Welsh Corporate Day Ride
All dates and prices are bespoke depending on requirements
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Moderate

The Brecon Beacons National Park is an area of heather-clad hills, breathtaking scenery and tough climbs. It is also home to our most popular Corporate Cycle Ride.

Rob Penn, who lives in the National Park and knows the roads intimately, has devised a route: that makes best use of the terrain and includes Hay-on-Wye, Gospel Pass (at 546m, the highest road pass in Wales) and the famous climb up ‘Tumble Mountain’, which has featured in the Tour of Britain and numerous national road racing championships.

The Gliffaes Hotel is used as the base for the trip, a delightful Italianate villa set in lovely gardens, overlooking the Usk River. The hotel is family run, has the feel of a private country house and maintains an excellent kitchen. Clients will arrive for dinner at the hotel and in the morning, our mechanic will check over all the bikes while breakfast is served. The ride, lead by Rob Penn and Darren Carpenter, an ex-Team GB rider and now a talent-spotter for British Cycling, will follow a section of quiet A-road, where you will able to ride as a group, through the lanes. Darren is at hand to gently give advice on climbing and descending skills. The mechanic will always be nearby, to fix derailleur niggles and change punctures. Stops for coffee and cake can be arranged. The back-up van will also have tasty snacks and energy drinks available.

Back at the hotel, the clients showered, ate tea (an institution at the hotel), and departed in time to get home on Friday evening, the beginning of the long bank holiday weekend.

  • Gospel pass
  • Hay on wye
  • Professional GB cycling coach
  • Mechanical support and advice
  • Opportunity to network with clients and colleagues

What people have said

“We held a bespoke client event in the Cotswolds with Rob Penn and Darren Carpenter. Rob and Carpy chatted to everyone all day. They have an encyclopaedic knowledge of every aspect of cycling and will talk about their favourite climbs, nutrition for sportives, bikes or any topic which is of interest. Rob led us on a superb 70 mile route. He was well prepared and mixed it up so that our keener clients could ‘stretch their legs’. The two of them could not have been more engaged or better company. All of our clients said it was a cracking event.”
Mr S Paine
   Dates Adult(PP)
From 25 March 2017 to 21 October 2017
Please contact for more information on availability and price
£TBC

Who is Rob Penn?

Rob Penn has ridden a bicycle most days of his adult life, in over 40 countries on five continents. In his late 20s, he gave up a career as a City lawyer to cycle round the world. As well as working for Bikecation, Rob is a journalist and author of the bestselling book, It’s All About the Bike: the Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels which has been translated into ten languages. It was made into a BBC documentary, Ride of My Life.
He is currently starring opposite Andrew Flintoff on Sky 1 called Lord of the Fries and is due to release his new book The Man Who Made Things out of Trees.
Many of our tours have been personally researched and put together by Rob, including the route for this bespoke corporate ride.

The Gliffaes Hotel

Gliffaes is a charming, 4 star country house hotel in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park.
Crickhowell, Powys, Wales NP8 1RH
01874 730371
http://www.gliffaeshotel.com/

What's included

  • 1 x mechanic support vehicle
  • 2 professional guides on the day – including Rob Penn
  • 2 x rooms for after the ride
  • Accommodation based at the Gliffaes Country House Hotel on a single occupancy basis
  • All Route planning and ride recce
  • B&B
  • Dinner

What's not included

  • Dinner and Lunch (can be arranged)
  • Insurance
  • Travel to and from the event (can be arranged)

Day 1:

Arrive at the picturesque Gliffaes Country Hotel in the late afternoon/evening. A three course dinner has been arranged at the hotel with a quick talk from Rob and the team about the ride.

Day 2:

After breakfast the ride will set off at 09:00 am and take in some of the best roads around Abergavenny and the Black Mountains. The route will be customised to the preferences of the client and will include a fantastic climb to remember with beautiful scenic Welsh countryside. The ride will finish around 14:30 and lunch will be served at the hotel at 15:00. Rooms will be available after the ride to prepare for lunch. Depart after 17:00 allowing plenty of time to return back to London.

