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Train on the best cycling routes in Wales, plus win a Colnago C64

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9 Apr 2018
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Whether your normal training ride includes an hour of traffic before you reach the lanes or if you're lucky enough to live somewhere rural and good for cycling already, familiarity can lead to boredom and boredom can kill off even the most dedicated cyclist's motivation.

To avoid falling out of love with cycling, it sometimes pays to visit new destinations - near and far - to ride on new roads and freshen up your training.

An underappreciated nearby destination for a lot of cyclists elsewhere in the UK is Wales. With kilometre after kilometre of quiet lanes, gravel tracks and MTB trails, Wales has something to offer every rider and enough to fill a weekend's visit before heading home in time for work on Monday.

A weekend away without the hassle of flights or international travel, but with riding of a similar - often better - quality.

Lôn Las Cymru

Split in two as the Lôn Las Cymru North and Lôn Las Cymru South, this route is a solid choice for anyone looking for a weekend of big miles.

The southern portion starts in the nation's capital, Cardiff, and covers 220km (137 miles) of canal paths and bathroads to Brecon.

Here riders have a few choices: switch to a mountain bike to explore and enjoy the trails of the Brecon Beacons, turn back and finish in Cardiff, or continue onto the Lôn Las Cymru North.

This last option would be our recommendation as the route takes riders 282km (175 miles) from Mid Wales to Anglesey.

Visitors to the route are treated to sights and scenery of Dylife Gorge, Cader Idris and Snowdonia National Park. The national park itself has a wealth of cycling that deserves a visit in its own right, and will likely have cyclists returning to this part of Wales time and again.

Unlike the southern part of the route, the northern half is remote, mountainous and far more challenging, but additionally more rewarding too. The full length would be a long way to go in one day for most, so gives even more reason for a return visit.

National Cycling Network routes

The NCN routes around Britain are a great way for people unfamiliar with a new area to get out and explore on two wheels. This is no more true anywhere than it is in Wales where the routes cover over 1931km (1200 miles) of easy to challenging rides in the Welsh countryside.

Better still, cyclists looking to visit the area can use the NCN routes as a guide, plot their own route on a site like Strava or Ride With GPS and follow the route of their choosing with the help of a GPS bike computer.

A simple way to get out, try riding in Wales and freshen up your training rides.

Win a Colnago C64: Enter now

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Visit Wales is offering one lucky rider the chance to own a Colnago C64: just head through to the Visit Wales website for your chance to win this brand new Italian race machine worth over £9,000.