Storm the Bannau by Bike Spring 2024

A weekend of adventure (day rider spaces on Sunday) in the west of Bannau Brycheiniog (Beacons) National Park. Gravel, XC, and MTB all come together with good food, local drinks, guided rides, gpx routes, and culminates in a navigation hunt by bike. Join in for the fun cryptic clue version, or go all out for the point scoring big competitive route. Its a fantastic way to see and explore more of this beautiful park.

Location
Fabulous Camping at Ynysfaen (nr Trecastle)
Arrive
Friday 8th Sept from 4pm
Camping
Included in price unless you want an upgrade.
Food
Communal dinners both nights included
Drink
Local cider and beer to purchase
Depart
Sunday after the event and prize giving approx 4pm.
Day Riders
Storm the Bannau on Sunday only

Price: From: £35 Reviews

All dietary requirements catered for. Includes choice of sandwich (or similar), choices from cake, flapjacks, energy/chocolate bars, fruit, crisps.

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**PLEASE NOTE: Anything larger than a T6/Transit must book an electric pitch to insure hardstanding ground.

Why join us?

3 days of riding curated to take in the best the West Bannau has to offer. Big loops, small loops, techy descents, and killer climbs are all part of the mix.

Map geek or or run when you see those dotted lines?  The weekend can test your skills or provide the gpx to hold your hand. Whether you are a gravel grinder or a mtb shredder the West of Bannau Brycheiniog has trails to suit.

This weekend of adventure is packed full of good food & drink, fabulous routes, and a chance to 'storm' the mountains to test your navigation skills.  Friday and Saturday are a chance to get to know the area, chat to like minded riders, learn some maps skills, and chill out in a fabulous setting at the Ynysfaen Campsite near Trecastle. There will be a chance to book a guided ride or maybe take a chilled paddle on the Usk Reservoir too.

Sunday is where you put skills and knowledge to the test.  Storm the Bannau is a timed 4 hour navigation ride where the map stays hidden until just before the start.   You choose the route to gain the most points, or ride for the laugh and solve clues on a shorter version with gpx provided.

 

Storm for FUN

This is our fun version that is about 35km. The focus is on having a go, maybe working as a team, and being given enough support to not feel 'lost'. You have the choice of following the predetermined route via GPX/Komoot (which will get you to all points but not necessarily the fastest way) or riding with your map only.  Whatever you choose your objective is to find and solve 10 cryptic clues. The correct answers give you entries into our fabulous prize draw.

Storm for KUDOS

This is the competitive route, which runs approximately 40-60km (depending on your map and riding skills). This could be for you if you want ride something bigger than the 'fun' loop and want to test yourself a little bit more. Or you are an experienced rider who wants the challenge of map reading added to the ride.  And of course those seasons riders who know their navigation and want to see how many points they can get. There will be entries into the prize draw for every 70 points accumulated.

What is this bike, maps orienteering all about?

You need a bike, (anything with 40mm tyres or wider for this event), a helmet, a map (provided just before the ride), a map board is helpful to hold it and make it easier to navigate, and a smart phone. We use MapRun which is a GPS App route recorder to 'ping' when you hit a checkpoint. We are also providing a suggested route for the Storm for Fun via Komoot.

Now that you have all of the above, you set off with 4 hours to ride and get to as many of the checkpoints on the map as you can.  If you are riding for Fun, you have cryptic clues to  solve, if you are riding for Kudos, you are collecting points.

The route you take is up to you.  This is where map skills come in handy. How to read contour lines, what paths are permissible to bikes, whether pedalling in and out of a point is faster or easier for your bike than cycling through it.

What bike should I ride?

The route has been planned so that gravel and MTB are suitable, it is all down to route choice and preference.  Your can ride a faster but longer road/gravel version, or take as many short cuts as possible and take the lumps, rocks, etc all normal on natural terrain.

We have identified the more severe bridleways, paths, byways that would be more suitable to something with suspension.  We have ridden it all on a gravel bike and although your rattle may teeth, it is still lots of fun.. :D  An XC bike is perfect, a hardtail would  be just as fun, and a gravel bike with at least 40mm tyres will make you whippet fast but more cautious on the rocks.

 

What the weekend has in store

Friday

  • Arrive from 4pm
  • Optional social ride around the reservoir
  • Communal dinner
  • Chat around the campfire
  • Local beer and cider to purchase

Saturday

  • Breakfast/coffee available to buy
  • Optional guided MTB and Gravel rides
  • Series of GPX routes available to do yourself
  • Optional paddle boarding on the USK reservoir (bring your own board)
  • Packed lunch provided (pre-order)
  • Communal dinner
  • OS Map and navigation talk/workshop
  • Local beer and cider to purchase

Sunday

  • Breakfast and coffee available to buy
  • Optional pre-ordered packed lunch
  • Storm the Bannau – fun or competitive navigation event, your choice

Meet your hosts

I'm Beth and big mountains rides are my thing. Technical climbs and descents and a massive love for wide open spaces... and cake!
20+ years driving tanks means Siôn knows his maps... and his love of Wales and its history makes every ride a school day.

There is also luxury glamping available at the campsite, you can pre-book a bell tent or shepherds hunt. There is space for tents and campervans.

If you’d like a paddle on Saturday bring a board, or we can hook you up with a local hire company.

Guided rides will be hosted by Raven Adventures & DirtShe Nomad, gravel or MTB available.

Onsite bike mechanics and chance to drop-in with questions.

Dinners on Friday and Saturday are included in the price.  Lunches can be pre-booked the week before and a coffee/breakfast truck will be on site.

Finishers cake/coffee and prize.

Ross Cider is providing our amazing apple based drinks and the local Antur Brewing Company is providing some amazing beer.

We have fabulous prizes for the Storm the Bannau event on Sunday.

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