What people have said

“We held a bespoke client event in the Cotswolds with Rob Penn and Darren Carpenter. Rob and Carpy chatted to everyone all day. They have an encyclopaedic knowledge of every aspect of cycling and will talk about their favourite climbs, nutrition for sportives, bikes or any topic which is of interest. Rob led us on a superb 70 mile route. He was well prepared and mixed it up so that our keener clients could ‘stretch their legs’. The two of them could not have been more engaged or better company. All of our clients said it was a cracking event.”
Mr S Paine

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What people have said

“We held a bespoke client event in the Cotswolds with Rob Penn and Darren Carpenter. Rob and Carpy chatted to everyone all day. They have an encyclopaedic knowledge of every aspect of cycling and will talk about their favourite climbs, nutrition for sportives, bikes or any topic which is of interest. Rob led us on a superb 70 mile route. He was well prepared and mixed it up so that our keener clients could ‘stretch their legs’. The two of them could not have been more engaged or better company. All of our clients said it was a cracking event.”
Mr S Paine

Frequently asked questions

1. How fit do I need to be for these holidays?

Our Bikecations are designed to attract people of all ages and levels of fitness. All the holidays can be enjoyed by anyone who is reasonably fit. Some holidays involve greater distances or frequency of cycling and some will cover hillier terrain than others. Our tour gradings and itinerary descriptions should help guide you towards the most suitable holiday options for you. If you are not sure, give us a call.

2. How many miles a day can I expect to cycle?

This depends on the Bikecation you choose. These have been graded so you know what to expect.

For a bikecation leisure cycling holiday a gentle pace is about 7-8 miles per hour, so, if you cycle for four hours, you can expect to cover 25-30 miles comfortably. This leaves plenty of time for sightseeing, picnics, visiting castles or churches, stopping for morning coffee or whatever you want to do. You have all day to get to your next stopover, so you can relax and enjoy the countryside. We can also include rest days when you can enjoy other activities if you require.

For our road cycling and bespoke tours for groups we will advise you what is best for the particular trip you wish to ride on. Usually we try to cover 60-100 miles at an average speed of 13.5 to 14.5 mph but this can be slower or faster depending on the group.

3. What do I wear for leisure cycling ?

It is important to be comfortable when cycling so we suggest wearing thin layers of clothing. Padded cycling shorts, a zipped top, windproof light jacket and trainers are standard fare. Fast drying and hardwearing synthetic fabrics are ideal as a base layer as these allow your skin to breathe and wick the moisture away from your skin to the next layer, avoiding the chill which cotton T-shirts can cause. In mid-summer you may just need shorts and a t-shirt. Safety helmets are strongly recommended on all Bikecation holidays and are a legal requirement in some countries so please bring your own helmet. We will send out a What to wear document to you well in advance of your Bikecation.

4. Are cycling holidays suitable for children?

Cycling can make an ideal family holiday, provided the right distances are chosen for the younger members of the party. We would suggest that you call us to discuss the most suitable tours for your children. In most places we are able to offer children’s bikes and child seats, if you have toddlers or babies.

5. How much luggage can I bring?

Your luggage is transported for you every day so bring what you need to make your holiday relaxing and comfortable. Please try and limit it to one item of luggage per person and that it is clearly labelled. On some tours there is a weight limit per item.

6. What happens to my luggage?

We want you to enjoy your Bikecation to the full so, for your comfort, we arrange the transportation of your luggage from one hotel to the next. The only thing we ask is that you leave your suitcases in reception on setting out each morning, and the hoteliers will ensure that it is waiting for you at your next hotel. We will provide luggage labels for you. All you need carry with you are drinks, a camera, waterproofs and sun cream.

7. Is my money safe if anything happens to Bikecation?

Your money is safe when you book your Bikecation. To protect your payments fully, all monies paid by you to us for your holiday are held in a separate Client’s Trust Account and are not released to Bikecation until your holiday has taken place. This practice fully satisfies the requirements of EC and UK law. Please call us if you would like to discuss this further.

Bikecation is also fully licensed by ATOL ( no. T7462) that is issued by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). for full details how how your payments are protected, please read our Your Financial Security page.

8. Do I need to bring my own bike? What type of bike should I bring?

We arrange for hire bikes to be provided for your holiday or tour. However, if you would prefer to bring your own bike then by all means bring it with you, but it must be in good working order. We recommend either a hybrid or a mountain bike fitted with road tyres for our leisure cycling holidays.

For our road cycling trips we can advise on what is best for your situation but we regularly transport bikes to the start destination.

