Cycling in Ceredigion is a fantastic way to enjoy great scenery and experience the great outdoors - whether on or off road, mountain biking trails or gentle rides along country lanes - there's plenty to choose from.
Designated routes such as the Ystwyth and Rheidol trails from Aberystwyth or the Cardi Bach Trail from Cardigan are linked with the Sustrans National Cycle Network and can form part of a more extensive cycling trip. Sections of the Ystwyth Trail are designed for leisurely cycling for all abilities.
Meanwhile the forest centre at Bwlch Nant yr Arian near Aberystwyth is great for mountain biking with views as well as technical challenges. There's a choice of three routes, each with a different character. The Summit trail is exacly what the name suggests, superb views and flowing single track rides. The Pendam trail also has fantastic views, combined with some technically challenging sections. The third, Syfydrin trail extends out onto the open hills.
For guidance on the different grades see the Natural Resources Wales website
Aberystwyth Cycle Festival
Alternatively enjoy the thrills of Aberystwyth's annual Aberystwyth Cycle Festival which brings together a spectacular downhill mountain biking competition and an even tougher uphill challenge, a 'Welsh Wild West' sportive with a choice of route lengths, fun races for children and 'town and gown' criterium races. With some of Britain’s top cyclists making an appearance in Ceredigion, festival visitors can watch the on and off-road action and also experience the beautiful and undiscovered lanes of Ceredigion on their own bikes.
The popular Welsh Wild West sportive gives you a choice of four different routes to suit your mood and stamina: Cawr (the giant), Mynach (the monk) Diafol (Devil) and Corrach (the dwarf)
Read a review of the routes by local professional cyclist Gruff Lewis, who tested the route with two other international cyclists:WelshWildWestSportive.pdf