Emily Chappell is an author, advocate and long-distance cyclist. As well as lengthy tours across Asia, Iceland, North America and Europe, she has competed in numerous ultra-distance events, and won the Transcontinental Race in 2016. Her first book, What Goes Around is published by Faber, and her second is due out in 2019. She grew up in Mid Wales, and confidently proclaims it to be one of the very best places in the world for road cycling.
With years of experience teaching yoga to all levels of ability and in more recent years teaching cycling specific yoga, Polly’s sessions will help to both warm up the body and mind for conquering some big rides and help to soothe tired muscles after a long day in the saddle. With emphasis on both the mental and the physical benefits of practicing yoga you will learn some useful sequences for pre and post ride. Polly holds the firm belief that our yoga practice should be an enjoyable (if sometimes slightly uncomfortable) process, and not a form of punishment.
After a long ride we think that you need a good hearty meal and thats exactly what you will get at the Elan Valley lodge. Home cooked, healthy and plenty of it. For breakfast you can take your pick from a selection of cereals, fruit salad, yoghurts and cooked breakfast. We recommend a good bowl of porridge and some scrambled egg on toast! With various teas, coffee and cake always available you definitely won’t go hungry.
Whats not included.
Is this the weekend for me?
If you are looking for a weekend to test your fitness levels with like minded people, ride some amazing routes on quiet roads, find some space with yoga away from the demands of daily life and eat good hearty food then Yes this is the weekend for you!
Is this weekend suitable for beginners?
If you are just starting out on your cycling journey we wouldn’t recommend coming on this weekend unless you already do other endurance type sports. Given the distance of the routes we will ride you will have more enjoyment if you have some experience under your belt. You should be able to ride around 50km on road comfortably (ok maybe with some effort!). Do get in touch if you are not sure.
Can I arrive later on Friday?
We appreciate that you may not be able to take Friday off work – thats no bother. You can arrive at the lodge anytime after 4pm and make yourself comfortable until we return from our ride. The yoga session will be at 7pm on Friday evening.
Can I ride to the venue instead of driving?
You most certainly can. If you do want to arrive by bike let us know. We can arrange for you to leave any bike luggage at the lodge if you would like to join us for the Friday ride unencumbered by bags.
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.
Whats the full itinerary?
Meet at Elan Valley Lodge at 12.30pm to be ready to ride by 1pm. Return to Centre by 5pm for Tea and Cake at the Elan Valley Lodge.
Yoga session at 7pm followed by Dinner at 8pm
Rides leave at 8am (long ride) and 9.00am (shorter ride). Lunch stop during ride.
Return for tea and cake between 4 and 5pm
Yoga at 6.30pm followed by Dinner at 8pm
Early morning wake up Yoga session 7 – 7.45 am
Ride leaves at 9am
Return by 1pm. Either depart feeling wonderfully inspired or join us for a pre booked Sunday lunch (optional extra)