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Yea, yea, yea, but what is it?

The WRT is a 3 day and perhaps more importantly 2 night ride through and around mid Wales. You'll be expected to be self sufficient, carrying everything you need and sleeping out in or under whatever you think best. It's not elitist, entry is open to anyone who wants to try it. All the money raised by the WRT goes to the Wales Air Ambulance charity ... an organisation I hope you'll never need.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Welsh Ride Thing 2011 ... What is it?

For anyone who's not sure how the WRT works or what it is, here's an explanation.
The WRT is a 3 day ride in the hills and mountains of mid Wales. Riders are expected to carry everything they think they'll need for the duration of the ride. This will also include whatever's required to keep you alive/dry/comfy for 2 nights out, think ... tent, bivvy bag, sleeping bag, credit card and hotel reservation. Where you stay is up to you but I will say that the spirit of the event is one of staying out in the wilds.

Riders will set off around noon on Saturday May 28th and hopefully return early afternoon on Monday May 30th. Start/finish is from Forest Freeride (postcode SY19 7BH). There's ample, safe parking at the start.

Every rider will be following their own route. A month before the start riders will be sent a list of grid references and the numbers of the OS maps required to find them. You can then spend the next month working out (and reworking out) a route that'll pass through these grid references ... the result will be your route.

The WRT isn't a race, there's no prizes for getting back first or visiting the biggest number of grid references ... you're more likely to get something for being the last back!

If you get into SERIOUS trouble someone will come and get you. No one will come for you because it's raining, you're legs hurt or you're hungry. If you've suffered an injury or a mechanical that stops you riding, help is on hand ... but remember, mobile coverage is pretty limited.

So, if you've read all that and fancy giving it a go the first thing to do is email and ask to be put on the list. You'll then be sent a pdf disclaimer form, print it out, fill it in and pop it in the post with a cheque. Sit back and wait until April 28th when you'll be sent an email containing the grid references and map numbers ... spend the next month panicking about your route and kit!

I know that all sounds a little serious, it isn't meant to. The WRT is about riding your bike and having a bit of an adventure.

1 comment:

  1. I'll be there.
    And with quite a few friends.
    I hope this event stays smallish although I doubt it given the great press it has had in the last year (and the fact that it's ace!)