Wales is known for its myths and legends and strikingly rugged landscapes. The Welsh are proud of their longstanding culture and the Cymru MTB Classic is said to be a race for riders with a pure love of mountain biking.
Landing in southern Snowdonia in 2022, the three day race will run from 17 to 19 June, running as part of he Epic Series and with a 2-person team format. The Cymru MTB Classic will have a 150km cloverleaf route across Gwynedd County’s countryside; and much of the route hasn’t been accessible for timed racing before. The course will take in extensive network of trails, both natural and man-made, bridle paths boasting outstanding beauty, and spectacular descents off craggy peaks before returning to Dolgellau at the end of each stage.
Steve Beech, Route Designer and Course Director of the Cymru MTB Classic offered his thoughts on the race’s route, “Dolgellau and Snowdonia have long been the Mecca for UK mountain biking, offering an outstanding variety of terrain and trail, from wild and remote mountain paths, ancient bridleways, old drover roads and farm tracks, to purpose built, hand crafted single track in the UK’s original trail centre. In choosing trails for the Cymru MTB Classic I have kept a focus on highlighting this variety of terrain and trail against the spectacular scenery of this quieter corner of Snowdonia in Gwynedd County.”
The route includes a visit to the spiritual home of mountain biking in the UK, the Coed-y-Brenin forest. Coed-y-Brenin was the first forest developed for mountain biking and, to this day, retains its reputation as the sport’s premier location.
“While mountain biking has been hugely popular across the UK for years, and particularly in Wales, riders have never had the chance to take on the challenges and enjoyments that an Epic Series event presents: a fully-timed, multi-day stage race in a two-person team format on home soil.” Explained Dean Smith, Cymru MTB Classic Race Director. “We have some of the best MTB trails in the world, so the next logical step is to bring the most prestigious international mountain biking series to Snowdonia, in Wales, to showcase them.”
Being part of the Epic Series you should expect a mountain biking experience that is second to none. That goes for trails, organisation and of course off the bike hospitality and conveniences.
Cllr Gareth Thomas Cabinet member for the Economy and Community said: “We as a Council are very pleased to have been working closely with Welsh Government and the Epic Series on this ground breaking mountain biking event. This is the first event of its kind in the UK and will be based in Dolgellau and the surrounding areas, initially over the next three years but we hope for much longer. We are extremely pleased how the event organisers have engaged with the local community to gain community support and their emphasis on the Welsh language and culture of the area.”
Qualification spots are also awarded to participate in the Absa Cape Epic in South Africa, either via performance or draw.
“The Absa Cape Epic, the pinnacle event in the Epic Series, has been described as the Tour de France of mountain biking and attracts the world’s best racers as well as ambitious amateurs from across the world.” Explained Kati Csak, Global Director of the Epic Series. “With the United Kingdom accounting for a large percentage of applicants to ride the Absa Cape Epic each year, the opportunity to now qualify on UK soil is sure to entice the region’s most passionate riders to race. But like all Epic Series races, it’s not just about the racing at the sharp end; all participants can expect a world-class full service event, in an iconic travel destination, with plenty of opportunity to enjoy the social atmosphere off the bike.”
Registration for the inaugural Cymru MTB Classic opens on 4 August 2021 at 15:00 CEST; If you want more details then head to the event website: cymrumtbclassic.com.