Windmill Cycle Club Special Event

Elan & Doethie Valleys 2020

Organiser: Scott Morrell

Date: Friday 4th to Sunday 6th September 2020

Ride Start: Elan Visitor Centre LD6 5HP

Start Time: 11:30am

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 it's natural best.

Ride Details:

Friday 4th September 2020

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.

Saturday 5th September 2020

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.

Ride Start Location: Friday & Saturday

Elan Visitor Centre LD6 5HP

Sunday 6th September 2020

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!

Ride Start Location: Sunday

Doethie Valley - Llyn Brianne Dam car Park (Free) SA20 0PG

Accommodation Details

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

Link to - Hotel website

Additional Useful Info:


Service your bike, or at a minimum check that it has newish brake pads and the gears are fine. Fingers crossed for balmy 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 there, 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. It would be good if someone can volunteer to bring first aid basics.

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.