The Brecon Beacons Epic is a day of vehicle assisted uplifts in the amazing Brecon Beacons. We’ll lead you down some of the best natural descents in the UK.
The Brecon Beacons is classified as a National Park for a good reason: outstanding beauty, breathtaking scenery and a vast array of changing landscapes. WyeMTB has spent over 15 years running guided rides in the Brecon Beacons and has found some of the best natural descents it has to offer.
WyeMTB has a support vehicle which will be used throughout the day to take you between these fantastic trails. This day isn’t a dedicated uplift service, but instead, a mechanism to take the strain off you and also allows us to get to more riding done than you can imagine!
The grading of these trails range is from top end red-graded trail centre to black-graded trail centre standard. The trails are steep, technical and rocky, with some extreme exposure. Some of the descents will start at 600m above sea level.
There are essential spares in our support vehicle to keep you riding, and lunch is provided.
We work on a maximum of seven riders to each guide.
We can offer exclusive group packages if you want to ride with your mates, feel free to contact us for more information.
So what does the trip look like?
Leaving the village of Talybont-on-Usk behind the support vehicle will take you high up onto a ridgeline looking down to Talybont-on-Usk reservoir. From here, your MTB guide will lead you down a qualifier trail to assess the skills of each client.
The support vehicle will then take you up to the saddle of Tor y Foel at 551m high. From here you will descend along an ancient bridleway back to the dam head wall where the van will collect you. This stage has some great challenging features which can not be copied in a trail centre environment.
We leave the Talybont-on-Usk valley now and head towards Llangorse mountain on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park. This stage has it all, great climbs, breath taking views across the Brecon Beacons, South Wales Valley and Mid Wales (if its not raining) and epic descents into the Cwm Du valley.
We have lunch in a lovely tea room on the edge of the Black Mountains. Be warned their cakes and pastries are dangerous and addictive.
Stage 4: The Big one
A slightly longer transit over to Pentwyn / Pontsticill Reservoir valley allows for food to digest before the main event. Stage 4 packs in 3 epic descents, 2 good climbs and a whole lot of fun! The crux of this stage is the climb up Tor Glas towards the Gap. The support vehicle drops you at 300m before you steadily make your way up to 599m. You pass between Fan-y-Big (719m) and Cribyn (795m) and then hurtle down the trail towards the market town of Brecon. This infamous descent sees you cover 3.5km of descent!
But thats not it, there is one final descent before the support vehicle meets you and returns you back to your cars in Talybont-on-Usk