Words by Cat Crimmins
What do you get when you put a group of women together and tell them to ride 100 miles off road over three days through the heart of Wales? – Great scenery, great weather, great riding, lots of innuendos and a lot of cackling!
For a few years now, riding the TransCambrian by mountain bike has been on my wishlist. I had intended to get a couple of friends together, plan the route and logistics, and get some dates sorted. However, one of my riding buddies mentioned that MountainBike Wales were going to run their first women’s only trip, so a few of us quickly booked on.
The TransCambrian was ‘created’ by the IMBA in 2005 and is a 100-mile mountain bike route across the remote hills and moorlands of mid-Wales, with villages conveniently dotted along the way for supplies and accommodation. The record for riding it is under 10 hours, however, we completed it in a much more civilised three days.
The route starts in Knighton and officially ends at Dovey Junction – a random train station in the middle of nowhere. However, once we took the obligatory finisher’s group photo, we continued onto Machynlleth (via more hills) to meet the minibus that would take us back to Knighton.
It’s a great introduction to multi-day mountain biking with lovely scenery and some heart-pumping ascents. Each of the three days is full days with their own challenges and highlights, so to really enjoy the trip, some pre-training is advised!