New Bike Festival to take place April 2013 in Hay-on-Wye…
Introducing Hay Bike Fest 2013!
Already well-established as a literary town and a haven for book lovers, Hay on Wye is also emerging as an excellent base for outdoor activities. The town is perched at the northeastern tip of the Brecon Beacons National Park on the Welsh-English border and sits astride the River Wye. The surrounding countryside of Powys and Radnorshire offers miles and miles of lanes and public rights of way which are perfect for exploring on two wheels. Following the success of the Hay Walking Festival in 2011 and 2012, the Hay Tourism Group is launching a Bike Fest in April 2013. The three-day event, which will take place from 12th to 14th April, will celebrate the fabulous opportunities for mountain biking, road cycling and leisure riding around Hay.
Why in Hay-on-Wye?
So what makes Hay a great base for cyclists and mountain bikers? Wales’ flagship long-distance cycle route, the Lon Las Cymru, diverges at nearby Glasbury, with one route heading west to Brecon and the other striking off into the Black Mountains destined for Abergavenny and Chepstow. Quiet roads radiate out into the Radnorshire hills, the Brecon Beacons and the gentler landscapes of Herefordshire where cyclists can explore the black and white villages, cider mills and apple orchards of the county. Opportunities for natural trail riding are almost limitless, especially for the intrepid MTB rider armed with map and GPS. A little local knowledge makes all the difference so come along and our leaders will show you where the sweetest singletrack is to be found! The area also has some waymarked trails designed by the Brecon Beacons National Park including the Talgarth Black Killer Loop – an all-day outing which is as tiring as the name suggests. For trail centre thrills, Hay is under two hours by car from several well-known centres including Afan Argoed, Cwmcarn, Brechfa and Nant-yr-Arian. The festival programme includes a “day trip” to Nant-yr-Arian with bike transport included.
What to expect during the Hay Bike Fest…
As well as daily guided rides led by local riders, both on and off-road, the festival will include a Sportive (a non-competitive, mass start event a little like the cycling equivalent of a marathon!) a cross country trail and a cyclo-cross event. A skills course, maintenance classes, nutrition advice and a host of other workshops and try-out sessions will be offered at Drover Cycles and several other venues in Hay, with activities to entertain and inform toddlers to octogenarians! Demo bikes will be available and mechanical assistance, bike wash facilities and a mini-expo complete the line up. Get the date in your diary and check out www.haycycling.org for more details of this exciting event as plans progress! Want to get involved as a leader or volunteer? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01497 821134.