Gear up for Hay’s first ever Bike Festival


Hay Town Centre

Hay Town Centre

For the first time it’s bikes not books to take over Hay-on-Wye this weekend for their debut Bike Festival! There are rides for everyone whatever your biking ability and plenty of other things to get involved with as the town will be buzzing with stalls, demonstrations and interactive workshops promising a great day out for the whole family!

Here’s our guide on the best the festival has to offer

Friday and they’re off to a great start… small042

09.00-17.30 Trail Centre Day Trip to Bwlch Nant-yr-Arian Forest Centre kicks off the festival as the first guided ride which offers many single track trails to choose from criss-crossing along the mountains


10.00-14.00 Black Mountains Roundabout takes place on the Black Mountains to Talgarth then Llangorse promising fantastic views of the Brecon Beacons and optional climbs if you’re feeling up to it!

Take a Scenic Night Ride

Take a Scenic Night Ride

19.00-21.30 Merbach Night Ride
riders will amble along the lanes at sunset with the opportunity to chat and get a feel for the area



Saturday picks up the pace…


Pen y Gadair Fawr

Pen y Gadair Fawr

10.00-17.30 Talgarth Black Mountains Challenge this 32 mile guided ride takes you across the Black Mountains starting with a challenging climb but followed by a relaxing descent

10.00-14.00 Two Nations kicking off from Hay Castle a good fitness level will be required for this on and off-road trail as you cross from Wales to England through climbs, descents and the famous Offa’s Dyke path

10.00-12.00 Hay to Timbuktu to raise money for Hay2Timbuktu health projects, the festival is putting on this family-friendly 8 mile ride to support its partnering country 

Sunday celebrates a spectacular finish…

8.00 Hay on Wye Sportive the biggest event of the festival ranges from 65-100 miles of a mainly flat, peaceful countryside route which descends through the iconic Gospel Pass



08.00 Self-Guided Sportive Taster if you want to get a feel for the sportive, this 35 mile loop offers an easier alternative, following mainly country lanes and side roads

10.00-13.00 Cylco-Cross perfect for beginners this short, grassy course requires skill and attention as you must avoid muddy ditches and navigate around the banks and barriers

As well as many other daily activities on offer…

Bikeability open to beginners or those who need a little push, these sessions are dedicated to helping riders gain enough confidence to head out on the roads

Basic Bike Maintenance these sessions will be running each day to teach you how to look after your bike, from brakes to wheels to gears

Improve Your Bikeability

Improve Your Bikeability

Trail Skills these two-hour courses offer the chance to practice your skills and improve your balance, control and precision 

Demos Commencal and Merida will have a selection of their award-winning bikes on their stalls to try out

Bamboo Bicycle Club will have a stall demonstrating how they make their unique bamboo bikes from scratch 

Funky Junk this children’s workshop is a chance to get creative as old bike parts are transformed into quirky gifts


Brecon Cottages offers a range of accommodation in the Hay area to put you and your bike up for a few nights

Porthamel Mill Cottage sleeps two with a lovely garden and wonderful views over the Brecon Beacons

Berth Fedw Farm Cottage sleeps four in a this secluded cottage surrounded by beautiful wildlife

Westview Guesthouse has modern surroundings and wonderful hospitality; situated in a quiet village it is an ideal location to explore the Hay area


The sugar loaf

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