Like a mini Welsh Ride Thing … Only colder!
Bikepacking in winter can be fantastic, clear skies, frozen trails and no midges are the hallmarks of winter but finding the motivation to head out isn't always easy.
If you need an excuse to get off the sofa and onto your bike this winter, 'There 'n back' could be it. In true Bear Bones style, you'll be expected to plan a route, navigate and spend a night out in the mid-Wales countryside, without resorting to a B&B!
A series of reference points will be released on Christmas eve which should help you plot your route (and stop you becoming bored over the festive season). In previous years the clue to your destination has been in the name, however this year you won't find out where 'There' is until December 24th, so you'll just have to trust us. There's no right or wrong way to join up the dots, there's no single mandatory check-point, you just have to decide how you're going to get … There 'n back.
photo © Faddyvictor
The start and finish is Ysgol Llanbrynmair & Community Centre on the B4518 in Llanbrynmair, Powys SY19 7AB. OS map Explorer 215 - SH899026. You may find the warmth of the heated building difficult to drag yourself away from but rest assured it'll feel even warmer when you get back :)
Tea and toast will be served on Saturday from 8.30am until all the riders have set off (hopefully no later than 2pm). At the sign-in you'll be given a survival kit, the contents of which, remain secret until the day. There is no mass start, just go when you've finished faffing.
On the Sunday, tea and cake are served from 8.30am - 4.00pm, giving riders a chance to swap tales and collect any prizes they may have won.
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Event: 11 - 12 January 2014
The entry cost is £20.00
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Entries taken up to midnight, 23/12/13. If you cancel before 31/12/13, you will be eligible for a refund of £15.00, cancellation from 1/1/14 to 10/1/14 will entitle you to £10 refund. Thereafter no refund given.