Beat the Beacons Beast
Why we need your help
Beat the Beacons Beast
Carmarthen | Ponsticill | Cardiff
Long Route | 200miles
Short Route | 100miles
For anyone unaware, Engineers For Overseas Development (EFOD) is a charity created in Wales with the aim is to deliver engineering projects which improve the health, hygiene, education and self-sufficiency of poverty afflicted communities in a sustainable manner. For more information, see - http://www.efod.org.uk/.
Now in its tenth year, we like to take on the kind of cycle challenge where many would question the participants sanity, to help raise funds for this cause. All costs are covered by the riders and the charity is entirely voluntary, so every penny raised goes straight into the development projects. The current EFOD Cardiff project is a nursery and primary school build in Uganda.
The ride is split equally over two days, with riders having the choice between the longer
200mile route, or the shorter 100mile route, covering some of the most spectacular scenery Wales has to offer.
All food, accommodation, transport, support and great sense of accomplishment is included. Any discomfort experience is all in aid of a great cause!
Starting at Carmarthen University we will head out along beautiful country lanes with stunning views, both short and long route riders together. The two routes diverge before entering the Brecon Beacons National Park at its Western most tip, but rejoin around Llanddeusant. From there it’s a climb up to the picturesque Usk reservoir where the long routers will dive off south for a bit more of the up-and-down (including the infamous Devil’s Elbow) to reach the half way point of the weekend at Pontsticill. The short route ends its first day at Sennybridge, although there will be the option for those who have a bit left in the tank to head to Ystradfellte via the Devil’s Elbow for another 10miles.
Day two begins with a nice sharp blast to the top of Blaen-y-glyn above Talybont Reservoir, then continues around the North side of the Black Mountains before embarking on the legendary Gospel Pass! ! Expect a couple of km with gradients in excess of 20% followed by a lovely 10km downhill breeze to Gilwern, where the short route ends. The long route pushes on up the Tyla (known as the awkward big brother of the Tumble), then takes the scenic route back to Cardiff via Tredgar, Ystrad Mynach and Caerphilly.
On the ride as a whole, the views usually have to be earnt and the distances are tough, but our excellent support crew ensure you’re fed, watered and in good spirits the whole way. The routes are marked, maps and GPS routes provided and the support crew are always on hand if you still manage to get lost. The 50-60 other riders range from serious enthusiasts to the occasional commuter so irrelevant of your ability, you will likely have some company along the way. If you do end up riding alone, we throw in plentiful snack and lunch stops along the way where we each take our time, gather again and enjoy seeing how others are getting before continuing on to the next stop.
Finally, if 200 miles simply sounds too far, we also offer a 2 x 50mile route option. You’ll set off together with the whole group, then a couple of times along the way you may end up taking slightly flatter and shorter directions. Before the end of the full route there will then be a shorter route end. Depending on how you’re feeling, you can either carry on through or jump in the minibus to catch a lift to the end.
raised towards £10,000.00 target
Aug 20, 2019
Aug 13, 2019
Aug 09, 2019
Jul 21, 2019
Jul 18, 2019
Jul 16, 2019
Jul 15, 2019
Jul 14, 2019
Jul 09, 2019
Jul 09, 2019
Total raised so far
Total plus Gift Aid £15,559.30
Raised offline £0.00