The New Dyfi Adventure - 1st July 2023
The Dyfi is now known across the World, but the Dyfi Valley has over thirty years of mountain bike heritage hidden in its rugged green hills.
As we’re keen to share the secrets of the Dyfi, “beyond the Bike Park”, we are stoked to launch a new event, a new Dyfi adventure: The Dyfi Wild Ride. This non-timed endurance event is a modern mash-up of what many local riders have long considered to be the very best trails in the Dyfi.
Our spectacular route covers everything we think makes a great day on the bike: Wilderness terrain under endless skies; ancient rainforests; gruelling climbs and superb technical enduro descents for the reward!
Want a day out with your mates riding great trails in massive scenery, or a full-on XC workout with tech descents to bring your skills up to modern XC standards? Then take in the longer 30 ride, that gives you all the elevation gain but doesn’t cheat you on the downhills. Don’t feel up to the climbing of the longer ride, or just wanting to hit the gnar to test your reactions on the super-tech descents in White Rocks? Then choose the “20”. Either way, there is something for everyone.
Resident Dyfi guide and coach, Rikki Barratt, said: “An old-school “big wild ride” meets new-school steep natural tech; it’s the evolution of mountain biking in one ride that you will never forget!”
As DyfiMTB are about the socialising as much as the riding, we’ve got great coffee at sign-on and you’re all invited back to the Rugby Club for refreshments and a band after the ride. Grab your riding buddies and make it day in Mach.
Numbers are strictly limited to 300, so enter now to secure your place, enter via the British Cycling website HERE
Sign-on is from 09:00 to 10.30 at Machynlleth Rugby Club and the ride start is 11:00.
All proceeds from the Dyfi Wild Ride will go to charity and while the event is primarily a fundraiser for DyfiMTB, we will also be supporting a couple of local charities. DyfiMTB is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company, that develops, promotes and protects facilities for mountain biking in the Dyfi area. All our directors and trail crew are volunteers.
This is a 22km route with a total elevation gain of 750m, reaching a maximum elevation of 300m. We anticipate that the “20” will take the average rider 2-3 hours to complete.
With a high-point of 500m, the “30” totals 1100m of elevation gain along it’s 28km. This is “A Good Day Out” and riders choosing this route can expect to be riding for 3-5 hours.
Infrequently asked questions
What are the course stats? The “20” is a 22km ride that reaches a maximum elevation of 300m. The “30” is a 28km ride that reaches a maximum elevation of 500m
What is the best bike for the Dyfi Wild Ride? Any modern mountain bike that climbs like a goat and descends like a demon. Although these trails are all rideable on a carbon XC hardtail with the saddle up, this really isn’t the recommended set-up for the Dyfi. The sections towards the end of the rides really are steep and a dropper-post, or the ability to drop your seatpost is recommended. If it’s raining, or has been wet, then then under the trees the mud, roots and rocks demand respect and so quality trail tyres with good mud-shedding qualities are also highly recommended.
Can I ride a gravel bike? No, you really won’t enjoy it and you might die. We’d rather you ride an appropriate bike, enjoy the ride and not die.
Can I ride my e-bike? Certainly. Ride it with finesse.
Will there be a feed station? Yes, there will be a feed station/support area where the routes of the “20” and the “30” split.
Will there be ride support? There will be sweepers employed on both routes, ensuring that no-one is left behind.
Are there showers? Yes, you can grab a shower at the Rugby Club and freshen up for the after-party.
Where can we stay? We aren’t providing camping this year as we wanted to focus on the ride experience, although we may consider it in the future. There is a lot of short-stay holiday accommodation in the area, so check out sites like AirBnB and Booking.com. If you rally want to camp them there is the excellent Dyfi Adventure Campsite a few miles up the valley at Aberangell.