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If you've come here to entre the 2018 event, sorry but you're too late, it took place without you!

The Cafe Racer saw more riders than ever before descend on Llanbrynmair community centre. As new riders arrived, others were already weaving their way through the hills and valleys of mid-Wales. Their destination was the Glyndwr's Way cafe and the first cake of the weekend. How they reached their goal was largely up to them but I'm sure every possible combination of track, lane and road was used by someone at some point. Not everyone would be successful in their quest - some would discover that this part of Wales doesn't give up its treasures easily and will make you work hard for the rewards. Others would simply be lured onto the rocks by the siren of a log fire and a pint. Make it or not, it didn't really matter because the real prize lay out there, beneath your wheels.

See how veteran Nigel and virgin James faired in their Cafe Racer quest.

Next year's event will be 12/13 January 2019. Details will be here on 1 November 2018.

WRT bikepacking event

Photo © Jack Thurston

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 the caretaker locks the door at 10pm)!