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Keep it Mellow Cycling & Yoga Retreat

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Join us at the Keep it Mellow Cycling & Yoga Retreat

  • Date: 4:00 pm 9 Jul - 4:00 pm 11 Jul
  • Cost: £255.00 Location: Elan Valley

A weekend of mellow rides on cycle paths and quiet country lanes with pre and post ride yoga sessions to unwind and relax

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Description

The Riding

Not everybody wants big epic rides. You might be recovering from an injury, just getting back into exercise after a break or even just starting out with cycling and looking to gain inspiration and build confidence. This is the weekend for you. We will have two lovely mellow rides over the weekend, no rush, taking our time to explore the beautiful Welsh countryside on quiet lanes and dipping onto the Elan Valley cycle path at times.

Enjoyment is our aim, no one left behind. We will visit our favourite cafes for lunch each day and see some beautiful views. A road bike or a hybrid bike would be the best thing to bring for this weekend.

The Yoga

To compliment our relaxed weekend the yoga sessions will be designed to leave you feeling totally zen. With a mixture of gentle vinyasa flow, breathing and relaxation you will have a chance to drop in, feel connected and unwind deeply. The sessions will be suitable for all levels of ability.

The Venue

The Elan Valley lodge is a firm favourite of ours. Set in the heart of the Elan Valley in an old Victorian school the rooms are simple but comfortable and all ensuite. There’s no single supplement here, everyone can have a single room if they so wish. Our yoga space is on site and we can ride straight from the door.

The Food

We serve good healthy and hearty food here with all diets catered for very well. Tea, coffee and a selection of herbal tea’s are available all the time and we always have delicious cake.

 

What’s included in the price?

Half Board accommodation Friday evening to Sunday afternoon in single or twin ensuite rooms

Tea/Coffee and Cake always available

Evening Meals on Friday and Saturday night . A choice of full breakfasts or porridge/muesli/toast

Two days of riding with qualified guides

Five Yoga sessions over the weekend

Whats not included?

Lunches Saturday and Sunday – we will be stopping at some lovely cafes for lunch

Transport to the accommodation

Bike hire – can be arranged at extra cost (see bookings page)

Alcohol – there is an well stocked honesty bar at the venue

FAQs

Q: What if I'm the slowest?

A:

Don't worry. We will always ride at a speed that everyone can manage, and no one will be left behind. On hilly rides it's quite normal for a group to spread out, as everyone climbs at their own pace, and we'll always stop to regroup at the top of the longer climbs. If you're not sure how your riding speed will compare to everyone else's, you can use the Friday afternoon ride (when we'll all be together) to get a sense of where you are in the group, and to decide which of Saturday's rides to opt for.

Q: How long will the rides be?

A: There will be 50km (30 miles) rides on Friday afternoon and Sunday morning, each with a couple of big hills. On Saturday you'll be able to choose between two rides: Polly will be leading a ride of around 80km (50 miles) with 1,400m of climbing; Emily will be leading a ride of around 130km (80 miles) with 2,400m of climbing. If anyone's keen to get more miles in at the end of the day, there'll be the option to do an extra loop.

Q: What equipment do I need?

A:

A road bike with slick tyres. (These routes are possible on almost any bike, but it'll be easier to keep the group together if we're all riding something fairly similar.) Please make sure your bike's safe to ride and in good working order, so that the group doesn't get held up by avoidable mechanical problems. If you think your tyres or gear cables might need replacing at some point, sort this out before the weekend!
Puncture repair kit, pump, spare tubes and multitool.
Water bottle.
Helmet.
A decent waterproof.
Please also check the forecast before packing, and bring along any gloves, overshoes, arm-warmers, knee-warmers, base layers or gilets you think you might need. This will be different for everyone, but if in doubt, it's always better to be over-prepared.
You should also bring a couple of emergency snacks, and make sure you have somewhere (i.e. jersey pockets, food pouches) where you can carry them.

Q: Do you cater for special diets/vegan/gluten free?

A: We cater extremely well for most dietary needs. Often our gluten free puddings are the envy of everyone else at the table. Just make sure you let us know any dietary needs

Q: Is there wifi/phone reception?

A: In most of our venues we have limited phone reception and wifi. We see this as a rather good thing, giving everyone time to switch off and unplug.

Q: Can I have a single room?

A: In Elan Valley lodge everyone can have a single room if they wish. At some of our other venues the rooms are shared twins. We do have some single rooms available with a supplement. See individual events pages for details.

Q: Do I have to attend all the yoga sessions?

A: You can attend as many or as few of the sessions as you wish.

Q: I'm not flexible at all, can I still do yoga?

A: Yes! You don't need to be flexible to practice yoga. The practice itself will improve range of motion, strength and flexibility so being stiff is all the more reason to start.

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