The Brecon beast
I’ve done it the last 3 years and think it’s great. There are road link sections, (perhaps 15-20%) inc about an 10k lead out before you hit the dirt. Not overly technical but there are some big hills and some big rocks around the Brecons so expect it to be hard going and by the time you’ve done 80k, simple things become technical. IME hooning down from the gap can get pretty sketchy and wet weather can make ground conditions massively challenging.Posted 4 years ago
It used to be just over 100k but is around 80/85 now I think but still a beast!taxi25Member
I’ve only missed a couple since it started. Nothing to technical, but the riding is on par with most other marathon type events. Main thing though your riding through one of the most scenic parts of the UK. It’s a genuine classic event, do it once at least before you die.Posted 4 years agocrosshairMember
I’m in a state of hyper-excitement about this years event 😀
Last year was my first and I rocked up on a 15y old GT having not cycled for years and thoroughly enjoyed it. I went over the bars coming down the gap descent but didn’t break anything so pressed on.
Been back in training for 4 weeks, already lost a stone and got my power levels back up to last years if not greater. I’m also riding a much nicer bike.
I’m sticking with the 40miler though and aiming for four hours.
Both courses are on Strava Short route here
There’s a few snippets on YouTube too to wet your appetite.
I know its just a big fun ride but there’s something about it that left me addicted! The huge entry (circa 1000 this year I believe?) , the inspiring scenery and the very friendly marshals mean it is a pleasure to be out there.Posted 4 years agotheonlywayisupMember
alwillis – Member
Thinking of going for a last minute entry on the short. Where is the camping on the Saturday?
In the field right opposite the sports ground (start) if its in the same place as 2011. Didn’t ride last year, but will be there on Sunday. Really good spirited event. Will be taking it at a leisurely pace and a good chance to catch up with an old riding mate I don’t see very often.
I’d like to know who ordered the rain?Posted 4 years agoquantockspaulMember
Looking like the long route is 97k this year.Posted 4 years ago
As for rain, someone went and mentioned using semi-slicks, though the course doesn’t usually suffer much with deep mud (hope I don’t regret saying that now, as I’m planning on sticking with my half worn cross mark rear and ikon front)crosshairMember
Well, I learned a lot today! Like, even though I can sprint up small rises at a constantly accelerating pace around here, a 14stone guy is always gonna get out climbed in the mountains 😀
Pleased with 3h36m though 🙂 12.2mph average. Stayed pretty dry too!
Great day.Posted 4 years ago
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