The very best riding that South Wales has to offer
Mix of man-made trail centres, hand built singletrack and natural riding
Higher percentage of timed sections, with separate downhill timed sections than previous UK stage races.
Weather proof riding – it is Wales! We don’t want rain, but the trails are built to cope with it
Almost entirely off-road
Post stage entertainment, music, videos, slideshows and prize giving
South Wales has been renowned for its Mountain Biking for many years. Afan Forest was one of the first places in the World to have a trail specifically designed and built for Mountain Bikes and now Epic Cymru will be the first ever MTB stage race to be held in South Wales and will feature the very best riding the area has to offer. From the classic XC venue of Margam Park, to Afan Forest with a huge network of trails and the internationally renowned Bike Park Wales. It isn’t all about the trail centres though, with plenty of fun, technical riding in other forest areas including Mountain Ash, Rheola and Garw Valley.
We can’t pigeon hole Epic Cymru to one style of riding, it is aimed at the whole spectrum of riders, from XC to enduro; offering as much for the weekend warrior as the hardcore racer. We like to call it… Mountain Biking!
Timed XC and downhill sections will aim to form around 40-50% of the riding, with the remainder being un-timed linking sections. This is done not only to ensure the event sticks within the right of way laws of the UK, but also gives everyone the opportunity to sit up and enjoy the amazing views.
Family and supporters will be welcomed with a range of activities on offer just for them. Each venue has been chosen with riders & supporters in mind. Family camping option is available as are family rooms. With things to do such as Kayaking, archery & Go-Ape at Margam Park there will be something on offer for all ages.