Cycling and mountainbiking 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.
Guided cycling days out in Ceredigion and beyond
If you haven't discovered Ceredigion and its superb cycling landscape yet, let the locals show you the way. You can choose from self guided trips along a number of carefully planned routes for gentle family oriented rides along quiet country lanes and cycle tracks, or challenging mountain climbs and exhilarating descents. Alternatively let experienced, Ceredigion based guides take you out.
There are regular 'Breeze rides' to get you into cycling, or back into cyling. Rides are organised by experienced and trained volunteer 'cycling champions'. Find their latest event on the Breeze Ceredigion or Discover Ceredigion Facebook pages.
Locally based guides Crys Melyn and Peleton Cymru have regular tour dates, self guided itineraries or can organise bespoke tours to suit your needs.
Cycling Trails and Sustrans routes in Ceredigion
Designated routes such as the Ystwyth Trail and Rheidol Trail 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.
Mountain Biking in Ceredigion
Ceredigion makes and excellent base for mountain biking, with great tracks and bridleways to follow on do-it-yourself trips or rides with local guides. See some suggested routes on the Ceredigion Walks and Rides site.
The mountain biking centre at Bwlch Nant yr Arian near Aberystwyth is great for views as well as technical challenges. There's a choice of three routes, each with a different character. The Summit trail is exactly 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.
Machynlleth, in the Dyfi Biosphere is the base for Climach-X, a series of mountain biking trails in the Dyfi forest.
With the natural mountain biking terrain of the Cambrian mountains there is plenty of choice of routes. The Elan Valley has several trails, and the forest tracks of Coed Trallwm and Brechfa Forest friendly trails as well as challenging ride for the more experienced thrill seeker.
Audax - long distance cycling routes
Several long distance cycling routes pass through Ceredigion, such as the 'Elan and Ystwyth', 'Tregaron Dragon'. The challenging Brevet Cymru starts in Chepstow and heads up to Tregaron and then descends to the Cardigan Bay coast at New Quay before returning all the way back to Chepstow! Aberystwyth is the destination for another 300 mile brevet from Poole in Dorset.
The Audax UK website has details of organised audax events as well as permanent routes for experienced cyclists, and using a system of timed checkpoints, validates and records every successful ride.
Aberystwyth's annual Aberystwyth Cycle Festival brings together a spectacular downhill mountain biking competition and an even tougher uphill challenge, as well as the '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
Ystwyth Cycle Club also organise the Tour of the Mining Valleys in March (Cat E/1/2/3) and the Angela Davis Memorial Road Race in August.(Cat 2/3)
The race details will be available on the British Cycling website when entries are open.
Machynlleth is home to the Dyfi Enduro mountain biking challenge across the sloped of the Dyfi river valley and the Dyfi forest.
The six day Wales 360, which starts and ends in Aberystwyth, is an epic, six day mountainbiking challenge across the Cambrian Mountains and southern Snowdonia. Each stage of the trail riding point-to-point challenge is punctuated by shorter Enduro style timed segments, giving you the opportunity to test your limits every day.