Saturday September 9th 2017
The 2017 Canalathon celebrates over 200 years of one of the most scenic canal routes in Britain. This 35 mile endurance challenge will take you on an historic journey following the lovely wooded Usk Valley right into the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park terminating in the historic town of Brecon itself.
Canalathon 2017 Overview
The Canalathon is not a race but a challenge! The Canalathon is very much a team event and as such your team is required to stay together! Consequently, you will not be allowed to leave transition areas or cross the finish line until all are present.
Teams of four are invited to complete this epic challenge in under twelve hours. Teams consist of four people and a team manager! Team entry cost is £180 per team.
A good team needs a good four team members team manager! You as a team are responsible for making sure that you can get to the start of the event, drop your bikes off at transition and collect them again afterwards. Further details of logistics can be found here
Please note that it is possible to take part without a team manager but if you do this then your team has to be extremely organised and you as a team are responsible for dropping off / collecting bikes making your way to the start, collected at finish etc.
The challenge starts at Pontymoile Basin with a six mile open canoe stage to Goytre Wharf. There will be two persons per boat which will be open “Canadian” style. Canoes, buoyancy aids and paddles are included in the entry fee.
The eighteen mile cycle section is generally flat and takes places along the canal tow path from Goytre to Llangynider. The path surface is mixed but generally hard packed gravel.
However expect some bumpier sections in places and the possibility of mud in limited sections if the weather has been damp! Most types of bike would be suitable but we would suggest sturdier tyres than normal road ones to cope with some of the ungraded sections. A mountain bike is ideal but suspension is not necessary.
You are required to use your own bikes but there is the option to hire bikes at an additional cost if required.
The eleven mile Run / Walk / Hike is flat and follows a beautiful section of the canal to finish in Brecon where you will be greeted by rapturous applause, entertainment at Brecon Theatre. All entrants who complete the event will be awarded a commemorative medal as recognition of their achievements.
Whilst teams are expected to look after themselves during the challenge, there will be opportunities for additional refreshments and food during your journey.
A good team needs a good team manager! You as a team are responsible for making sure that you can get to the start of the event, drop your bikes off at transition and collect them again afterwards. Further details of logistics can be found here
- Competitors under 18 years of age may take part with parent / guardian permission.
- Competitors over 12 and under 16 years of age must be accompanied by one adult per minor.
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The Canalathon is a partnership event supported by MBACT and Glandwr Cymru The Canal & River Trust..