United Kingdom·July 8 2023
RAPHA PRESTIGE BRECON BEACONS
July 8. Unsupported and unmarshalled, teams of four take on the sublimely savage Brecon Beacons.BOOK NOW
The Rapha Prestige will be coming to Wales for the first time, ready for a loop of the glorious Brecon Beacons. Starting from Hardlines Coffee on the outskirts of Cardiff you'll head out on a 160km road route into the Brecon Beacons Wales is famous for its rolling mountain ranges which means plenty of stunning scenery, and some savage climbing. Luckily, Prestiges are ridden in teams of four so with a little bit of teamwork you'll make it round together.
Ride in the beautiful Brecon Beacons mountain range. home to classic road climbs and legendary off road routes
A team is no faster than its slowest member. Enter a team of four and start together, work together and stay together in order to finish.
The key ingredient needed to last the course. Rapha prestiges are unsupported and unmarshalled, so you'll need to find your limit, then push past it. You’ll never forget it, and you’ll never regret it.
Hard Lines Coffee
Hard Lines is a coffee shop and roastery based in Cardiff, Wales. We select, roast and serve great coffee that’s been sourced sustainably with the aim of building long lasting relationships at origin. We believe that what we’re trying to build is about more than just good coffee. We aim to keep it fresh, fun and not too serious throughout.
Styrkr – meaning “strength” in Old Norse – is a UK fuel brand committed to developing innovative products that make a difference when it matters most.
They encourage everyday athletes – from enthusiastic beginners to sponsored pros – to relish every struggle, invite every obstacle and keep pushing to become the athlete you want to be.
The shape of the day
Arrival and sign on are from 7.45 am.
Complimentary coffee will be available from Hard Lines, as well as pastries, followed by a safety briefing for all riders at 8.30. Teams will the be set off in groups of 3.
Once you're out of the gate, you'll begin your ride into the Brecon Beacons. Expect climbs and beautiful views aplenty, with the Rapha H Van and Styrkr waiting half way round as a control point to let you refresh.
We'll welcome you back in after your ride with some food and drink. You'll be free to hang out, enjoy the atmosphere and celebrate a challenge conquered.
Post-ride food and drink
Cap and musette
What's Not Included
Saturday 8th July
For teams riding Saturday 8th July. Each ticket is for one rider. All members of a team will need a ticket.
Really nice loop actually. Bloody hard.
Owain Doull, Pro Rider: EF Education-EasyPost
What a grand day out! This route will take riders from the comforts of Cardiff straight into the steep gradients and windswept heights of (in my opinion) one of the world's finest road cycling destinations.
Can I ride solo or in a larger team?
The ride is designed for teams of four. This sets the Rapha Prestige apart from other ride formats. The fun is choosing your teammates and the challenge is to work together and cross the finish line together.
Should your team fall short of the recommended four riders, we will work to put you into another team.
Are the start and finish point the same?
Yes, both the road route will be a loop, starting and finishing in the same location.
When will we receive route information?
All registered riders will recieve their route guidance, GPX files and other pertinent information one month before the event date.
I'm trying to buy a ticket for a set day, but it says it's sold out. Can you help me?
If your team has purcased tickets for a set day which has sold out, please contact email@example.com and we will help you to arrange entry.
What's the terrain like? What sort of bike should I bring?
We'd ask you to prepare for hills. The Brecon Beacons feature long and sustained climbs as well as shorter, punchy uphill segments. You should be prepared for double-digit gradients.
Comfort is a king, and you should ride something which you will feel comfortable on all day.
The ogravelroute will mostly be hardpack gravel, with some sections whichare loose and rocky. We recommend 38c tyres at a minimum for this.
I need to swap my place or the place of a team member with another rider, how should i do this?
Please contact customer service who will be able to put you in touch with the event organiser to update their records and send an event participation waiver, which all team members are required to complete.Tickets are non-refundable so please organise reimbursement directly with your teammates.
Will there be parking?
We would ask you not to drive to the site ,as there is no parking at Hard Lines. Plentiful parking can be found in Taff's Well and around.
What time will we start?
Sign on will be from 8-8.30 on the day of your choice.
How long will the ride take?
This will depend on your team, where you stop and your average speed. We would ask you to be prepared for up to nine hours on the bike.