Cycling in the Brecon Beacons

Our National Park is a great place for a day out on two wheels, or even a cycle touring or mountain biking holiday. Their are regular cycling competitions and events you can get involved in, with the recent Festival of Cycling and Velothon being held in the town of Abergavenny. With the new Cycle Across the Beacons route launched, their is now even more of an excuse to come to the Brecon Beacons for your cycling holiday. Also coming up in September, is the Builth Cycling Sportive which will be held on the same day that the Tour of Britain comes to Powys!

Cycle Across the Beacons
To celebrate Visit Wales “Year of Adventure” a new on-road cycle route called ‘Cycle Across the Beacons’, which is 56 miles along country lanes and some canal, has been produced.

The route runs from Llandeilo in the West to Abergavenny in the East, following a Roman Road with panoramic views of the Central Beacons,winding along lovely country lanes before joining the pretty tow path by the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal.

The route has been split into 5 sections, find out about each section by clicking here. 


The route can now be found online and is ready to download!-please find it here

The map and more information can be found here

Hard copies of the leaflet are also now available from Brecon Tourist Information Centre, The National Park Visitor Centre, Crickhowell Resource and Information Centre and Abergavenny Tourist Information Centre.  Click here for more information. 

Builth Cycling Sportive

Cycling enthusiasts across Powys have the opportunity to take part in a sportive next month, on the day Britain’s biggest professional cycle race returns to the county.

The Builth Sportive will take on Wednesday 7 September, the same day Powys hosts the Stage 4 finish of this year’s Tour of Britain.

The sportive is being organised by John Lloyd Racing Events and will start and finish at the Royal Welsh Showground in Llanelwedd, the venue for the Stage Four finish.

Starting at 8am, those taking part can either choose to ride 25 miles or 60 miles following a route along quiet roads with fabulous scenery and challenging climbs.  There is a £20 fee to take part.

After completing the sportive under the same arch as The Tour of Britain, there will be an opportunity to enjoy an array of cycling-related activities, stalls and entertainment.  There will also be a large screen at the venue that will show the last three hours of Stage 4 live (between 1-4pm).


Picture courtesy of Anthony Pease Photography

Cllr Avril York, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “The sportive is a wonderful way to start to celebrate the Tour of Britain finishing in Powys for the first time and I would encourage anyone interested in taking part to sign up so they don’t miss out.

“It is not every day that cyclists can cross the finish line of a stage finish of a Tour of Britain race but this sportive can give participants that chance a few hours before the race is due to finish as well as take in the stunning scenery in the area.

“We’re delighted that the Tour of Britain is returning to Powys and to have a race finish in the county for the first time is truly exciting.”

For more information and to book your place on the Tour of Britain Sportive, visit

Our bike guides and hire companies can set up anything from a a simple day’s bike hire to a complete package with equipment, accommodation, routes and guides all included. Have fun and make sure you stay safe! 


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