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Road Cycling and Yoga Weekend (Women only) 7th – 9th June

  • Date: 12:00 pm 7 Jun - 3:00 pm 9 Jun
  • Cost: £285.00 Location: Elan Valley

Join the wonderful Emily Chappell on some awesome Welsh road rides and stretch it all out with some post ride yoga

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Our second Road Cycling & Yoga Retreat takes place a week before the OVO Energy Women’s Tour sweeps through the Mid Wales countryside, and the world’s top professional cyclists tackle the hills we call home.
To celebrate this, we’ll be following their route on Saturday the 8th (it’s a little longer than the one we originally planned, but with slightly less climbing). Join us for a rare opportunity to ride an iconic route ahead of the pro peloton – at a much more sociable pace, with a nice lunch stop and coffee and cake aplenty!
We’ll set off from Llandrindod Wells, home of the National Cycle Museum, and climb gently up through Dolau and Bleddfa before descending towards the ancient village of Pilleth, and popping over the hill into Knighton, where we’ll grab a quick coffee. Our route then takes us along the English border, steadily gaining height as we head back into the heart of Mid Wales, passing the highest point of our ride at Bwlch-y-Sarnau, before a long happy descent into Rhayader for lunch. We’ll enjoy a flatter roll along the Wye Valley, before heading along the rolling road to Beulah, and beginning the day’s final (and longest) climb into the spectacular uplands of the Epynt. From here it’s a glorious 10km descent to Builth Wells, where we’ll end our ride at the Royal Welsh Showground.
(Transport will be provided from our accommodation to the start at Llandrindod Wells, and from the finish at Builth Wells.)

About Emily

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.

The Yoga

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.

The Food

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 included?

Two nights ensuite accommodation at the Elan Valley Lodge – a 5 star outdoor activity centre.
Breakfast Saturday/Sunday. Two course meal Friday/Saturday
Three guided rides
Support vehicle on Saturday

Whats not included.

Transport to and from the venue
Lunches – there will be a cafe stop on Saturday and an optional Sunday lunch on Sunday for those that wish to
Bike Hire/ Equipment

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


Breakfast 7am

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

Breakfast 8am

Ride leaves at 9am

Return by 1pm. Either depart feeling wonderfully inspired or join us for a pre booked Sunday lunch (optional extra)


Further Info




Q: What if I'm the slowest?


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 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.
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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