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2019 Luxury Mountain Bike Weekend in Elan Valley (Women Only) Fully Booked

  • Date: 1:00 pm 18 Oct - 3:00 pm 20 Oct
  • Cost: £225.00 Location: Elan ValleyRhayader

Take in the best trails in Elan Valley, be nourished with good food then relax in the sauna and hot tub!


Enjoy a weekend away in Wales riding with a group of like minded women with a little touch of luxury at the end of the day

The Riding

If you want a weekend of big challenging rides then look no further. Over the weekend we will take in the best trails in the area.  We will ride through woodlands, over open moorland, through rivers and streams, some nice rocky technical sections and of course some lung busting climbs that will test your fitness levels! The best thing is that once we are out on the hills we will barely see another soul. So if you are looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life, come to Wales, you won’t regret it.

The Accommodation

A luxurious newly renovated house in the pretty market town of Rhayader, this place is something special. Think of an Alpine chalet for bikes! It has super comfortable ensuite rooms and plenty of spaces to relax and socialise. There is a sauna in the basement and a hot tub outside not to mention a bicycle maintenance area and secure bike storage. Ride straight from the door and onto the trails. Rooms will be for two sharing. If you prefer a single room please get in touch and we will see what we can do.

The Food

We will be offering simple, nutritious and delicious food over the weekend all designed to help you keep the pedals turning. Think porridge or granola for breakfast with some added protein in the form of scrambled eggs or tofu. Lunches will be eaten out on the trail and you choose from a selection of sandwich fillings and treats. The evening meal will be hearty and healthy with a protein element to make sure our muscles recover well.

The Details

The weekend will kick off on Friday with a moderate afternoon ride to stretch the legs after your journey and so that we can all get to know each other a bit. Saturday’s ride is the big one with a varied 40km loop taking in some excellent descents and challenging climbs. Sunday will be a bit more mellow but we save the best descent to last, its sure to leave you with a big smile on your face and wanting more. We aim to finish up by 3pm on Sunday to give everyone a chance to head home at a reasonable time.

What if I can’t make the Friday afternoon ride?

Thats no bother – just arrive when you can, we can always give you suggestions for a short loop if you miss the departure time but still want to stretch your legs.

Is this the weekend for me?

If you like riding in the supportive atmosphere of other women and enjoy challenging yourself a little then this could well be the weekend for you. We like to be sociable about things, we also like to drink tea and eat cake, but mostly we like to enjoy the riding and not make a competition out of things!

Is it suitable for beginners?

The riding this weekend will require some mountain bike experience. However, if you are fit and already do take part in some type of endurance type exercise and are willing to give things a go you would probably do just fine. If you are not sure just get in touch and ask.

What about public transport?

The nearest train stations to the Elan Valley Lodge are Llandrindod Wells (13 miles) or Caersws (23 miles). We can suggest taxi companies if you get in touch.




Q: Can I drink alcohol on the weekend events/retreats?

A: In some venues there is an honesty bar and on our weekend yoga retreats we do serve wine with dinner. We neither encourage nor discourage drinking alcohol as we see it as a personal choice.

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: What equipment do I need?

A: Firstly you don't need to go out and spend lots of money on expensive kit. It is good however to have a decent waterproof (especially in Wales!) and a decent helmet. You can wear trainers or old walking boots/shoes and use a small backpack for carrying food and drink. It's good to have gloves and some warm layers, sometimes we will be out on the hills and even in summer the temperature can drop. We carry bike tools, first aid kits and group shelters so you only need to bring what you need for the day. It is helpful to have spare inner tubes that fit your bike. If you are hiring then we provide these.

Q: Will I be the slowest person/won't everyone get tired of waiting for me?

A: As a group we can only go as fast as the slowest person. We focus on the journey rather than the destination and personally do enjoy taking in the views so don't worry about being slow (although we do like to get back in time for tea and cake!)

Q: How long are the rides each day?

A: On the beginners weekend we aim to cover 25km the first day and around 20km on day two. This might take us all day but we like to take in the scenery too. On the non beginners weeekends we typically cover 35-40km each day. Doesn't sound much? There's plenty of big climbs to make up for that!

Q: Can I hire a bike if I don't have one?

A: Yes - we can arrange bike hire.

Q: I'm a complete MTB beginner, will I cope?

A: The beginners weekends are aimed straight at you so you should be totally fine although we will offer sufficient challenge throughout the weekend to enable you to progress and gain confidence. The non beginner weekends can be fine for beginners too but the fitness requirements are a bit higher. That said if you approach the weekend with a positive attitude and a willingness to give it a go we think you might have a great time!


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