Trans Cambrian: Day 3 – A multi-day mountain bike adventure

 

    Day 3 – 58km, 1300m of ascent, 5hrs15 total moving time

A day of long descents, views of Cadair and a false finish

I woke to the final day with tired legs, tired shoulders and my saddle sores sore, nonetheless I was excited for today as Phill described this as the most scenic day with some fantastic descending. Whilst it started at the highest village in mid-Wales, this was not to be a relaxing day of descents – in fact it was further and with more climbing than day one! So after another hearty breakfast, we wheeled our bikes out of the shed and headed for Dovey Junction.

It was a blue sky day from the very start, so soon enough we were all down to t-shirts and slapped on the factor 30 (In Wales! In May!!).  Once the leg muscles quietened down on the ‘wtf?’ grumble, we settled into a fairly good pace through some of the best scenery that mid-Wales has to offer.

Gorgeous! (and the view isn’t bad either…)

Mid morning we stopped for a quick break at Llyn Clewedog for a bit of Osprey spotting (saw one!), and then started with an almost continuous steady uphill until our lunch spot near Glas Llyn with a panaromic view of Cadair Idris (and not a cloud in sight).

We could have easily stayed there for hours, such was the warmth and the view, however we needed to push on starting with a crazy, rocky descent that was pretty much all the way to the valley floor – brilliant!

The temperature and the landscape felt like we were pedalling through the Alps, and I half expected to turn a corner and see some classic jagged alpine peaks. It was either up or down the whole day (much like day one and two), including one other notable long fast flowy descent down to an idyllic meadow picnic spot complete with its own waterfall.

Before we knew it, we were on the final road section towards the finish of the Trans Cambrian – Dovey Junction – a train station (well a platform) in the middle of nowhere. It was the obligatory photo time and then the cycle back to Machynlleth where the minibus was waiting to drive us back to Knighton. Rather than the busy, flatish and direct road, Polly led us up a lovely quiet route but with more hills – I swear they were the hardest hills of the three days, namely because they were additional ones!

Polly our guide was fantastic – with a great MTB wardrobe. She floated up the hills irrespective of the excess gear she was carrying and didn’t even looked tired when we were all thinking ‘not another bloody hill’. She was a great conversationalist, was a super quick puncture fixer and could drink a good pint.

The whole three days were superbly organised by Phill and Polly (of Mountain Bike Wales), and felt that the £295 price tag was excellent value for money. It was well worth it to have the faff taken out of the trip, and I would definitely recommend it. I have the ‘luxury’ multi day mountain biking bug, and looking forward to the next one – wherever that may be.

 

Please note:- this is not a promotional post. I paid full price for this trip and all my thoughts are my own

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