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Great Britain Off Road Part 2: Wales — GB Divide

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Great Britain Off Road Part 2: Wales — GB Divide

Mountain Biking Collection by The Racing Collective

5-11

days

3-6 h

/ day

233 mi

23,000 ft

23,025 ft

If you’re looking for a direct off road route through Wales, this is not for you; instead this route meanders through the country to seek the best riding Wales has to offer. As they say, Wales never fails!

This is Land’s End to John O’Groats with a difference; forget going direct, and forget sticking to tarmac; the GB Divide traces a route through England, Wales and Scotland to deliver the very best off road riding that Great Britain has to offer, from techy singletrack, wide gravel roads, mucky byways, quiet rural lanes and everything in between.

While the total route covers around 1,242 miles (2,000 km), here we’ve split the task into four, with this Welsh stage being the second. In this Collection you’ll find four stages totalling 229 miles (368km), which take you from the Severn Bridge at Chepstow in the south east to the northern borders near Chester in the north west, via the Brecon Beacons, Cambrian Mountains and Snowdonia National Park.
The route is raced annually as ‘GBDURO’, an enduro style endurance race comprised of four stages spanning the entire length. For more about GBDURO, visit theracingcollective.com/gbduro. Both the route and the race were founded and are now run by The Racing Collective.

The ideal bike choice for riding the GB Divide is a tough one; while there are many paved lane sections that would favour a faster drop bar gravel bike, there are also some tricky, more technical parts that would favour a rigid or even hardtail mountain bike. In some parts you will have no other option but to walk, especially when you take bikepacking luggage into consideration.

You’ll find the start at Chepstow easily accessible by train, with a train station in the town, as well as one in Cefn-y-bedd where you finish, located between larger towns of Wrexham and Chester.

So if you think you’re ready to take on the length of Great Britain along this spectacular meandering route, the GB Divide is for you. Good luck!

Head to parts 1, 3 and 4 here:

komoot.com/collection/919707/great-britain-off-road-part-1-south-west-gb-divide
komoot.com/collection/919711/great-britain-off-road-part-3-north-england-gb-divide
komoot.com/collection/919713/great-britain-off-road-part-4-scotland-gb-divide

Read more about the GB Divide route here: gbdivide.net

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Tours & Highlights

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    Difficult
    07:31
    55.2 mi
    7.3 mph
    5,125 ft
    4,725 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    The first stage GB Divide through Wales is a truly memorable one; taking you from Chepstow on the Severn Estuary across the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park. You …

  • Difficult
    09:06
    62.5 mi
    6.9 mph
    5,675 ft
    5,775 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Stage six covers around 62 miles (100 km) from the northern edge of the Brecon Beacons at Libanus through the spectacular, but lesser known Cambrian Mountains.

    You’ll warm up very …

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  • Difficult
    08:53
    61.6 mi
    6.9 mph
    6,350 ft
    6,050 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This slightly shorter stage leaves the Cambrian Mountains behind to head north to Lake Vyrnwy, Powys. Today’s highlight is certainly the trail alongside Nant-y-Moch reservoir, and the fearsome Bwlch y …

  • Difficult
    07:41
    53.9 mi
    7.0 mph
    5,875 ft
    6,475 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The final stage in Wales is a little shorter, taking you from the border of Snowdonia National Park east towards the English border, via some of North Wales’ most spectacular …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    4
  • Distance
    233 mi
  • Duration
    33:11 h
  • Elevation
    23,000 ft23,025 ft

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Great Britain Off Road Part 2: Wales — GB Divide