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Women’s Bike, Body and Mind Retreat – Postponed to April 2021

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Join us at the Women’s Bike, Body and Mind Retreat – Postponed to April 2021

  • Date: 12:00 pm 22 Apr - 3:00 pm 25 Apr
  • Cost: £425.00 Location: Garth Barns

Join Polly and Emily for our luxury 2021 women’s road weekend at our wonderful venue in the heart of Mid-Wales. Spend the day time riding out on quiet country lanes, stretch out with post ride yoga, eat amazing food prepared by our in house chef and relax in the sauna in the evening.

Price based on sharing a twin room. All our single rooms are now taken.

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Description

The Riding

Mid-Wales has a wealth of incredibly quiet roads with far reaching views, challenging climbs and sinuous descents. With three days to play with you will see plenty of the beautiful Welsh countryside and possibly tackle some of the areas best climbs.

We will have two ride distances going out each day so you are free to choose how much you want to do. Our ethos is to encourage a supportive environment so that nobody feels left behind but do have a think about the distances and remember that Welsh miles are a fair bit hillier than a lot of other places you might ride. There will be shortcuts on some routes too so if you want to head back for an early sauna we can point you in the right direction.

The Yoga

Yoga is the perfect compliment to cycling. On the road bike our bodies are quite fixed in place with the only movement being in one direction. We use yoga to move the body in different ways, stretch out and release tight spots and learn how to relax and unwind the mind to support good rest and recovery.

We also use yoga as a pre ride warm up to prepare the mind and the body for action. You will learn useful warm ups, meditations and breathing exercises to help you get the best out of your ride.

The Venue

Our accommodation for the weekend is at a luxury barn conversion set in the glorious Mid-Wales countryside. With a private swimming lake, a gym and Finnish sauna the barns are part of Garth Farm, 240 acres of hill, fields, woodland and dingle, wildlife pools and spectacular views.

The comfortable rooms are mostly all ensuite and are either twins or doubles. There are 4 single rooms available on a first come first served basis.

There is plenty of space to relax both inside and out with a range of different communal spaces. There is underfloor heating on the ground floor and a woodburner for the cooler spring evenings. All in all we think this will be a fabulous place to return to after a long ride.

The Food

For us the food we serve to our guests is just as important as the quality of rides that we offer. We have an excellent chef that has worked with us for the last few years who creates the most delicious feasts for our hungry riders. All freshly prepared the food will be vibrant and nourishing to keep you well fueled for the weekend. We serve a mix of mainly vegetarian with some meat options  depending on the requirements of our guests. Vegan and Gluten free diets are always well catered for.

Tea and Coffee will be available all the time as well as a good array of herbal teas and cakes to nibble.

 

Further Info

 

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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