ENTRY FEE

Early Bird - £79 (available until December 31st)
Standard Entry - £109

Optional Extras:
Electric Hookup - £25 (very limited number)

CATEGORIES

OPEN - Ages 16 to 39
VETERAN - Ages 40 to 49
GRAND VETERAN - Ages 50 to 59
SUPER VETERAN - Ages 60+

EVENT FEATURES

  • Accurate Electronic Chip Timing

  • Camping from Friday to Monday

  • Finishers T-Shirt

  • Event HQ facilities & parking

  • On-Site Catering

  • Full route marking

  • Family & Friends welcome

  • Prizes for category winners

  • Bike wash facilities

  • First aid support

  • Saturday night entertainment including live music

  • Well stocked feed stations

2018 ROUTE IN BRIEF
2019 TBC

EVENT SCHEDULE

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SUPPORTERS

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FAQ

What bike do I need?
Gritfest is open to all off-road bikes. While it is aimed primarily at Gravel & Adventure bikes, which are essentially fat tyred drop bar bikes.
But if you have a mountain bike, cyclocross bike or even a single-speed fat bike tandem then you are welcome!
How do the timed stages work?
The timed stages will be clearly marked and you will be timed using a chip that will be on your wrist. You will not need to stop, or dib in at the finish, however we will have finish sections in a way that is designed to slow riders down to cross the line.
Do I have to race?
Gritfest is as serious a race as you make it. You can try and beat your mate, try to beat everyone or just sit back and enjoy the stunning scenery around the area.
How fit do I need to be?
With approximately 125km across the 2 days, you will need a certain level of fitness to finish. Each day there is a considerable amount of climbing.
What camping facilities will be on site?
There will be decent toilets & showers, plus drinking water on site.
Electric hookups for caravans & motorhomes are very limited, but available as an extra.
Bins will be on site but there is no chemical waste disposal available unfortunately.
Can I use an e-bike?
In theory we will allow it, BUT...
The distances each day will make battery life a big challenge, requiring you to carry multiple batteries. You would also not be eligible for category prizes and would not be able to assist other riders in a way that would give them an unfair advantage.
We want to be as inclusive as possible, but in reality it is not the most suitable event for e-bikes.
Can I use a singlespeed?
Hell yes! Just don't brag about it.
What food will be available?
We will have several catering outlets at the event and have worked closely with them all for a number of years.
Expect good quality, tasty and nutritious food that will keep your energy levels up. There is pizza too! :)
Will there be a bar?
Yes, we will have a licensed bar on-site that will be run by the local pub.
Can I bring my family?
Yes! We are actively trying to make the event a fun weekend away for everyone with Kids activities lined up during the days. So long as you are all staying in the same tent/caravan/motorhome then your family can come for free!
For security reasons wrist bands will be handed out at registration so that we know everyone on site is accompanying the event.
Extra food tickets will be available for any family & friends who might be along with you, to make it even more relaxing for them too.
What family activities are lined up?
Hawk Adventure will be on site, with Archery & Bushcraft planned for the Saturday. Open for all ages with more activities that will be confirmed nearer the time. Expect cycle coaching for kids, treasure hunts and the great outdoors of Mid Wales right on your doorstep to explore.
Castles, dragons, nature, history - we have the lot!
Are dogs allowed?
Yes, although being a rural area with sheep & animals never that far away it is really important that you keep them under control and always clean up after them.
Will it be loud at night?
There will be live music and entertainment on going until 10pm on Friday & Saturday night, but there will be a quick camping area that is furthest away from the main area.

RULES

Event Rules

  • Anyone found to be riding under another person’s entry will be instantly removed from the results. It is a breach of our event insurance and we can not accept anyone who has not entered and is riding in their own name.
  • Helmets are mandatory. Anyone caught riding without a helmet will be removed from the event immediately.
  • Technical assistance from a non-racers must only permitted at feed stations. Bikes changes are not allowed.
  • Riders are free to help each other while out on course, but swapping bikes is not allowed.
  • All styles of bikes are allowed and there is no restriction on tyre or wheel size.
  • e-bikes are allowed, but will not be eligible for prizes. Motor pacing behind an e-bike on timed stages is not allowed.
  • Littering is not allowed and any rider caught leaving litter will be immediately penalised

  • Penalties

  • Anyone caught missing a section of the course will be disqualified immediately.
  • Anyone caught dropping litter on purpose will be immediately disqualified. This includes discarding gel wrappers.
  • Anyone who disobeys a marshall will be disqualified immediately.
  • Anyone caught overtaking dangerously will have a 2 minute time penalty as a first offence and disqualification as a second offence.
  • Anyone who break any rules and laws while riding on public highways will be immediately disqualified. We ask that all riders ride in a manner that is safe and courteous at all times.

ABOUT

Gritfest was held for the first time in 2018 and was a huge success with all 200 entries selling out. Organised by A Cycling, organisers of other popular events such as Battle on the Beach, Tide 2 Tide and many others we also know the upper Towy Valley better than most and can ensure only the best tracks and best areas will be used. The venue is also one previously used for the first ever event we organised, Singlespeed UK Championships in 2010.

Riders can ensure that no stone will be left unturned to ensure everyone is grinning from ear to ear throughout the weekend.