Shake off the excesses of the festive season. You'll need to wrap up!

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You don't need to be Lara Croft to take part in this event, you're not searching for lost treasures, just a good time and a little adventure. Man has made mid Wales his home for thousands of years, now littered with the remains and remnants left behind - tumuli, cairns, forts and barrows are in abundance and luckily for us, many are to be found in some of the wildest, most unspoilt land Wales has to offer.

Every rider will be sent a set of grid references each pinpointing the location of a site that held a special signifigance to our ancestors. Your task, is to devise a route linking these points together. Choose as many or as few as you like - the aim is to produce a route you'll enjoy, not to simply 'bag' everyone. The list of references will be delivered to your inbox on Christmas Eve which will give you plenty of good excuses as to why you can't visit the in-laws over the festive season!


WRT bikepacking event

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Winter can be a fantastic time for bikepacking, obviously you need to be prepared but the promise of crisp air, frozen trails and clear night skies should be enough to encourage you to pack your bike and head out. However, if you find that the potential delights of Winter haven't got quite enough draw to get you off the sofa, then hopefully the added incentive of the Bear Bones Bikepacking Winter Event will have.

Just like the WRT, the winter event doesn't have a fixed route but unlike the WRT it does have a fixed destination(s) which gives each event its unique name … how you reach it is down to you. We'll give you a few grid references to point you in the right direction.

To help set you up for your wintery adventure, the event starts from Llanbrynmair Community Centre, Powys SY19 7DH where you'll collect your Bear Bones Bikepacking goody pack and we'll ply you with tea and toast while you prepare for what's in store. Once you're ready, you can set off, there's no official start time … in fact you're free to get underway any time between 9.00am and 2.00pm.

Sunday sees you return to the start, where you'll be greeted by a seemingly never ending supply of tea and cake while you defrost your digits and compare notes with other riders. You don't have to be back for any particular time, doors will be open from 9.00am onwards and will stay that way until the last rider's home which will hopefully be before 7pm!