if your local trails are short, slow it down and do 2 laps! 
 

Weather

On this Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains mountain bike tour we could experience everything from hot sunny days, wet and windy days to full on blizzards. We’ve made many trips to South Wales throughout the year and had a real mix. When packing, please bring winter and summer clothing so we can make more informed decisions about what to wear and carry on the day or the night before.

Insurance

We don’t need medical insurance in the UK, but I strongly recommend travel insurance just to cover you should you get injured or fall ill before the trip or during it. Try YellowJersey and use the discount code – MTB75

Our impact

There’s no getting around it, 9 mountain bikers will be pretty conspicuous and we’ll have some impact on the landscape and other trail users. As a company, we’re 100% committed to minimising our impact in every way we can.

We operate a strict ‘pack it out’ policy for all litter (including banana skins and orange peel), and we try to leave as little trace of our passing as possible. While we’ll enjoy some epic descents and trails, please ride in control and at a speed that reflects your line of sight and abilities.

We’ll certainly meet walkers and we want any interactions to be as positive as possible. It’s important to give mountain bikers a good name. For more information check out Do the Ride Thing and also the websites listed at the end of these notes.
 

Kit list

Kit list

The weather can be very varied in the South Wales so we need to be prepared. We’ll have a briefing every evening to give you an up to date weather forecast and plan the next day. We can share some of the kit to keep packs as light as possible.

Riding kit

Please let us know if there’s anything you haven’t got that you may need.

Essential, please make sure you have the following

  • Hydration pack big enough to carry everything in the list below – suggested size 15L to 20L
  • Mini pump for your valve type
  • Inner tube (even if you use tubeless)
  • Tubeless repair kit (if you use tubeless)
  • Puncture patches (if you don’t use tubeless)
  • Tyre levers
  • Multi-tool
  • 1 set of spare brake pads
  • Rear gear hanger for your bike
  • Power link for your chain type and speed
  • Any medication you need

Recommended

  • Dry bag to keep everything dry inside your pack
  • Cable ties
  • Duct tape (we suggest wrapping 1m around your pump)
  • Mobile phone – in a waterproof case or plastic bag
  • Small personal first aid kit
  • You’ll also need the following
  • Water and snacks – gels, energy bars, jelly babies etc
  • Lunch (this will be provided but you’ll need to carry it)
  • Recommended clothing

Essential, please make sure you have the following

  • Helmet
  • Waterproof jacket (a full-on waterproof is recommended)
  • Insulated jacket or very warm emergency layer
  • MTB shoes (you must be able to walk in them!)

Recommended

  • Knee and elbow pads
  • Cycling shorts and/or waterproof shorts (or trousers)
  • Wicking base layer or cycling jersey
  • Mid layer (fleece or soft shell)
  • Woolly hat or buff
  • Riding glasses
  • Gloves (worth having a spare pair if it’s wet)
  • Waterproof socks

 

Bikes

Your bike needs to be ready for the rigours of the mountains – steep and rocky climbs and very rough descents. A lightweight x-country bike probably won’t be strong enough for the descents and a downhill rig will be too heavy for the climbs. Just about everything in between will do the job.

Tyres are important too. Lightweight racing tyres are easily torn. We recommend good trail or all-mountain tyres such as Maxxis High Rollers/Minion DHR/DHF in a Double Down casing and possibly with inserts.

Please make sure your bike is ready for 4 days of hard riding. Anything that looks slightly suspect will almost certainly break.

There are good bike shops Wales along the route but nothing very convenient.

Booking and Availability

Please book live if a date is showing or please use the enquiry form to start the booking process. Our Brecon Beacons Gap & Black Mountains trips require no minimum number to run. However, 4 people is a cost-effective number. We have many groups and individuals that wish to ride this incredible destination. So please send your enquiry form to us with your preferred dates regardless of the numbers in your party and we will do the rest to make the trip happen. We have a long waiting list and a little flexibility can make all the difference. 

PRIVATE GROUPS - please contact us for a custom tour on a specific date and one of our team will get back to you ASAP with a price. 

Jim Smith

Sat, 10/09/2021 - 14:51

Been a few times with MTB beds to either Morzine or Finale Ligure. Top class outfit. Can't recommended them enough. There is no better 👌🏻

Ben Plenge

Mon, 08/30/2021 - 13:54

I have just got back from a week at Chalet Chappelle in Morzine and I was blown away by the MTB Beds experience and their team. It is insane value for money when you consider the quality of accommodation, food and facilities. Everybody there was super friendly and full of useful local knowledge and positive energy. The whole holiday was very slick and well run and it helped us all to have an awesome time. I will certainly be coming back to MTB Beds for my next trip. Ben

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