A weekend tailored for those of you who are just starting your mountain biking journey or are looking to develop more confidence on natural trails. We will show you some basic trailside fixes, what to put in your backpack and give you some tips and tricks for riding off road. The riding will be beginner level but far from boring. Expect a reasonable amount of challenge and of course some fairly decent climbs. Our aim is not to beast you, but two days of riding in Wales does require a certain level of fitness – the trails we will be riding will go up as well as down! This weekend is about enjoying some lovely trails in the beautiful, quiet and wild Elan Valley. We want you to leave feeling inspired to get out and ride more wherever you live.
With a wealth of experience of teaching all different levels of ability and with a bike specific focus Polly’s yoga sessions will both enliven and relax. The morning sessions are dynamic but always start gradually before getting you energised for the day. The post ride sessions are a more relaxing affair with plenty of long held stretches to release any tension in the body from our ride. No previous yoga experience needed.
With the Elan Valley on the doorstep we can ride straight from our venue. Using a combination of cycle path, natural bridleways and tracks both days, the terrain will be suitable for beginners being mainly non-technical (think long grassy descents and wide tracks). We will be out for approximately 3-4 hours on both days and will ride through woodland, open moorland and next to the Elan Valley reservoirs. We will be doing some fairly big climbs (this is Wales after all!) so expect some challenge over the weekend but remember that its okay to do a bit of pushing up the hills. Day one will cover around 25km and Day two comes in a little shorter at around 20km.
Non – Yoga partners welcome! If you fancy coming with your partner and he or she doesn’t want to participate in the Yoga that’s fine by us. We can also give more challenging route options for partners to self guide if they want to go big. Get in touch with us if you have any questions.
Is this weekend for me?
We always aim to pitch things to suit peoples abilities but also to offer some challenge too. That way you are more likely to enjoy the weekend rather than just trying to survive it!
This weekend does require a fairly reasonable level of fitness so if you rarely do any exercise this might not be the best event for you. However if you are booking months in advance you do have time to start getting some regular exercise into your week. Swimming, walking, cycling are all things that you can do to up your fitness.
This is a beginners mountain biking weekend but we would like you to be able to ride a bike – we are here to help you improve your confidence off road rather than teach you simply how to ride from scratch.