Explore stunning countryside in one of the most glorious parts of the UK. Snowdonia not only has incredible scenery but also some of the best gravel around. Choose between the medium 50km option or the full 80km with some epic climbs, thrilling descents and amazing views on our most spectacular ride of the year 👊
Long Route: 80km | Elevation: 2,000m
Medium Route: 50km | Elevation: 1,400m
Long Route Difficulty 4.5/5
Medium Route Difficulty 3.5/5
Percentage of Route Off Road 85%
Terrain & Bike Choice: The route is 15% backroads and 85% gravel trails om some of the best gravel in the UK. We would recommend a gravel bike with 40mm all rounder tyres, a mountain bike will also be fine but not as quick. The route is packed with challenging climbs so light gearing is advised (compact with a large cassette as a minimum). We will update nearer the ride on course conditions.
Countdown to the Snowdonia Gravel Epic
– Beautiful remote riding in spectacular countryside
– Ride past castles, waterfalls and reservoirs
– 80% gravel on forest trails weaving around the peaks of Snowdonia
– Social drink at the finish village & other activities at Adventure Parc Snowdonia
Llanrwst: 80km, 2,000m or 50km, 1,400m
The route starts in beautiful Llanrwst and after a short 4km flat section to get the legs warmed up, we hit a 4.5km off road climb and head into the heart of the Gwydyr Forest and hit smooth gravel that we stay on for most of the ride. This climbs takes us between two lakes with some great views.
Heading south, the short route splits off after 23km and one more off road climb and the long route adds the first extra loop with a big 4km climb. As the routes rejoin, we ride through forest tracks following the river east before the long route heads out again for a gnarly 23km loop including a long 6km climb.
The last 20km includes two last climbs and a quick descent back to base. We rode on a gravel bike with 40mm all rounder tyres and found the gravel about as good as it gets in the UK. There is lovely variety on the route from dark forest tracks, gravel roads past lakes and some sweeping mountainous sections. We ride all over the country and this is one of the absolute highlights.
Physical Difficulty: 4.5/5
What type of bike should I ride?
The route is 15% backroads and 85% gravel trails om some of the best gravel in the UK. We would recommend a gravel bike with 40mm all rounder tyres, a mountain bike will also be fine but not as quick. We will update nearer the ride on course conditions.
How do I find out my start time?
We will send you an email after you have booked to choose your start time between 8am and 10am, if you are riding with a friend you can choose to start with them.
Where is the start / finish?
The ride starts and finishes in Llanrwst. There is free parking onsite as well as toilets & refreshments.
What happens if I have a mechanical / accident?
We have first aiders & mechanics at all the feed stops and ride captains along the route to support.
What shall I pack with me for the ride?
You need to have a water bottle, basic kit to repair punctures, inner tubes & riding with a helmet is compulsory. Our feed stops have water, coke, cake, fruit & the best tasting sports nutrition bars & nut butters from Outdoor Provisions.
When will I get my GPX file
Our local team do a final recon ride 1 week before the event and can make final tweeks then based on route conditions. We will then send out the route GPX within one week of the ride.