Windmill Cycle Club Special Event

Elan & The Doethie Valley

Event Status:

Game on!


Scott Morrell

Start Date:


September 4, 2020

Ride Start:

Elan Visitor Centre LD6 5HP

Start Time:


Set amongst a spectacular backdrop of Victorian dams & reservoirs, open hills, old railways and woodlands, the scenery in this part of Wales is as much a reward as the sweeping valley descents.

Each ride offers something different, from the famous 'Monks Trod' to technical singletrack and rocky dam edged tracks that leave you in awe of the surroundings you find yourself in.

You'd be forgiven for thinking you were in America or Canada! As this is Wales at its natural best.


Day One

Friday 4th September 2020

Ride Start Location: Elan Visitor Centre LD6 5HP

Leave Hitchin around 7am, arriving at the Elan Valley Visitor Centre by 11am. Note we will be riding at 11:30am sharp!

Please bring sandwiches for a packed lunch. If needed there’s a cafe where you can purchase food.

We start with a 24 mile ride, with 1105m of ascent to get our Wales adventure underway. A mixture of terrain, with some superb descents awaits us today.

Once today's ride is finished, we will load our bikes up and drive to our accommodation (approx 25 mins away) where there is secure storage for our bikes and off road parking for cars.

Friday Dinner – We will eat in the Hotel on Friday evening.

Plotaroute link shown below for Day 01.

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Day Two

Saturday 5th September 2020

Ride Start Location: Elan Visitor Centre LD6 5HP

After Breakfast, we head back to the Elan Visitor Centre for our biggest ride of the weekend. Some challenging climbs await us today. The reward however is stunning views across the valleys, Claerwen Reservoir & Dam and the infamous 'Monks Trod'.

At 33.5 miles long with 1160m of ascent, today's ride will truly give us an insight into just how remote and isolated this part of Wales can be.

We then drive back to our accommodation to freshen up for our evening meal, which will be in a nearby pub.

Plotaroute link shown below for Day 02 - Please note this route still needs a tweak or two.

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Day Three

Sunday 6th September 2020

Ride Start Location: Doethie Valley - Llyn Brianne Dam car Park (Free) SA20 0PG

We have about an hours drive today to get to Llyn Brianne/ Doethie Valley. At just over 14 miles in distance, today's ride is the shortest of the three. However don't be fooled by that, as today we take on MBR Magazine's trail of the year for 2011.

With a stretch of singletrack over 4 miles long, our skills and concentration are going to be tested to the maximum!

Plotaroute link shown below for Day 03.

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Event Accommodation Details:

Address: Highland Moors Guest House, Wellington Road, Llandrindod Wells LD1 5ND

Highland Moors offers a superb venue in the heart of Mid Wales. The guest house has spacious rooms for groups of mountain bikers. The rooms have been refurbished to a high standard and continue to be improved with each passing year. Highland Moors has won the Certificate of Excellence 5 of the last 6 years.

​Enjoy a drink and a game of pool or head into the garden and try the zip wire. Take advantage of the secure lock-up, secure spacious car park and catch up with friends or work with the free WIFI. They offer a fully licensed bar to compliment the dinner menu.

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Additional Useful Event Information: Each event is different, so this is a general 'heads-up'.


Service your bike, or at a minimum check that it has newish brake pads and the gears are fine. Fingers crossed for sunshine, or at least not pouring rain – this trip will anyway go ahead regardless. Just check the weather forecast before heading off, and adjust your clothes accordingly
Try to get as many cycle miles in as you can, pre-trip.
Bring some warmer clothes, and a spare layer/rain jacket to carry on the ride. Weather can quickly change, and don't underestimate the potential for a cold wind on top of the hills. Given a lot of the riding is fairly remote, make sure you ride with enough water and snacks.

What to bring

Must have spare bits for your bike:
Rear mech hanger (this tends to be unique to your bike, and can easily be damaged by a rock); chain link (hard to fix a broken chain without it); inner tubes; pump; if running tubeless tyre patch/stans fluid/CO2 inflator & cartridges.
Nice to have spare bits:
Extra set of brake pads, spare gear cable; oil lube; cycle energy gels are great for tired legs on long rides. They really can make the difference between finishing a ride or crashing out. Always have some spare with you.

We've built up a great list of essential equipment through trial, error and experience out on the trails. Click here to visit out Essential Equipment page.