This weekend A Cycling are hosting the British Cycling MTB Marathon Championships at Llandovery in Wales, the course is 80km long consisting of 3000m of climbing (Nearly 10,000ft!).
The course is set in the Crychan Forest with 2 laps of 40km course, A Cycling quote the course as
Held within Crychan Forest, the Wild Welsh is unique among similar long distance MTB events in the UK with permission to race and time all competitors.
The course will be based on a large loop, approximately 40km in distance, with additional 7km neutral, escorted start and 7km neutral ride back. Total distance ridden will therefore be approximately 94km.
The route will offer a challenge to all riders, with a total of 3000 metres of climbing and lots of fun descents. It will offer variety with incredible views all around.
We will not be releasing a GPX file prior to the event. It will be fully marked and clear to follow.
For the Championship event a technical support zone will be available at 33km and 73km (from race start).
For both events feed stations will be at 33km, 40km and 73km.
Matt at ACycling recently wrote on their Facebook page an insight into what to expect on the day
“Crychan won’t be well known to many people as a cycling venue but very common for international car rallies and motorbike enduros. The forest hides a huge variety of tracks and trails and somewhere I have trained and ridden for 20 years.
Riders really need to be prepared for the variety with lots of different singletrack and doubletrack trails to keep riders on their toes. The vast majority of the trails are rock based, so it copes well regardless of the weather, although riders might not believe me after the first few KM off-road, which is the wettest of the route.
The biggest challenge in Crychan is the amount of climbing as descents are almost all fast. Although nothing is super technical there are several sections that riders will have to take some time to get down. There are no really easy KMs due to the lack of tarmac, but the forest roads will be a chance to relax a little at least.
I’d strongly suggest riders firstly take plenty of fluid & food with them and then my biggest recommendation is good tyres. Schwalbe Racing Ralph Snakeskin are my tyres of choice and I would strongly recommend not using anything with a thin sidewall.”
Female Start List