If you do bring your own bike, you should insure it separately. Most household insurance policies can be extended to cover your bike whilst on holiday.

9. What happens if I have a problem with the bike or any other problem en route ?

If you are provided with a bike it will be well-maintained and serviced before being rented out so there should be no problems however, there are emergency numbers provided in the Route Notes for more complex problems.
If you have brought your own bike and you are unable to fix it, we will find you a replacement for the rest of your holiday.

Our road cycling trips will also have back up support with a mechanic unless requested otherwise with a possible spare bike for any major problems.

10. What should I do about holiday insurance?

If you choose a holiday abroad, you should have adequate insurance to cover you for medical expenses and for cancellation or curtailment of your holiday. For holidays in the UK we recommend everyone should have holiday travel insurance. Not all insurance policies cover cycling daily so we recommend Campbell Irvine. For full information, please read our ‘Trip Preparation’ page

11. Where will I leave my car for the duration of the leisure cycling holiday?

In most cases you can leave your car for the duration of your holiday in the car park of the hotel used for the first night’s accommodation. Where parking is not available at the first hotel, you will be advised of the alternative arrangements made for you.

12. I’m on my own – Which holidays are best for me ?

Nearly all our holidays are open to single travellers, but our Group guided holidays may be of most interest. Group holidays give you the opportunity to meet others of like mind and to enjoy cycling together. The group ‘vibe’ continues into the evening if you decide to eat together. A guide will help you appreciate the history and culture of the area you’re visiting.

13. What type of accommodation can I expect?

There is a variety of accommodation ranging from Castles and Chateaux to small boutique hotels and good quality B&Bs, thereby offering a range of different priced holidays. If you have any questions regarding which accommodation is used in the trip you are interested in riding please contact the office.

14. What are the routes like?

The descriptions of our Leisure Bikecations indicate the main types of routes we use on each holiday, such as provincial roads, country lanes, dedicated cycle ways, some tracks and Casa Verdes (disused railway tracks). While we try to use quiet routes wherever possible, you should be comfortable riding occasionally in traffic. Traffic volumes can vary even on minor roads, especially in more popular tourist areas; we sometimes have to use short sections of busier roads to cross rivers or connect scenic routes, and traffic will inevitably be heavier in and near towns.

Some routes include occasional sections on unsurfaced tracks, but these don’t require any specific technical riding skills. If you are unsure of your level, or would like to know more about the cycling on specific holidays, then please do not hesitate to contact our knowledgeable reservations team.

15. Do I need to bring money for food?

All the holidays include a hearty breakfast each day. Some also include lunch and an evening meal. Where they are not included, you are free to choose where and when to eat. Some hotels will provide you with a packed lunch on request, but most people like the freedom of stopping at the place of their choice to experience the local cuisine. Some routes have been designed to incorporate gastronomic delights and will include an evening meal. Details are given with each individual tour.

16. Is it possible to extend one of the holidays from a few days to a full week?

We have the resources to design a tour to suit your requirements, incorporating rest days if desired, taking in places that are of interest to you. Give us a call and we will try to accommodate your wishes. The only constraint may be the availability of the accommodation.

17. Can you arrange flights for the overseas tours?

Flights are not included in the tour price, however we can book flights for you. Holding an ATOL licence means that if you book a tour and flight together with us you will have the added piece of mind of the financial protection offered by ATOL. If you prefer to book your own, we recommend that you wait until your tour booking is confirmed before you book any flights and booking separately means you will not be covered by ATOL. For full information on our flight services please contact us on email@bikecation.co.uk

18. When are the tours available?

Departure dates are shown for all tours. Please be aware that the holidays are very dependent on the availability of the selected accommodation. These have been chosen carefully, looking for a high standard to ensure you are comfortable at all times. During busy periods this is not always available, so we advise that you should book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

What people have said

“We held a bespoke client event in the Cotswolds with Rob Penn and Darren Carpenter. Rob and Carpy chatted to everyone all day. They have an encyclopaedic knowledge of every aspect of cycling and will talk about their favourite climbs, nutrition for sportives, bikes or any topic which is of interest. Rob led us on a superb 70 mile route. He was well prepared and mixed it up so that our keener clients could ‘stretch their legs’. The two of them could not have been more engaged or better company. All of our clients said it was a cracking event.”
Mr S Paine
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