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

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14/15 January 2017. Nearly 70 riders chose to ignore the forecast arctic apocalypse and made their way to mid-Wales for Church or Chapel? Although not perfect, conditions were much better than anticipated, with some riders even managing to remain dry for the entire weekend, something that probably involved more luck than careful planning.

The promise of tea and cake ensured a steady stream of riders began to return from first thing Sunday morning. Perhaps all a little colder and muddier than they'd been 24 hours before but all satisfied that their bikepacking year was off to a good start.

Next Winter Event 14/15 January 2018. Entries open on 1st November 2017.

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 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)!