Around the globe, multi-stage races are changing from arduous days in the saddle to something a little more fun. Even events known to be super tough sre dropping days and distance, and including better trail riding experiences as the wants of riders like us change. Welsh endurance racer Matt Page has moved from chasing 24hr solo races and long distance events to running his own unique events in Wales. He runs a beach race, a duathlon, a road sportive, some cross country races - and a MTB stage race that focuses on the trail riding. Epic Cymru is set to return to South Wales in this northern summer.

Epic Cymru

Epic Cymru is a 5-day Mountain Bike stage race - and it encompass several styles of riding and is aimed at the entire spectrum of riders, from Cross Country (XC) to Enduro and Downhill, appealing to the ‘weekend warrior’ as much as the Pro-Elite stars. Last years event attracted riders from 12 countries around the World and as far afield as Japan & the USA including several top Pro-elite racers and many amateur riders.

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The 2016 event offers a new route and with riding areas never featured in any event previously and will include a mix of natural and man-made trails. Famous South Wales riding spots including Bike Park Wales, Afan Forest Park, Rheola Forest & Margam Park will also visited, taking place from July 30th to August 3rd.

The race format will include timed sections and linking sections over the five days, with the race decided by over 15 timed sections, with separate Cross Country and Downhill sections. Stage distances will be a manageable - but still challenging - 40-60km, with an emphasis on providing fun, technical and fast riding throughout.

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Epic Cymru has released a video showcasing the riding featured in the 2015 edition of the five-day race.

Full details & entries are available on the event website.